CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist: a selection of international artists trained during the 2000s whose innovative practices are largely based on networking. Scenography by the New York collective DIS and with the curatorial participation of 89plus, the exhibition foregrounds a new artistic language taking its inspiration from Internet resources.
The Musée d’Art moderne has opted for dividing CO-WORKERS between two sites, each with its own emphasis: Network as Artist at ARC and Beyond Disaster at Bétonsalon –Centre for Art and Research.
With the world in the throes of the third industrial revolution, the use of the Internet and mobile telephone systems has triggered a new mode of communication hinging on an uninterrupted flow of information. While remaining independent, the user is connected to numerous networks –professional, technical, artistic, cultural – that recognise no geographic boundaries: a form of organisation symptomatic of what sociologist Barry Wellman calls "networked individualism".
"The Internet of Things" revolves around the idea that humans are no longer the sole thinking entities – that the things around them constitute an environment termed "Ambient Intelligence".
Installations, videos, sculptures and paintings: the contributing artists explore a system of exchanges whose complexity outstrips the merely human scale. They investigate the way intelligence and consciousness can be extended to include machines, animals and other living organisms.
In a society marked by data acceleration and the omnipresence of images, these artists work within a culture of the visible, in which the boundaries between the private and public spheres are blurred and intimacy becomes "extimacy". In devising the exhibition's scenography DIS, known for its lifestyle platform DIS Magazine, has drawn on collective work spaces, shopping malls, and airport transit areas. The upshot is an event – a network of artworks, interactive installations and performances – that situates the museum in a world of data streaming and circulation.
The exhibition themes will be the subject of talks and encounters integrated into The Island (KEN) created in collaboration wih Dornbracht, co-designed by Mike Meiré, a hybrid kitchen/bathroom space specially designed by DIS and coproduced with the New Museum in New York.
Guest artists : Sarah Abu Abdallah & Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aids-3D, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Darja Bajagić, Douglas Coupland, DIS, David Douard, Cécile B.Evans, Valia Fetisov, GCC, Parker Ito, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Clémence de La Tour du Pin & Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite, Shawn Maximo, Nøne Futbol Club, Aude Pariset & Juliette Bonneviot, Pin-Up, Bunny Rogers, Rachel Rose, Bogosi Sekhukhuni & Tabita Rezaire, Ryan Trecartin, Timur Si-Qin, Jasper Spicero.
With the participation for The Whet Bar space of : AUJIK, Josh Bitelli, Brace Brace, Ian Cheng, Cuss Group, Future Brown, Max Hawkins, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Nicholas Korody, K-Rizz, Oliver Laric, Mark Leckey, Daniel Steeegmann Mangrané, Felix Melia, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Wyattt Niehaus, Yuri Pattison, Puppies Puppies, Fatima al Qadiri, Monira al Qadiri, Jon Rafman, Celebrite Seaborn, Emily Segal, Shanzhai Biennial, Fred Spencer, Hito Steyerl, Telfar, Amalia Ulman, Juani VN, Santiago Villanueva & Mariela Scafati, Andrew Norman Wilson, Yemenwed, Zou Zaho…
Exhibition curators :Angeline Scherf, Toke Lykkeberg, Jessica Castex
Mise en scène : DIS
Participation 89plus : Simon Castets, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Julie Boukobza, Katherine Dionysius
CO-WORKERS, THE NETWORK AS ARTIST
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, October 9 - January 31