Per Speculum Me Video

Frankfurter Kunstverein

The Frankfurter Kunstverein presents the group exhibition “Per Speculum Me Video” as its contribution to the new B3 Biennial of the Moving Image in Frankfurt/Rhein-Main. It brings together works by nine artists who explore the construction of the self in contemporary video art and photography. Sounding like a long forgotten magical spell, the Latin title of the exhibition underscores the theory of French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan—that self-perception and the development of the ego are coupled with the recognition of one’s own image in the mirror.Today digital portraits and self-portraits are omnipresent—on mobile phones, through Skype conversations. We and others produce and send them incidentally, and they reappear unexpectedly in social networks. But what is the significance of one’s own image, when it is continually being replicated and is constantly available? What status does such an image have, and how can someone identify the portrayed, when every image and every self-portrait is always available, on the one hand, and when such images have the inherent potential of be technically altered and challenged in terms of authenticity, on the other? This has become an acute question in contemporary video art. Self-portraits and closed-circuit installations have always played a central role throughout the 50-year history of the medium, as a reflection on the standpoint of the viewer or as an epistemic question of identity. However, given the daily production and dissemination of moving self-portraits and the temporarily or experimentally assumed roles as the norm in social networks, new questions have emerged for many video artists surrounding the visual constitution of a subject or its counterpart as well as the perception of the self in a moving image. Open:Thursday, 31 October 2013Close:Wednesday, 15 January 2014
Address: Frankfurter Kunstverein, Steinernes Haus am Römerberg, Markt 44, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
Phone: +49 69 219314 0
Web:B3 Biennale at Frankfurter Kunstverein
Opening hour:Tue, Thu and Fri 11am – 7pm, Wed 11am – 9pm, Sat and Sun:10am – 7pm, closed Mon
Admission:6 €, reduced 4 €
Photo credits:Johanna Reich

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