Cynical Amnesia

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Posted by Lisson Gallery on February 06, 1998 at 19:05:01:

3rd February 1998

Lisson Gallery, London

On View Friday 3rd April - Saturday 25th April

New digital projects by a generation of rootless artists
weaned on glib dialectics, virtual one-dimensionality, and

Lisson Gallery presents recent works by:

Damien Hirst - The Absence Of Electronic Recognition Equals Death
Richard Crow - Virtual Stains
Jake And Dinos Chapman - Triumph Of Representation Over Being
Simon Patterson - The Broken Link
Marc Quinn - Incognito Egos
Wayne Myers - Swallow Information Madly
Gary Hume - Begging For Bandwidth
Gavin Turk - Porn
Jordan Crandall - Working With And Against It
Marc Garret - Schizophrenaesthetics
Matthew Ritchie - The Hard Way
Charles Long - Monosex Chat System

In a time of monolithic operating systems, algorithmic
aesthetics, and the politics of virtualization, nothing could
be more relevant than a shiftless, hollow, and finally
self reflective positioning of the artist as a hapless subversive
or, better, the subversive as a hapless artist. The game of
ego fulfillment is played out in the spectacle of
fictionalized, illusory, purloined, and cyberized identities
disassembling the politics of the politics of subversion.

This group of pranksters, self-styled celebrities, digital
fugitives and hackers offers an activism concerned with
visibility and outlaw aesthetics. More glowing narcissism
than politics, this behavior is symptomatic of the voguish
rogue appeal of the rakish criminality found in Natural Born
Killers, Trainspotting, Gangsta Rap and The Titanic.

For further information please contact:
Barry Barker, Director
67 Lisson Street and 52/54 Bell Street, London, NW1 5DA
Tel. 0171 724 2739 Fax. 0171 724 7124

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