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[NSFW] A New Show Explores the "4P": Porn, Pets, Plants and Pizza

New media artists use our favorite domestic clichés as tools to break down the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds.

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Four things everyone loves: porn, pets, plants and pizza. These four exciting domestic clichés both rule our lives and feed our day­-to-­day existence, playing vital roles in our 21st century well-­being. Becoming omnipresent through the internet over the last few years, these symbols, valued by artists as much as by users, now rapidly and effectively bridge the real and virtual worlds: “You can’t escape the 4P," Berlin-­based curator Tina Sauerlaender tells the Creators Project. "They are everywhere in the internet and in the artistic reflection about it. I want to find out why domestic clichés like cats, porn and pizza rule the virtual world.” 

To solve this enigma, Sauerlaender put together Porn To Pizza (P2P), an exhibition that gathers a handful of prominent new media artists familiar with potentially-problematic internet­-related topics, who all agree with the supremacy of the 4P—we assume–and who will take­ over the Dam Gallery situated in the vibrant Mitte area in Berlin. Starting the first week of September, works by Anthony Antonellis, Claudia Hart, Petra Cortright, Carla Gannis, Faith Holland, Emilie Gervais, Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach working as a duo, and more will venture into this unending influx of content, questioning the internet and its digital impact on our contemporary environment, as well as engaging audiences with new forms of aesthetic experience.

Emilie Gervais, *pizzasexual*, 2015, digital collage / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery.

Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach, Yummy!, Print on cardboard box, 2015 / courtesy the artists / DAM Gallery

Through a mass-culture-­inspired series of digital delights, including photographs, videos, sculptures, and computer­-based and generative artworks, the exhibition will explore the conflicting and unstable meeting point between the real world and what we know as "internet," using the 4P as a tool to depict the consequences of this tension for modern existence. “The P2P artworks show how the Internet invades our personal comfort zones and reflect its influence and usage in daily life,” Sauerlaender adds.

Carla Gannis, Selfie Drawing 20 “Leia”, 2015, archival digital pigment print, ink & colored pencil, 30,5 cm x 30,5 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

Paul Hertz, Burger, 2013, Archival pigment inkjet print on Epson Cold Press Bright Fine Art Paper, 60,96 x 91,44 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

While we have an intimate relationship with the internet, social networks, and our overflowing screens, this online media stream manipulates modern behaviors, lures our perceptions, and has a significant impact on the ways in which we approach reality. Due to a sustained back-and-forth between our living ­rooms and our devices, this distinction is becoming increasingly less obvious as we hit an era where new ways of experience are needed to understand the audmented world we live in. “P2P connects (Post) Internet to Pop Art and discusses New Realism and Materialism. Everyday culture as common thread facilitates access for people not yet familiar with these ideas,” Sauerlaender concludes.

Claudia Hart, Still Life with Funyun, 2011, photo integrating 3d computer model / courtesy the artist /

DAM Gallery

Eva Papamargariti, Towards A New Shiny Internet Domesticity # 3, 2014, Print, 65x38 cm / courtesy the artist / DAM Gallery

Porn to Pizza will be on view from September 5 through October 24, including a day of artist talks and a curator’s tour & talk. Click here to learn more about the show.

Full Lineup: Anthony Antonellis (US), Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach (DE), Domenico Barra (IT), Petra Cortright (US), Kate Durbin (US), Carla Gannis (US), Laurence Gartel (US), Emilie Gervais (FR), Claudia Hart (US), Paul Hertz (US), Faith Holland (US), Lindsay Lawson (US/DE), Jessica Lichtenstein (US), Patrick Lichty (US), Mark Napier (US), Eva Papamargariti (GR/UK), Angelo Plessas (GR), Hayley Aviva Silverman (US), Cornelia Sollfrank (DE), Jonny Star (DE).

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