The Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is hosting until January 31 the group exhibition CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist, which takes place in two different sites: ARC (Animation/Recherche/Confrontation) and Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research. 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 recognize no geographic boundaries: a form of organization symptomatic of what sociologist Barry Wellman calls “networked individualism”. Through installations, videos, sculptures and paintings, the artists in the show, all trained during the 2000s, 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 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. Curated by Angeline Scherf, Toke Lykkeberg and Jessica Castex, the exhibition includes works by Sarah Abu Abdallah & Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aids-3D, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Darja Bajagić, Douglas Coupland, 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, Timur Si-Qin and Jasper Spicero.
CO-WORKERS – Network as Artist
Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Through January 31, 2016