I focus on analyzing human perception and perception in today’s technological environment. Applying the medial possibilities of photography, the viewer is directed to questioning and revising the reality of visual experience and rethinking the cognitive inclusion of the image. With this work, I raise image-related questions about the relationship between photography and reality.
As part of everyday life, the rapid rise of digital technology has led to a number of challenges in our contemporary life. Whilst dream-like scenes created through technology have become increasingly convincing, it is hard to distinguish our conventional understanding of the “real” from new digital realities. This weight of information forces us to sharpen our perceptions in order to avoid digital distraction.
The series includes photographic images created by imaging mock-ups built in a studio environment, balancing the visual world of video games and 3D graphics, at the border of real and computer-generated visuals. They point to the uncertainty of our visual receptiveness, calling for a layer of perception called Lev Manovich (by Walter Benjamin) as a labor of perception. Set-like surfaces and the underlying creative process focus on the nature of image representation.
It also gains a critical reading of our techno-positivist approach, which is dominated by digital technology and virtual reality. The artist regards the camera as a device, a “prosthesis”, which is capable of questioning photographic authenticity, calling the manipulation of image editing programs. Thus, the series of photos, in the context of the digital photographic process, puts the critical viewpoints that are often present today into a new context by reversing the relationship between reality and imaging.
Dávid Biró is an artist based in Budapest, Hungary. He graduated from Photography BA at the University of Kaposvár and Photography MA at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME).
His main interest is the influence of the technical mediums on human perception. He uses the camera as an extension of the human sight and tries to examine the concept of reality and knowledge. Biró tests human perception, especially the way we look at photographic images. His precise compositions evoke the aesthetics of the digital world in which he and his generation grew up, while he is also questioning the future of photography in a computer-driven society. He mostly works in the studio environment and seeks to unfold his conceptual ideas in a progressive form.
He was represented in several national and international exhibitions. He is part of the Futures photography platform and the finalist of the ING Unseen Talent Award in 2018. Biró won the Association of Hungarian Photographers: Photography Scholarship for 2017 and the National Scholarship of Hungary in 2015-2016. As a member of a group exhibition, he won the ON_AWARD grand prize of the OFF_Festival Bratislava Contemporary Photography Festival in 2014.
Biró is represented by Trapéz Gallery, Budapest.