Works and Projects
A selection of different projects
July 3 – July 18, 2020
new and unreal influences
We may all be products of our environment, but what even is that right now? What is this new world we are living in? What unseen and complex motives are flavouring, corrupting or redeeming us?
This series of works imagines unreal and confusing futures through works in states of transition, evolution and decay. Implied by familiar but weaponised objects, hastily repurposed appliances, languages that have lost their meaning, bacteria and banal white masculinity. What has led to the manufacture of these artefacts, and what roles will they play as our taste changes, determined by a shifting terroir.
The exhibition presents new digital works exploring our relationship with social media. Often the stated messages we are reading and sharing do not clearly relate to hidden objectives. Rhetorical aspects of feeds, likes, emojis are not fixed in Blake’s presentation of our complex interaction with these platforms. Our subjectivities are teased out as the suggestibility and misdirection inherent in these formats are played with. Blake’s Tegnespråk is a critical interrogation of the motives behind the ubiquity of social media aesthetics, framed through multiple uncomfortable perspectives based on troll/right-wing rhetoric. Subverting well-known forms engages public speculation on the exploitation of genuine feelings and the interplay of the surface joy employed by tech’s commercial interests.
words by Michael Laundry
The show took place at MLAG, Bergen and simultaneously in this VR environment here - hub.link/RQnKufy
Curated by Michael Laundry for MLAGin cooperation with Bit Teatergarasjen and Kopf Kino.