Group Exhibition – Algorithmic Lifestyle
31. 8. – 4. 11. 2018
We click, we like, we share. In today's attention economy, Likes are the new currency. Internet giants constantly compete for our attention through advertisements, register our every move, hope for a second of our time. At long last, the power lies in the hands of the people - grassroots democracy in the World Wide Web where everybody gets to voice their opinion. But looks are deceiving. And when we share the latest picture of our cat on social media, we are continually producing data to be mined by algorithms for our providers, always under surveillance and always targeted by even more likeable content. We live in a world full of pleasing distractions, surrounded by like-minded peers and without interference of reality - an 'algorithmic lifestyle'.
In light of the inexorable permeation of contemporary society by the Internet, Roehrs & Boetsch is pleased to present the group exhibition 'ALGORITHMIC LIFESTYLE'. The show displays works by ten artists and artist duos, seven of whom are presented at the gallery for the first time. The exhibition explores different aspects of our digitalized lifestyles by taking a close look at the networks we belong to. The selected artists themselves are part of the digital world - often working with algorithms - while studying the Internet and revealing the mechanisms of the web economy. Above all, 'Algorithmic Lifestyle' aims to critically engage the viewer, to give a starting point for discussion and alternative options concerning our current role as ignorant users in this networked society.
Artists: Lauren Huret, Marc Lee, Olia Lialina, Jonas Lund, Shawn Maximo, !Mediengruppe Bitnik & Low Jack, Milena Milosavljevic, Owen Mundy, Sebastian Schmieg, UBERMORGEN
Curated by Nina Roehrs
Image: Shawn Maximo, 2017, Open Doors