artists & participants
The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is pleased to present Co-Workers, The Network as Artist: a selection of international artists appearing on the scene in the 2000s whose inventive practices are shaped by our networked world. With scenography by the New York collective DIS and the curatorial participation of 89plus, the exhibition foregrounds new artistic languages, 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: The Network as Artist at ARC and Beyond Disaster at Bétonsalon–Centre for Artistic 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, cultural, technological, logistical— that recognise no geographic boundaries: a form of organisation symptomatic of what sociologist Barry Wellman calls "networked individualism."
"The Internet of Things" implies that humans are no longer the supreme thinking entities—that the things around them constitute a smart environment of so-called "Ambient Intelligence." Installations, videos, sculptures and paintings: the contributing artists explore systems of exchange 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.
Invited artists: Sarah Abu Abdallah & Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aids-3D, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Darja Bajagić, Ian Cheng, Douglas Coupland, DIS, David Douard, Cécile B.Evans, Valia Fetisov, GCC, Parker Ito, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Mark Leckey, Clémence de La Tour du Pin & Agatha Valkyrie Ice, Shawn Maximo, Nøne Futbol Club, Aude Pariset & Juliette Bonneviot, Pin-Up, Bunny Rogers, Rachel Rose, Bogosi Sekhukhuni & Tabita Rezaire, Timur Si-Qin, Jasper Spicero, Hito Steyerl, Ryan Trecartin
Catalogue published by Paris Musées
Museum Director: Fabrice Hergott