Johanna Bruckner, Molecular Ghosts of Love, 2019. Video still

Molecular Ghosts of Love

2019. Film production for vertical cinema, 9:16

Molecular Ghosts of Love by Johanna Bruckner alludes to a new possible level of exchange in the vertical world of transactions. The return of affections in a codified environment. A digital effect surrounds the bodies of a group of dancers, protecting and polluting them like an atmospheric dust. Like a new face filter, a body filter. The ghost filter. Yet this dust are the those particles that are alluding to a new internet. It is part of a series of six videos, first presented in the exhibition Six Doors curated by the duo Francesco Urbano Ragazzi at CAC Geneva, that explore the materiality of images and the fundamental reorientation from horizontal to vertical now conveyed by social networks.

This work is based on Bruckner’s research on post-monetary value production. New cryptocurrencies work on the basis of gift exchange and mutual dependencies and their tokenless value productions are equivalent to the operation of affective forces. What kinds of affective zones are we capable of producing in the future via new technology and how can their values be redistributed? How can gift giving become a polymorphic structure of mutual support, which alters the exchange based forms of gift giving as economic instruments; and capital’s exploitation of our desires with affects‘ potential of indeterminacy? Can we think of gift giving as polymorphic movements in order to acess these new infrastructural transformations and their manifestiations as queer ecologies? The video’s sound track supports these propositions to become tangible.


Johanna Bruckner, Molecular Ghosts of Love, 2019. Video still


Johanna Bruckner, Holofuel / Terra X, 2018. Video still

Holofuel / Terra X

2019. Single-channel video installation

This is a single-channel video installation in which voice is given to hacker ethics; how methods of hacking crypto finance may used to rethink of how subjectivities relate to each other. Concepts of care, affection and crypto-solidarity are central in this work by referencing the initiatve "hacking with care" by online & citizen activist Jérémie Zimmermann and others.


Johanna Bruckner, Holofuel / Terra X, 2018. Video still

Bio

Johanna Bruckner (*1984 in Vienna) studied Fine Arts, Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Visual Cultures and Gender Studies in Vienna, Stockholm, Hamburg, Utrecht and New York. She received the Hamburg-Stipendium Fine Art 2016. She was a resident at the BANFF Center for Visual Arts, a grant recipient of the Austrian Ministry for Art and Cultural Affairs, work stipend Fine Art, received production grants by the City Council Hamburg and Hamburg Foundation of Arts and Culture; she was a fellow of the IFK_Academy, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies at the University of the Arts, Linz, and she was a scholarship holder of the Sophie-Fohn Foundation in Vienna. As an artist she is currently involved in a variety of new productions and shows her work internationally. Bruckner is interested in the link between the body and its affects as an effect of late capitalist power structures.

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