Tony Oursler: experimentum crucis
As part of the Indigo Festival, we are presenting an exhibition of Oursler's works in collaboration with Lara Pan, New York-based curator.
Tony Oursler (b. 1957, New York) is known for his video and multimedia installations exploring the intersections of technology and visual culture. He is particularly interested in the perceptual and emotional realms that arise as we encounter and internalize new technologies. This exhibition brings together works that deal with unproven psychic phenomena. His film Imponderable (2015) weaves together various characters who promoted or debunked such phenomena, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Harry Houdini, and Fulton Oursler (the artist’s grandfather), and came out of his extensive archive of research materials on the topic. Much of the material for this film emerged towards the tail end of the industrial revolution, amidst rapid technological and social change, which also coincided with increased general interest in the occult.
Now in the 21st century, we are witnessing rise of the tech revolution — AI, robotics, SpaceX — and people are seeking answers, seeking to find some kind of continuity in the face of massive change, seeking for our future. Interest in unproven phenomena is growing again; the fear of death and quest to extend lifespan, even infinitely, is omnipresent. How we can preserve memory and keep our consciousness forever? How we can see the world from a different perspective, more evolved?
The programme in 2020 will begin with the fourth exhibition in the series "Ljubljana Bows to Slovenia", linking Ljubljana with topical regional art initiatives and collectives – this time with Klagenfurt.