The Salon of Clicks
Maximilian Schmoetzer’s prototype challenges what he describes as a new ‘techno-colonialism’ whereby states reconstruct destroyed monuments in the form of life-size facsimiles. Using ‘poor images’ found online he disrupts this strategy by exposing the fictional life of photographs. The computer-generated figure of Zenobia is introduced, a Northern Bald Ibis, found near the ruins of Palmyra. The bird, now vanished from Syria, becomes an emblem of critique, its dislocation challenging the techno-colonial ambitions of western governments.