Erkki Kurenniemi is a pioneer of multimedia art, a techno-utopian and enthusiastic scientist, passionate about the changes thanks to cybernetics and A.I. Kurenniemi is now beginning to receiving long-overdue international recognition thanks to the publication of the book “Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History: Erkki Kurenniemi in 2048”
Men and nature, men are nature, man or nature: these are just some of the most recurrent questions at the center of German artist Simona Koch’s research. She has developed several works and side projects that deal not just with the aforementioned themes, but also with politics, history of humankind and psychology.
On a quiet morning in The Hague, I had the pleasure of meeting Tommy de Bruijn and Sam Van ‘t Oever, also known as De Naakte Ontwerpers. Tommy and Sam are two young designers who developed a device able of creating an experience which allows to listen not only through the ears, but also through the flesh.
The European project ‘Streaming Egos’, based on an idea by the Goethe-Instituts of south-west Europe and in cooperation with the Slow Media Institut and the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, explores the risks, limits and advantages of having a digital identity which is often too far from real life
Born in the ancient city of Kyoto (Japan) in 1975, Kohei Nawa studied at the Kyoto City University of Art, and in 1998 moved to London. The symbolic art of Buddhism and Japanese Shintoism are additional Nawa’s influential inspirations that characterise several of his idiosyncratic works.
Larry Bell has consistently focused on the properties of light and its interface with surface throughout his career. Bell has installed a major Standing Wall sculpture, 6 x 6 An Improvisation comprises 36 individual glass panels, responding intuitively to the dynamics of the space.
Superconversations: Machines that Matter brings together a range of thinkers and artists concerned with the intersection of technology and immanence, questioning the logic of vitalism while developing that of mechanism. The symposium builds upon several themes from e-flux’s Supercommunity / Superconversations and forms the final instalment of a planetary series of in-person and simulcast video conversations.
Monster Resurrection, a video installation by the artist and theorist David Link, portrays four British engineers and curators who practiced media archeology long before the humanities discovered this theme. The collection of interviews follows the team leaders of these four projects, their careers, the emergence of their interest in old apparatuses and the completion of the reconstruction project in detail.
Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art is an exhibition exploring how data and technology offer exciting possibilities for groups of artwork that lack deep provenance or contextual information. The exhibition features the groundbreaking research of Frederic Cloth, who has created a database of extant guardian figures and a series of algorithms.
Scratch! is a heady mix of steel and car paint sculptures that combines Marc Vellekoop’s passion for colour, metallic/pearl effect pigments, trippy patterns and high gloss taking the viewer on an unexpected visual journey.
Follow investigates how we understand image and identity as ever-changing concepts which can be bought, sold, mimicked, endorsed, deleted and validated through a single click—as well as exploring methods to survive, subvert and utilize social media.