Ben Elliot’s solo exhibition tbh i dunno if i have feelings was on at Paris’ Very Art Space, running January 22 to 30, 2016. It was curated by Artagon and focusses on what the artist calls “the dematerialized era in relation [to] existence”. Presenting different formats and forms of work, from a social media invitation to physical artworks made of polycarbonate, bottles from the opening and private feelings written on filmy plates, Elliot creates an interconnected set of objects and reflections.
The show is the first in a cycle of events about contemporary concerns at the gallery, where the artist highlights what might be called post-capitalism or some anticipation of transhumanism: both functioning as a sanitized web and a sensation of discovery or loss of what we call a feeling.
Along with a description and documentation of the exhibition, Elliot presented us with a text that runs as follows:
“between spéculation n A.I : dematerialization speculation (instantaneity, capitalism, paypal) dématérialization (aesthetic, social, emotional, mental, scientific) A.I (augmented reality, post human, self generated, fresh new)”
Elliot’s work guides its audience to think about the show itself as an aesthetic and sensual rumination on what 2016 represents and what the future will be; leaving behind linear thought for something more interactive and unlimited. Things are as they are: Network.**
Exhibition photos, top right.