Accept Terms and Conditions
Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, 2018
Accept Terms and Conditions
The exhibition Accept Terms and Conditions explores the changing functions of photography that have evolved through the smartphone. The two series: Digital Dust and Our Writing Tools Take Part in the Forming of Our Thoughts investigate how this photographic tool and its apps change the ways photographs are produced, stored and shared but also how image contents are automatically analyzed and called to mind by AI systems.
Lulay is particularly interested in the smartphone as a „frame“. She examines how layouts, icons and algorithms provide specific possibilities to interact or remember and thus how apps and the way they are programmed shapes our perception, memory and behaviour. Photographs that are shot with a smartphone, sent via WhatsApp, or uploaded to social media platforms are not only means of communicating with “friends”—they also reveal locations, interests, and behavioural patterns to the companies that make these apps available. With every step we take with our mobile phone in the pocket, with every liked, shared or even deleted picture, our data-based, digital self-portrait becomes more accurate and distilled.
Larissa Fischer, Kuckei + Kuckei
Digital Dust, OKT2017, 2018
detail: Digital Dust, SEP2017, 2018
Digital Dust, 2018
series of 12 prints on double sided fabric, cement plates, metal bars, sim-card needles, 1 scroll = 1 month,
Digital Dust is a self portrait based on all images my smartphone produced or received within one year. The work shows screenshots from my google photo timeline and is inspired by Google’s sophisticated algorithms, that are able to scan images for a particular date, location, person or content. Fascinated and horrified at once I decided to perform a task that this AI system would’t be able to do:„select the elements in every image that trigger your memory.!“ This work is about the exploding amount of image that we produce but also about the bits of personal information that we unconsciously share with AI systems as we use our smartphones. Each scroll gives an overview of all the “digital dust” I have produced within one month - images that presumably would not exist without the technical possibilities of immediate sharing, unlimited recording and free storage.
Digital Dust, AUG2017, OKT2017, DEZ2017, 2018
detail: Digital Dust, OKT2017, 2018
Smoke Signs, 2018, 0:57min GIF, smartphone, cement plate, animated smartphone advertisement
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts, 2018 B, 116 x 87cm
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts G: 53 x 40cm and C: 80 x 60cm
Our Writing Tools Take Part in the Forming of Our Thoughts, 2018
series of 12 laser-cut c-prints, 20 x 30cm - 150 x 200cm
Heart, paper plane, speech bubble…to use our smartphone we have to learn this new sign language. In my laser cuts, photographs from the apartment of my 75 years old friend C. merge with iconic symbols from the digital world. While architectural spaces shape our offline encounters, the layouts and icons of apps shape our social interactions online. The big difference - all our online interactions leave traces. The semi-transparent, network-like structure of my works echos how our digital interactions make us transparent to digital companies. Whenever we like, share, buy or search something online, we leave traces that unfold behind us like technical, non-visible labyrinths.
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts F: 60 x 45cm double sided frame, A: 200 x 150cm
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts F, double sided frame, back and front side
detail A: collage from icons (telephone call, glasses, ID, brush, dollar note...)
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts A, 2018, laser cut c-print, 200 x 150cm
Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts, 2018 C, laser cut c-print, 80 x 60cm
detail: Our Writing Tools Take Part in The Forming of Our Thoughts G