MNHA disturbances 2013
The distURBANces project, cooperatively initiated by the partner cities Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Luxembourg, Paris and Vienna, presents artistic positions that offer new perspectives on urban, technological and political developments. Initiated as a kind of tribute to the American science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, whose novels situate the theme of simulacra (Jean Baudrillard) into artificial environments and artefacts, distURBANces was developed to question today’s urban-and landscape representation paradigm by focusing on the distortion and the perversion of reality in our globalised world. The exhibition shows how artists focus on, analyse and envision current developments, exploring questions such as: how does artistic photography today depict the acceleration of time in relation to space? What impact do the aforementioned changes have on people and their real habitat? How are the changes in human relationships to nature and the city reflected? Which utopias or dystopias do artists generate from the present situation?
The project, which focuses on different curatorial aspects in every city, presents a total of twenty-six international artists who follow different thematic lines, from an analysis of real life in its socio-political environment, or mankind’s abuse of nature, from utopian and dystopian visions to the development of model worlds. In dealing with real, virtual, staged or simulated worlds, many artists explore the phenomena of artificial and mediated reality within a semantic context of heightened visualisation. With regard to the increasing reliance upon the virtual in everyday life, these artistic practices of mixed reality – in which the fictional world is depicted as indistinguishable from the real, and the real one as close to surreal – tend to dissolve the membrane between the real and the virtual.