Saturday, March 12, 2011

Projected Intimacy

There's a really cool show starting next week that two friends of mine, Helga Jakobson and Dean Robinson, are curating. I wanted to bring it to everyones attention! Because of its nature we will all be able to tune into the happenings in the gallery via Ustream starting this coming Monday.

Photo taken during Helga and Dean's radio interview on Eat Your Arts and Vegetables

 Here is a description of the intent of Projected Intimacy in the words of Helga and Dean as well as a schedule of events for the week!

Projected Intimacy is an exploration of our intimate existence online through cyberformance. This exhibit, which features work from Winnipeg artists and from a few international artists, has been curated by U of M Fine Arts students Helga Jakobson and Dean Robinson. Works vary from live performance to digital collage. 

Projected Intimacy seeks to see more fully the extent of our online interactions as they have become so pervasive in our everyday life. The questions at the core of this is exhibit are: now that we can be instantly connected with anyone, anywhere; how has our intimate experience of another individual been effected? Are we really sure who we are displaying ourselves to and how authentic can we be when we don't know who may be watching? Are these connections real, or in the age of ultimate connectivity is there an inherent disconnect?

So please feel free to come to the gallery, there will be work in the gallery at all times, and join us in this exploration.

We will be streaming live from the gallery through uSTREAM here is our channel:
We will be live feeding online from 3pm-6pm on Monday March 14th, Wednesday March 16th from 7.30pm-8.30pm, and then on Friday March 18th from 1pm-4pm.
So if you are unable to come into the gallery at those times to watch with us live, you can watch live from your own homes!

As a blogger and avid online social networker and presumably talking to many other people of the same description, I think the questions Helga and Dean wish to confront in Projected Intimacy are so relevant to the side of ourselves we choose to show online. In the area of blogging, we all blog for different reasons. Some bloggers are comfortable divulging a lot of personal information on their blogs and others keep it all business. I think the questions being raised in this show such as "Are we really sure who we are displaying ourselves to and how authentic can we be when we don't know who maybe watching?" is something everyone with an online presence asks themselves. 

I'm really looking forward to this week long show and I will be both at the gallery and watching online throughout the week - hope to 'see' you there!

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