Jon Rafman, A Man Digging

29th May – 27th July 2013

In A Man Digging, Jon Rafman engages with the emotional and perceptual experience of a present-day explorer as he navigates virtual worlds. The contingency and intrinsic mutability of memory are foregrounded in the exhibition as Rafman explores the distance between our online and offline experience. Incorporating both anachronistic and cutting-edge technologies, commissions from deviantart.com, and footage from video games, A Man Digging shows how virtual worlds have dislocated the archive from its traditional moorings and given rise to new forms of desire, anxiety, and nostalgia. While examining Rafman’s ongoing preoccupation with loss, the work directs our attention toward the potential of the virtual archive to unveil alternative ways of constructing and preserving our collective and personal histories.

A Man Digging, Press Release

Review by Galit Mana in Frieze

Jon-Rafman-Installation-View Installation view, 2013

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost #2, 2013
Archival pigment prints on Chiffon, metal blueprint rack
196 x 175 x 75 cm

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost, 2013
Archival pigment prints on Habotai Silk, metal blueprint hanger.
Unique
122 x 84 cm

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost, 2013
Single channel HD video
6m 52
Edition of 3

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost, 2013
Single channel HD video
6m 52
Edition of 3
Still

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost, 2013
Single channel HD video
6m 52
Edition of 3
Still
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Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost (Back, Back and Forth and Forth), 2013
Archival pigment print on Phototex
118.39 x 84.1 cm

Jon Rafman, Nine Eyes of Google Street View Microfiche
Archive #2
, 2013
Microfiche slides, microfiche viewer, desk
Unique
129 x 80 x 80 cm

Installation view, 2013


Jon Rafman, Celeryface Klee, 2012
Pigment print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper on
aluminium
Edition 1 of 1
60 x 40 inches

Jon Rafman, Annals of Time Lost Microfiche Archive #1, 2013
Microfiche slides, microfiche viewer, desk
Unique
129 x 80 x 80 cm

Jon Rafman In The Realms of Gold (still) 2

Jon Rafman, In the Realms of Gold, 2012
Digital video
4m 59
Edition of 3

Jon Rafman In The Realms of Gold (still) 1
Jon Rafman, In the Realms of Gold, 2012
Digital video
4m 59
Edition of 3

Jon Rafman In The Realms of Gold (Installation View)
Jon Rafman, In the Realms of Gold, 2012
Digital video
4m 59
Edition of 3

Jon Rafman A Man Digging (still) 2

Jon Rafman, A Man Digging, 2013
Single channel HD video
9m
Edition of 3 

Jon-Rafman-A-Man Digging-1
Jon Rafman, A Man Digging, 2013
Single channel HD video
9m
Edition of 3
Still

Jon Rafman Remember Carthage (still) 3

Jon Rafman, Remember Carthage, 2013
Single channel HD video
14m
http://remembercarthage.com