Differences? / Similarities! by Urban Dialogues

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Archival Digital Print 11.5" X 16.5" © Frie J. Jacobs, Jana Hunterova
Differences? / Similarities! by Urban Dialogues
Curated by: Franky Michielsen

Dorp 1-3 2980
March 4th, 2011 - March 27th, 2011
Opening: March 4th, 2011 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

32 3 2980 715
Saturday 13.30-18.00, Sunday 11.00-18.00 or by appointment
Internet, global, virtual, photography, mixed-media, digital, video-art, landscape
Free; Open to public


Urban Dialogues© (UD) examines the complex interactions between artists, cultures, nature, urban interventions, cities, and technology, via photography, digital art and video, capturing the contradictions and analogies of our individual and collective histories, reflecting today’s new era of global engagement. UD artists all met via an artist social networking website, came together and virtually exchange photos of their cities and art. The collaborative artworks are hybrids of each artists’ unique vision, time and place.

Never before in human history have we faced so many rapid changes in technology and lifestyles. Our world and our lives are becoming more and more global, complex and interdependent. Current day technologies are creating a world with very different boundaries, bringing those from distant shores closer together. At the same time, everything is very fragmented and we feel disconnected. In the middle of the crowded streets, or in an art studio, one can feel isolated.

The Exhibition Center De Bijl Zoersel presents Urban Dialogues©, a group of nine artists from different cities and cultures experimenting with collaborations which bridge their global diversity and artistic similarities. “Urban Dialogues©” is questioning the nature of artistic practices in today’s digital age: is art made by the sole artist alone in their studio or can collaborative works push us to new heights?

Amy Bassin, New York City, USA;
Sonia Gil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
José Javier Gonzalez, Madrid, Spain;

Jana Hunterova, LiberecCzech Republica;

Frie J. Jacobs, Zoersel, Belgium;

Aditi Kulkarni, Mumbai, India;

Emeka Ogboh, Lagos, Nigeria;

Uma Ray, Kolkata, India;
Hidemi Shimura, Shanghai, China