Un_Real Desires – Group Exhibition

Technology, Desire and Erotica

from: 22.10.2019 2pm  to: 27.10.2019 8pm

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, dedicated to exploring the mediatization of sexuality and its effects, coinciding with the Berlin Pornfilm Festival.

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 fake-ness: 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? “Un_Real Desires” traces the implications. Does it matter, and do we care?


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

SomoS is proud to present the following participating artists:

Azim F. Becker
Ana Brumat
Iria do Castelo & Ramses Salas
Amir Chasson
Francesca Fini
Anastasia Manole
Vaginal Arts Ensemble
Paul Piccione
Miriam Poletti
Rocha & Polse
Marcel Schwittlick
Janka Smetanina
Pei-Chi Wu
Mu Zhang


Un_Real Desires
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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SomoS
Kottbusser Damm 95, 1.OG
10967 Berlin


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