Annka Kultys Gallery presents an exhibition of works by two London-based Danish artists, Stine Deja and Marie Munk. This is the first time the pair have worked together.
Munks recent series of sculptural work will work along side with Deja’s moving image pieces. The exhibition, entitled Synthetic Seduction, questions and explores fundamental emotions, such as love, empathy, attraction and repulsion, within our increasingly virtual and cybernetics-influenced world.
Stine Deja is presenting a video featuring an android singing “I wanna know what love is”, (the 1984 UK and US smash hit by the pop group Foreigner) to himself in the bathroom mirror, complemented by sequences of androids attempting to show affection for humans and vice versa.
Marie Munk by contrast presents a recent series of sculptural work based loosely around an ambiguous aesthetic resembling in utero or newly born creatures, each work being animated in its own unique fashion through breathing, singing, speaking or moving.
“I wanted to learn what it meant to be a machine, or to think of yourself as such”, wrote Mark O’Connell. Synthetic Seduction brings together works that encourage contmplation on how the tech industry is trying to make personal robots as human-like as possible.
Stine Deja was born in Denmark in 1986 and currently lives and works in London. She received her MA in Visual Communication (Moving Image) from the Royal College of Art in 2015 and her BA in Interaction Design from Kolding School of Design in 2012. A select exhibition history of the artist includes shows at Secret Project Robot, NY; Annka Kultys Gallery, London; Like a Little Disaster, Bari; Assembly Point, London; SixtyEight Art Institute, Copenhagen; Frieze, London; Concrete Lab, Copenhagen; Remisen, Copenhagen; Hockney Gallery, London; Fringe Film Festival, London; National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen; and No Man’s Art Gallery, Copenhagen.
Marie Munk was born in Denmark in 1988 and currently lives and works in London. She received her MA in Mixed Media from the Royal College of Art in 2016. Her work has been also shown at Found, Hockney Gallery, London; HAUT scene, Copenhagen, Denmark; Schwartz Gallery, London; Offprint London, Tate Modern, London, 2015.