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.