SANATORIUM hosts “Artificial Bloom; Fluid Archives" between December 6, 2019, and January 19, 2020. The exhibition brings together the works of Zeynep Beler, Luz Blanco, and Christiane Peschek in the context of non-linear, fluid and hybrid realities with the curation of Melih Aydemir.
As the line between our IRL (in-real-life) and virtual existence blurs, we find new ways to reconstruct ourselves and to expand our material limits. Our presence is continuously transformed on the ever-expanding Internet by means of collecting and storing our memories. The exhibition seeks possibilities in this digital field, covering our experiences, memories, and identities beyond the linear narratives constructed by a certain gaze. It also considers the expansion of virtual networks as spaces where feminine and queer memory can find itself a nest, while reflecting on the cyber-feminist context of the documentation tools that have become extensions of ourselves.
Fluid Archives fragments those memories judged worthless to document, perhaps "unreal", that are transmitted and disseminated through body memory. Artificial Bloom is taken from the 2018 song "Faceshopping" by SOPHIE, standing as an acceptance of the reconstruction of one's body. Artificial Bloom refers to her transition process as flowering, bloom is also the name of a computer graphics effect that softens details by adding intense light to images.