Rúa Pereira da costa. Río de Janeiro. Brasil. 2010
In this solo show the Canadian artist invites us to reflect on the limits of memory, technological nostalgia and the influence of today’s technology on who we are. You, the World and I is the fourth episode in An Involuntary Trace, the exhibition cycle which the This is Jackalope collective has been curating in Room A throughout 2021.
Rafman’s work explores the relationship between technology and users, focusing in particular on how technology impacts lived experiences today. He is best known for his photographic work The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, for which he captured screenshots of images from Google Street View. The project was published in a book featuring hundreds of images that the artist found on different streets all over the world.
The artist, filmmaker and essayist sees the internet as a subculture of overabundance, where the disposable is just as important as the usable. Rafman works with fragments of information, snippets of images that resemble the way we use the internet. He explores the infinite capacity of the digital world where nothing disappears and everything leaves an involuntary trace. The world he exposes is a place with room for everything, where we have lost the capacity for autonomy due to a dependence caused by the collapse between the real world and the virtual one.
Jon Rafman lives and works in Montreal, Canada. His solo shows include I have ten thousand compound eyes and each is named suffering, at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Jon Rafman at the Westfälischer Kunstverein; Jon Rafman at the Zabludowicz Collection in London; The end of the end of the end at the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis; The Nine Eyes of Google Streetview at the Saatchi Gallery in London; and Remember Carthage, New Online Art at the New Museum in New York and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. As a participant in group shows, he has presented his work at Manifesta 11 in Zurich; at the Ninth Berlin Biennale; at Speculations on Anonymous Materials at the Fridericianum, Kassel; at the Photographer’s Gallery in London; at the Moscow Photobienniale; at Screenshots at the William Benton Museum of Art in Connecticut; at The Greater Cloud, at the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam; and at From Here On, at the Arles Festival.