An immersive exhibition, complete with 13 chapters of the curated theme of “The Extreme Self” is being held at Jameel Arts Centre between 28th January to 18th August, 2021.
I was captivated by the scale of the exhibition that was covering the entire space of Jameel Arts Centre; this exhibition was something quite different to the ones that I had been to before. Curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, this art exhibition was based on the theme of ‘The Extreme Self’ and brought to mind questions of living without certainty within the Digital Age.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Jameel Arts Centre and MOCA Toronto. With contemporary art from over 70 contributors from around the world, this is one of the most eye opening exhibitions that question the very essence of our relationships with the world as we know it. Questioning the morphing of our identities with the digital landscape, the artists bring together the mundane of our media obsession to highlight the ‘extreme self’ immersed within a consumer culture.
‘Age of You’ contains major works articulating different aspects of “The Extreme Self”. New commissions by Satoshi Fujiwara, Stéphanie Saadé and Yuri Pattison, deal, respectively, with crowds, screens and emoji-as-surveillance. Films by Trevor Paglen and NVIDIA Research, and audio-deepfakes by Vocal Synthesis, are informed by Artificial Intelligence.
Sara Cwynar, Jenna Sutela and Victoria Sin all explore transformed perceptions of the face and body. And Craig Green‘s collection and campaign for Moncler fuses menswear and machines. Additionally, words and slogans by the curators are juxtaposed against portraits sourced from: Agnieszka Kurant, Amalia Ulman, Amnesia Scanner, Ana Nicolaescu, and others.