The lie of pictures.

The lie of pictures.

Daphna Horenczyk about her work "Diorama:stories"

Bilder werden manipuliert, zugeschnitten, mit Filtern versehen, Details werden ausgeblendet. Die Mechanismen hinter dieser Bildproduktion, die vor allem auf Social Media zu finden sind, sind Ausgangspunkt für Daphna Horenczyks Projekt "Diorama:stories".

Your performance focuses on the process of image creation, its alienation in digital ages. Why did you choose this theme?

Daphna Horenczyk: In the last years I have been observing how new technologies and especially social media influence the human body and mind. It seems as if the documentation of the moment became much more important than the experience of it. Therefore, the 'moment' has to always be spectacular and outstanding for the camera, which means it has to be “taken care of” - by filtering, cropping, adding text, removing details etc. By showing how an image is created on stage, we reveal the “lie” it hides within.

What does this constant flood of images do to us humans? To what extent does it change our perception and how do you refer to it in the piece?

Daphna Horenczyk:  I believe that the overflow of images make us apathetic to their content. We get used to sights that we won't normally see in our everyday life, and make them a part of our everyday life. Thus, it's hard to get excited over and over again by the same kind of imagery and our stimulus threshold rises. Also, it makes it hard for us to make a distinction between what is real and what is fake. In Diorama:stories I am creating a flood of random images which are taken out of their original context thereby get new meanings. The ways the images are created on stage and the transitions between them embody the falseness that the images could carry. 

If you had to describe your performance with one word, what would it be and why?

Daphna Horenczyk: Cerebral. This work is very analytical on one hand and on the other had it provokes unexpected emotions. I think it's messing with the brain a bit :)

Your play is part of the HUGGY BEARS mentoring program. What was it like for you to have this support for a year?

Daphna Horenczyk: Being a part of the Huggy Bears program gave me the privilege to be busy with my work for a whole year rather than just in the production period. Since we had 3 showings of work in progress along the year, I had to think of different ways to present my idea. It was comforting to know that I have space to tryout my ideas and people to discuss them with.

Daphna Horenczyk: Diorama:stories

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