Love After Materialism_2 at l’Etna in Paris

 

l’Etna, 71 rue Robespierre, 93100 Montreuil — 7PM July 11, 2015

Video by: Jeremy Bailey and Kristen Schaffer, Jennifer Chan, Karilynn Ming Ho, Jaakko Pallasvuo, Heather Phillipson, and Jon Rafman

Expanded for a special Paris presentation with Collectif Jeune Cinéma, Love After Materialism_2 is a screening of contemporary video art that arouses contemplation of love, longing, and desire after the virtualization of social relations. Jeremy Bailey and Kristen Schaffer (Toronto, Canada), Jennifer Chan (Toronto, Canada), Karilynn Ming Ho (Vancouver, Canada), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Helsinki, Finland), Heather Phillipson (London, UK), and Jon Rafman (Montréal, Canada) offer insight into our contemporary capacity for closeness in the absence of physical proximity.

The materialism in Love After Materialism is twofold. First, it is a Marxist understanding of materialism; it is love after the ubiquity of capitalism and the accumulation of goods as a surrogate for emotional capital. Second, it is the physicality of material; it is love after the digitization of social interactions and how the lack of physical contact impacts our capacities for relating to others.

The works in this program provide emotional reflection on how the virtualization and monetization of social interaction has reconfigured our capacities for relating to others, for intimacy, and for love. They are unabashedly lyrical; using rhythm, poetry, song, and pop culture to seduce the viewer into a relationship with the presented subjects/images. They portray digitized, desiring bodies that hover in between the promise of immortality and the threat of obsolescence, creating slippages between sex, language, and consumption. Love After Materialism plays with the distancing effect of social technologies, materializing abstract longings, and virtual sentimentality in intimate interplays between virtualization, sexualization, and commodification in a virtual exchange through emotional economies of desire.

These works portray digitized, desiring bodies that hover in between the promise of immortality and the threat of obsolescence, creating slippages between sex, language, and consumption. Love After Materialism plays with the distancing effect of social technologies, materializing abstract longings, and virtual sentimentality in intimate interplays between virtualization, sexualization, and commodification in a virtual exchange through emotional economies of desire. In an era of new materialism and object-oriented philosophy, where theorists are looking increasingly to the power/agency of things, Love After Materialism re-examines the material consequences of one of the original abstractions. Divorcing the substance of love from the object of a human body, these works ultimately drift into articulations of loss, echoing the familiar love for a subject who is no longer physically present.

Program:

Jeremy Bailey and Kristen Schaffer – The Future of Marriage (8:24)

Karilynn Ming Ho – Love is Just a Four Letter Word (9:58), 

Heather Phillipson – A is to D what E is to H (11:55)

Jaakko Pallasvuo – Diamonds (12:53)

Jennifer Chan – Young Money (8:21)

Jon Rafman – Main Squeeze (7:23)

The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the program curator and Trinity Square Video’s Artistic Director, John G. Hampton

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