22nd Noorderlicht International Photofestival, DATA RUSH
Catherine Balet » Lisa Barnard » Josh Begley » Martin Bogren » James Bridle » Kurt Caviezel » Mark Curran » Cristina De Middel » Giorgio Di Noto » Hassan Elahi » Boris Eldagsen » Andrew Hammerand » Agan Harahap » Lori Hepner » Johannes Hepp » Travis Hodges » Nicolas Janowski » Dina Litovsky » Daniel Mayrit » Wendy McMurdo » Mintio » Fernando Moleres » Jennifer Lyn Morone » Leonard Pongo » Julian Röder » Alisa Resnik » Doug Rickard » Ronny Sen » Yusuf Sevincli » Henrik Spohler » Abednego Trianto » & others
Exhibition: 23 Aug – 11 Oct 2015
Sat 22 Aug 17:00
Stichting Fotografie Noorderlicht
9711 JB Groningen
Noorderlicht | House of Photography
9711 JB Groningen
DATA RUSH: NOORDERLICHT INTERNATIONAL PHOTOFESTIVAL 2015, NETHERLANDS
featuring 76 artists from 31 countries
23 August - 11 October 2015
Noorderlicht returns with DATA RUSH to the Old Sugar Factory in Groningen for the 22nd Noorderlicht International Photofestival. In the same-titled main exhibition, internationally renowned photographers and multimedia artists take stock of the digital era. DATA RUSH is coupled with two sideline exhibitions and an in-depth programme focusing on the theme of privacy and surveillance.
This year, half of the human population has access to the Internet. In DATA RUSH, Noorderlicht holds our digital life up to the light. We connect everything with everything, but what happens behind our screens? International photographers and multimedia artists show the field of tension between digital freedom and the battle for our data.
Over the last twenty years the Internet has nestled its way into our lives, and is here to stay. We work and relax online, we protest online, shape our identities or develop a new one. But who is actually in control of our data? Knowledge is power, and the virtual field is the ultimate territory. While multinationals, hackers, advertisers and intelligence services strive for our information, our privacy is gradually getting the short end of the stick.
The second international group exhibition of the festival, PULSE, shows the poetic responses of sixteen photographers to the world around them. The work is diametrically opposed to DATA RUSH, and at the same time enters into a dialogue with it. Urges and desires, dreams and demons, fascinations and fixations. They lie close to the heartbeat of mankind. These photographers examine their personal view on life and their relationship to the other.
The grating, instinctive manner of taking photographs forms a classical photographic genre that has been around for decades. The international selection of fifteen photographers from just as many countries shows that this tradition is alive and kicking. Within PULSE, in collaboration with Fotobookfestival Kassel, Noorderlicht exhibits the tribute project On Daido for the first time as an exhibition.
In the Noorderlicht Photography Gallery, guest curators Andrea Stultiens and Alexander Supartono present a twofold exhibition concerning photography studios in Uganda and South and Southeast Asia. In Keep the Best of Your Life, seven Ugandan studio photographers shed light on the way in which the inhabitants of Uganda see themselves and want to present themselves; now and in the past. In Postcolonial Photo Studio, artists from Southeast Asia respectively take the photographic traditions of the colonial past into their own hands.
"Data Rush (...) succeeds in exposing the heartthrob of the digital age."
(De Volkskrant, 26 August)
"(...) impressive main exhibition of Photofestival Noorderlicht (...) Just like we breath the air without thinking, we eagerly consume broadband data to connect with the other, but especially ourselves." (NRC Handelsblad, 25 August)
"Noorderlicht is one of the more experienced heads of the European photography scene. (...) Noorderlicht is focusing on the sheer scale of information overload, and through the images, asks what effect it may have on us."
(British Journal of Photography, 27 August)