COLLIDING HUMANS. Social Interaction on the Internet
Artists: Jonas Blume, Manja Ebert, Aron Lesnik, Lauren Moffatt
Curated by Tina Sauerlaender and Peggy Schoenegge (peer to space)
Opening: September 27, 2019, 7 pm
Duration: September 28 to October 6, 2019
Artist Talk: October 2, 2019, 7 pm
(With the curator Peggy Schoenegge and the artists Jonas Blume, Manja Ebert and Aron Lesnik)
At: Raum für drastische Maßnahmen, Oderstraße 34, 10247 Berlin, Germany
"Good relationships make us happier and healthier." That is the conclusion of two Harvard studies that spent 75 years researching with over 600 people what makes people really happy. But what happens to our relationships when we communicate mostly over the Internet?
Online communication bridges physical distances and connects us. We can easily send messages across continents and get an answer within a few seconds. However, the physical vis-à-vis is missing. The other's body, facial expressions and gestures are no longer part of interpersonal exchange. We are alone with the screen while interacting socially. Like a mirror, the screen echoes us back at ourselves. We share our space only with our own view of the world, while that of others remains out of sight. This one-sided perception can lead to a loss of empathy and—in the end—to disrespectful, hateful comments. As soon as we publish personal information on the Internet, we are exposed to the scrutiny of others, and on the other hand we are free to scrutinize in return.
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The participating artists are members of medienkunst e.V.
Image credits: Lauren Moffatt, The Tulpamancer, 2019, immersive video installation (detail) // Jonas Blume, Rhythm Zero Los Santos, 2019, video still // Aron Lesnik, ISOLATION, 2018, video still // Manja Ebert, sleepingsquad, 2016, video sculpture // All images © the artists