CO-WORKERS – NETWORK AS ARTIST presented by Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

Timon Si-Qin, Ancestral prayer, 2012
Courtesy DIS magazine


CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist – presented by Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is a selection of international artists trained during the 2000s whose innovative practices are largely based on networking. With 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 co-produced with the New Museum in New York.

Guest artists include: Sarah Abu Abdallah & Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aids-3D, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Darja Bajagić, Josh Bitelli, Ian Cheng, Douglas Coupland, DIS, David Douard, Cécile B.Evans, Valia Fetisov, GCC, Max Hawkins, Parker Ito, Nicholas Korody, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Mark Leckey, Clémence de La Tour du Pin & Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite, Shawn Maximo, Felix Melia, 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, Santiago Villanueva, Zou Zaho.

Exhibition curators: Angeline Scherf, Toke Lykkeberg, Jessica Castex

CO-WORKERS: Beyond Disaster puts forth the speculative powers of storytelling and science fiction to rethink the ways we inhabit our  environment. Exploring alternative forms of interaction, sensitivity, and language, this project is activated during the exhibition span by means of moments of exchange and production. In collaboration with actors from different fields it seeks to examine in a transversal manner the environmental transformations we are living and the socio-economic issues involved. Through experimentation of different formats, like workshops, inquiries, meetings, it intends to make visible the forms of collective action that disaster occasions, and the attempts to rewrite a future in which we coexist.

With (among others):  Antoine Catala, Ian Cheng, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron S. Davidson & Violaine Sautter, Vilém Flusser & Louis Bec, Jasmina Metwaly & Philip Rizk, David Ohle, Agnieszka Piksa & Vladimir Palibrk, Pamela Rosenkranz, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Wu Tsang, Nobuko Tsuchiya, Haytham el-Wardany.

Curators: Mélanie Bouteloupe, Garance Malivel

God Mode, Ultragramme, 2015


CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris – 11 Avenue du Président Wilson 75116 Paris
9 October 2015 – 31 January 2016

CO-WORKERS – Beyond Disaster
Bétonsalon –Centre for Art and Research – 9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris
8 October 2015 – 31 January 2016