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DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Poupětova 1, Prague 7
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Digital and algorithmic technologies have become a mundane, yet also nearly invisible part of our everyday existence. The next chapter of the #Datamaze exhibition explores hybridized realities, where physical and generated worlds merge into a flow of all-consuming and sometimes numbing, puzzling experiences. When you woke up this morning, did you feel real?
The Hybrid Condition investigates contemporary eco-social space-times, where datafication and algoritmisation permeate all areas of human as well as non-human life. Can you imagine going about the day without following data-driven decisions? Data is not just an ephemeral tool for transmitting information, it is the physical infrastructure that scaffolds and transforms most of our lived spaces. The hybridization of situations, experiences, meanings, and feelings defines our space-times.
Many of us dive into synthetic, algorithmic realities to escape from the collapsing world around us. Frustration with the ongoing eco-social crises and crumbling physical realities have paralyzed many of us. At the same time, we are losing the sense of orientation in the information chaos of digital/algo spaces that we inhabit. When I wander through my daily communication channels, I feel like a fractal structure. We construct our realities in a hybrid mode that exists on the screen of our digital devices but consumes our physical selves – our bodies, minds, emotions, senses – too.
When and where are we now? Where are we going?
The exhibition Hybrid State features Simon Deny, Ben Grosser and Ryska. The exhibition also includes a presentation of the research part of the Commander project by the international theatre studio Farm in the Cave and the interactive installation What the Future Wants, which reflects on what young people think about their digital future.