How to make friends online - Liel Bomberg

༄ How to make friends online ☺
Liel Bomberg ➠ 22.④-22.⑤.2021

  ➠ We are open! Tue-Thu ꒰ ͜͡➸ 12-19& Weekends ✷ 11-14 Indie Photography Group Gallery ୭̥⋆*。 Chlenov 42, Tel Aviv



In today’s oversaturated digital world, we find ourselves immersed in elaborate virtual performances - assembling and disassembling parts of our identities, masquerading and marketing ourselves in cyberspace - whether consciously or not. How aware are we of the complex interrelationships between reality and the virtual places we consume? In recent years, I have explored the delicate line between our private life experiences and those we carefully place on display online for the world to see.

The inception of the internet and social networking communities has led to the deconstruction of personal and abstract ideas of who we really are, blurring the lines between truth and fiction. In "How to make friends online," I flip the story and explore the ways in which virtual spaces can be represented and shown in the real world.

My first solo exhibition, "How to make friends online" presents a broad spectrum of images, both fantastical and ordinary, created in collaboration with various creatives online - artists, designers, programmers, dancers, strippers, drag queens, influencers and more. Together, we designed a new shared space, bustling with activity, that bridges both digital and physical experiences to build a new hybrid environment.
Using advanced technology, we have all become photographers and documentarists. What was once reserved for professionals and darkrooms has become an accessible and mobile device that we carry with ourselves everywhere we go. The power dynamic has been flipped on its head because now, anyone with online access has the potential to curate content. The medium of photography has expanded its boundaries to the point where everything created through a lens becomes an image that can be spread to millions of people with one click.

“How to make friends online” seeks to define photography as one of many elements that play a defining part in contemporary culture, bridging the IRL to the URL. The exhibition is followed by a wide educational program that will serve as a platform for artists and creators from various fields. Gallery talks, performances, and live stream events in real-time will welcome various creators to join the conversation and offer their perspectives, to encourage the discussion about technology’s effects on our past, present, and future selves.

xoxo Liel Bomberg

How to make friends online is showcasing collaborations with

Aliyah Hoff, ERA (Toronto), ERRANTH (Mexico City), Eyal Chowers (New York), Ben Zaiger, gggaaallleeerrryyy Team, Guy Assif, Itamar Harel, Itzik Vakil, Karin Kimel (Berlin), HRZG, Itaaai (Berlin), Matthew Chen (Vancouver), Michal Elyakim, Nancy Schnider, Nir Abergil, Noa Simhayof Shahaf, Ohad Peleg, Omer Shachar, Oren Knaan, Orian Spivak, Original Sin Boys Live, Or Sultany, Or Tseiri, PAG TLV Collective, Rock Hojerat, Sa'ar Matalon, Sadan Records, Shachar Atwan, Shahaf Mor, Shira Shvadron Movement in Capture, Tair Adato (New York), Tal Fudim, Tal Ziv, Tomer Versace, Tom Segev Anis7k, Yoel Peled, Yuval Kritshtein (Sydney), Wifiovermybody (Shanghai)

 

Thursday 22.4 ︎ 20-23 

Opening Event

The exhibition seeks to define photography as one of many elements that play a defining part in contemporary culture, bridging the IRL to the URL. The exhibition is followed by a wide educational program that will serve as a platform for artists and creators from various fields.

Monday 26.4 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: Curation and Manipulation

gggaaallleeerrryyy team in conversation about curation in 2021. How do we make space for collaborative work as a group of curators? What does online identity has to do with curation?



Thursday 29.4 ︎ 20-23 

Audio Visual Experience & Pop-Up Exhibition with Sadan

A 3D image is in constant tension with the object it is reproducing, and the desire for computer graphics stems from the need to fill in the gaps in real life. Occasionally, these tools bring the artists closer to creation. Only a screen separates the encounter between the two.

Karin Kimel, Yoel Peled, Tom Segev, Shira Shvadron x ERRANTH (Mexico City), Wifiovermybody (Shanghai), HRZG & Itaaai (Berlin). Request Lorraine DJ set and Original Sin Boys live show

Friday 30.4 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: Hey sis!

How does online spaces influence and expand our ideas of gendered clothes? A conversation with Maorit (Maor Perez) and Mich Kowalski



Saturday 1.5 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: Welcome to my page

Livestream conversation with Orian Spivak, an icon that livestreams her whole life.


Thursday 6.5 ︎ 21-22 

Live CGI and Motion Sensors Performance: Anthropos transforming

A collaboration between four friends who met on the internet, Tomer Versace, Shira Shvadron, ERRANTH (Mexico City) and Liel Bomberg. In this collabration we explore how can we transform the human body (Anthropos in greek) in virtual spaces. We use our skin, body parts, motion capture sensors (with Noitom suit) and technology to upload Tomer Versace to live 3D scenes , acknowledging our ability to shapeshift in different environments.



Friday 7.5 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: #Queer

Following the commodification of queerness, how can one excist in a capitalistic platforms and stay true to themselves? A conversation with Eyal Chowers (Bestie, New York)


Saturday 7.5 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: U&I 

How I met my boyfriend (Guy Assif, Haimi) online. 


Thursday 13.5 ︎ 21-23 

Performance: TBA

TBA


Friday 14.5 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: Virtual Sex

A conversation with Diego Grant (Fulltimepapi) about sexuality online.



Saturday 15.5 ︎ 20-21 

DJ Set and Performance: X.Tension

A project by Noa Simhayof Shahaf attempting to establish a new methodology for dealing with the artist as something ripped  from (ex) its original ground. It certainly is an extension of material space (which some call it capitalism). Beats by Saar Matalon

Thursday 20.5 ︎ 20-22 

Livestream Performance: ERA

Cyber pop star ERA will be invading the white cube of the gallery and transforming it into her stage. Streaming live worldwide.

Friday 21.5 ︎ 13-14 

Gallery talk: Digital Gender

A conversation with Aliyah Hoff about the significance of the internet in creating spaces for communities to come together. Online identity has given people the opportunity to feel comfortable in wide-ranging roles, some of which may be underlying aspects of the user's life that they are unable to portray in the real world.

Saturday 22.5 ︎ 20-23 

Virtual and IRL Closing Party :)

Live DJ Performace (TBA) in collaboration with HÖR (Berlin).



  ✷ How to make friends online  ☺ 22.④-22.⑤.2021 ➠ 

Liel Bomberg ༄ Indie Photography Group Gallery

(Chlenov St. 42, Tel Aviv) Tue-Thu ꒰ ͜͡➸ 12-19& Weekends ✷ 11-14 


"How to make friends online" presents a broad spectrum of images, both fantastical and ordinary, created in collaboration with various creatives online. Together, we designed a new shared space, bustling with activity, that bridges both digital and physical experiences to build a new hybrid environment.