October 30, 2015

The digital identity and its future

EGOupdate - at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

There is something very exciting going on...

In the preface of the Ego Update catalogue from NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Alain Bieber, the director of the cultural centre that NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is writes:
"Hardly anything has altered and influenced photograhpy and our notion of identity as much as the digital revolution."

In the new (opened in September 2015) and very fascinating exhibition EGO Update NRW-Forum Düsseldorf is focusing on the EGO, the new identity in the digital era; 

It's a mesmerising exhibition curated by Alain Bieber, and it features a collection of artists all focusing on the Ego in different ways, from the German Jonas Unger with his celebrity selfies, Martin Parr, the British satirical photographer who has his portraits taken in cities he travels to for other work, Robbie Cooper who is fascinated with the alter-egos in the gaming world,  to LaTurbo Avedon, herself an avatar who makes digital self portraits - an artist that wouldn't even exist, had it not been for internet and digital media - David Slater with the monkey selfies that have been quite controversial, not the least because of the discussion around copyright - does it belong to the photographer or to the monkeys who took the photos with the camera the photographer had provided? 

Amalia Ulman, Argentinian born artist in a performance that stretched over several months faked getting a new life, a new face, a new identity is represented here, so is the Swedish born Arvida Byström, who in her often pink and on the surface very cute photos addresses difficult topics as gender roles, feminism, the search for identity, and so is Alison Jackson who takes us behind the scenes with the celebrities - or does she?