Roehrs & Boetsch is pleased to present Banz & Bowinkel’s first solo exhibition ‘BIOS’ at the gallery.
‘BIOS’ stands for Basic Input/Output System which is the first program a computer’s microprocessor uses to get the computer system started after turning it on. However, it is also the Greek word for ‘life’. In the two work groups shown in this exhibition Banz & Bowinkel explore the relation between the virtual and the real and its connection to the viewer.
For this purpose the artists use cutting edge technology to create interactive works reflecting and questioning the increasing dependency on tools. In the virtual reality installation ‘Mercury’ the viewer is thus invited to explore an archipelago of interconnected islands by means of head-mounted-display and controller. At the same time the duo also challenges conventional understanding of art disciplines and media by for example superimposing a digital print with a moving augmented reality sculpture.
Friedemann Banz (1980) and Giulia Bowinkel (1983) are both graduates of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. The duo lives and works in Düsseldorf.
With a mixture of moving images, virtual sculptures and snapshots Banz & Bowinkel explore the relation between virtual and real spaces and how their separation collapses with the advancement of technology. For this the technological tools increasingly part of contemporary society serve both as source and material. In creating their works with the computer it becomes a tool to investigate the interactions with it. In the same way they also reflect on the new possibilities and challenges that the growing dependency on these devices poses.
Computers have a binary reality that differs from the way we see the world. But increasingly the computer monitor serves as the window to the world. Banz & Bowinkel thus examine how this growing entanglement of Men and machine changes our understanding of reality.
Written by Zero Zurich