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An exhibition exploring technology's commodification of, and influence on, identity

11 July - 2 August

North Rhine-Westphalia

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Image courtesy Luke van Gelderen

Image courtesy Luke van Gelderen

Real is an exhibition of contemporary Irish works by Frances Hennigan, Lana May Fleming and Luke van Gelderen hosted in B63, Witten, in partnership with Kulturforum Witten. The collective’s first German exhibition brings together three emerging practices exploring the cutting edge of art and technology. Through an immersive installation consisting of video, artificial intelligence, performance and sculpture, the artist’s individual practices host a dialogue highlighting technology’s rapid commodification of all aspects of our lives.

This exhibition focuses on how identities are shaped by social media platforms and algorithmic mechanics, altering perceptions of masculinity, female self-image, and political ideology. Their practices will examine the performance of vulnerability as a way to appear authentic, the pressure women face to physically and digitally alter their bodies, and how algorithms direct users towards the fringes of politics, commodifying attention and radicalising an upcoming generation.

CRUX is an experimental, artist-run collective formed by Lana May Fleming, Frances Hennigan and Luke van Gelderen, hosting nomadic off-site exhibitions. Recent exhibitions include crux.project, Rathmichael ringfort, Dublin (2020) and Return to Disintegration –  Periodical Review 11, Pallas Projects/Studios (2021).

Frances Hennigan is an artist from Roscommon working with painting and video. Recent exhibitions include: Internationales Digitale Kunst Festival, Kultur im Bunker, Stuttgart (2023), and Wax Rhapsodic, The LAB, Dublin (2022).

Lana May Fleming is a Dublin-based visual artist working across video, performance and sculpture. Recent exhibitions include: FAKE BODY with Luke van Gelderen, Platform Arts, Belfast (2023); Watering Hole, DIVA, Dublin (2022); and meatclown, Aerial, Norway (2022).

Luke van Gelderen is a Dublin-based visual artist whose multidisciplinary practice explores digital image cultures. Recent exhibitions include: you’re doing amazing sweetie, Transmediale, Berlin (2024); FAKE BODY with Lana May Fleming, Platform Arts, Belfast (2023); and unrecognisable spillway, Ormond Art Studios, Dublin (2020).


Bahnhofstraße 63
58452 Witten

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