press release

‘The Dystopia Files’ at g-mk is the newest iteration of Mark Tribe's ongoing project, which recontextualizes the history of demonstrations in the US. The artist had gathered an archive of protest footage, which serves as a base for creating site specific video installations in gallery and museum spaces. The work tackles on a set of questions about power relations, spectatorship, image manipulation, participation, interaction and political engagement.

The relationship between these issues and recent curatorial practices will be discussed during the workshop held by Mark Tribe. In a talk following the workshop, Mark will present his multimedia artistic practices, including his previous acknowledged projects such as Rhizome and Port Huron.

The exhibition is curated by Zeljka Himbele Kozul.

Mark Tribe (American, b. 1966) graduated in 1990 from Brown University, Providence, RI, and received a MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego, CA in 1994. His acclaimed art projects often incorporate various media and technologies. They revolve around institutional critique, activism, audience participation and collaboration, and raise questions about performance, mediation and public sphere. Tribe’s art work has been exhibited at Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH; LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions); Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY; the DeCordova Biennial at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, MA; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY; Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel; and the National Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. He has organized curatorial projects for the New Museum of Contemporary Art, MASS MoCA, and inSite_05. Tribe is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches (Charta, 2010) and New Media Art (Taschen, 2006), and numerous articles. He has lectured at CalArts, Goldsmiths College, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, MIT, and UCLA. He is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture and Media Studies at Brown University, where he teaches courses on digital art, curating, open-source culture, radical media, and surveillance. In 1996, Tribe founded Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.

The exhibition is supported by: Ministry of Culture, Republic of Croatia; City of Zagreb - City Office for Education, Culture and Sports; Embassy of the US, Zagreb.

Mark Tribe
The Dystopia Files