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Virtual Beauty

HEK (House of Electronic Arts). Basel, Switzerland
Curated by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado, Bunny Kinney and Mathilde Friis with Marlene Wenger.

Participants: Ines Alpha, Angelfire, Arvida Byström, GERIKO with Juno Calypso, Filip Ćustić, Harriet Davey, Anan Fries, Maria Guta, Frederik Heyman, Andrew Thomas Huang, Hyphen-Labs, Keiken, Bunny Kinney, Lil Miquela, Aleksander Nærbø, ORLAN, Daniel Sannwald and Beauty_GAN, Simon Senn, Michael Wallinger, Ben Cullen Williams and Isamaya Ffrench.

Exhibition design by the ICDP Masterstudio Design/Studio Scenography of the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland FHNW led by Prof. Andreas Wenger with Marcial Koch, Adelina Malekova, Jimena Martel Bidegain, Connor Muething and Renê Salazar David.

The exhibition was supported by Dr. Georg und Josi Guggenheim Stiftung, Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Migros Kulturprozent, Stanley Thomas Johnson.
Technology today allows us to be more self-aware and calculated in how we present ourselves publicly than ever before. A new generation now comes of age who have never lived in a world where the idea of digital self-curation has not been a facet of their everyday lives. Questions of beauty are inherent to the proliferation of portable devices and screens on which people look at themselves and share these curated identities with the world.

From social media filters and dating apps to artificial intelligence to biometrics, Virtual Beauty examines the impact of the latest digital technologies on the definition of beauty and how they radically transform our notions of gender, sexuality, race, and identity. Wandering between the virtual and physical, the artists presented in this exhibition question what beauty is today, inviting us to reconsider the very definition of human identity in the post-internet era.

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