‘When you look at yourself in the mirror, does your image exist? Is that you or someone else? Do you exist only as yourself or, quite the opposite, do you have more than one existence?’

‘When you look at yourself in the mirror, does your image exist? Is that you or someone else? Do you exist only as yourself or, quite the opposite, do you have more than one existence?’

These questions posed by Jean-Luc Godard in 1977 seem today more relevant than ever. They touch on some of the long-debated issues of the gap between image and representation, what is real and what is not, and the relationship between our self-image and how we are seen by others. The ubiquitous presence of the digital image and the increasing use of AR filters on social media have given the debate new dimensions.

As we become more and more dependent on digital interaction, and our physical identity is at risk of being overshadowed by the virtual, it is imperative that we look critically at the social, cultural and political implications of our malleable digital self-image. The widespread use of AR filters, Snapchat lenses and 3D modelling raises urgent questions about self-representation, visual culture and the perception of reality. What type of new opportunities are afforded by these technologies and what are the risks? How do they change the way we see ourselves and others? And how would they influence the future of the image?

Curators Daniela Tenenbaum and Niv Fux will lead you on a search for answers with three prominent digital artists: Ines Alpha, Andy Picci and Marcela Baltarete. The artists will present their work and share their insights with the audience.

Moderators:
Daniela Tenenbaum & Niv Fux - Curators

With:
Ines Alpha - 3D artist
Andy Picci - Digital Artist
Marcela Baltarete - Digital Artist

Language: English

The panel discussion is a collaboration between Noorderlicht International Photo Festival and the Netherlands Film Festival.