How my mom got hacked, which ran at Kortrijik’s DASH gallery from October 17 to November 14, 2015, brought together four artists including Aline Bouvy, Adam Cruces, Tilman Hornig and Nicolas Pelzer. Rather than providing context and overview of the exhibitions’ aim and premise, the press release spelt out a list of Plot Keywords:
Increased productivity and efficiency, Gender, Cyberpunk, Computer, Prehistory, We’re all white on the inside (meme), Users, Foreplay, Hands, Technological body, Slow motion, Hacker, Time(d), Foreplay, Devices, Virtual Reality, To break up the surface, The Poetics of Information Overload
Unsure as to whether or not the group are critiquing or investing themselves in these buzzwords, we are asked to draw our own ties between the assemblage of objects. The room is spacious and open, and the works are viewed in conversation with each other. The “double” as a theme and aesthetic portrayal of intimacy works its way through the show.
Cruces presents two blow up air mattress placed on low plinths, named ‘We’re all sexy on the inside’ (2015) and ‘We’re all sleepy on the inside’ (2015). Little drawings of skeletons in sexual acts are drawn on the surface, with underwear, slippers, tissues and miniature clock hands scattered around. Hung above is Pelzer’s ‘Evolving Masters’ (2015), where metal is folded into the shape of hands facing towards (or worshipping) a bright purple light. A temporary wall splits the room, with Bouvy’s drawings on either side. Two heads are connected by an abstract circular shape titled ‘The extensibility of all objects and creatures in the universe’ (2015). Behind the wall is Hornig’s ‘Transformed by lifestyle (TXT on devices series)’ (2015), a log that sits on a low stage-like plinth, holding up two wifi boxes that are scribed with a story titled “An Everyday World” and ending in “this is already rarely misunderstood by an average posted comment.” **
Exhibition photos, top right.