The video “Hybrid Operandi” is a part of Darja Popolitova’s solo exhibition “EROS LOADING” at HOP Gallery in Tallinn.
It shows hands movements imitating interactions with a smartphone (tapping, scrolling, swiping), but instead of the smartphone there are pieces of jewellery. Maybe the smartphone and jewellery are not so different today?
idea: Darja Popolitova
camera and edit: Sofja Kostenkova
An animation of non-living objects; digital animism. What can be more intimate than the constant and close presence of our computers or smartphones? It is a presence in which Plato's idea of Eros as an ideal form can be brought to perfection with simplicity of screen operations, flawlessness of virtual colors and forms that carry through the network as internet self-presenting fascination.
I touch, tap, scroll again and again. Illuminated by a blue screen, as in the moonlight, he knows me better than I know me. The intimacy arouses an attention. It is possible that this fascination is not just practical, but spiritual.
The series of jewellery made from flexible rubber both relates and raises questions about intimacy by our way of touching such technical devices: bodily interactions, sensual choreography of hands. Our love affair with computers lies deeper than mere aesthetic fascination, deeper than a play of senses; It is erotic and spiritual, says the philosopher Michael Heim in his fundamental work "The Metaphysics of Virtual Reality."
By touching a screen with fingers, Eros loads it’s presence. This is a platonic love to hold, to know and to reflect us. Maybe the smartphone and jewellery are not so different today?