Who is playing with us? / esc medienkunstlabor, Graz, Styria

© esc medien kunst labor

14.05.2024 – 26.07.2024

While the universally valid, the factual and the real are becoming increasingly difficult to grasp, the illusionary and the imaginary are becoming more readily available – “reality” is dematerialising in the face of the dominance of the virtual. And last but not least, AI systems are creating new realities in a materially effective virtuality. It all boils down to an environment in which rules come into effect that were long characterized only by game worlds and narratives, and which now have not only politically questionable but also psychodynamic, i.e. psychiatrically relevant, consequences.
The spectrum ranges from an understanding of play as an example of creative engagement with the world, in which homo ludens develops his cultural and personal abilities, to the significance of the aesthetic and playful as an antithesis to instrumental reason, as Marcuse, for example, associated the term with freedom and thus interpreted it politically, to playing with and around reality.
Viewing art from the perspective of play challenges us to view the world to which it refers from the same perspective – with installations by Matthew Gardiner, Madalina Nicolae, Vivien Roussel, Marc Teyssier, Christine Schörkhuber and Matajuegos.

Who is playing with us?
14.05.2024 – 26.07.2024
esc medienkunstlabor
Bürgergasse 5, 8010 Graz