The exhibition Fragments of a Hologram Rose curated by Ludovic Bernhardt & Luz Blanco (Global)*Z with participation of the artist collective Chim↑Pom and the artists Cari Gonzalez-Casanova, Erol Eskici, Luz Blanco, Sergen Şehi̇toğlu, Berkay Tuncay, Eric Arlix and Ludovic Bernhardt will be held at SANATORIUM between May 24 – June 30, 2019.
The short story Fragments of a Hologram Rose written in 1977 by William Gibson, is the starting point of this exhibition which brings together eight artists of different nationalities. We thank William Gibson, author of the famous cyberpunk novel Neuromancer and creator of the term cyberspace, for permitting us to use the title of his short story for our exhibition, which takes a personal look at this dislocated story where poetic hallucinations contaminate communication networks.
In this short story, political and narrative disorders consisting of images, kaleidoscopic fragments - all participating in a general disturbance where reality is mixed with simulacrum - are superimposed. The exhibition connects contemporary artworks that, by analogy with William Gibson’s literature, immerse us in a re-reading of the globalized world of information.
The Turkish, French, Japanese and North American artists are positioning themselves in front of a world of machines where images, communications, and stories intertwine permanently, changing our apprehension of reality. They freely interact with the complexity of the text and its many striking narrative fragments very close to the «cut-up» creative process experimented by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs in the sixties.
The works exhibited are both narrative and visual: they explore literary fragments that, side by side, develop a type of narrative to rearticulate, where the texts compete sometimes with the images.The exhibition documents a certain energy conveyed by heterogeneous works that reflect, not only our culture and our society but also critical relations with our present which is decidedly part of a “Gibsonian” space.
On the last day of exhibition, 29th of June, Transferans: randomized issues (Selenay Kıray), Kunsf (Kuntay Seferoğlu), RAW (Selçuk Artut, Alp Tuğan), Acid Work (Fatih Yapar) and Seretan (Ozcan Ertek) will hold a performance at SANATORIUM with pieces of sounds and images of the globalized world, sonic waves, neons and DIY instruments.