made in collaboration with Benjamin de Boer as apart of view recent changes.
view recent changes is a collaborative project featuring works by artists Oscar Alfonso, Simon Fuh, Matt Nish-Lapidus, and Sophia Oppel, in collaboration with Hearth - a Toronto artist-run space co-directed by Benjamin de Boer, Rowan Lynch, Sameen Mahboubi and Philip Leonard Ocampo. view recent changes presents an assemblage that considers the ways in which the human, digital, linguistic, machinic, vegetal and animal correlate. Hosted as a wiki, a platform that allows for communal contribution, the project foregrounds lateral hyperlinking and reflects on the possibility of a digital commons. This project considers how to circumvent the individualizing, commodifying qualities of online spaces to explore positive forms of relationality and intimacy.
This exhibition is presented as part of Vector Festival 2020 and has been graciously supported by Joe Lobko and Karen Powers via the Benjamin Hart Lobko Memorial Travel Award.
Sophia Oppel and Benjamin de Boer's navigable webspace examines online environments as sites of hostile architecture, manufacturing desire in the hyper-capitalization of online interfaces. A Hostility Index seeks to create the equivalent of a digital public space in which to loiter and consider the politics of the background, and the supposedly transparent or invisible.