(RIGHT IN) THE FEELS is a transdisciplinary project about expressing feelings in the digital age. Emotions are a basic function for our understanding of the world, and the digital has pushed affect to its extremes. Has it also changed their nature, and the way we understand and communicate them?

Click on "WEB SHOW" to discover the first part of the show, a selection of net art pieces, as well as the video for the livestreamed launch event held on September 14th.

The exhibition is open from monday to saturday, at la galerie de l'erg, rue du page 87, 2:00 p.m to 6:30 p.m.



The tools we use, the feels we feel

Our world now has another layer of reality on top of it, one built by everything digital. Our lives are lived as much on the internet as in the streets. What could once seem like a distant and separate world has undeniably infiltrated every corner of our existences. What is the effect of this technological takeover on our most basic human function, our emotions?

The digital has pushed affect to its extremes, whether in the mind numbing banality of social media or the overload of viral debates; the warping of space-time or the ultra accessibility of information. On the internet, we witness touching vulnerability and honesty, as well as blatant inauthenticity. The emotional state of our digital world is affecting us in strong and visceral ways – the physicality of the internet is no longer under question, just like neuroscience has shown that emotions are first and foremost a physical reaction.

The internet has confirmed the multifaceted aspect of emotions: now more than ever, we know that emotions are social and political. In the past decade, we were sometimes painfully reminded that emotion is still the driving force of society, from the personal testimonies of the #metoo movement to the numerous fake news scandals. The internet is a whole lot of affect crashing and speeding and multiplying: memes, forums, tweets, temporary stories, emojis, tutorials, vlogs, wikipedia articles even, everything that makes up the internet is moving information loaded with expressivity and it all relies on one underlying structure: code, or in other words, pure language. The internet, akin to language, is the one of the greatest and most complex tool ever for expressing feelings, and in this light, it is impossible to assume that the medium hasn’t affected the message. We shape our tools, and thereafter they shape us. How has the internet affected our relationship to our emotions?

We process the world through feelings – finding ways of effectively expressing them in a world where nihilism rightly reigns, a world where we are more and more aware of our own shortcomings as a species, of the global complexity of, well, everything, really, is essential for staying sane and, simply, living, while we can.




Curatorial notes

Each work in the show, online and physical, is associated with one of (often) more categories. Find them signaled by corresponding emojis.

I. Materiality of emotion

The works in this category, informed by the science and neuroscience of emotion and by empiric experience, speak literally about emotion. An emotion is a psychological and physical reaction to a situation. It has first an internal manifestation and generates and external reaction. It is caused by the interpretation of reality ; emotions are thus a material phenomenon.

II. The virtual is the real

Here, works explore the permeability between the worlds know as “physical” or “real” and the one said to be “virtual”. The border between them keeps blurring and they interact non-stop, the events of one spilling into the other so often that the distinction is almost outdated. These works navigate the frontier, the in-betweens, and the states of confusion or drifting that emerge.

III. Personal Identity

These artists use internet and digital tools to better define their own identity. For them, it’s a way of better understanding and managing their feelings, and a way to better know themselves and position themselves in the world. Often, they find that identity cannot be built entirely alone. Identity starts at an intimate level of personal definition, and in the end concerns a collective fight.

IV. Community & Relationships

Internet clearly is a community and network tool. What relationships are created there ? Which communities organize themselves, and how ? These works take on the question of the commons, and building links and kinship to others. Living together digitally isn’t the utopia it was at the time of the web’s beginnings, and capitalism tends to swallow and flatten everything, but internet remains an incredible tool for communication. This category explores the digital commons as a form of resistance.

V. Digital Natives

Most of the artists of the show are from a generation known as Digital Natives. They grew up with internet and have a precise understandings of its workings and codes. They hijack expectations, play with ideas of digital folklore and their works incorporate the specificity of the medium. Irony, melancholy or ecstasy are recurring feelings in their online lives.

VI. Survival

This generation was born in mourning and what the future hold is uncertain to say the least. But day to day, many must fight to survive the chaos all around. Dystopia is already here. The works in this category are marked by the scars of a constant battle against a world whose failings appear ever more clearly.

VII. The next world

Finally, these works think, tell, dream, fear the possible futures. A “post” for all of them : post-internet, post-biodiversity, post-human...

