Does It Matter If What You Desire Is Real Or Not?

Group Exhibition

22.10.2019 2pm  - 27.10.2019 8pm

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exhibition, sculpture, video, installation, performance, interactive art

Does It Matter If What You Desire Is Real Or Not?

Berlin Art Show “Un_Real Desires” Explores Desire and Virtuality

WHAT: “Un_Real Desires” Group exhibition

WHEN: Opening reception Monday, October 21, 6-9pm
Duration – October 22nd-27th, Tuesday-Sunday 2-8 or by appointment

WHERE: SomoS Art House – Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.0G, 10967, Berlin (U8 – Schönleinstraße)

BERLIN—October 6th 2019—In times where the borders between the physical and the virtual are becoming increasingly blurred, the “Un_Real Desires” group exhibition explores the effects of the imbrication of technology, desire and erotica.

“Un_Real Desires,” taking place October 22-27th 2019 at SomoS Art House in Berlin, presents performative projects, ephemeral installations, painting, sculpture, video-art, interactive works, durational art pieces and other art forms. It is part of a recurring exhibition series, coinciding with the Pornfilmfestival Berlin, and is dedicated to exploring the medialization of sexuality and its effects.

Does it matter if what you desire is real or not? Filters, Photoshop, animation, VR, sex robots, deepfakes, the representation of the eroticized body is moving further and further away from reality. Increasingly, the object of desire is not only obscure, but distorted and hidden by more and more layers of artifice: the disembodiment of the erotic seems immanent. Conversely, the constant barrage of societal and medial incentives and influences might render the impetus for desire itself questionable. Was this really what I wanted?

In society and politics, the influence of the internet, social media, and digitalization have increased a sense of fakeness: False discourses, “alternative truths” are created and multiplied, confusing the individual and fragmenting society. The “Un_Real Desires” exhibition looks at the influence of digital life on people’s sexuality: The psychological, philosophical, societal, ethical, aesthetic effects of virtualization, idealization and instant gratification. Are we similarly unmoored by erotic fakeness? What happens to the portrayal of the quirky and in-between, if everything can be made to look perfect? And how do we view our imperfect self, confronted with so much synthetic perfection?

The “Un_Real Desires” exhibition traces the implications. Does it matter, and do we care?


Participating Artists

Azim F. Becker / Ana Brumat / Paul Piccione / Iria do Castelo & Ramses Salas / Amir Chasson / Francesca Fini / Pshemek Kamiński / Anastasia Manole / Laura Papachristos & Kristina Apostolou (Vaginal Arts Ensemble) / Miriam Poletti / Rocha & Polse / Marcel Schwittlick / Janka Smetanina / Pei-Chi Wu / Mu Zang

The opening reception as well as the exhibition itself will be punctuated by performative interventions.

Opening: October 21st 2019, 6-9pm
Duration: 22.–27.10.2019, 2-8pm, and by appointment
Donation-based entry (Strictly 18+)
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