HYBRID BOX – Modular Gallery for Digital Arts
Kara Güt is a multidisciplinary artist whose primary focus is image-based, digital media. Her work investigates the new shape of human intimacy formed by internet lifestyle, constructed detachment from reality, and the power dynamics of the virtual.
“Hurt/Comfort” is a series of confessional vignettes: The Character, The Camera, Fandom, and Two Trade Places. The video imagines the live-stream as the contemporary confession booth. The protagonist of the video – a streamer, attempts to speak to an invisible audience while playing Elden Ring. However, something has gone wrong; the streamer’s image has been distorted. The confessions are spoken from a place of subconsciousness as the streamer watches helplessly, frozen behind a gaussian blur. A chat dialogue comforts the streamer during the ordeal, appearing to sympathize with her condition. Eventually, the chat dialogue manifests as a second avatar in the game, and the two “trade places.” On the opposite screen is a written account of the events, synced to the moment they occur. Originally, “Hurt/comfort” is a genre of fan fiction in which pain is inflicted on a character so that they might be rehabilitated, usually by their counterpart or romantic partner. In the interest of deconstructing the self, the chat and livestreamer relationship stands as a sort of mix between socratic dialogue and hurt/comfort fan fiction.
Kara Güt received an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2016 and currently lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a 2021 alumni of the Pioneer Works Tech Residency and her work has been presented internationally in group shows, as well as solo presentations, such as recently at SPACES, Cleveland and at Galerie Éphémère, Montreal.
11.09. – 16.10.2022
Most Dismal Swamp
The current exhibition is funded by the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony. This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon State Parliament.
HYBRID Box is a new modular gallery that presents experimental and interdisciplinary art by local and international artists, and at the same time accompanies the beginning of the conversion of the original east wing of the barracks on the Hellerau festival grounds.
HYBRID establishes a new international platform for the arts in the digital age and critical phases of global transformation processes, funded within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.
HYBRID Box is a project in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and PYLON. The HYBRID Box Programme 2021 is supported by MUTEK, Goethe Institut, Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.
Technical direction: Tobias Blasberg
Production Management: Michael Lotz
Daniela Weiss and Jascha Ehrenreich (TheSystemCollective) go #tothemoon. On the basis of their digital artwork, which they will place in front of the Festspielhaus, they will give an introduction to the idea and the community around the Artificial Museum [ARM].
The cultural mission of the Artificial Museum is to create, communicate, research, archive and present (digital) art in public space. The ARM has a special focus on the digitisation of analogue art from all genres, from performance and painting to video and audio installations.
The ARM uses the space between analogue and digital worlds as a permanent and experimental playground – through a web-based AR app, the gps-anchored artworks are made accessible worldwide.
In this way, the ARM redefines the concept of “museum”: the “building” of the Artificial Museum is expanded through public participation, it is everywhere and borderless and open 24/7.
The ARM is run by TheSystemCollective, an alliance of independent artists, makers, programmers, engineers, philosophers, activists and scientists, with the aim of collectively transforming our world through art and technology and creating a record of what could be and what might have been. So that the future can look back and see the circles that humanity has drawn in search of its meaning and purpose.