Bjarne Bare presenterer #Exercise no. 4 av Let's Talk about Images 2.1.0

Tid: 4. mai - 10. mai
Sted: Fotogalleriets Instagram

I forsøk på å håndtere den pågående krisen, har Fotogalleriet invitert anerkjente og unge kunstnere til å guide oss gjennom tankeprosesser, skape alternative rom for kritisk tenkning og foreslå ny former for samhold.

Til programmets fjerde uke, har vi invitert kunstner, kurator og skribent Bjarne Bare, som vil presentere en ny fotografisk verksserie, som består av syv bilder, og et reflekterende essay som kan leses nedenunder.

Much like the ongoing crisis in cross-cultural communication, so is the current pandemic exposing our lack of trust and building on the same principle: inadequate global solidarity. Yuk Hui in his recent poignant analysis wrote, “since the Enlightenment, and after the decline of monotheism, the latter was replaced by a mono-technologism (or techno-theism), which has culminated today in transhumanism”.[i]I have thought about this recently during lock-down, revisiting old movies, and contrasting the nitty-gritty aesthetic of ‘80s sci-fi dystopia with today’s futurist movies picturing artificially intelligent, ultra clean cityscapes of an envisioned neoliberal future, free of germs.

While the climate is recovering, even heading for the better during the pandemic[ii], we should reflect on the fact that what is commonly called “the Invisible Enemy” is not actually invisible at all––the enemy is nature itself––and she is fighting back. As Slavoj Žižek proclaims, “Maybe, this is the most disturbing thing we can learn from the ongoing viral epidemic: when nature is attacking us with viruses, it is in a way sending our own message back to us. The message is: what you did to me, I am now doing to you”[iii].

If we are to follow the spread of Covid-19 as a pattern, one thing is clear: its pace has been greatly multiplied by the effects of globalism, giving the right-wing neoliberals another string to their bow in the arguments for stricter border control[iv], models for surveillance and oversight of information flow[v]. We soon realise that the pattern is very similar to the First World[vi]order of movement through airports, business travel and holidays[vii]. After all, the spread in Europe commenced in a ski resort[viii], the viral genome later erupting in New York[ix]–– and its story is still unfolding. (A bat soup might not be innocent, but neither are our lifestyles).

As we self pity during our brief stay-at-home periods of isolation, we should try to focus on the next wave of pandemic which is already in its wake. Reports from India reveal massive food shortages[x]due to impromptu lock-down measures, infections are on the rise in non-urban areas across the globe, and there are warnings of famine[xi]. How will the pandemic affect the “developing world”? It is dire to imagine its consequences in countries where social distancing is a luxury, hospitals are ill-equipped[xii]and modern infrastructure is non-existent. Back to Yuk Hui’s theory of mono-technologies: we have made our own bed throughout the past decades, and now we must lie in it. As every country and state globally strives towards developing the same technologies, we have created an interdependent supply chain, all elements focusing on demands for the same products and limited resources[xiii]. A dog chasing its tail. Since we are all now obsessively focusing on “reopening the economy”, let’s take a minute to think about how and where the resource materials in the objects we surround ourselves with and communicate through are sourced and mined. What will this supply chain look like through this year and the next? How do those “front line workers” appear? This will not only affect your smartphone, but the food on your table[xiv]as well other crucial commodities.

We are not facing an invisible enemy; it is the very Nature that created us and made life possible which is now telling us something. As Yuk Hui states, “Competition based on mono-technology is devastating the earth’s resources for the sake of competition and profit, and also prevents any player from taking different paths and directions”[xv]. Rather than further accelerating the impasse, perhaps now more than ever is a good time to listen––and to picture a new path.

Tekst av Bjarne Bare

[i]Yuk Hui, One Hundred Years of Crisis, e-fluc Journal April 2020, accessed April 16 2020 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/108/326411/one-hund...

[ii]Climate crisis: in coronavirus lockdown, nature bounces back – but for how long? - The Guardian, Accessed April 16 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/09/clim...

[iii]Slavoj Žižek, Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please!, The Philosophical Salon Accessed April 16 2020 http://thephilosophicalsalon.com/monitor-and-punis...

[iv]Trump says he will impose immigration ban in bid to tackle coronavirus - The Guardian, Accessed April 21 2020 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/21/trum...

[v]China is tightening its grip on coronavirus research, accessed April 16 2020 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01108-y...

[vi]Wikipedia; First World, accessed april 16 2020 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_World

[vii]Global travel patterns: an overview - Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 24, Issue 4, July-August 2017, accessed April 16 2020 https://academic.oup.com/jtm/article/24/4/tax007/3748298

[viii]The Austrian ski town that spread coronavirus across the Continent, Politico, Accessed April 16 2020 https://www.politico.eu/article/the-austrian-ski-town-that-spread-coronavirus-across-the-continent/

[ix]Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show - New York Times, accessed April 16 2020 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/08/science/new-yor...

[x]Jayant Bhandari on Twitter, accessed April 16 2020 https://twitter.com/jayantbhandari5/status/1248499...

[xi]UN food agency chief: World could see famines of "biblical proportions" within months – BBC news, Accessed April 22 2020 https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-famines-u...

[xii]2020 coronavirus pandemic in South Sudan - wikipedia.orgAccessed April 21 2020 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pan...

[xiii]Connectography, By Parag Khanna, Penguin Random House https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/530058/connectography-by-parag-khanna/

[xiv]Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak - BBC News, Accessed April 21 2020 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-52311877

[xv]Yuk Hui, One Hundred Years of Crisis, e-flux Journal April 2020, accessed April 16 2020 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/108/326411/one-hund...


1. The Accelerationist, 2018-20; 2. The United Nations, 2016-20; 3. ASMR, 2020; 4. Intersection, 2016-2020; 5. Duct, 2019-20; 6. Breastplate, 2019-20; 7. Elliott Wave, 2020


Bjarne Bare (f. Poznan, 1985) bor og arbeider i Los Angeles. Han har en B.F.A. fra Kunsthøyskolen i Oslo (2013) og en M.F.A. fra UCLA, Los Angeles (2017). Bjarne er en av grunnleggerne av det kunstnerstyrte visningsrommet MELK i Oslo, som har promotert nye skandinaviske fnotopraksiser siden 2009. Gjennom sitt arbeid som kunstner, gallerist og utgiver, har Bjarne Bare en dyptgående interesse for utviklingen av og det samtidige fotografiske bilder, så vel som en teoretisk nysgjerrighet knyttet til ulike opplevelser og lesninger av fotografier.

Hans arbeid har blitt vist ved museer som Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Lillehammer Kunstmuseum, Preus Museum og Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, i tillegg til Fondazione Belacqua La Masa, Palazzetto Tito, Venezia; UCLA Board Art Center, Los Angeles; Three Shadows Xiamen Photography Art Centre, Xiamen; Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; og OSL contemporary, Oslo; blant andre. Bare har utgitt flere bøker, som har blitt inkludert i biblioteker og samlinger hos Museum of Modern Art (MOMA); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The Getty Research Institute; Sächsische Universitätsbibliothek, Dresden; Universitetet i Bergen og hans kunstverk er ervervet til samlinger som Preus Museu, Kistefosmuseet, Wienerberger Contemporary Photography Collection, og The Ekard Collection.


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