Andreas Lutz, Offset XYZ, 2018, 310 x 310 cm, pneumatic actuators, stretchable fabric, custom software.

Regionale 20 - Avatars, Doppelgangers and Allegorical Landscapes

As part of Regionale, a format promoting contemporary art from Switzerland, Germany and France, HeK presents a selection of artists, who examine our multiplied identities in the digital age.


24.11.2019 - 29.12.2019

Admission: 9 / 6 (reduced)

Links: https://regionale.org/

Katrin Niedermeier, reality island is elsewhere, 2019, Videostill, Photo courtesy the artist.

The doppelganger is a fantastic figure in literature, that recurringly emerges as a premonition of events yet to unfold, often with dramatic outcomes. This imaginary character has survived to this day and has evolved into numerous modern variations. Our interconnected culture encourages the proliferation of multiple digital identities of ourselves, from social media accounts to imaginary characters in video games and other private platforms for online chat and meetings. We are creating avatars to live beyond our physical boundaries, and these avatars shape us in return, influencing our identity and our social relationships. Not only the separation between private and public life is being blurred, also the different spheres of social construct are being multiplied. Between indulging in technological escapism and imagining our posthuman existence, what new images and areas of ourselves are left for us to discover? The 12 artists in the exhibition examine the construction of our identity by exploring new meanings associated with the production of avatars, doppelgangers, allegorical landscapes and awakened environments.

Curator: Boris Magrini

Artists: Christine Camenisch & Johannes Vetsch, Alessia Conidi, Lara Hampe & Vera Sebert, Jansa Jakub, Dirk Koy, Till Langschied, Lucas Lejeune, Andreas Lutz, Katrin Niedermeier, Raphael Spielmann.