Cécile B. Evans

Cécile B. Evans

The Virtual is Real

“It’s not like the real world will evaporate and be usurped by the digital.” Watch artist Cécile B. Evans – one of the most prominent voices of Post-Internet Art – on her work, which examines how digital culture has impacted the human condition.

“It’s about the way we value emotion in contemporary society. And the thing that has impacted that the most in the last ten years is digital technologies.” Digital technologies have permeated our lives to such a degree that it is no longer possible to distinguish it from physical reality: “People worry that the real world will disappear,” says Evans who finds it highly unlikely that the digital will simply take over the physical: “In the best possible scenario it’s a collaboration between the two and it becomes a prosthesis for things we are unable to do, as opposed to a substitute.”

Cécile B. Evans (b. 1983) is a Belgian-American artist based in Berlin, originally trained as an actor at New York University. Evans is considered one of the most prominent voices of Post-Internet Art – a term covering art practices that engage with the Internet and new technologies. She is the recipient of the Emdash Award 2012 and the 2013 PYA Prize resulting in commissions for Palais de Tokyo in Paris and the Serpentine Galleries in London. Evan’s work has been shown internationally, e.g. at the 9th Berlin Biennale. For more about Cécile B. Evans see: http://cecilebevans.com

Cécile B. Evans was interviewed by Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen at her studio in London in February 2016.

Camera: Oliver Bloor
Produced and edited by: Roxanne Bagheshirin Lærkesen
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2016

Supported by Nordea-fonden

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