Blocked Content

Blocked Content
13 May to 26 November 2017
The Russian Pavilion at the
57th International Exhibition La Biennale Di Venezia
Curated by Semyon Mikhailovsky, Co-Curator: Ekaterina Shcherbakova

In Blocked Content, Recycle Group create an absurdist image of artificial intelligence as an authority on ethical standards to play with the phenomenon of virtual reality and social media. In an exploration of immortality in contemporary society, ‘saints’ of the web are granted eternal life and ‘sinners’ – including spammers, virus retailers and fake-celebrities – are punished. An epiphany about life and death in the virtual realm, the installation takes inspiration from Dante's 9th Circle of Hell. Featuring scenes of Hell, the installation shows profiles frozen in a vacuum, without likes and reposts and unable to return to life, only fully on view through a virtual reality app that will be downloaded to visitors’ mobile devices.