In an age where our virtual life consumes our physical state of being, the lines between IRL and URL dissolve through limitless manipulation. Virtually extended, we function in communication networks as both alienated subject and mediated object—where representations of history, society, adolescence, youth, and ourselves are commonly perceived as lived experience. With the pop-culturification of identity and expansion of open-source networks, distinctions between information and value collapse into meaningless noise. Like the internet itself, the audio and visual artists presented in this group show deconstruct the past to reassemble fragments into new strange hybrid forms and futures. Juxtaposing this new habitat in a political climate where recurring themes of corruption, immorality, violence, and the invasion of basic privacies are fixed realities, these artists allude to a lifestyle deeply entrenched in manufactured need. Overloaded and overwhelmed, perhaps the only hope is to Try To Forget.
March 8, 2013
The Rat Factory Art Gallery
1443 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood CA 90028