11 February – 2 April 2017

SITUATION #62: Philipp Dorl,
Im Glas, 2011–2014

11 February – 2 April 2017

Im Glas is a poetic series of scenes around the intimate relation between man and machine. Seductive yet filled with subtle tensions, these images look at the camera as it becomes one with our body, a prosthesis of our eyes and hands. Or perhaps it is our body that becomes an extension of the photographic apparatus, the fleshy and obedient functionary of the camera. Philipp Dorl’s photographs show no hierarchy and – as fingers investigate the rim of the lens and a girl’s arm disappears through a camera body – we are left wondering about this complex relation and its hidden dynamics. Who is the master and who the slave? Should we talk about a parasitic or rather a symbiotic exchange? Is the photographic apparatus now a part of our body to the point where we can no longer live without it?

“Girl with Hand in Camera”, inkjet print, 2011/2013 © Philipp Dorl

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