Claire Fontaine’s exhibition Star Reply Forward Copy Info Delete references our past two years lived in symbiosis with screens, relying more than ever on our telephones to overcome physical distance.
The intensified tactile and affective contact with the digital world has made the images under our fingers paradoxically more material; when scrolling, sliding, scribbling on them, we have rematerialised and shared them, resized, copied and pasted them, carrying them always close to our bodies, in our pockets and in our hands, experiencing the warmth of the phone as a reassuring sign of life.
Star Reply Forward Copy Info Delete are the words that appear when we press on the bubble of a message to appropriate it and modify it, to quote it or discard it. Through this data we weave our relations with people and feed archives of our supposedly encrypted exchanges used by unknown powers to shape our lives imperceptibly. The fabric of this digital life is full of immaterial depth and unfelt sensuality, and inside these unsecured connections, in spaces even more aseptic than before, people work, fall in love, make and show art.
Claire Fontaine materialises immaterial images lifted from instagram, where public intimacy is organiced like an atlas, an accumulation, a puzzle, where everything is simultaneous. The movement of freezing the present into a constantly accessible past erases time as history but alters its flow, because we pay for these images with our time: the time that we spend looking at them and not living the life that they portray.