The Echo Chamber opened on September 22, an exhibition incorporating three themes to illustrate the complexity of how humans experience the world. Through Erik Johannsson’s new works The Echo Chamber, Filter Bubbles and Painting a World of Our Own, each theme emerges from different spaces to explore the power of perception. The exhibit examines how a shift in our perception can open new doors and perhaps unlock a better future. The Echo Chamber is a unique exhibition experience where visitors step into Erik Johansson’s imagery and become part of the artwork.
“Daring to take a step into the unknown and leave your comfort zone is something that has been recurring in my work for many years. It’s a fairly broad subject that can be illustrated in many ways, but here I have worked more specifically with how we construct our own separate worlds” says Erik Johansson.
In one of the works, echo chambers are examined: the phenomena that occurs when a group of similarly minded individuals only share information and ideas with each other and in this way amplify their own opinions instead of taking in new perspectives. In the echo chamber, their view of the world is never challenged. Instead, it petrifies. Erik Johansson reveals the liberation of being able to expand one’s views to take in new perspectives in life, something that hopefully can lead to a more inclusive approach. The second work highlights filter bubbles, both those created by social media and algorithms and those created by ourselves. Johansson’s portrayal of filter bubbles highlights the thin line separating us from the world while allowing us to overcome this divide. The third work explores the shared world we create and depict together.
The Echo Chamber is an exhibit that really forces us to reflect over which bubbles we each live in and hopefully allows us to gain new insights into how we can broaden our perspectives.