Lieven Meyer. Away From Keyboard
Graduating master's student in visual and media arts (MFA), UQAM
August 30 to October 8, 2016
In Western cultural heritage, classical sculpture represents an ideal of beauty and serves as an emblem of political and military power. In Away From Keyboard (AFK), Lieven Meyer tries to detect the emergence of Neoclassicism 2.0 in the aesthetics of social networks like Second Life. On that platform, the expression AFK indicates the user's absence from the keyboard while still present in the virtual world through the intermediary of an avatar. The exhibition attempts to explore this bipolar phenomenon, between presence and absence, tangible and intangible. By creating a bronze sculpture based on the digital body of the avatar, and documenting this process through four video projections, the artist contemplates new configurations of beauty and power in a globalized, neo-liberal, technocratic civilization.