About The Project

“Love in the Time of Social Media”, is a group exhibition curated by Olga Stefan that will take place on March 16-April 6, 2019 at Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, and features the artwork of:

Lauren Wy (USA), Sabian Baumann (CH), Navid Tschopp (CH/IRN), Stefan Botez (CH/RO), Jenny Rova (CH/SWE), Himali Singh Soin (IN/BR), Sophie Calle (FR), and Keren Cytter (IS/USA)  

A daily screening of video art by: Mikhail Karikis (GR/BR), Tova Mozard (SWE), Johannah Bernhardson (SWE), Sophie Dros (NE), Shu Lea Chang (FR/USA/TAI), Hito Steyerl (DE), and others

Film screenings on 2 separate evenings (TBA)

An archive of public submissions will also be exhibited .  This website also functions as a call for your submissions .  Click on the link for a description of what we seek. You can also submit your contributions to google drive with no sign-in here: https://driveuploader.com/upload/ZIaBL4QO93/

Current Program

March 16, 7pm

Navid Tschopp will perform “The Facebook Project”,  a live portrait drawing session of our guests.  The portraits will be then hung on the “wall” for an analog version of the social media app, and each “profile” will be connected personally, upon request, with anyone else already on the wall. 

Himali Singh Soin will perform “my lyf isin shambles rn but tbh its so funnnn”, an interactive event with the public on Instagram. Each guest is invited to ask the artist a question by DM and she will post her answer to instagram stories. The question as a proposal. A one-line ‘fortune poem’ will be gifted to the audience member to interpret. The interactions will be projected in the gallery space. She will do this for the first 50 visitors.

March 23, 1pm 

Dr. Eva Illouz will hold a lecture about the intersection of love and capitalism. Co-organized with Omanut.

“Love in the Time of Social Media” analyses the ways in which the concept of love has evolved in the last three thousand years, with a particular emphasis on the modern period of capitalism and industrialization that has transformed our communities and human relations, a phenomenon that we live once again with the advent of the internet and social media. These radical transformations are destabilizing the fragile balance between public and private spaces, allowing changes in our personal identities and social values, and promise to revolutionize our entire society. And yet, despite the possibilities offered by these new ways of interacting and “loving”, we have never been more isolated and alone. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which revealed just how profoundly our emotions and our thoughts are monitored, predicted and manipulated by algorithms in the social media platforms we use to form bonds, what remains of love? And if indeed we can still love, can it function as resistance to the closure of societies, the rise of hatred and dehumanization resulting from increasingly destructive right-wing and neo-liberal policies? Is this new type of love as radical as the flower power movement once was, pushing us once again to redefine gender, the couple, sex, community, friendship and the moral? 

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