Attention Wars

Deniz Beser | Attention Wars, New Jörg Vienna, Austria (2017)

New Jörg hosted Istanbul and Vienna based artist Deniz Beşer’s solo exhibition “Attention Wars”.

The internet is the ally as well the center of #ridiculousness. The internet can offer both survival strategies and a sea of endless #stupidity and #absurdity. It supplies manifold possibilities as a tool for #political empowerment and likewise for #self-display and #longing for appreciation. In times of #crisis and #Trumpism, the internet is a platform for #radical politics but simultaneously for #histrionic behaviour.

Contemporary Turkey is shaped by terror, civil war, environmental destruction, bizarre laws, and populism. Istanbul is #chaos, #beauty and #melancholy, with its mega projects, growing population, and political oppression. But of course Turkey is not the only country where the #nightmare of populism escalates.

#Attention Wars in any given sense are present in populisms, consumerism, and #battlefields of social media. It might be funny and sad at the same time, but we desperately need humour to survive this #shit.

Invited by Michael Wonnerth-Magnusson as a contribution to the independent exhibition-programme Pappenheimgasse 37.

Exhibition opening | Attention Wars