September 20, 2016 - Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris - !Mediengruppe Bitnik: Jusqu'ici tout va bien / Nelly Haliti: JOURS : MOIS : ANNÉES
September 20, 2016

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

!Mediengruppe Bitnik, Ashley Madison Fembot, Aurelie201285, Paris, France, 2016. © !Mediengruppe Bitnik.

!Mediengruppe Bitnik
Jusqu'ici tout va bien
September 23–December 4, 2016

Nelly Haliti
JOURS : MOIS : ANNÉES
September 23–October 30, 2016

Opening: September 23, 6–9pm

Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris
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75003 Paris
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!Mediengruppe Bitnik: Jusqu’ici tout va bien
!Mediengruppe Bitnik—a duo comprised of Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo (born in 1976 and 1979, based in Zurich and Berlin)—uses the internet as material for artistic creation. They made themselves known in 2013 with a project titled Delivery for Mr. Assange. With this work, they questioned the possibility of acting as artists within the geopolitical deadlock the Wikileaks founder finds himself in, being stranded in the Embassy of Ecuador in London. Aiming to establish communication with Assange without being intercepted, they used the classic channel of postal services and mailed him a package equipped with a camera for a real-time broadcast of its path on their website. The package eventually reached its destination safely.

The project they are currently working on concerns Canada’s infamous extramarital dating site Ashley Madison. In August 2015, the site was hacked and millions of names and documents were made public. !Mediengruppe Bitnik took an interest in the case, specifically the use of fembots (female robots) as interlocutors for the site’s subscribers. Each virtual bot has a name, an age, a photo and an address to encourage users to respond to its advances. The artist duo analyzed data from the Ashley Madison hacking and began raising staggering questions on the relationship between man and machine, virtuality and reality, internet intimacy, and the abusive use of digital platforms. With the exhibition titled Jusqu’ici tout va bien—specifically designed for the CCS—they focused on data linked to the fembot situation in Paris. They discovered 44,306 Paris-based users talking to no more than 61 bots nicknamed “Angels.” This data serves as the starting point for this exhibition, which transforms perceptions of space, brings the 61 fembots “to life,” and features neon sculptures of identification captchas.

The exhibition will be developed in a different configuration at swissnex San Fransisco in spring 2017.

Echoing the exhibition, an international symposium entitled Bot Like Me will feature, on December 2 and 3, conferences, roundtables and concerts curated by Sophie Lamparter (swissnex San Fransisco) and Luc Meier (EPFL, Artab, Lausanne) around the question of man’s relationship to the machine. Information is available on the CCS site.

Works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik have been presented in solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum in Thun and Les Complices in Zurich in 2010; at the Helmhaus in Zurich in 2014; at the Kunsthaus Langenthal and the Zoo Gallery in Nantes in 2016. As for group exhibitions: Shifting Identities at the Kunsthaus in Zurich (2008); The Darknet – From Memes to OnionLand at the CAC in Vilnius (2009); An Exploration at the Kunst Halle in St. Gallen (2014); and L’image volée at the Prada Foundation in Milan (2016). They received a Swiss Art Award in 2014 for the work Delivery for Mr. Assange, which became the subject of a book published by Echtzeit (Basel). In 2015, they were on a public commission for the Haus der elektronischen Künste in Basel with the H3333333K project.

Also on display in the courtyard gallery

Nelly Haliti: JOURS : MOIS : ANNÉES
Nelly Haliti’s video installation JOURS : MOIS : ANNÉES offers an immersion in a self-erasing story, with images shot in 16 mm in the ruins of a communist era monument built in 1981 on the Buzludzha peak in Bulgaria. Images run in a loop, moving from one screen to the next—they take the viewer to a remote and forgotten place.

Born in 1987, Nelly Haliti lives and works in Geneva. She has presented her work in several Swiss institutions, including Fri-Art (Fribourg), the Corner College (Zurich), the Centre d’art contemporain (Geneva), The Rada (Locarno), the Museo de Arte Colonial de Quito and the Taller Santa Rosa de Lima. She partakes in the performance program of Manifesta 11 and she will be a resident at the Swiss Institute in Rome in 2016-2017.

 

Coming soon

Yann Gross: The Jungle Show II
November 4–December 4  2016
Opening: Friday, November 4, 6–9pm

Through photography and video, Yann Gross (born in 1981, based in Lausanne) questions the way humanity shapes its environment. For The Jungle Show, Yann Gross travelled down the Amazon River and its various tributaries in the footsteps of Spanish conquistador Fransisco de Orellana. Evangelistic campaigns, road construction, rubber boom, petroleum extraction or gold rush: this fluvial zone has always been an attractive trading hub for whoever wanted a piece of the pie. The exhibition, reconfigured from the one presented at the 2016 Rencontres d’Arles, reveals various facets of contemporary Amazonia and raises broader questions on the notions of progress and development.

Winner of numerous awards, including at the “Festival International de Mode et de Photographie de Hyères” and the Photo España “Descubrimientos,” Yann Gross has exhibited his work in institutions and galleries such as the Musée de l’Elysée de Lausanne; the Fotostiftung in Winterthur; FOMU in Antwerp; the Rencontres d’Arles; the Galerie du Jour in Paris; and Leme in São Paulo. His latest project, The Jungle Book won the 2015 Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award in Arles.

All exhibitions are curated by CCS codirectors Jean-Paul Felley & Olivier Kaeser.

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