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Before language, there was the image. Before the image, there was physicality and touch—primordial communication. As language evolved, from a way to express animalistic experience, the image evolved to leave a trace over time—an urge to communicate.
After language, there was the image; the transient image; the altered image. The image which replaces the written word. As we slowly evolve from a race which communicates through physical impressions and verbal communication, we move towards a connective rather than cognitive logic informed by computerized algorithms suggesting links based on our innermost, personal, digital interactive patterns. We are now experts on image culture. Clicks replace words, images inform thoughts, and our search results (and actions) are predestined. If the freedom of thought is our ultimate notion of freedom—the free will—what happens when our thoughts are predicted ahead of time?
These shifts affect our aesthetic as well as emotional sensitivity. Within contemporary modes of electronic communication, the algorithm is cold and the warmth of the touch is non-existent. If our choices are made for us, before we reach our click, a longing for an alternative is destined to emerge. Physicality is, after all, intrinsic to human nature.
This computerized connectivity, built on an algorithmic logic, functions like pieces in a puzzle and leaves little room for alternatives. Your search results are not random. Here, the emancipation of one's sexuality arises in a digital form, allowing a rise of active agents in control of their own objectification, outside of the predestined connective world and the expectations carried within the normative systems. Thus, an active form of the search for freedom in the digital info-sphere. Lust is one word for it, as freedom and lust are inherently intertwined entities.
The images in this exhibition stem from avatar pictures from various sources, such as illicit dating sites, and are represented as rasterized two-color prints, different from their authentic photographic representations. The enlargement and rasterization suggest a devaluation of the individual, towards a categorization. This, further, forces the viewer to complement the motif from a distance, while an allure to study the technique brings one forward to study its details. The viewer is asked to consider who these people are, and why they are presented in this way, based on their experiences and perceptions of Internet-culture, gender identities, power balance and visual understanding.
–Bjarne Bare
Lust is the brother of greed, the mother of joy and the evil stepdad of love. Your lust is bigger for those who do not resemble yourself. It’s your instincts speaking for you, taking the word —lashing out. It’s not your fault. Self-relatedness is a cue of kinship and decreases allure and desire in a person, while less resemblance increases attractiveness and sexual drive, creating the possibility of lust. Relax, it’s not you speaking. It’s your instincts. Lust is the twin sister of looking. Walk hand in hand with her down the Boulevard of Desires. The boulevard to lust, the ultimate satisfaction: possessing the long lust love. If only in your imagination. You don’t need a celibate body, you need a celibate mind. I can take you there. Walk with me. Look at me. It is just a click away and you are connected. Connecting. Hey! How r u?