Impossible territory

a series of photographic prints, photographic objects, sound installations, 2019

Impossible territory

a series of photographic prints, photographic objects, sound installations, 2019

The project consists of a series of photographic objects, prints, and sound recordings. The photographic objects were created using texture screenshots from computer games, images from my personal archive, views from Google Street View and other online sources, which were reassembled into new spatial landscapes after being printed and cut out. The photographic objects and series of prints are accompanied by sound – field recordings from my online and offline travels. The idea of the project refers to the thesis put forward by a Polish-American philosopher Alfred Korzybski: „The map is not the territory”. Based on observations of the natural landscape, which nowadays is more often captured than directly experienced, I tried to question the trust in digitally constructed images.

The project is based on observations on online travels, which are an interesting form of entertainment, and in the face of the ongoing pandemic, they become the only completely safe way to travel. Using images from travel magazines, personal archive, Google Street View, popular computer games and other online sources, I have studied how digital culture changes our perception of the natural landscape. Fascinated by contemporary information technologies and their incredible potential to shape lifestyles, I have tried to answer the question of how to authentically capture the rich duality of physical and virtual life that we currently experience, and how to represent the offline and online experience of a natural environment.

The project is accompanied by a video work in the form of an online guided meditation. → Imagine yourself on an island in the middle of the ocean

The project was implemented under the Scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.