Yassine Khaled

Born: Sefrou, Morocco (1988)

Lives and works: Helsinki, Finland

 

Monitor Man (2016)

Interactive performance and HD video

10 minutes

 

Yassine Khaled’s sculptures, installations, performances, paintings, and videos focus on the disparity between the power and wealth of some, and the powerlessness and poverty of others in our globalized world. He visualizes power relations between individuals caused by, for instance, ever-increasing gaps in wealth, socio-cultural differences, labor conditions, educational opportunities, and religious differences — the conditions that determine one’s level of comfort and stability in society. Khaled was born, raised, and received his artistic training in Morocco and lives and currently works in Helsinki; this geographic and cultural shift has had an evident impact on his work.

 

For I Am Our Common Pronoun, Khaled is present on-site for the course of the exhibition to perform Monitor Man (2016), his embodiment of virtual communication in public space. The artist wears a helmet affixed with an iPad, which offers a real-time connection to a person outside of Europe. Through the use of technology and his own body, he uses the performance to transgress actual, national borders which separate people. The performance, sited in Copenhagen, is an opportunity for visitors to meet with someone who is physically far away, outside of Europe’s borders in non-Western countries, and restricted in their freedom of movement. Monitor Man was inspired by the current refugee crisis and how it is unfolding in relation to the internet, social media, and the omnipresence of technology. The project began on the streets of Helsinki, but is ongoing, as the artist presents the work in different locations around the Western world.

​Technology offers the possibility to connect more people than ever before, yet paradoxically, the rise of smartphone technology is linked directly to a rise in depression and anxiety, particularly in the West. Khaled pares down the ambition of technological platforms like social media. He focuses on one-to-one connections over vast networks of loose connections. In this work, technology is used as a means to connect people, with reactions ranging from deep empathy between geographically distant bodies to subtle gestures of avoidance and dismissal. The role of Khaled’s physical body merging with the face and speech of someone elsewhere heightens the feeling of human confrontation, which can disappear in cyberspace. By merging his physical presence with the digital projection of another, he confuses his own identity and lends his body to a common subject.

 

Interactive Performance

Monitor Man

Various locations around CHART ART FAIR and CHART EMERGING

 

friday 1 September

16:00 – 17:30

19:00 – 20:30

 

saturday 2 September

13:30 – 15:00

16:00 – 17:30

 

sunday 3 september

13:30 – 15:00

16:00 – 17:30

 

 

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