DIORAMA PROJECTS
SIMULATED ALTERNATE REALITIES
5 October until 10 November 2010 12.00-8.00pm

1a space
Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

www.oneaspace.org.hk | www.dioramaprojects.org

"Simulated alternative realities can take many different forms. They can be found everywhere in the elaborate utopias and dystopias created in books, magazines and films, in our belief or denial in the existence of an afterlife, in our very dreams and aspirations. We create alternative realities for ourselves each time we imagine the things that might have been, the half-remembered past, events that never happened but we believe to be true. Simulated alternate realities make strange and unfamiliar the things that we thought we knew. Dreamworlds, hopes and fantasies, these alternate realities are created as survival strategies for our daily lives.

The simulated alternative realities depicted within this exhibition exploit the problematic dialectic inherent in photography, the fallacy of photographic truth. By its very nature, a photograph will always be someone else’s version of the truth, the word “composition” an abbreviation for the complex process of subjective selection and elimination integral even to so-called “documentary
photography”. Whilst we cannot authenticate reality through the photograph, at the core of each simulation is an element of the real, the point from which subjectivity and imagination combine to create a distillation of reality or a declaration of intent. Within these simulated alternate realities, anything is possible."

Davina Lee - Curator