Simone Monsi’s Mezzanine exhibition ‘Like Mops On The Beach’, follows on from his Window design at Green Ray and expands his interest in the representation of interfaces and the role they play in framing interactions between the body and its digital extensions. The show will turn the Mezzanine into a post-apocalyptic beach, where the skeletons of abandoned digital devices lie in the aftermath of an underwater explosion caused by the collision between two nuclear submarines.
Like building debris on the shore framing the sunset in the distance after a tsunami, Monsi’s new set of modular sculptures will act as supporting structures for fragments of found online pictures labeled under the hashtag #sunsetporn. The work draws on the metaphorical potential of dusk and the creation of parallel online environments through communities of sharers. In the attempt to escape a hyper-accelerated present where capitalism is no longer interested in the workers’ body but rather in their time, groups of social media users try to find pleasure in digital dream-like spaces where the perception of time is stretched, as an instinctive form of resistance.
The exhibition title also alludes to Nevil Shute’s 1957 post-apocalyptic novel ’On the Beach’, which follows the experiences of an American nuclear submarine crew in Melbourne, Australia, as they await the arrival of deadly radiation spreading towards them from the Northern Hemisphere following a nuclear war a year previously. Similarly, today we seem to be helpless against a self-replicating present where we have lost any agency in the making of a comprehensive narration of reality, leaving us confused and uncertain in the waiting of a redemptive event that has been promised many times but never came.
Simone Monsi (b. Italy, 1988) lives and works in London where is currently studying at the MFA Fine Art at Goldsmiths. Recent exhibitions and projects include Cosmos Carl feat. Simone Monsi, cosmoscarl.co.uk (2016); Binoculars Hands Emoji, Green Ray, London (2016); Fate i buoni!, Placentia Arte, Piacenza (2015); Feeling The Walls, The Breeder, Athens (2015); Magic Hour, Area 51, London (2015); 6PM Your Local Time Europe, Link Art Center, Brescia (2015); Can I Dream Alone published in The Standard Model, Hato Press, London (2015). He also runs several tumblr blogs including aloneisthenewtogether.tumblr.com, spyemme.tumblr.com, stillsfromevangelion.tumblr.com, wildsimo.tumblr.com and yesterdaymyflightwasprettyboring.tumblr.com.
Documentation: all images Courtesy of the artist