Ego Sum Communicatio
Ryan Brennan, Gautam Kansara, and Sophia Le Fraga
Curated by Marion Guiraud
The Hollows is pleased to present Ego Sum Communicatio a screening featuring works by Ryan Brennan, Gautam Kansara, and Sophia Le Fraga, and curated by Marion Guiraud.
Ego Sum Communicatio presents video works that explore the relationship between digital forms of communication and narrative. Ryan Brennan, Gautam Kansara, and Sophia Le Fraga obscure, disrupt, and subvert linear schemes and storylines that navigate between reality and fiction, immediacy and distance, public and private spheres. In doing so, the artists activate new interactions between image, sound, and language that have spurred from the proliferation of digital platforms. By highlighting new cognitive and communicative experiences, the works reflect on the nature, methods, and impact of our contemporary mode of narration.
In Team Spaceship, Ryan Brennan choregraphes a time-based dialogue between diversely sourced YouTube videos, utilizing found internet material as virtual readymades to explore the cultural value of digital platforms. As our daily lives become shared internet content, social media has evoked a new age of global communal voyeurism and exhibitionism that blurs the boundaries between social and private experiences, past and present time, fantasy and reality. Brennan's Team Spaceshipexplores our often clumsy and complex relationship to our online experience revealing patterns of behavior inherent to our digital age.
In Save As...(Time Mulch #2), Gautam Kansara explores the inevitable discourse between the reality of experience and the digitally-recorded reality in the formation of memory. Through an arsenal of techniques and maneuvers, Kansara layers and obscures visual and auditory elements drawn from personal photographs and video archives to establish a dialogue between the past and present. In doing so, Kansara addresses the malleability and impermanence of memory as digital devices facilitate processes of saving, updating, and transforming, thus allowing events to be re-experienced and re-focused.
In TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0; or, English Made Easy, Sophia Le Fraga recomposes Ionesco's 1950 play, The Bald Soprano, in the format of Gchat, Google’s popular instant messaging service. In this work, Le Fraga sheds light on the linguistic mutations that have been spurred by digital modes of communication, simultaneously highlighting the implementation of new interactions between signs and their signifiers, words and their visuals. As much about language as it is about semiotics and images, Le Fraga’s work challenges the boundaries between literature and e-culture while exploring the theatrical potential of digital communication.