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Co-presented in
partnership with

Xpace
VPN to IRL

Opening Reception

Friday March 31 2017, 8:00PM
Xpace Cultural Centre

VPN to IRL Exhibition
Ronnie Clarke, Marlon Kroll, Sophia Oppel, And Tommy Truong
Canada, 2017

Guest curated by Tak Pham

Exploring how our virtual relationships mediate our perception of reality, VPN to IRL inquires into the role of technology in contemporary living. Through four unique media and installation projects, the exhibition transforms xpace’s gallery into a Virtual Private Network (VPN)—a point-to-point connection established inside a public network that allows secured exchanges of information between users and hosts. This network technology is designed to protect the transfer of information in both unsecured public networks and totalitarian environments. It navigates the internet’s restraints by taking detours on encrypted networks that connect directly to the host server. The ability to circumnavigate the formal protocol gives the VPN various implications—from technical supports Marlon Kroll, The Shadow (through the bushes), 2016 to political tools. Individuals and communities use the VPN to shield sensitive information that could be pro?table for malicious parties. Trying to understand this new reality, artists Ronnie Clarke, Marlon Kroll, Sophia Oppel, and Tommy Truong extend the internet experience beyond the common visualization of data on computer screens. They immerse the visitor’s body within a web of connections, where constant experiential feedback between the visitor and the artworks will construct a new reality. Focusing on how visitors engage with and navigate through the artworks, the exhibition questions the ethics of the internet and examines its collateral physical consequences. –Tak Pham

 

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