Van der Auwera’s Video Sculptures take a new position to explore the intersections of digital and physical life and how the filtering of images in production, dissemination, and digestion alter both individual perception and consensual experience.
Using the screen as sculptural material, these works break images out of the frame in a low-tech manner. They start with an act of destruction as the artist literally takes a knife to a screen to carve away physical layers. Unbeknown to most, these layers are filters that are adhered to every LCD screen. Without the mediation of these filters, images become impossible to see with the naked eye and white noise fills the space.
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Emmanuel Van der Auwera (b. 1982, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Van der Auwera is a 2015 Laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK) post-academic course in Ghent, a 2015 Langui Award recipient of the Young Belgian Art Prize, and the first winner of the Goldwasserschenking awarded by WIELS and the Belgian Royal Museums of Fine Art. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Pinakothek der Moderne (Munich, DE), WIELS (Brussels, BE), Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, FR), Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci (Prato, IT), the First Jinan International Biennial (Shandong, CN), Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art Contemporain (Luxembourg City, LU), Mu.ZEE (Ostend, BE), Botanique (Brussels, BE), and the House of Electronic Arts (Basel, CH) amongst others. His work has been acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art (Dallas, TX, US), KANAL – Centre Pompidou (Brussels, BE), Mu.ZEE (Ostend, BE), Fundación Otazu (Pamplona, ES), Collection de la Province de Hainaut – BPS22 (Charleroi, BE), the National Bank of Belgium (Brussels, BE), the Stockholm School of Economics (Stockholm, SE) and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR, US).
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