tony oursler: i/o underflow

November 27, 2014 – March 29, 2015

The Oude Kerk commissioned acclaimed artist Tony Oursler to create new art work for the oldest building of the city. Specifically designed for the Oude Kerk, this new site-specific installation queries the subtle yet dramatic impact of computer technology on our daily lives. Earlier works by Oursler can be seen in the adjoining period rooms of the church, including his famous talking dolls. In daily life we constantly shift back and forth between reality and digitality, between fact and fiction. Media technology has engendered a revolution that is silently insinuating its way into our lives and society. Oursler questions how this development is changing our identity and our way of thinking. Oursler “hacks” the church, using digitally produced performances that emphasise the evolving character of the architecture and the cultural usage of the monumental building. The projections blend effortlessly into the vaulted ceiling, stone walls, Gothic sculptures, and colourful stained glass. We view the interfacing of digital and historical images, stimulating us to reflect on the assumed truths hidden behind each individual image. Image: Tony Oursler: I/O underflow, 2014 – 2015, Oude Kerk © Sander Heezen.