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Valuable imagery gains a false religiosity (usually linked with cash value, but always invoked in the name of culture and civilization) as a substitute of what it lost when the camera made them reproducible. The network of the reproductions moves oppositely, the amplified religiosity of the object stands in bleak contrast with the quantity and quality of reproductions produced by a network of accelerated capitalism. In ongoing research on viral/popular imagery, I seek to relate the experience of art directly to other experiences, and to use the means of reproduction as though they offered a language, as though pictures were like words rather than holy relics. Still from video part of One Minutes’ series ‘Comfort and Vision’ (curated by Salim Bayri) with screenings at Het Nieuwe Instituut (NL), Museum Hilversum (NL), Remise, Amsterdam (NL) i.a.
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LEVI VAN GELDER (1995) — ARTIST/DESIGNER AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS +316(0)48839907 MA Design Sandberg Instituut (2020), BFA Product / Spatial Design HKU (2017)
Driven by visual storytelling, artistic research and pedagogic collaboration, I aim to unearth frictions between compounds of reality and fiction, representation and misrepresentation, and to tap into the dormant spaces of critical and whimsical play nestled inside others. By means of performative research, I sketch out a realm that ranges from provocative tropes within pop culture to history formation. Through quick-witted storytelling and critique, I create a (hyper)reality show of distorted nonhuman characters that question authenticity and reveal layers of depth in the superficial.