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You're hyperconnected, you're under control

26 artists reflect on physical and technological vigilance in an exhibition at the IVAM

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You're hyperconnected, you're under control

A drone operator speaks with a certain boredom and estrangement from his work in a Las Vegas hotel room. He seems annoyed because he is disturbed in his amusement in one of world's capitals of game. The images of interview with Israeli artist Omer Fast are interspersed with those of devastating effects that bombardments of drones in Afghanistan that it guides to thousands of kilometers. Not only do terrorists die, more or less identified, also civilians, as operator reluctantly admits. In adjoining room, Iraqi Jananne Al-Ani displays hypnotic images of desert and destroyed cities of his country also made with drones. Between both videoinstalations, a diffuse photograph of satellites that turn planet around in order to control what is happening in world.

The world as a prison is subtitle of exhibition Please come back, which in turn includes title of work of collective of French artists Claire Fontaine. In it, neon lights that illuminate this slogan allude to concept of imprisonment beyond its physical borders. Around this idea, metaphor of world increasingly "technological, hyperconnected and controlled" as a prison, 26 artists reflect on exhibition that opens today to public at Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM), in co-production with MAXXI (National Museum of Art of 21st century) of Rome. Video and installation predominate.

"It is assumed that in this much more connected world re should be more freedom of expression, but it is not." This survival is a challenge for art world, which should talk about it using its tools, "explains curator and artistic director of Roman Museum, Chinese Hou Hanru. "There has been a change in notion of society we had 20 or 50 years ago." It used to be a surveillance society and now it's a control society, in which it's programmed even what you're going to do. We are controlled, ' he adds to this newspaper professor who has worked in Peking, Paris and San Francisco, before going to Rome. It reiterates ability of art in face of increased control and vigilance of society: "Artists must work toger for resistance to what is happening." The exhibition, which can be seen until April 8th at Valencian Museum, was presented this Monday at Valencian Museum.

Extend photo perspective of exhibition ' Please Come Back world as a prison? ' Mònica Torres country

The exhibition route is structured around three sections. The first part, behind walls represents prison as a place of resistance, "from a physical dimension", says Commissioner; The second part, outside walls, alludes to omnipresence of control and surveillance systems that turn current city into a gigantic prison; And third part, beyond walls, refers "to walls we see and those we do not see", according to Commissioner in allusion to control and restrictions of freedom that are presented as necessary in our society, especially after September 11, 2001.

The exhibition incorporates work project for abandoned prison. Gallery IV. I (2008) of Valencian artists Patricia Gómez and María Jesús González and Jewels of Crown (2009) of Hispano-Cuban Carlos Garaicoa, small jewels in silver that play deprived centers of freedom well known as naval base of Guantánamo, KGB or Stasi, which were exhibited a few years ago in Fundación Botin de Santander.  It also includes videos, sculptures, installations, photographs and paintings by artists such as Zang Yue, detained in China in 2000 years, and shows daily life in prison; of architect Rem Koolhaas, who imagined an area of closed walls in which citizens become prisoners of architecture; Of performance expert Berna Reale, which tells story of Olympic torch in Brazilian prisons; or prestigious Harun Farocki, who utilizes surveillance cameras of Corcoran's maximum security prison in California.

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