UTRECH. Eva Davidova “Global mode: Narcissus and drowning animals” The sound of one computer thinking. 30 october – 22 december . IMPAKT. Center for Media Culture.

This exhibition’s title paraphrases the zen koan, ”What is the sound of one hand clapping? to invoke a paradox or question that is essentially unanswerable. The artworks presented share an underlying concern regarding the essence of sentience. Are love, death or humour uniquely human or biological experiences? Is the digital experience truly immaterial? Is labor indistinguishable from life?

Digital manifestations of Eros and Thanatos, creation and destruction, are at play in the sensorial and sensual array of videos, installations and wearable technology on display, both enhancing the mind and body yet co-opting and commodifying our movements, thoughts, desires and affects. Do our devices control or liberate us? Compliance compulsory behaviours, training and learning are all underlying themes to these works, which tease out the nuances an complexities of how devices and behaviour intermingle and intertwine to mould and construct our ‘realities’.

Eva Davidova is a Spanish/Bulgarian multidisciplinary artist based in New York. The issues of her work—behavior, cruelty, ecological disaster and manipulation of information emerge as paradoxes rather than assumptions, in an almost fairy-tale fashion. Her practice involves drawing, performance, interactive installations and participatory VR, computer generated 3D sculpture and photo-based animation. Davidova’s work has been shown at the Bronx Museum, the Everson Museum, Albright Knox Museum, MACBA, CAAC Sevilla; Instituto Cervantes, and Circulo de Bellas Artes among others. She is recipient of the BANCAJA International Award for Digital Art; the M-tel Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Art, and a Residency Unlimited NEA fellowship for US based artists.

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Image: Eva Davidova. Global mode: Narcissus and drowning animals