27 June - 1 August, 2014
Private view: 26 June, 6-8pm
The group exhibition Phantom Limbs traces how notions of consciousness are evolving as a result of our ever increasing digitally mediated existence.
Our perceived reality is both a sensory and visual projection of the brain. In neuroscience, a phantom sensation is connected to the loss of a body part, which is still perceived as being present and capable of ‘imaginary movements’. Whilst the brain can reconfigure its map of neural structures and alter its model of reality in response to novel sensory inputs, it is also both capable of reactivating sensorial memories and of projecting continuous existence to what is no longer there.
If we are able to feel, really feel, sensations from something that is no longer present, at what point do they stop being an illusion and can be considered genuine? Do subjective feelings, desires, memories, and even the soul have a ‘material’ reality? And if so, where can we say that life and consciousness reside? What does it mean to be alive?
The human condition is changing through the development of new interfaces that form part of our everyday lives. Our closeness to today’s smart devices, the immaterial and ungraspable nature of the networked systems that support them, implicates us as a digital self, an entity that is continuously taking on a more traceable volume.