Nevertheless Gallery, solo exhibition: ‘NATURE, 404 / Difficult Forests in the Digital Flux’ Köln, March-April 2016
Installation and publication from the content material of the amazon#2 Difficult Forests - A Technological Poem on the Structure of the Eye, a book in collaboration with Foad Farahani as designer. The book is the result of a web of interconnected and interrelated theories and thinkings about the boundaries between biology and surface of encounters in categories of virtual and concrete in the context of a travel to the Amazon.
A travel to the Amazon region (2013) in Colombia with the Kinect as recording device created a series of digital memoirs spelled out on systematic screen glitches, comes out now to report a technological relationship to a life-historical category. The representation of the journey—itself as complex problematic event—together with the horde of visual artifacts tell a set of interfacial stories with my co-travelers. This project addresses the splicing of direct and tactile human perception of reality with another reality, one that is mediated and technical. It is an aesthetic dream, dream of isomorphism between the discursive object and the visible object in the Amazonian forests.
This project vibrates rather as an amalgam of ideas and relations that I first tried to draw performatively in roughly three tangled layers in 2014: (1) My experience of a mode of traveling with a child that came to me to resonate the pleasures of traveling-with the radical and joyful alterity of child in a clarifying opposite of the lonely masculine traveler—in the context of an intimate relationship and trip (at the end of 2013) to Amazon in the border of Colombia, Peru, and Brazil with Karin Demuth and her two year old boy Hanno; (2) A palimpsest reading of technologies of interfacing within the computer culture and means of thinking about the category of interface and its overlapping areas and problematization in both “surface” and “jungle” by doing so; (3) A multi-channeled visual essay of the highly technical images recorded by Kinect infrared 3D-scanner/motion-detector in the course of the journey.