"Spooky Action at a Distance"
Amalie Smith, Amitai Romm, David Stjernholm, Rasmus Myrup and Valérie Collart
Curated by: Nanna Stjernholm Jepsen
Opening: 9 Jan, 5-7pm
Dates: 9–30 Jan, 2016
The anthropocene epoch, the human epoch, is an era during which manmade technology has radically changed our understanding of what it means to be a sensing, thinking, acting human being.
During the 20th century, the theory of relativity and quantum physics shifted perceptions of the order of the universe and the linearity of time, and in the 21st century the spread of the internet has opened digital platforms that displace and abolish site specificity, distance and time differences to orientate us towards the processual and network-based. Photographs of actual events, places and objects merge with a manipulated and virtually generated hyperreality and are distributed globally and virally. Vast information flows have become an integrated part of our biotope as our bodies fuse with smartphones and other devices that establish parallel, virtual existences in front of and through a screen, erasing the boundary between physical and virtual reality.
The exhibition Spooky Action at a Distance presents works by the artists Amalie Smith, Amitai Romm, David Stjernholm, Rasmus Myrup and Valérie Collart, all of whom share an interest in exploring the transitions between media, materialities and our existence in the anthropocene age. The invited artists use sculpture, installation, photography and digital works to investigate themes like the relationship between physical and digital spaces in the transition between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional. They ask how we relate to the different physical and digital layers we move between in our daily lives, which has resulted in a shift from an object-based understanding of art to a network-based aesthetic in the move from the dematerialisation of art to the rematerialisation of the Internet. What happens when the boundaries of media meet, overlap and stimulate each other? What happens when a material is remediated? And wherein does the materiality of the digital lie?
The exhibition title Spooky Action at a Distance is taken from Albert Einstein’s description of the quantum physics law of entanglement, based on Niels Bohr’s theories of quantum mechanics describing how entangled particles can immediately affect each other despite potentially infinite distances in space.
The exhibition is supported by The Danish Art Council, Dannebrog Foundation, Avnedefonden, and Carlsberg.