The last mid of September, Magasin III presented an extensive exhibition with Tony Oursler. New works will be shown in relation to those created for Oursler’s 2002 solo exhibition at Magasin III. Even the curators of the exhibition, Richard Juhlin and Tessa Praun, about this event announce: “The Magasin III collection is a perpetual source of new presentations and reinterpretations. Through the years, we have worked with a great number of artists whose works are very well represented in the collection. It is exciting to show them in relation to the artists’ current practice.”
Tony Oursler experimented early on with the moving image that extended beyond the borders of the TV monitor. Since the 1970s, he has related his interest in technology to psychology and supernatural dimensions.
For some time, Oursler has focused on the ever-increasing spread of data tracking and surveillance programs, with a particular interest in facial recognition software. He creates a sort of digital portrait in which we can see ourselves through the lens of machines we have recently created.
The exhibition will run for two seasons and will also include a new production of Tony Oursler’s acclaimed outdoor work The Influence Machine. In the fall of 2002, this large-scale work was shown at Djurgårdsbrunn in Stockholm over three consecutive evenings. On October 20, Magasin III will show The Influence Machine in collaboration with Stockholm University.
About the artist
Tony Oursler, born in 1957, lives and works in New York City. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts in 1979. Oursler’s works have been exhibited at institutions such as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, USA; Documenta VIII and IX in Kassel, Germany; the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris; the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, USA; Skulptur Projekte in Münster; Museum Ludwig in Cologne; Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and Tate Liverpool.