When We Looked at the Moon from Two Angles (detail), 2016

When We Looked at the Moon from Two Angles (detail), 2016

Stephen Mueller
Two Weeks Last Spring

Exhibition Dates: August 24 - October 1, 2016 
Opening Reception: Saturday September 17, 7-10pm

DNA artspace is pleased to present Two Weeks Last Spring an exhibition by Toronto based artist, Stephen Mueller. The exhibition forms part of an ongoing research trajectory that looks at the role of recorded images, sound, and text in a hyper-participatory culture shaped by the logic and algorithms of digital social networks: a culture in which the Internet, cameras, and smartphones have rendered us, in Sherry Turkle’s words, “alone together.” What do we gain when we record everything? When we’re all experts at capturing and copying and having will we take all of it for granted? Do we already? When my memory becomes reliant on the apparatuses that record it, when I’m backed up in a cloud, will I be safer? If I have another stroke will you remember me?

As Ulises Ali Mejias explains in Off the Network: Disrupting the Digital World, networked societies are nodocentric; nodes can only see other nodes and continuous participation is required in order for us to remain legible to one another. One is either a node or the noise that occupies the space between nodes—a paranode. “If digital networks are machines of capitalist subjectification, producing social subjects capable of operating in the privatized pseudopublic space of the network, then it is only in the paranodal where disidentification can take place and alternative subjectivities can emerge” (Mejias, 2013, p. 154).

Through a poetic rereading of a medical emergency, Two Weeks Last Spring suggests strategies of critical paranodality—obfuscation, invisibility, erasure, absence, ephemerality, alteration— while acknowledging inherent contradictions in attempting to subvert the network from within.