Using 3-D animation, digital surrogates, and narrative, Stine Deja’s videos explore how cyberspace affects our imagination and sense of intimacy. Recognising that technology has become an architect of emotion in the hybrid space of contemporary life, Deja’s work compels the viewer to consider him or herself through this self-reflective intertwining of humans and machines.
Deja’s lavish and sleek animations wash over the viewer, encapsulating the viewer’s consciousness in a bubble of highly stylised motifs and graphics; often supported by music. These microcosms are further punctuated with footage found in the public domain, integrating a sense of parody and the absurd within the narrative. Throughout Deja’s practice, the use of voice-over guides each viewer across the transient planes of her videos. Within this generated space, viewers inhabit digital surrogates that negotiate the malleable borders separating the ‘real’ and the ‘virtual.’ These entities feel an uncanny familiarity, with their responsive range stretching from comforting to ironic. Deja’s digital human proxies simultaneously probe both cyberspace and the viewer’s psyche, investigating the extent by which genuine emotional feeling within this virtual realm shapes us as social beings.
Stine Deja was born in Denmark in 1986 and currently lives and works in London. She received her MA in Visual Communication (Moving Image) from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and her BA in Interaction Design from Kolding School of Design in 2012.
In 2017, Annka Kultys Gallery is pleased to welcome Deja by hosting her first solo exhibition with the gallery featuring CYPHORIA, a virtual travel agency that explores the techno-social phenomenon of living concurrently outside/inside the machine. Deja is also collaborating with artist Marie Munk on a forthcoming project examining synthesised intimacy.
A select exhibition history of the artist includes shows at: Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Assembly Point, London; SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen; Frieze, London; Concrete Lab, Copenhagen; Remisen, Copenhagen; Bargehouse, London; Hockney Gallery, London; Fringe Film Festival, London; Dansk Kvindesamfund, Copenhagen; and No Man’s Art Gallery, Copenhagen.
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FAD, article by Tabish Khan
16 April, 2017
Art Rabbit, article by Kyung An and Jessica Cerasi
05 April 2017
Wall Street International
03 April 2017
24 March 2017
24 March 2017
22 MARCH – 22 APRIL 2017