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BALZ ISLER
Intimate Matter an algorithmic privacy


In his performances, videos, images and objects, Balz Isler explores the relationship between the image, its representation and meaning. A key role here is ascribed to the individual and how he/she is locked into his/her own private sphere to the same degree as into social collectives. Isler appropriates images from a variety of sources, such as the Internet, clip culture and documentaries, reworking their meaning as emblems of identity using both digital and analogue interventions. His annual editions for the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof are derived from the eponymous series "Intimate Matter an algorithmic privacy". Isler "optimises" these intimate, private insights by means of manual and digital interventions to create scenarios devoid of human life that embed themselves in an overall visual culture, which merely accentuates their fragility.

Balz Isler (b. 1982 in Zurich, CH) lives and works as a performer, artist and thinker in Berlin. He showed his works at a.o. Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, Galerie Conradi, Brussels, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Ludwig Forum, Aachen, Galerie Wedding, Berlin, Savvy Contemporary, Berlin, Burg Theater, Vienna, Sci-Fi street opera, Copenhagen and Performance Festival in Bern. Balz Isler is part of Corporation of people’s situations (COPS).

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