Cécile B. Evans: What the Heart Wants
Discrit presents a screening and discussion of the film “What the Heart Wants” by Cécile B. Evans.
"Unraveling the value of emotion in contemporary society, the work of Belgian-American artist Cécile B. Evans explores the person-to-machine exchanges that have come to define the contemporary human condition. Her video installation What the Heart Wants examines what constitutes a person in the digital age and how machines (technical, social, and political) shape how we are “human.” If “corporations are people too,” as in the notion of corporate personhood, then HYPER, an ambiguous power and the narrator of the video, has achieved this ultimate goal. Amidst the dizzying paradoxes of future- turned-now, she is joined by a range of other protagonists: an immortal cell, a memory from 1972 that has outlived the humans who would have remembered it, a disbanded trio of off-grid lovers, lab children with their robot caregiver, and a workers’ collective comprised entirely of disembodied ears." - Berlin Biennale
Cécile B. Evans (1983) lives and works in Berlin and London. For earlier works, she drew inspiration from various sources such as film, science, and popular culture and explored the life of data after death via a CGI rendered ‘bad copy’ of a Hollywood actor. She has previously made works commissioned by Serpentine Galleries; London, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and most recently, Tate Liverpool. For her projects, Evans uses a large network of programmers, designers, musicians and researchers. Her website offers an insight into her artistic practice.
Special thanks to Chateau Shatto Gallery, L.A.