LOT 22: DAMJANSKI - NUDE STUDY 26, 2020

LOT 22: DAMJANSKI - NUDE STUDY 26, 2020

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DAMJANSKI
NUDE STUDY 26
augmented photography
2020

In the series NUDE STUDY, Damjanski explores the theme of Aktstudien using his Bye Bye Camera application as an artistic tool. With the use of the mobile application, he explores photographic moments, taking portions of the surroundings while erasing human presence. Images present viewers with a digitally-enhanced environment where, instead of information adding up, visual data “deletes” or “cancels,” just as our existence. In this liminal space, a world exists where humans are neither present nor extinct but soaked in technology. The artist's presence is tangible as he acts for capturing these augmented photographs. Likewise, the AI tool detects body shapes but keeps human traces like the shadows. He compares these visual traces to surreal artifacts of a speculative scenario that is post-human. The result is a digitally-enhanced reality where humans stand at the verge of presence and absence, somewhere between the physical and the immaterial.

Damjanski is a contemporary Yugoslavian artist living in a browser. Concerned with themes of power, poetry and participation, he integrates field research into an exploration of illogical connections in everyday life. "Someone came by and asked me why? I answered why not? The person looked at me confused which made me a little worried and I so also became confused." Born in Sarajevo (B&H), he grew up in Hamburg (DE) amongst everything topical. Searching for decision spots of wonder and unlearning his conceptual work draws on the idea of the collective. "We kept staring at each other for quite a while. Then I thought of speaking about my continuing investigation of black box approaches in our everyday lives.“ His interactive installations, browser based art, and web based applications deploy solutionism to unveil screen structures of the present. “Suddenly, I felt less confused. Yet, I was still staring." His work has appeared internationally, including exhibitions at Roehrs & Boetsch, Pioneer Works, Tropez, Import Projects, ON CANAL and MoMAR @ MoMA New York. Damjanski lives and works in New York, NY.