Biotechnosphere

Dornbracht Conversations 5 in Paris

On January 21st, Dornbracht hosted the fifth edition of its Dornbracht Conversations series with the theme "Biotechnosphere" at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. The event was moderated by curator Toke Lykkeberg and the panelists included Lauren Boyle and Solomon Chase from the artists' collective DIS, shareholder and managing director Andreas Dornbracht as well as art director and curator of the Dornbracht Culture Projects, Mike Meiré.

The talk was held in the middle of the exhibition "CO-WORKERS - Network as Artist". This included works, videos, installations, sculptures, paintings as well as virtual spaces by 35 international artists and groups, who received their training in the 2000s. Lykkeberg first introduced the idea of the exhibition, for which he served as guest curator. DIS was responsible for the scenography. There is already a heightened sense of anticipation leading up to the Berlin Biennale 2016 in June, which the New York based artists' collective is curating. The installation "The Island (KEN)", a hybrid object that merges the normally separate elements of kitchens and bathrooms, formed the spatial and thematic focus of Dornbracht Conversations. The installation, which was shown for the first time in Europe, was previously on display at the New Museum in New York. Precision and high-end finishing stand in contrast to the dissolution of conventional functionalities. DIS created the object in collaboration with Dornbracht and Mike Meiré as co-designer. 

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"The idea of collaboration as network individualism interested us", says Toke Lykkeberg for the Paris exhibition's team of curators. "Things are created together in today's world. The exhibition deals with the conditions and effects of the networks that we are surrounded by and which we are part of: sociological, psychological, scientific, biological and in technological terms." In the 1990s, collaboration in the arts scene resulted in a certain type of collective. "Do it yourself" is now being replaced by "Do it with others" supported algorithms, as Solomon Chase adds. Today, as Lykkeberg explains, network existence has a highly contradictory effect: "Network individualism means that we are increasingly becoming part of a collective, while at the same time remaining individuals. We are embedded in personalized networks and only from these does the person take shape." 


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