16.10.2020 + 21.10.2020 (RIGHT IN) THE FEELS: share your feelings with Nargisse Mhammedi What is the emotional impact of our digital habits? Meditate, share and discuss collectively in a safe space. RSVP at rightinthefeels@copyright.rip

16.10.2020	        group talk (exclusively for womxn) from 4 pm to 7 pm, erg (1P03)
21.10.2020	        group talk (open to all) from 5 pm to 7 pm, erg (1P05)

22.10.2020	        erg auditorum and livestreamed online by ERG TV
TALKS
3:15 pm	       	        Peggy Pierrot - on neurocapitalism and emotional design
3:45 pm	       	        Eric Cyuzuzo - on online antiracist activism
4:15 pm                   collective talk

READINGS
5:00 pm	      		Schematics Of Consensus - Luz De Amor
5:15 pm	       		Herzschmerz - Butchibou
5:30 pm	      		Poetry reading - Loïs Soleil
5:40 pm	       		Juin sur Avril - Elke de Rijcke
5:50 pm	       		Every time I am away from the internet, I wonder if I am loved... - Gabriel René Franjou

SCREENINGS
6:30 pm	       		Annals of private history - Amalia Ulman
6.45 pm	       		Stuff that makes me scared - Mollysoda
6:55 pm	       		Make something beautiful before you are dead - Steve Roggenbuck
7:00 pm	                Feeling For You (What the Heart Wants) - Cecile B. Evans
					

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Team

Here you will find a selection of net art pieces that constitute the first part of the exhibition.
Each work in the show, online and physical, is associated with at least one category. Find them signaled by corresponding emojis. Read more about these categories in the "ABOUT" menu.

  • Get Well Soon - Tega Brain & Sam Lavigne
    An archive of comments posted on online medical fundraisers, an archive of mutual aid in response to a ruthless for-profit health system.

  • Forever Loading Web Pages - Xavier Duffaut
    The frustrating experience of content never loading, leaving the well-known interface forever empty, is transformed into a meditative one.

  • Love Letter - Thiaba Egutchi Diop & Leo O'Faigan Konishi
    An intimate email correspondence where are intimately discussed plural identities, that we are invited to follow as it unfolds.

  • My Calling (web) - Gabriel René Franjou
    A text to copy, paste and spread as a simple and intense lifetool.

  • Please Mr Officer - Miebi Iyeyemi
    A transcript of the events that lead to George Floyd’s murder, stripped of the trauma porn that fueled the mass sharing of the images online.

  • The way the cookie crumbles - Joséphine Jadot
    A blog with recipes for comfort food collected all over the internet that show a deliberate practice of emotion.

  • When all of my friends are on at once - Gene McHugh & Laurel Schwulst
    Early memories of being online, from a generation whose personal development is inseparable from the internet.

  • Erhewon - Sophia Msaoubi
    Erewhon is a journey and a spatial metaphor between the here and now.

  • Things I liked - Zeste Le Reste
    A daily list of things that made Zeste happy, like training for joy.

  • 3e3e3e3 - Davy Styles
    A web labyrinth that is both evasive and brutally honest.

  • My Favorite Color - Dorian Timmermans
    A minimal and slowed down blog where the only piece of data shared is Dorian’s favorite color.
The instagram takeovers have begun on September 15th on @rightinthefeels.xoxo, with Luz de Amor, Laura Brunisholz, zero_emission_memes_2025, _______________________10_0 and soaking_wet_angel.

Watch the replay of the livestream for the launch of the first part of the show that took place on September 14th.



  • 00:00:00  tour of the web show
  • 00:31:15  scr33nsh4re l0v3 11 by Victoria Primina (performance)
  • 00:41:50  "A drop of love in the cloud", a text by Fei Liu (reading)
  • 00:48:45  Acte Bonté (concert)
  • 01:06:45  Neopets Rave b2b Xaxalxe (DJ set) Egutchi (live)
  • 01:35:41  end credits
With the generous help of M. Pimpant & Marius Escandre.




A TANGLED WEB OF FEELINGS

One thing we know about feelings : they happen. They are an internal manifestation at first and then an external reaction. We also know that we can’t help but express ourselves and thus we built tools to help us do just this. Funny thing is, those tools also helped complexify the feelings themselves, and we’ve been stuck in this feedback loop ever since. It can be overwhelming. How do you feel about art ? How do you feel about the internet ?

We also know the same thing about net art : it happens. Everything inside a computer is a performance ; a web page is assembled on demand pulling bits and pieces from across the network in such a complex manner that it’s a miracle it works at all. This network is ever changing, full of data we set in motion. An algorithm is still a series of decision made by someone, it’s infused with human sentimentality in some way or another. All this moving information makes up a nice tangled web of feelings, and while the network is primarily used for repression or value extraction, it’s true purpose remains, simply, communication.

The net art pieces we collected here express joy, care, terror or melancholy from within the network : they act on it, and they act on the people participating in creating them. This also means you, the visitor, clicking on the link and summoning the art in your browser. Hopefully, these pieces will act on you as they act on the network : creating, expressing, and untangling feelings.



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