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Jon rafman
Poor Magic
Experimental film | hdv | color | 7'7'' | Canada | 2017
Jon Rafman’s Poor Magic is a vision of a post-human dystopia featuring animated 3-D bodies continuously tortured in abstract digital space. The video presents the viewer with a haunting programme of repeating motifs: a blue featureless avatar, a view from a colonoscopy, and ranks of identical figures crashing and toppling over each other, made with the help of crowd-simulation software. While a poetic lament, Poor Magic addresses the fragmented consciousness of a post-physical existence. The film shows a terrifying image of a future where all humanity is uploaded to a virtual purgatory and endlessly abused. Or perhaps it is also a brutal representation of the present moment and the effect that technology has on our flesh and psyche.
JON RAFMAN was born in 1981 in Montreal, Canada. He studied Philosophy and Literature at McGill University in Montreal and received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of virtual worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present.   Rafman has had solo exhibitions at Sprüth Magers Berlin (2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Munster (2016), The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015) and Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2015). His works have been featured in prominent international group exhibitions, including Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989-Today, ICA Boston (2018), Blind Faith, Haus Der Kunst, Munich (2018), Suspended Animation, Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2017), Sharjah Biennial (2017), Berlin Biennial 9 (2016), and Manifesta Biennial for European Art 11 (2016). He recently created video for a production of Albert Ginastera’s opera Bomarzo at the Teatro Real, Madrid (2017). His films have been screened in festivals and exhibitions all over the world; notably the Rotterdam Film Festival (2015, 2016, 2018), the New York Film Festival (2015), and the Ann Arbor Film Festival (2017).