Stephanie Ballantine

photographer, curator

23.10.2017   - 29.10.2017

Photographer/organizer/curator Stephanie Ballantine’s interest include areas such as: techno-capitalism, commoditized sexuality, political identity, and agency.

Born 1984, London, she studied Politics and Philosophy at University of Sheffield, UK and completed a foundation degree in Photography at Leeds College of Art and Design. She is an organizer and curator at the Berlin FK-Gallerie and FK-Kollektiv.

She has exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions, including at Aether (Sofia, Bulgaria), Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art, Space Gallery (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico), Pantocrátor Gallery (Shanghai, China), NGBK (Berlin, Germany), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany), and Tate Liverpool.

The Cyber and Material Character:

During The Beholder group show, SomoS presents a live link to “The Cyber and Material Character:,” a lhybrid live/online project and group show by Elly Clarke, Lena Chen, Stephanie Ballantine and Esben Holk at FKK (FotoKlub Kollektiv), Berlin. Both projects explore similar thematic interests, such as the connection between artistic labor, sex work, and the commodification of intimacy and identity in the digital age.

The premise of weplay4unow: Four online characters appear together in the material world, offering to you a chance to play. They test the boundaries of the ‘Cyboptican’: an action office of computers and webcams. They attempt to invert the gaze that is inherent to their Labor. The room is a set for the action to occur. The actions are instances of play. Buy an action and watch, be watched, watch together, or let us all be watched. (I see, you see, we see, they see). Choose a player and pay for their work. Or choose a task and select who you would like to perform it.

While some actions play into the notion of art and artists as objects of consumption, others “actions” challenge the notion of passive viewership as the spectator is asked to become a performer in the work. The durational performance runs from October 21st to November 4th.

An installation featuring a station with a computer screen with a live broadcast from the gallery space of FotoKlub Kollektiv is set up at The Beholder, in which characters from The Cyber and Material Character will be available to perform actions at the direction of spectators visiting The Beholder.

Stephanie Ballantine homepage
The Cyber and Material Character: