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'The Tomorrow That Never Was' by David Hanes at Open Forum, Berlin

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Ice was the nature of his game.

Seen as leagues of corridor, mazes of shadow. Walls that flick away like supersonic butterflies made of shade. Beyond them, the illusion of infinite space.

Black ice. Don’t think about it. Black ice.

Too many stories; black ice. Frost that kills. Black ice. Illegal, but then aren’t we all?

Lurching, a surf of flickering shadow. A silver tide boiled across my field of vision. The unfolding began in my head, infinite and perfectly transparent. Designed to absorb local colour and present itself as whatever it encountered.

Dissolving, sheets of shadow flickering and fading, eaten by the systems that spin out from the program, tumbling away from our central logic and infecting the fabric of the shadow itself.

A neural-feedback weapon. Like some hideous Word that eats the mind from the inside out. Like an epileptic spasm that goes on and on until there’s nothing left. You connect with it only once.

. . . Exposed, emerging, vulnerable... This is the far side, the view I’ve never seen before, the view that 800 million users see daily and take for granted.

Legitimate users that never see the walls of ice they work behind, the walls of shadow that screen their operations from others, from industrial-espionage artists and hustlers, from the colourless non-space of the simulation, the electronic consensus-hallucination that facilitates the handling and exchange of massive quantities of data.

They mutate constantly, in unison, subverting and absorbing. Through screams, raw metal sounds, folding around me like an origami trick. And dark, so dark, in the halls of ice.

And maybe now you're cashing in that return fare. Maybe now you're never coming back. Maybe now I see you never. Never. Never...

But sometimes, late at night, I’ll pass a window with posters of all those beautiful, identical eyes staring back at me out of faces that are nearly as identical, and sometimes the eyes are hers, but none of the faces are, none of them ever are, and I see her far out on the edge of all this sprawl of night and cities, and there she waves goodbye.

13.10.18 — 30.11.18

Open Forum

'Cicada Songs, Decaying Petrichor' by Chen Pin Tao at Sedentary Enslavement, Laha

'Game' by Viktor Timofeev at MX Gallery, New York

'Microorganisms & Their Hosts' by Mindaugas Gapševičius at Atletika, Vilnius

'Managing Emotions' by Olga Pedan at Neuer Essener Kunstverein, Essen

Play / Cognition (بازی / تمرین) at Solo Show, Online

'Memory' by Kaspars Groševs, Marta Trektere at 427, Riga

'Untitled (MOLLY HOUSE)', a Group Show Curated by Julius Pristauz at EXILE, Vienn

Garden Cult Triennale, Chapter II: Baden-Baden, Germany

'Power must grow, if it doesn't grow it rots' by Dominika Trapp at Karlin Studios

'Flags' by Troels Wörsel at C.C.C., Copenhagen

☼ by chukwumaa + Zoë Argires at New Works, Chicago

'By working the soil we cultivate the skies' by KINDERSPIELE at Macao, Milan

'Sunshine' by Kanrec Sakul at VUNU Gallery, Košice

'DID YOU KISS THE SPOT TO MAKE IT WELL – A tribute to Jadran Sturm (1957-2019)' a

'Mostra collettiva di pittura da Sasha', a Group Show in Corso Brescia 23, Turin

'Multiplexx' by Hélène Fauquet at Schiefe Zähne, Berlin

'SLAG' by Marco Ceroni at GALLLERIAPIU, Bologna

'GLOBAL CRISES – Kunst & Klimata' by Tilman Hornig & Daniel Schramm at C. Rockefe

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