Pixelated Realities, Saffron Ward, δημοσίευση Aesthetica Magazine [25/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
The “modern” internet began as a network for academic research in 1983. Ten years later, the World Wide Web became public domain – providing a universal language for people across the globe to share information, communicate and connect. Around the same time, imaging software, such as Adobe Photoshop, came onto the market with hundreds of new editing techniques. Tools, including brush, clone stamp and spot healing, pushed the boundaries of photography, marking an era of airbrushing and filtering.
This groundbreaking technological advancement is what first sparked the artistic collaboration of Anthony Aziz (b. 1961) and Sammy Cucher (b. 1958). The pair explains: “The confluence of all of these developments seemed to point towards a major transformation in the way we understood our bodies, social relations and the history of images. Our work at the time tried to address all these concerns by using a variety of means, methods and media.” Aziz + Cucher are now recognised for their cross-disciplinary projects that navigate the impact of technology on people’s appearances. This November, Gazelli Art House, London, celebrates the duo’s 30th anniversary with a career-spanning exhibition.