No 1 (65) 2006
January - March
OPINIONS

Intimacy and Screen

Derrick de Kerckhove called a “computer underwear” the desktop menu displayed on a computer screen. Being a disciple and follower of Marshall McLuhan, he referred to exposing the desktop menu in public, and to revealing one’s privacy.

Jarosław Lubiak

Art historian. He works for the Łódź Art. M.

Jarosław Lubiak

Preparing the Screenphotography large series, Zbigniew Sejwa invited his friends and acquaintances to join a partially exhibitionist act. Pictures of computer screens, e-mailed and printed in a uniform size, signed with a first name (occasionally also with a surname) and profession have formed a true kaleidoscope of intimacy. This cascade of screen displays has stressed individual idiosyncrasies not merely by a whole range of desktop pictures but also through the way icons, indexes and files were arranged. If a computer screen turns into the place for phantasms projection (a desktop picture, as the picture that one wishes to have constantly in front of one’s eyes) and a reflection of the organization of psychic life (an arrangement of icons, indexes and files illustrating an order to organize important things in our lives), then Screenphotography by Sejwa has clearly indicated that imagination gets externalized (a phantasm embodied in the desktop picture), psychic life gets oversimplified (relation between its sectors being revealed in the arrangement of the elements on the desktop), its inner depth being replaced by superficial effects. In this context , a seemingly anachronistic question on the status of photography in the digital era - two analogue photographs of computer screens have been presented side by side with the printouts – has turned into a question on the status of intimacy. Thus, Screenphotography by Wojciech Sejwa has confronted one with the symptom of the inevitable and irreversible revolution taking place in our everyday lives. Zbigniew Sejwa, Screenphotography, Jan Dekert Lubuskie Museum, Gorzów Wielkopolski; the FF Gallery, Łódź, January – February 2006.

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