Virtual Bodies

I have been away for a while, due to my father’s operation. Well, although I couldn’t write for some time, I had too much to talk about. The ‘exhibition season’ has started:) I went to the opening of a photography exhibition last week. Being a photography editor in a magazine, I attend lots of exhibitions. This one was one of them, however it was a bit different in content. When I talked to the artist, namely Ali Alışır who is also an academician in Yeditepe University, he said that he aimed to question the place of “the body” and the individuals in consumer society. Nice thought.. This has always been a popular subject for many artists though. What interested me in this exhibition how the models exhibited are transformed into virtual bodies and artificial androjin identities which no longer has any side to be desired.

from the exhibition

As Alışır says; the body has replaced the soul in today’s consumer society. And the body is surrounded by the myths of health, diet, theraphy and desire. We are constantly invited to re-discover the bodies by Mass media which converted them into an investment object. For example; the temperature of a model in a woman’s magazine is the same as a modern furniture. This is an “ambiance” temperature. New sexuality is hot and cold just like the hot and cold colors game in “functional” housing. The erotism is not in the desire but in its indicators.

Sexuality is no longer just in sexuality, but also in many other places; media, cinema, literature. Likewise the politics is not only in politics but has spread to all areas. To religion, art, philosophy and to science. Today, football is a little politics, art is a little magazine and the magazine is a little art.

The fact is intertwined with the copies and the reality, with the appearance. Day by day, our lives started to go into a simulation. Society is now composed of largely similar individuals who speak, think and wear as in the world of television so that the type of individuals trying to find a sense for the existence has largely disappeared.

As we can call it “the Transparency Era”, this is an age where we can’t help but mix everything to everything. Everything could be everything and everyone can say or do everything. Politics are determined by public research; ads by testing; songs played on the radio by consumer panels, the end of the movies and posters by polls and television programs are determined by ratings. This work is an attemp to reveal this inversion and the transsexual structure of the system. It is based on the despair and the disintegration of individuals subject to continous sexual, political and religious manipulation.

The models exhibited are transformed into virtual bodies and artificial identities which no longer has any side to be desired. Cloned bodies and the heads found a body in other individuals. This irony is an artistic criticism of how we are transformed into similar copies in a cultural and mental state of cloning.


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