Hard Body Trade

Hard Body Trade

Year: 
2015
Festival edition: 
2017
Format: 
installation
Ignas Krunglevičius – Hard Body Trade
Ignas Krunglevičius – Hard Body Trade

Video, 5:02 min.
Courtesy: Ignas Krunglevičius

Ignas Krunglevičius’s work portrays a flight through snowy mountain panoramas. The images appear like elaborately animated digital worlds in a computer game—except they are real. The artist created Hard Body Trade from a montage of mountain landscape stock video footage. The Rhythm & Blues soundtrack accompanies a computer-generated voice stating, “We wear masks just like you. We are replacing things with math, while your ideas are building up in your body like fat. [...] Sorting algo plugs in, for your specific age group. [...] We are performing your last cognitive upgrade.” These statements counteract the sublime beauty of the images. Suddenly, human viewers realize that they are observing a computer in its “idle time”: the time it has nothing to do. Perhaps the computer fills time with images processed during the day—pictures reminiscent of television footage, previously shown when stations were off-air.

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