Object of Desire” - Yael Kanarek (IL/USA)
Object of Desire is the third chapter in World of Awe, and online travelogue (www.worldofawe.net) that chronicles a search for lost treasure in a parallel world called Sunset/Sunrise. The project imagines a post-gender and post-national protagonist. Born from an observation that language defines borders and territory on the Internet, Object of Desire examines these borders, as the chapter is written in three languages: English, Arabic and Hebrew. To raise the notion of physicality of the Internet, the fifteen scenes of the online project download from servers in four locations-—in Ramallah, Tel Aviv, Izmir and New York.
Object of Desire has four gates:
During the artist’s talk, Yael will guide the audience through several scenes, point to memes born in the Middle East and Mediterranean that are present in contemporary culture, and talk about her upcoming solo exhibition at Nelly Aman’s gallery, opening July 1 in Tel Aviv.
Since 1995, Yael Kanarek has developed a unique project using photography, text, sculpture, and performance. For the past decade she has integrated a range of media into a hypertext system with epic proportions titled World of Awe ( www.worldofawe.net). Grounded with an original narrative that expands the ancient tradition and genre of a traveler’s tale, Kanarek’s World of Awe explores connections between storytelling, travel, memory, and technology. With a solo exhibition slated for 2007 at the Jewish Museum, Kanarek has been recognized internationally with a Rockefeller New Media fellowship, the Netizens Webprize, and the CNRS/UNESCO Lewis Carroll Prix Argos in France. Selected for the 2002 Whitney Biennial, she has received grants from the Jerome Foundation Media Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, and commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Turbulence.org, and The Alternative Museum. Kanarek has also held residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Le Monde Interactif, Tema Celeste, ARTnews, Time Out, Flash Art Italy, Firma, Paper, Wired, The Journal News, ArtByte, and Internet Art by Rachel Greene. In 2000, Kanarek founded Upgrade!, an international network of artists and curators.