Emmanuel Van der Auwera’s Central Alberta - Locus of Control is an extension to his earlier film A Certain Amount of Clarity (2013).

Bestgore.com (BG) was created by Slovak-Canadian Mark Marek in 2008. The website hosts explicit photographic and video material of events including murders, suicides, torture, mutilation and horrific accidents. With an estimated 10 - 15 million monthly visits, BG is currently the biggest shock site in the world, seen by approximately 45 million people annually.

Through authored opinion and user comments, the website exalts extreme ideas such as holocaust denial, far right-wing worldviews and conspiracy theories. Marek was arrested and charged (under Canada’s obscenity law) with corrupting public morals. He will be tried later this year. His line of defense is to portray himself as a whistleblower.

This showing uses theatrical means to bring forward the atmosphere of the digital forum by reenacting actual exchanges posted by members of the BG community.

Emmanuel Van der Auwera (°1982, Brussels) lives and works in Brussels. He studied in France at the École supérieure d’Art in Clermont-Ferrand (2005-2008); at Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains (2008-2010) and follows a postacademic course at the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) in Ghent (2014-2015). In 2015 he was present at Art Brussels on the stand representing the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and in past years he has put on solo shows at ESA, Tourcoing (2013); La Mediatine, Brussels (2013); Iselp, Brussels (2013); Wiels, Brussels (2013); Fondation Roche, Basel (2012); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2011). In 2015, he was a laureate of the Langui Prize, part of the Young Belgian Art Prize. This showing is an intermediate step to a work he is making in commission by Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Emmanuel Van der Auwera makes videos, photos and installations with which he unravels notions such as making the invisible visible, the void, loss or emptiness. A cryptic perception of reality emerges from the political, historical or scientific context and references which he includes in his work. The things he interacts with are on the verge of change. Engaged in metamorphosis they are phenomena which question the multiple dimensions of reality. They produce situations in which the logic is deconstructed and laid bare as they invite us to reflect on our relationship with the world. Perception undoubtedly undergoes a paradigm shift at the hand of virtual worlds and new communication technologies, thus producing a new strangeness in many aspects of our interaction with the world and with others.