we wanted to be better and ended up being happy
Galerie Joseph Tang, Paris (FR)
Group show organized by Fenêtreproject
with Felicia Atkinson, Dustin Cauchi, Pierre Clément & Tilman Hornig
Curated by Francesca Mangion
27.3.15 — 28.3.15
I broke my sleep cycle at four am. So I went to fetch a glass of cold water.
White light washed the kitchenette as I
Opened the refrigerator.
It is the same light coming from my screen.
Same one I see in my sleep.
It is not unlike the light that will rise up with
The sun at six twenty-two today.
And so on.
“I don’t get it Tyrell, how can it not know what it is?”
— Rick Deckard, Blade Runner, 1982
The title ‘we wanted to be better and ended up being happy’ is an offhand statement in reply to the promise of futurity in mainstream sci-fi culture in the 1980s and 1990s – ominous and exciting yet somehow too dangerous to meddle with. The future however, held anticipation, a promise that most seemed willing to invest in. It would seem that within contemporary culture presence has substituted promise, favouring a view of the future as an abridged temporal phenomenon. Thus, the fleeting moment of nostalgia is quickly overridden by a shifted gaze towards the present, but what is it that we see?
For this show we set up a landscape or rather a micro ecosystem of signs and signals composed of hand-engraved text on routers, silent speakers, laser pointers and organic matter. In this landscape the works co-habit the space harmoniously. This landscape however, harbours a system of signification that is not always visible, at times manifesting a disruption that destabilises this found harmony. It is a landscape that does not reappropriate nature. Within it the borders between technology and nature become increasingly blurred, at times indistinguishable.