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Steffen Kloster Poulsen

28.09.2017, 17:00

Important Things, Approximately Right

Steffen Kloster Poulsen's photographic practice revolves around the complicated relationship between humans and technology – and on how our trust in photography, screens and computers plays a central role in this exchange.

By adding a spatial dimension to photography’s representation, in his exhibition Important Things, Approximately Right at Fotogalleriet's Nordic Anthology project space, Poulsen invites the audience to participate in the exploration of a simulation: a study of the art gallery as seen by sophisticated, photogrammetric software – a lonely journey into a virtual reality of sub-pixels, jpg-textures and melted digital walls in which the artwork becomes a space for exhibiting the gallery.

Can humanity keep relying on the preaching by technologists while problem-solving and rationalizing in private and public spheres are increasingly outsourced to complex and opaque algorithms? In Superintelligence, (2014) the philosopher Nick Boström writes about the computer-accelerated growth of total intelligence in the world: “The definition [of collective superintelligence] does not even imply that the more collectively intelligent society is wiser. We can think of wisdom as the ability to get important things approximately right.

LIST OF WORKS (clockwise from the left)

Important Things, Approximately Right, 2017
Virtual Reality, HTC Vive headset, controller, base-stations, E-Colour+ surface-coated color filters
1.7 GB, Installation of variable dimensions

We can talk about me forever, 2017
Giclée-print on satin paper
70 x 100 cm

Important Things, 2017
Giclée-print on matte paper
20 prints of 38 x 38 cm, installation of variable dimensions

Untitled, 2017
Giclée-print on matte paper
30 x 40 cm, framed

Untitled, 2017
Giclée-print on matte paper
30 x 40 cm, framed

Earlier Event: September 10
Hanna Fauske
Later Event: October 8
Terje Abusdal