Overview participating exhibitions
During our work, our studies, and relaxation we find ourselves physically outside of the computer, but our attention and consciousness are at one with the digital world. As such, according to Roc Herms, we must accept our hybrid state of ‘being’, somewhere between the physical and virtual world, and document our digital banalities in order to assimilate and understand our own nature. That’s why Herms replaces the photograph with a screenshot - pantallazos in Spanish – as a quick and intuitive means of storing visual information from the virtual world. With the aid of small algorithms that automatically collect the screenshots from different digital devices, Roc Herms compiles and has published the chronicle of his everyday digital life.
An Ocean of Possibilities
Every year something called the Campus Party, one of the largest LAN parties in Europe, is organized in Valencia, Spain. About 8000 young people, from software designers and gamers to hackers, proponents of free software and digital adepts, plug their computers into a Local Area Network (LAN) so that they can communicate with each other. Photographer Roc Herms recorded how they live in front of their computer for a week, busily exchanging programs, knowledge and experiences. For these apostles of the digital age computers and the internet are more than just handy and fun. They are second nature for them, an essential component of their identity and the virtual environment where they live a large part of their life.
Roc Herms (Spain, 1978) has been taking photographs since 2002, and is interested in the digitalisation of the human race. Next to his own projects, he works for clients such as Volkswagen, Nike and the Catalan government. In 2008, he won the Editor's Award for Excellence awarded by PHOTOICON Magazine. Herms’ series Are You Sure You Want To Log Out? was exhibited at the 2014 Noorderlicht Photography Festival: An Ocean of Possibilities.