Artificial Impressions
5 sep 2018 - 4 feb 2019

Artificial Impressions

Innovative photography from Antwerp, Breda, Düsseldorf, Helsinki, London, Paris and Tokio


From the oldest cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi to the Masters of the Golden Age - people have been creating images for thousands of years. Even before technical aids were available.

BredaPhoto’s overarching theme - To Infinity and Beyond - looks toward the future. The photographers analyse today's developments and extrapolate these to tomorrow - from robotics and biotech to computer science. They apply their craftsmanship and creativity to present future scenarios, warning us or to moving us to consider current developments.

The future of the photographic image is central to Artificial Impressions, a joint exhibition by BredaPhoto and Stedelijk Museum Breda. The photographers and creators do consider themselves observers of reality, focusing on faithful representation. Instead, they use new and existing techniques to create their own reality. They collect images from an infinite stream of images, manipulate reality, improve it, or consciously look for flaws.

Including works by: 

Jeroen Bocken (BE) 
Celebrated Remedy for the Cure of Disorder Manipulated images are almost indistinguishable from reality. Thanks to digital techniques, we can make ‘perfect' images in no time, but what do we sacrifice? 'Our new digital world has also become more abstract and distant,' says Jeroen Bocken.

Antony Cairns (UK) 
British photographer Antony Cairns is an artisan who doesn’t shun experiments. His futuristic photos show the cities of tomorrow, inspired by writers like H.P. Lovecraft, J.G. Ballard en William Gibson. For BredaPhoto he made a selection of his work.

Kenta Cobayashi (JP) 
Everything_1 Japanese photographer Kenta Cobayashi is developing a new kind of aesthetic and artistic self-expression for the digital age. He draws inspiration from his own life, photographing the streets of Tokyo or his friends. A radical computer-treatment makes the pictures look like abstract paintings. Think Gerhard Richter with Photoshop.

Sara Naim (SY) 
When Heartstrings Collapse The artist Sara Naim shows what happens in your body when you experience an emotion. She used a microscope and a scanner to blow up the dead skin cells on her fingertips and deliberately shows the computer errors that emerged. Alienating abstractions are the result.

Maija Tammi (FI) 
Milky Way Universe and sex, those are the only two topics that people are really interested in, Maija Tammi thought. She delved into theories about the origin of life. She made her photos of the Milky Way in her own living room. They look amazing and very special. 

Robert Pufleb (DE) 
Robert Pufleb creates new stimulating images that give the audience an aesthetic but also an unexpected experience. He shows abstract photographs that, on closer inspection, are not what they seem. For the Transformer series he photographed dozens of mysterious flying objects in China and cities in Europe.

Joris Verleg (NL) 
Golden Google Gate Didn’t Joris Verleg see those holiday snapshots of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco before? He started searching the internet and collected countless pictures of icons in various cities, and edited these into a video. A trip around the world, thanks to the internet.

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