In the exhibition Simulacra 2 the artists Michelle Monareng, Naraee Jin, Patricio Dalgo, Henrik Lund Jörgensen, Katti Lundh, Leif Skoog & Johan Suneson, and Marit Lindberg in collaboration with Lena Ollmark work with artistic approaches to fictional reality. The exhibition shows conceptual, documentary works that relate to political and historical events as well as completely fictional stories. The different approaches highlight various layers of consciousness and visualise images and information flows in video, painting, photo and installation.
The artists have previously met in different constellations at places for artistic production in Berlin, Brazil, Upplands Bro and Gothenburg, where they have exchanged experiences about the art and the world. They discussed and worked together. The exhibition is a way to continue the artistic dialogue and let the different works illuminate each other to create new contexts and perspectives on our changing world.
Simulacra is a term that describes something artificial that is taken for reality.
In art and literature it is associated with man-made creations who start to live their own lives. Dorian Gray's portrait, Pinocchio, Frankenstein's monster, Homunculus and Golem, are examples. In Platon's Sofist, Simulacra is understood as a credible copy that distorts people's impression of the original, a sinister threat that Plato means that all art is.
Even the world at large is a shadow game that only the philosopher, according to Platon, can reveal. The lie is an alternative explanation that retroactively illuminates an emerging situation, but can also give promise for the future.
The liar carries a secret and understands reality through their lie – a double look.
Psychological simulacra present the possibility that the image of truth you grow up with can prove to be a chimera. The double look will then be directed backwards to the memories and the past.
Everything in the past is then written to potential simulacra.
The presence of simulacra makes the idea of an objective common world doubtful.
Fact resistance, opinion corridors and the attitude that the most popular voice writes history can be understood as an embrace of simulacra along with the nihilistic relativism that this approach allows.
How could one think about artefacts, artificial fantasies and lies in relation to today's world?
Artist talk: Friday 16 nov at 6 pm.