I'll be Your Mirror: Navigating Interaction in the Digital Age examines the dissemination and consumption of information in contemporary media culture. Curated by the editors of Scrapped Magazine, themselves ICP alumni, this exhibition considers how much of our contemporary experience is filtered through corporatized mass media.
Marxist theorist Guy Debord stated "All that once was directly lived has become mere representation." Debord described not only the relationship that we have to world events, but also how we experience our own lives. Today, much of the information and imagery we receive circulates through second or third hand experience—not just through traditional outlets such as television and newspapers—but through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and blogs. Disconnection and alienation masquerade as obsessive communication over social media. The cult of celebrity, the deliberate curation of a public image on Facebook and Instagram, online dating, politicians using mass media to score political points, and a 24-hour news cycle where information must be manufactured to hold viewers' attention—all modes of virtual communication have combined to jam our airwaves.
The artists selected for this exhibition tackled this theme conceptually, thematically, and globally, using a variety of tools, from iPhones, Skype, and screenshots to X-ray film, car parts, and digital photography. The editors of Scrapped would like to thank ICP for the opportunity to curate this show, as well as our participating artists for their thoughtful contributions.
Curated by Noura Al-Salem, Frances F. Denny, Nicole Horton, Osvaldo Pontón
Paola Nuñez Solorio