until 15.04. | #3803ARTatBerlin | Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin shows from 2. March 2023 the exhibition “compression” by the artist Louisa Clement. It is the first solo exhibition of the artist in the gallery.
How do we situate ourselves in our present, characterised by digitalisation and the possibility of biotechnological reproducibility? What are the media of human access to the world? How does technology change our selves and our interactions with others? Louisa Clement uses a wide range of media to confront the fluidity of these complex questions. Photography, video, sculpture are genres that play a role in her work. In doing so, she often opens up her practice to the latest technologies. For example, she often uses the camera of her smartphone for her photographs and works with virtual reality and artificial intelligence. […]
The development of such artificial intelligence, the storage of digital photos, as well as almost all other areas of our everyday lives are now shaped by the binary code of 0 and 1, the language of computers and digital networks. Clement’s latest work compression (2023) uses a new biocybernetic storage method: DNA data storage. Digital data can be translated from binary code into the four amino acid based code of DNA. Clement uses this technology to translate all her previous work into a sequence of adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). The resulting double helix is stored in a tiny stainless steel shell. The body itself can thus become a carrier medium for an enormous amount of data. With this new work, Clement inscribes traces of her artistic creation in her own body, in which she had this double helix implanted. She is incarnating her own work again. What does this technology mean for our corporeality and identity? The body becomes a potential archive, but at the same time also a possible field of further biocapitalist exploitation.
Excerpt from the press text by Leon Jankowiak
Louisa Clement lives and works in Bonn.
Vernissage: Thursday, 2. March 2023, 5 – 8 pm
Exhibition period: Thursday, 2. March until Saturday, 15. April 2023To the Gallery
Image caption: courtesy Galerie EIGEN + ART Berlin, Louisa Clement
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