Bae Magick – Installation
// Before Anyone Else
Bae Magick is a response to Carly Whitaker’s online residency by the same name which she completed in early 2017. The online version (http://baemagick.x-temporary.org/) explored casting spells that corresponded to the phases of the moon, allowing the viewer to capture a digital energy. The spells enabled the artist and the viewer to prepare their space, set an intention, and through repetition, cast a bae spell.
This installation is an extension and physical manifestation of these ideas. The work looks at how we form relationships, how relationships manifest and how they end in the online space.
We leave traces of our relationships and connections on our phones, in our most frequently used emojis, in our inboxes and on our newsfeeds: there is always a digital reminder of what was.
Our phones are so intertwined with our identities, how we operate in the real world and how we communicate with people. There are patterns that exist between the IRL (in real life) and URL spaces.
Whitaker presents us with visions, personal mythologies, digital spiritual queries, spells and meditations which explore the implications of manifesting relationships online and digital expressions of our interactions.
We use the digital space to help us form connections. The internet can give us so much – instantly! There seems to be so many solutions online for so many of our problems – including love and relationships. It’s just one swipe or click away. But the truth is that there are algorithms which govern a lot of the information that is presented to or framed for us.
We construct ourselves online and build an algorithmic identity which could be seen as our digital aura. The digital medium seems magical; it seems so accessible.
But is it?
You have to be critically aware of the information that you receive and you have to be careful what you wish for.
Whitaker believes in a digital energy that exists within our phones and within our contemporary context – this exhibition is a manifestation of this belief.