Salim Bayri, Barbosa, Damjanski, Chieko Idetsuki, Line Finderup Jensen, Lindsay Lawson, Elif Saydam, Sung Tieu, Philip Wiegard und Miriam Yammad
In summer 2020, access to Sommerbad Humboldthain requires the purchase of an online ticket. Only a fraction of the usual number of visitors gets the opportunity to swim at the same time. Whether in the water or on the grass, everyone must keep their respective distance. This year's group exhibition REALITY is online and Salim Bayri, Barbosa, Damjanski, Chieko Idetsuki, Line Finderup Jensen, Lindsay Lawson, Elif Saydam, Sung Tieu, Philip Wiegard, and Miriam Yammad have produced new video works and video games.
The exhibition draws attention to the common reality resulting from the interaction of visitors and users. Two central motifs of the exhibition are the question of the sovereignty of interpretation and the role of cultural influence in the construction of our reality. What is special about the works of art produced for REALITY is that, although they deal with migration and power relations, address social distance and bureaucracy, and experiment with virtuality as a space for alternative scenarios and narratives, the artists find accessible formats.
Sung Tieu lets the audience play chess against one another. Elif Saydam has them test their memory. Line Finderup Jensen has created an interactive French fries-experience about eating and being eaten. In Salim Bayri's game, the players fight against the impassability of the Schengen area. In Lindsay Lawson's video, viewers follow a crocodile tear on its journey through parallel worlds. And in their fictional cinema trailer, Barbosa and Damjanski show a not-too-distant future without people – the technology they have developed for this purpose is entirely new. The sugar sculptures by Chieko Idetsuki, documentation of the jewellery installation by Miriam Yammad, and the FIMO video tutorial by Philip Wiegard defy the conformity of everyday life and the conventions of the art market as we had known it up until the pandemic.
With their virtual artworks, the artists transform the website of TROPEZ into a place where the audience can play with and against each other, where they find stimulation and distraction, where they are made to think and laugh.
The eight flags outside of TROPEZ, showing the thumbnails of each online exhibit, refer to the artworks in virtual space. A vending machine on our terrace sells the lollipops by Chieko Idetsuki. The terrace also contains a tiled stage designed by Michael Kleine. It serves as a backdrop for a livecam - TROPEZ TV broadcasts live 24/7 - as well as a stage for performances and events.