YOU ARE HERE



EN:

The series You Are Here focuses on the virtual sphere of contemporary gay cruising culture. Thanks to smartphone apps like Grindr, street grids of virtual sexuality are being created. Protected by etched glass, the profile pictures of gay online dating platforms tell a striking visual story. Blurred and alienated by the glass filter, these selfies and body close-ups offer insights into the mechanisms of a market yet create a portrait of vulnerability and self-projection. This body of works also refers to a data leak by the gay dating app Grindr. The company shared sensitive user data, such as their location and HIV status, with third parties. The operators of the app have been severely criticized internationally for compromising the digital safe space they had built. In this context, Kiesenhofer's use of blurred glass surfaces to protect the profile images can be read as an allegory for data privacy.

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DE:
Die Serie You Are Here fokussiert auf die virtuelle Sphäre der zeitgenössischen Gay-Cruising Kultur. Dank Smartphone-Apps wie Grindr entstehen Straßenraster virtueller Sexualität. Verschwommen, entfremdet und geschützt durch den Glasfilter bieten diese Selfies und „Body Close-Ups" Einblicke in die Mechanismen eines Marktes, zeichnen aber zugleich ein Porträt der Verwundbarkeit und Selbstprojektion. Mit dieser Serie nimmt Mario Kiesenhofer Bezug auf ein Datenleck der Dating-App „Grindr". Im April 2018 wurde bekannt, dass das Unternehmen sensible Nutzerdaten, wie Standort und HIV-Status, an Dritte weitergegeben hat. Die Betreiber der App wurden für diese Kompromittierung des von ihnen geschaffenen digitalen „Safe Space" international heftig kritisiert.



YOU ARE HERE

studio view with works from the series You Are Here
2018, pigment prints, framed behind etched glass, each: 40 × 40 cm


YOU ARE HERE

from the series You Are Here
2019, pigment print, framed behind etched glass, 60 × 60 cm


YOU ARE HERE
YOU ARE HERE

exhibition views: Filtered - Mario Kiesenhofer, TAKE Parcours, former Sophienspital


YOU ARE HERE
YOU ARE HERE

from the series You Are Here
2018, pigment print, framed behind etched glass, 40 × 40 cm


YOU ARE HERE
YOU ARE HERE

from the series You Are Here
2018, pigment print, framed behind etched glass, 40 × 40 cm


YOU ARE HERE
YOU ARE HERE

from the series You Are Here
2019, pigment print, framed behind etched glass, 40 × 40 cm


YOU ARE HERE
YOU ARE HERE

from the series You Are Here
2018, pigment print, framed behind etched glass, 40 × 40 cm