2020 – Wood, steel, paint
One of the big challenges technology presents to intimacy and love is the question of paying attention. With the endless flow of information, constant communication and updates, we often fail to be present in the here and now. A short attention span and attention deficit are both afflictions of the digital age. But being present is a precondition for love. Accepting limitations is another. Both are under pressure from modern technology. Hannah Toticki Anbert’s work focuses on the relationship between social relations, political economy and technological developments. The works presented in the exhibition, some newly commissioned, are shaped as garments, accessories and furniture which all point to the relationship between technology and body. Their use is ambiguous – designed to help us focus but at the same time being restraining, maybe even slightly claustrophobic. This ambiguity is a metaphor for the double nature of the endless possibilities of modern digital technology: on the one hand being useful and facilitating communication, while on the other binding and alienating. It is a technology that sets us free but at the same time challenges genuine and intimate human contact.
Framing Presence is a sculptural piece of furniture designed for two bodies sitting facing each other. The work is a response to a time where “things” do not necessarily happen in front of us, but elsewhere in time and space. In Framing Presence the sitting bodies are divided by the furniture, but a square frame is left open. The personal and bodily meeting becomes limited by the furniture, but at the same time the framing – by mimicking the framing of head and shoulders we are so used to from online meetings – helps our focus and guides our attention, underlining the here and now of the meeting.
Work on display at the Centraal Museum.
Hannah Toticki― Artist
Hannah Toticki (1984) graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. Toticki’s sculpture and installation-based works often use the powerful visual codes of fashion and pop culture, preferably combining her thought-provoking yet humorous work with performance, lecture, text, video and music. Her current projects include The Land of Milk and Honey at KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, DE, 2019) and Slower and Cheaper at Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art (Copenhagen, DK, 2018). Toticki has been awarded the European Start Point Prize, Carl Nielsen and Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen Talent Prize (2018), Niels Wessel Bagges Art Foundation Award (2019) and Astrid Noack’s Scholarship (2019), among other accolades.