September 25, 2020 / October 21, 2020

Manila is Calling your name

On May 25, 2007, the world was introduced to Google street view. Bored, I tiptoed through the narrow streets of the slums of Manila. I watched the frozen city, its people from the touch screen.” Memory "renderings" hung in the photographs of Remigius Treigys emerged from memory. “The next day, when I checked my mail, I found several offers for accommodation in the capital of the Philippines specially prepared for me by the Booking.com algorithms: "Manila is calling your name!".”

In the exhibition, two authors and two technologies meet, not only as media, but also as two different methods of memory recovery or reconstruction. Place and time are important dimensions in the work of both authors. "21 Days in Berlin", "Last Day in Venice", "Seventh Street" - photo cycles by Remigius Treigys. The relationship between fixed images and reality is defined only by the very fact that they are photographs. In them, any documentary is replaced by a personal experience of the moment.Meanwhile, Aleksa constructs the memory files in the virtual present. One of the essential goals of this dialogue is to illuminate the discourse about the subjectivity of memory in the context of the future generated by algorithms. An important highlight of the exhibition is the hotel room. While traveling, some of the impressions are not related to the authenticity of the places visited, and there are also many universal experiences that make the trips similar. Hotel rooms selected using the same filters eventually become similar to each other. Their interiors, layouts, even the smallest details become foreboding even before entering each of them. From a memory perspective, such spaces are difficult to associate with specific locations.