Ed Atkins. Corpsing
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main
– 14 May 2017
This year’s theme of “the subject in a digital age” taken by the Frankfurter Positionen is also reflected in the exhibition entitled “Ed Atkins. Corpsing”. This British-born artist (1982), who is currently teaching at the Städelschule in Frankfurt as a visiting lecturer, confronts the viewer in his two videos, “Hisser” and “Safe Conduct” with a type of alter ego character, which experiences various existential conditions such as loneliness, alienation, and death. The hyperreal and immersive visual world that Atkins creates raises questions of reality in the digital sphere and of digitalisation in the real world. How do our personal world and our self-image alter as a result of technologisation and automatisation? What “me” is constructed in the Internet when we upload selfies on Facebook? The video installations in the main building of the MMK at the Domstraße invite visitors to find their own answers to these questions.