The Last Day on Earth
07 Apr 2018 - 15 Apr 2018
The Last Day on Earth is a solo show by Jay Rechsteiner, curated by Chiara Williams Contemporary Art.
'The Last Day on Earth' is a thematic solo exhibition presenting four pieces of work that are part of a project titled 'A Series of Dull & Meaningless Works of Art'. The exhibition explores the challenges, dangers & impacts of the continuous digitalisation that is radically transforming the way we live & communicate with each other. The continuing efforts to merge the analogue with the digital world & the eventual digital dominance is one of the most precarious & dangerous events in human history. The rise of smart objects able to interact with other smart objects & learn from each other through machine learning (AI) is not science fiction but a scary reality. Companies & governments invest huge sums of money in this development. The Internet of Things (IoT) has already infiltrated daily basic activities, & for some reason we all seem exhilarated & excited by it.
The show researches the correlation between the technological & the global development in life style, politics, health & migration. New concepts of living (digital nomads, remote work etc.) seem to democratize the world whereas the spread of information & fake news have an immense dictatorial impact on the behaviour of people.
The exhibition aims to get the audience immersed in a conceptual & visually compelling presentation of four interlinked artworks. Rechsteiner is interested in the duration the works will be able to engage the audience and hold their interest; in the age of super-fast information consumption, this is a very challenging experiment.
Jay Rechsteiner is a story-teller, whose process-based work sits at the intersection of different practices. Varied objects, found materials, detritus, video & audio footage, are all painstakingly collected and catalogued during his research and travels. These in turn are woven into stories, stories that are often so deeply embedded in the materials themselves so as to be invisible.
Rechsteiner has shown his work internationally (Japan, USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, France) in galleries and museums such as the Fukuoka Art Museum, Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Liverpool, the London Art Fair & the 53rd and 54th Venice Biennales. He was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1971, he lives and works in Margate, UK.