Ek­steen ex­plores the depths of in­di­vid­u­al­ism

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A UNIQUE ex­hi­bi­tion cur­rently run­ning at artSPACE dur­ban, ti­tled As­sim­i­la­tion by Corné Ek­steen, merges aug­mented re­al­ity with the dis­play of the artist’s work.

Run­ning un­til Septem­ber 29, the ex­hibit fea­tures an aug­mented re­al­ity ver­sion of the in­stal­la­tion space, which ex­tends and elab­o­rates on con­cepts re­lat­ing to the works on show.

“As­sim­i­la­tion is tra­di­tion­ally de­fined as the process by which a per­son or per­sons ac­quire the so­cial and psy­cho­log­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics of a group. How­ever, within the so­cial dy­nam­ics of the post­in­for­ma­tion age, the fac­tors that de­fine a group, a cul­ture, even a na­tional iden­tity has much wider reach and in­flu­ence,” said Ek­steen.

“We live in a hy­per­con­nected so­ci­ety where we are will­ingly sub­mit­ting to the val­ues and opin­ions of the group, where our sense of per­sonal iden­tity and cul­tural val­ues are sub­ject to pub­lic scru­tiny and con­stant eval­u­a­tion.

“Our tra­di­tional sense of com­mu­nity has been re­placed by a ‘hive­mind’ men­tal­ity that doesn’t tol­er­ate or em­brace al­ter­na­tive opin­ions, op­po­si­tion and sub­cul­tures.

“Through the use of por­trai­ture the works ex­plore how our own sense of per­sonal and cul­tural iden­tity is be­ing sub­jected to the ex­pec­ta­tions, val­ues and norms pre­sented by the group, col­lec­tive, ‘hive­mind’,” said Ek­steen.

Through the cre­ation of new archetypes or stereo­types, the ex­hibit will ex­plore the un­der­min­ing of in­di­vid­u­al­ity, oth­er­ness, sub­cul­tures and tra­di­tional cul­ture through group pres­sure to­wards a ho­mo­ge­neous cul­ture and world view.

The show’s aug­mented re­al­ity as­pect can be viewed on the ex­hi­bi­tion web­site: www.as­sim­i­la­tion.co.za

Ek­steen will have a walk­a­bout of his show to­day at 11 am. All are wel­come and it is free.

Com­ing up at artSPACE dur­ban is Art Ex­change and Artists’ Choice Award 2016 on Oc­to­ber 20.

artSPACE dur­ban is at 3 Mil­lar Road (off Um­geni Road). In­quiries: 031 312 0793 or visit www.artspace­dur­ban.com

New gallery hours are Mon­days to Fri­days from 10 am to 4 pm, and Satur­days from 10 am to 1 pm. — Arts Editor.

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Cur­rently at artSPACE dur­ban is As­sim­i­la­tion by Corné Ek­steen, which fea­tures an aug­mented re­al­ity ver­sion of the works on show. Pic­tured is The en­dorsed make­over.

Corné Ek­steen’s As­sim­i­la­tion will run un­til Septem­ber 29 at artSPACE dur­ban and will fea­ture an aug­mented re­al­ity ver­sion of the works on show. Pic­tured is one of the aug­mented views of the art­work.

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