Love in the Time of Social Media



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Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich

“Love in the Time of Social Media” analyses the ways in which the concept of love has evolved in the last three thousand years, with a particular emphasis on the modern period of capitalism and industrialization that has transformed our communities and human relations, a phenomenon that we live once again with the advent of the internet and social media. These radical transformations are destabilizing the fragile balance between public and private spaces, allowing changes in our personal identities and social values, and promise to revolutionize our entire society. And yet, despite the possibilities offered by these new ways of interacting and “loving”, we have never been more isolated and alone. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal which revealed just how profoundly our emotions and our thoughts are monitored, predicted and manipulated by algorithms in the social media platforms we use to form bonds, what remains of love? And if indeed we can still love, can it function as resistance to the closure of societies, the rise of hatred and dehumanization resulting from increasingly destructive right-wing and neo-liberal policies? Is this new type of love as radical as the flower power movement once was, pushing us once again to redefine gender, the couple, sex, community, friendship and the moral?