UX

Duo show with Anna Mirkin, Neun Kelche Gallery, Berlin 2022

Curated by Kira Dell and Laura Seidel

UX looks at the illusion of control and the shaping of personal and cultural identity in the age of algorithm-determined behavior. In this collaborative work, objects and sculptures are connected to movement sensors and motors, and react to the movement of visitors of the gallery space. With the continuous, eerie sound of the motors, what is created is an environment that is all-encompassing and overwhelming. UX turns the abstract digital space into a physical experience, thus making tangible connections between shadow algorithms and real world implications.

Video documentation: Na'ama Landau

Excerpts from exhibition text:

"Heyne and Mirkin are connected by their interest in participatory visual narratives and the motif of repetition as a working mode. In UX, they explore of the impact of algorithm-driven spaces on the human body and its freedom of movement and agency. As an abbreviation of the term User Experience, the title refers to the user's experience when interacting with a product or an environment. At first glance, UX seems to be a playful setting, but at the same time confronts visitors with the underlying structures of digital spaces.
The installation consists of fragmented fine steel sculptural elements distributed throughout the space. Their surfaces are reminiscent of screens and their arrangements create a semi-open space illuminated by selfie rings. Some of the rings face the audience and invite them to come closer. In the center of the room, an oversized mobile is stretched out, wherein the sculptural and textile works are brought together: a flat, collage-like steel sculpture is framed by fabrics printed in bright colors. The prints depict plants, animals, and individual objects, such as the white garden chair that repeatedly appears in Mirkin's practice. Sometimes they seem to merge psychedelically into the strong background colors, sometimes they dissolve into their components and, in the case of a tiger, become a two-dimensional version of themselves.
[...] At first glance, this seems to be a welcoming environment, alluding to visual backgrounds of perfectly staged social media images that invite the visitors to photograph themselves in it. But the unexpected movements of the sculptures gradually change the perception of the space."

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Photo Credit: Dorothea Dittrich

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Photo Credit: Dorothea Dittrich

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