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My name is interface

Patrycja Gotszling

17.07.2015 – 15.08.2015

Most often we use it in relation to the artifacts, objects, or what we refer to as hardware. Official sources say that the interface is nothing but the principle of combining and collaboration of devices, software or operator. In the initial phase of use it extends to the forefront to undergo normalization in everyday life after a certain period. Eventually it ceases to be seen as a technology.

The author of 2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke – formed the law on technology: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Magical practices in various forms accompanied humanity since the beginning of time. The amount of adopted models is so diverse that it is impossible to describe them here. It is worth noting that the magic has a very important social function. Bronislaw Malinowski in Myth, Magic, Religion writes:

(…) Magic is an active factor in the organization of work and its systematic progress. It is also a fundamental force that governs the course of the game. Due to this fact, the cultural function of magic is to fill the gaps and complementing these very important human activities, which have not been fully mastered yet.

As in the case of magic, the belief in the interfaces may lead to the enslavement of the operator. Thus, is it us who use new interfaces, or it is them who use us?

Patrycja Gotszling – the author of the exhibition My name is interface tries to answer this question. Animations and installations created for this occasion draw on different traditions of contemporary art, derived both from the subversive practices, as well as the one of more social character.

Do the visual arts stand a chance of challenging the advanced technology?