Give And Take. Images Upon Images (Since You Were Born, 2022)
|Title:||Give And Take. Images Upon Images (Since You Were Born, 2022)|
|Institution:||8th Triennial of Photography, Hamburger Kunsthalle|
|Date:||May 20 - Aug. 28, 2022|
The cache is a temporary digital storage that holds onto data, such as images, logos, videos and texts, once it has been accessed on the Internet for retrieval at a later time. It is an unwitting archive, an unofficial mirror of private interests and everyday concerns. The room-sized installations Internet Cache Self Portrait Series (since 2014) by the American artist Evan Roth present uncensored exhibitions of the images left in the artist’s cache based on his private online search history, literally inviting viewers to enter a visual depiction of his life. The almost endless stream of images of friends, advertising banners and map sections reveals intimate search patterns and unsolicited stories. Although these data sets are passively collected and organized by an algorithm, they present a very personal portrait of the person sitting in front of the device. Individual and algorithmic memories merge into an overwhelming snapshot that powerfully depicts the traces of private online interactions.
— Johanna Hornauer