12 January 2013ICA, London
The second in a series of three nation-wide events by Open File investigating the distribution and production of art via virtual and digital platforms through sound, performance and digital media. Long Live The New Flesh coincides with Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012.
Modern society was initially formed by its relationship to human proportion. The capabilities and limitations of the physical body defined the old Fordist industrial system. In keeping with the ancient premise by Protagaras that ‘man is the measure of all things’, mankind was fundamentally able to manipulate his/her environment because of their physical proximity to it. Digitalization and the virtualisation of space implies a crucial shift where the human scale of industry and society have disappeared, and therefore social products are no longer manipulated totally materially. The shift from mechanical technology to digital, from hardware to software, obfuscates the workings of technology leaving only the virtually simulated soft interface of touchscreen to be manipulated by human hands.
With the proliferation of virtual space, production has been condensed into a rhizomatic collection of online information and this drastic alteration of spatial practices has changed the way in which we communicate as well as how capital and culture is transferred around the world. These shifts in the habitation and perception of physical space have had a very specific impact on the way art is produced and dispersed.
What does this increased blurring of the boundaries between our body and the technology we depend upon entail? And, at what point does interface with technology become augmentation? To what extent does the advent of digital technology feed and enable our desire to transcend the limitations of our bodies?
Long Live The New Flesh was supported by Bloomberg New Contemporaries and Arts Council England.