Pixels of Reality: What do you Know, What do You See? (2006)
Place: PSWAR, OT 301, Amsterdam
Artists: Christiaan Bastiaans, Banu Cennetoglu, Nicole Cousino & Chris Vecchio, Harun Farocki, Rainer Ganahl, Sagi Groner, Ivan Grubanov, Jon Kessler, Rinat Kotler, Carlos llavata, Fabian Marcaccio, Ahron Shabtai, Wael Shawky, Praneet Soi, Krzysztof Wegiel
Project initiated by: Adi Hollander, Tamuna Chabashvili and Vesna Madzoski
Production: Mathijs Lieshout, Davide Manzoni
Reader editor: Astrid Van Weyenberg
Graphic design: OneDayNation
The project is kindly supported by VSB Fonds and Mondriaan Foundation.
Special thanks to Anke Bangma, Eva Fotiadi and Reinaldo Laddaga.
In the last few decades, the digitalized image has become our main tool to perceive reality. When zoomed in on this image, it reveals its deceptive and fragmented nature – tiny squares in different colors – pixels of our reality. Hence, our perception of the surrounding world and current processes is based on the false uniformity and unity of a highly fragmented and complex entity. The aim of our project is to zoom in on this image and reveal its structure, so as to show the diversity and artificiality of such a mediated perception of the world.
Pixels of Reality was the starting phase of a project with which we wanted to open-up the discussion about the position of artists’ interventions in stimulating future social and political change. We wanted to re-examine the concepts ‘politics’ and ‘art’ in the overly used term ‘political art’, as well as the role of media in turning the aesthetics of our senses into anaesthetics. Or, as film director Peter Watkins has formulated it: we want to examine the role of the artist in “a world where ethics, morality, human collectivity, and commitment (except to opportunism) are considered ‘old fashioned.’”