Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017

Vienna Biennale 2017:
“Artificial Tears” at MAK

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Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS

The exhibition “Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness – A Speculation” at MAK quotes from a chapter of human history yet to be written.

Thirteen artistic positions open hypotheses, pose questions, and provide impetus for a confrontation with the „singularity“ foretold by American futurist Ray Kurzweil and being ushered in through the exponential growth of technology and highly intelligent machine interfaces.

With the proliferating possibilities for fusing science, medicine, and technology, the boldest and most terrifying visions from science fiction are being implemented in our daily lives in a manner both tangible and stealthy. The margin between animate and inanimate matter appears increasingly implausible, as does the differentiation between “real” people and their media incarnation, between “originals” and dummies.

Many of the utopian or dystopian narratives of the 20th and 21st centuries developed scenarios of societies shaped by technology as a tool for control and surveillance, their “humanness” ultimately utterly convulsed. The question arises of whether we human beings want to escape our increasing marginalization through technologies controlled by capitalist and political systems and whether we will work up the courage to fight for our freedom as a society and as individuals—in fact mainly against ourselves: When our utopias fail, we will have to unlock the potentialities in our dystopias.

Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Detail Mariechen Danz in cooperation with Genghis Khan Fabrication Co. Modular Glyphic System 2013/2017 Aluminum with screen print
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Detail Mariechen Danz in cooperation with Genghis Khan Fabrication Co. Modular Glyphic System 2013/2017 Aluminum with screen print
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Mariechen Danz Imprint Pressures 2013 Imprinted stone Courtesy of the artist and a private collection, Berlin
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Daiga Grantina Sun scarfs 2017 Foam, cotton wool, synthetic Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Tang, Paris
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Detail Daiga Grantina Sun scarfs 2017 Foam, cotton wool, synthetic Courtesy of the artist and Joseph Tang, Paris
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Jeremy Shaw DMT 2004 8-channel video installation; dimensions variable 3/3 + 2 AP Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Filmstills Jeremy Shaw DMT 2004 8-channel video installation; dimensions variable 3/3 + 2 AP Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Filmstills Jeremy Shaw DMT 2004 8-channel video installation; dimensions variable 3/3 + 2 AP Courtesy of the artist and KÖNIG GALERIE, Berlin
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Dora Budor Our Children Will Have Yellow Eyes 2015 Screen-used miniature living container from Johnny Mnemonic (1995); steel armature, epoxy clay, infected silicone prosthetics, acrylic polymer with pigment suspension, SFX and weathering paint, assorted metal hardware Courtesy of the artist and a private collection, Vienna
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Sarah Ancelle Schonfeld Shamanistic Travel Equipment/Coats 2017 UV print on cowhide Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Marso Mexico City
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Detail Sarah Ancelle Schonfeld Shamanistic Travel Equipment/Coats 2017 UV print on cowhide Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Marso Mexico City
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Detail Sarah Ancelle Schonfeld Shamanistic Travel Equipment/Coats 2017 UV print on cowhide Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Marso Mexico City
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Matt Mullican Untitled (5 Worlds) 2013 (1987) Oil stick on canvas Courtesy of the artist and Massimo De Carlo, Milan/London/Hong Kong
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Cécile B. Evans Working on What the Heart Wants since 2015 3-screen livestream installation with HD files, streaming program, Ethernet cables, table, chairs, and different items belonging to the artist Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna/Rome
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Sean Raspet Ester Grid 2015 16 artifical flavor components Courtesy of the artist and New Gallery, Paris
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Clemens von Wedemeyer A Recovered Bone 2015 3-D printed sand, plinth, light spot, video (color, silent); dimensions variable Courtesy of the artist and KOW, Berlin
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Dora Budor One Million Years of Feeling Nothing 2015 Screen-used miniature living garages from The Fifth Element (1997); steel armature, epoxy clay, diseased latex prosthetics, acrylic polymer with pigment suspension, SFX and weathering paint, assorted metal hardware Courtesy of the artist und einer Privatsammlung and a private collection, Zurich
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Artificial Tears at MAK Vienna Biennale 2017
Exhibition view, ARTIFICIAL TEARS
Title: Artificial Tears. Singularity & Humanness – A Speculation
Artists: Jean-Marie Appriou, Dora Budor, Mariechen Danz, Genghis Khan Fabrication Co., Aleksandra Domanović, Cécile B. Evans, Daiga Grantina, Matt Mullican, Sean Raspet, Sarah Schönfeld, Jeremy Shaw, Kiki Smith and Clemens von Wedemeyer
Curator: Marlies Wirth
Date: June 21 – October 1, 2017
Venue: Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna

Photos by Aslan Kudrnofsky

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