The Galleria Allegra Ravizza based in Lugano is pleased to present NET JUMPS, a group show of the artists Igor Eškinja, Franklin Evans, and Federico Luger. The show aims at sparking off thoughts, through the work of three artists and a historical research lasting over one hundred
The show aims at sparking off thoughts, through the work of three artists and a historical research lasting over one hundred years, on the birth of the contemporary HYPER-MIND; a chronological show of the earliest intuitions of readings of science fiction from the 1920s, a historical analyses and links with the Cold War in the 1950s, to the birth of the first role-playing video games and the consequent invention of avatars.
The starting point is the dystopian Future of Ruggero Vasari’s “Anxiety of machines”, a literary drama begun exactly one hundred years ago, in distant 1921. The story told by the show begins here, from that Vasari-like future that generated the hyper-mind, that today inhabits our perceptive universe.
We can define the Hyper-mind as that ability developed by human beings to understand and act by projecting on themselves an abstraction never reached before.
With the arrival of computer-machines and their mass linking up, together with an extremely rapid development of the mathematical and informatics sciences, the ideas that came from ancient humanity have become real extra-material ideas, present and active in our real and perceptive world.
In the world of Plato’s Ideas there was no joystick! In ours yes.
NET JUMPS is a jump among the new worlds and new estrangements. In the rooms of the gallery you can play with new and old video games, a path between historical computers and informatics and telematics, and you can analyse the three aspects on which is based the formation of our Hyper-mind.
Perceived space | Igor Eškinja
The levels of information | Franklin Evans
Extra-material interaction | Federico Luger