Alastair Philip Wiper

Solo artist 2021

Alastair Philip Wiper

Pleasure Points

Pleasure Points is a journey exploring California’s pleasure product industry; sex doll workshops, family-run dildo factories and virtual reality porn sets. It shines light on the way people take control of their sex lives and sexual identities—choosing where, how and when they get their sexual satisfaction.

The series documents the diversity, but also the creativity and technology behind the products created.

At the factory of Doc Johnson, 450 employees produce around 75,000 dildos, vibrators, masturbators, butt plugs and more every week. Produced with increasing connectivity, couples can control each others’ products remotely, allowing interaction over long distances.

At the RealDoll workshop around 30 sex dolls are created per month. Each is completely customisable—from hair, to lips, to nipples, to vagina (there are more than 10 types), some have robotic heads and can interact with their owner. ” … a lot of people are lonely,” explains Jeff, who works in the workshop. “They want somebody there, you know, they’ve lost their wives or boyfriends, girlfriends.”

Technology is also playing its part in the porn world. VR Bangers produces highly immersive virtual reality porn shot in a 180-degree point-of-view (POV) angle. In this scenario users wear a headset and can look around as if they are in the room as the star of the show.

With these products more people are gaining control of a part of their life that up til now has been dependent on a relationship with another human.

BIOGRAPHY

British photographer Alastair Philip Wiper (Hamburg, 1980) has received international recognition for his industrial, scientific and architectural work. Alastair’s signature is defined by a unique understanding of lines and symmetry, colour and contrast, often combined with dark humour. Alastair looks to the machines, technology and infrastructure surrounding us to explore the needs and desires of humans, their dreams and their questions about the universe. As well as working commercially for brands such as Google and Nikon, his work is regularly featured in publications such as Wired, Vice, Scientific American and The Guardian. His prints are included in the collections of institutions such as the Design Museum in London, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Bank Vontobel in Zurich. He has produced several books, including Building Stories (Danish Architectural Press, 2023), Unintended Beauty (Hatje Cantz, 2020) and The Art of Impossible (Thames & Hudson, 2015). Alastair has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as The Royal Institute of British Architects, London and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs et du Design (MADD), Bordeaux, France.

Alastair is based in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Ute Behrend

Solo artist 2021

Ute Behrend

Back To Nature

When I was bored at a rented holiday home one summer, a bath mat caught my eye. It was the type you put in the tub
to avoid slipping.

It was composed of many small transparent plastic pieces intended to mimic pebbles. “Oh,” I thought, “in the bathtub
you should feel as if you are lying in a stream where you can see and feel the pebbles. Beautiful, clean stones in clear water”.

It seemed to me a little absurd to satisfy the longing for nature in this way, while nature is being destroyed all over
the world. With this artistic project, I attempt to bring the artificially-created nature to the living and real nature—
transferring ordinary everyday objects, which are imitations of plants, stones and animals, to places where one would
expect their real pendants.

They become a symbol for “that which remains” when everything else has been destroyed, rather like androids that
develop their own self awareness. Not knowing that they are simulacra, they raise the same questions that preoccupy
all of us: Where do I come from? Where should I go? How much time do I still have? – Ute Behrend

BIOGRAPHY

Ute Behrend (b. 1961, Germany) is a Cologne-based artist, publisher, lecturer, editor and member of the German
Photography Academie (DFA). She is the co-founder of Bummbumm Books and has published five monographs. After
studying photography in Dortmund she published her first book “Girls some Boys and Other Cookies.” Her latest work “Back to Nature” was nominated for the Merck Prize in 2020. Her works have been exhibited internationally in solo and group exhibitions extensively in Germany but also in Austria, Israel, Iceland, Finland, Georgia, Italy, as well as in the United Kingdom and United States. Her works also feature in private and public collections in Germany.


Hashem Shakeri

Solo artist 2021

Hashem Shakeri

Cast Out Of Heaven

The current U.S. sanctions against Iran, mismanagement by the government and the subsequent drastic drop in the value of the Iranian currency have led to skyrocketing housing prices in Iran. This has forced many Tehraners to leave the capital and seek new homes on the margins of Tehran; Parand, Pardis and Hashtgerd. The towns are part of the Mehr Housing Project, initiated in 2007—the largest state- funded housing project in Iran’s history.

These newly-constructed towns are marked by soaring residential skyscrapers notorious for social pathologies, such as high suicide rates and drug abuse. Sleep-deprived residents leave early in the morning for work, with a daily commute of two to three hours. Populations are also increasing rapidly without the adequate educational, social or health care services to support them. There is also no entertainment, nothing to do in one’s free time. Here is the land of those cast out of their heaven – the metropolitan Tehran. And they all share the bitterness of the fall. Hashem Shakeri, a native to Iran, spent more than four years meeting and documenting the residents and towns of Parand, 30 km southwest of Tehran province, Pardis, 17 km northeast of Tehran province and Hashtgerd, 25 km west of Tehran province. The series is characteristic to his wider practice as he investigates human relationships, capturing the restlessness, perplexity and social struggle in contemporary capitalist society.

“Cast out of Heaven”is the second part of Shakeris’ trilogy which deals with issues of exile, isolation, self-alienation and abandonment as experienced by the contemporary man, regardless of a specific geography. The first story of this trilogy was called “An Elegy for the Death of Hamun”

BIOGRAPHY

Hashem Shakeri (b. 1988) is an artist, photographer and filmmaker who lives in Tehran. Discovering photography in his adolescence, he began developing his skills through persistent trial and error. In 2010, after many years of being self-taught, he decided to pursue photography professionally. Since 2012 has been working as a documentary photographer and visual storyteller. He has been working on several long- term personal projects as well commissions from prominent international media. He has received many awards and exhibited internationally including at Rencontres d’Arles, Paris Photo, and visa pour l’image. His works have been featured in numerous publications worldwide such as The New Yorker, Sunday Times, British Journal of Photography, New York Times, Aperture, Reporters Without Borders, Der Spiegel, National Geographic and others.


Stig Marlon Weston

Solo artist 2021

Stig Marlon Weston

Empirical

Empirical is a photographic exploration of the Amazon rainforest landscape, investigating how the scientific method of looking at climate change can be depicted as a way in which to see and sense the natural environment.

Working with scientists and local activist groups, Stig Marlon Weston has travelled through both rainforest nature reserves and industrially developed areas to document and collect visual samples of how human activity has inflicted changes upon the natural landscape.

With cameraless photography he makes «lumen prints» by exposing light sensitive analog photographic paper to sunlight. The paper reacts to the light and a shadow imprint is formed as a direct photograph of the subject placed on the paper. The paper also reacts to temperature, humidity, physical touch and chemical interaction.

Weston’s practice is conceptual and process based, with a focus on the physicality of the photographic image. He addresses the connection between truth, personal viewpoint, and interpretation of images by limiting the information given to the viewer thereby letting the image reveal its own narrative.

BIOGRAPHY

Stig Marlon Weston (b. 1974, Norway) is a photographer and founder of a studio and gallery collective in Oslo for
emerging and established art photographers. He has received awards and grants and exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition, he also curates exhibitions, teaches workshops in creative image making, and has been a juror in both national and international competitions. For the third time in 2020 he organized the National Photography Review for Norwegian photographers and also opened the largest open community darkroom in Norway.