Withdrawn into the forest, a young couple imagine themselves to be living a life of great danger; as warriors, or dragons. Trying to reason with their sense of self, they remove their VR headsets.
Dreams and waking experience blend and they no longer see their reflections in the screens. The blindfold wraps around their eyes and they seek the edges of a new reality, searching for universal symbols: the stars, the forest, the darkness. Caught between past and future; subject to a new judicial order, pleading a case to an unseeing jury, whose reality is not theirs, who have not seen what they are seeing.
Information Skies is the first UK solo exhibition by the Dutch art and design studio Metahaven. Opening concurrently at Mumbai Art Room, it is also the collective’s first exhibition in India.
Metahaven’s 2016 film project Information Skies weaves new realities, informed by VR. Through a dramatisation of this experiential technology, using live footage and animation, concepts of authenticity and lived experience are positioned as fictional provocations. How might we understand ‘truth’ and ‘law’ in a world of infinitely self-producing belief systems?
Alongside Information Skies, Auto Italia will present Metahaven’s documentary film installation The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda), a 70-minute dive into online and offline truths, fictions, and their sponsors. Guided by commentary of Benjamin H. Bratton, Maryam Monalisa Gharavi, and Peter Pomerantsev, The Sprawl (Propaganda About Propaganda) identifies how planetary-scale interface culture is transforming geopolitics and state power.
Taken together, The Sprawl and Information Skies become a new cinematic topography, creating fragmented territories of images and suggestions, and building a worldview that is at once attractive and terrifying.
Prview event: October 4th 6-9pm
Exhibition cont. until October 30th, Thurs-Sun 12-5pm
Exhibition will also open for Frieze on Wednesday 5th October
Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven is a collective operating on the cutting blade of design, art, aesthetics and politics. Metahaven’s practice consists of projects across design, art, theory, exhibitions, publications, lectures, and filmmaking. Recent solo presentations include ‘The Sprawl’, YCBA, San Francisco (2015), ‘Black Transparency’, Future Gallery, Berlin, (2014), and ‘Islands in the Cloud’, MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Recent group exhibitions include ‘The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)’, 11th Gwangju Bienniale (2016), ‘All of This Belongs to You’, V&A, London (2015), ‘Private Settings: Art After the Internet’, Warsaw Museum of Modern Art (2014), and ‘Immaterial Labour Isn’t Working’, Auto Italia, London, (2013). Recent publications include ‘Black Transparency’ (2015), ‘Can Jokes Bring Down Governments?’ (2013), ‘VOID MYSTIQUE DNA’ in collaboration with Deterritorial Support Group (DSG), published with Auto Italia (2013), and ‘Uncorporate Identity’ (2010). Videos by Metahaven include ‘Home’ (2014), and ‘Interference’ (2015), both for musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon, as part of an ongoing collaboration. Metahaven’s first full-length documentary, ‘The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda)’, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016.