press release

FACETUNES
AUGUST 26 – NOVEMBER 05, 2017
OPENING: FRIDAY, AUGUST 25, 7 PM

With contributions by:
Paolo Cirio, Kate Cooper, Albrecht Fuchs, Thomas Hirschhorn, Annette Kelm, Oliver Laric, Birgit Megerle, Michaela Meise and Britta Thie.

Up to today, the natural face has been a sign of individuality, personal expression and authenticity. Face-recognition has established itself as a standard in biometric procedures and visual data analysis. At the same time, this authentic representation of human faces is dissolving for good and all in the age of digital image processing, 3D scans and renderings. The face is becoming a »surface«, the individual characteristics algorithmically smoothed out. Not a social network, not a messenger app that does not demand a profile image. The face is closely linked to political, social and cultural participation simultaneously. Faces determine the media; they influence opinions and attitudes. We can show our face, but also lose it.
»FaceTunes« concerns itself with the current conditions governing faces and their visual representation within contemporary art. The exhibition presents paintings, photographs, collages, sculptures, videos and installations by nine international artists. It enquires into the important role of portraits and equally into the acceptance of artificial faces. »FaceTunes« develops possibilities for observing human faces, which go beyond the traditional concepts of portraiture – or the selfie-boom.

To mark the exhibition, a brochure with texts by Thomas Thiel and Judith Heßler will be published (German/English).

FACETUNES IS KINDLY SUPPORTED BY
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

CORPORATE PARTNER:
BVA Bielefelder Verlag, DMG Mori, Dr. Wolff Arzneimittel, Enderweit + Partner GmbH, Hörmann KG, JAB Josef Anstoetz KG, Loewe Logistics & Care, Schüco, Sparkasse Bielefeld, TICK internationale Möbel GmbH, Architekten Wannenmacher + Möller GmbH

WEBSITE PARTNER:
HDNET GmbH & Co. KG