Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Meet the president at political exhibition

A VIDEO of Barak Obama recreated through facial substitution software anchors a new exhibition at Modern

A VIDEO of Barak Obama recreated through facial substitution software anchors a new exhibition at Modern Art Oxford.

The piece, entitled Hope and Change, delivers a reimagined version of the American President at his inaugural address in January 2009.

It is part of Freedom, the European premiere of the installation of the same name, which was first exhibited at the New Museum Triennial in New York in February. This has now been expanded into a larger solo exhibition, the first in a public gallery for American artist Josh Kline.

Freedom is an immersive environment which incorporates sculpture, video, and architectural elements that address the era that began with the 2008 financial crises and the fate of the viral political movements that have arisen in its wake. It explores the digitisation of identity, the voluntary and involuntary dissolution of privacy and the political consequences of this way of living.

The exhibition also features LED lighting, mobile phone antennae disguised as trees and life-sized “Police Teletubby” sculptures.



Meanwhile, Modern Art Oxford also presents Fly Me To The Moon, which comprises the work of Kiki Koelnik from the Fifties to the Eighties, focusing on the subject of technology and its impact on the body. Her works that are on show include sculpture, prints and ceramics.

Both exhibitions will run until October 18.



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