Familiarity requires time. It definitely takes more than a certain amount of time to identify and digest changes in patterns and speeds. At the point where the change is completely digested, newness becomes a daily routine. Whereas, there is also a situation that forces you to get used to through a shock. Rapidly changed situations and conditions through disasters or sudden accidents lead to forced familiarity by making humans aware of a change, not changing their perceptions.
The concept of virtual is one example of this ambivalence of familiarity. Although there have been communications all the time, the experience of contacting with online platforms raises questions about whether the other’s existences are real. Were we used to this if physically limited reality made communication easier and more active? Are we still wondering in the shock of accelerating that familiarity? Or, should we get used to it?
Body Snatcher starts with these questions. When we are floating as dots while connected as a line through (non)realistic communication, and finally forming a space as a society which is composed of both subjects and objects of communicating, it is worthwhile to think about the individual identity of the dots which were the elements. The four artists – Bianca Pedrina, Duhyoung Kim, Hyunjin La, and Tim Löhde – show this concept with views that is familiar but can also question its familiarity.
Curated by: Namjoo Huh