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Exhibition opening with “HYLĒ” @esc medien kunst labor in Graz, Austria

HYLĒ as part of “Wüste der Wirklichkeiten” (Desert of reality)

Welcome to the desert of the real. [Morpheus to Neo in the film Matrix]

With this set piece by the media philosopher Jean Baudrillard, Morpheus introduces Neo’s preparation for his task when he reveals Neo to live in a dream world that exists only as part of a neuro-interactive simulation – a matrix – while he is in a destroyed, sun-darkened world ruled by machines: “Welcome to the desert of reality”. In the film, the beginning of the Matrix is defined by the creation of the systems of AI. In fact, applications of AI have long permeated all areas of our lives, impacting our decisions and social relationships as well as influencing the economy, politics, and society.

In the Desert of Realities exhibition, the use of technology no longer appears only as a dystopian model of a gloomy vision ofthe future or as a representation of the current state, but also as part of the solution that we should embrace: It makes a difference whether you only know a path, or whether you walk that path. [Morpheus]

Artists: Etsuko Ichihara , Amy Karle, Flavia Mazzanti, Surzhana Radnaeva, Vivien Roussel,Christine Schörkhuber, Theresa Schubert, Winnie Soon, Tzu Tung Lee, Zhe Wang

Co-production with Constant VZW Brüssel, Immerea, kunst_@_werk, Mori Art Museum Tokyo; a cooperation in the frame of steirischer herbst ’23; co-operation with ORF musikprotokoll 2023