Ali Alışır – “Virtual Places” – 2011
The world of cyber-space that is covered with fantasies and pleasure, subjects us to a physical dissolution in front of reality. In this incorporeal world of subjects, we are interacted with each other; and we live without our own faces by using nicknames and without the need of our physical bodies
Our eyes, which require to be closed in physical world, keep us awake in the virtual media. Screens are never turned off. They always keep producing pictures and images. This window to the world leads to a physical disengagement of listening, feeling, and reacting. While producing the most violent images, it tends to ignore their physical effects. At a certain moment when viewers confront a real war, which is presented through a video game, they become estranged to their moral reactions. In a way screen transforms into the reality itself.
For this very reason the war of the new world order is fought through images. While images are designed through programs without needing a reality, they are rapidly marketed for consumption via the channel of media.
This is one of threatening sides of the attempt to make images visible, which has been the aim of art from day one. The simple reason is that images are not representing our lives and environments anymore. Today images are reshaping all aspects of our lives.
At this point, photography lets observation to undertake the mission of seeing, and it lets limitless distribution to undertake the mission of recording. As a result, it was switched to an intricate level based on matrix and models that are incompatible with almost all types of reality.
It is a wonder if this power of manipulation, which is hidden under the bases of the art of photography; and; this extensiveness are possibly saying new things about the evolution of humanity?
In those layers, which were built in our virtual media, we are still unconsciously contributing to this huge metabolism’s circulation and neural system. In this live and breathing structure, millions of users are transforming their physical bodies into network of informatics. The cell structure of bodies are replacing with electronic codes and signals. While in daily life, bodies in front of screens are becoming functionless; our real egos are merely reduced to a functional simplicity.
In this age, the momentum of modern thought is in such a point that our act of perception, interpretation, and internalization, which have continued for ages; are broken with the conceptions of time and space. At this point, along with media’s stronger and faster usage of mass communication mediums, every moment, event, and news were taken apart from their genuine reference points and threw to emptiness. These information, moments, and events, which are far away from their own reference points, are disappearing within their network connections…
This limitless zone of freedom that cyber space has; atomizes the mosaics of social, cultural, and traditional structures and programs itself to produce “more real” pictures and images than their non-original originals. Today, in a period that history is short-circuiting, extremeness of visuality loads individuals more information than they can take and captures concepts like democracy. It leads them to break with their contents and lose their transcendent values.
Today efforts of getting rid of this empty simulations and attempts to re-embrace the meanings of nostalgic concepts (freedom, democracy, peace, art, etc) that came back during postmodernism, seem to be doomed to be unsuccessful. The reason is that in order to form history there is no time left for events to be developed independent from media and mass communication mediums.
Ali Alışır – 2010