2017 Venice Biennale News

‘Welcome to the E-Renaissance’: ‘HyperPavilion’ Will Showcase Post-Humanist Art During Venice Biennale

Jon Rafman, Bomarzo, 2017.COURTESY THE ARTIST

Jon Rafman, Bomarzo, 2017.


At the Venice Biennale this year, there will be the usual festivities—83 pavilions for various countries, from Korea to Kosovo, and a central group show, ambiguously titled “Viva Arte Viva”—as well as Philip Guston and Carol Rama surveys and a 65-foot-tall James Lee Byars tower. Now add to something called a HyperPavilion, a large-scale exhibition that will be devoted to artists who make work about how technology has changed humanity.

The pavilion, which is produced by the “creative directors’ band” Fabulous Inc. and curator Philippe Riss-Schmidt, will be staged in three warehouses on the northern side of the Arsenale. Occupying some 3,000 square meters, or about 32,300 square feet, the HyperPavilion will include newly commissioned and site-specific works by all of its artists.

Among the participants are Andrea Crespo, Ed Fornieles, Julien Prévieux, and Jon Rafman. They will produce video installations, immersive cinema works, and large-scale projections. One artist will create what a news release called a “hologram theater.”

“Currently, artists are constructing and inventing imaginary compositions from an undefined frontier; a space of otherness, confrontation and mixed identity,” Riss-Schmidt said in a statement. “A coupling of the real and the imaginary. The artworks typically collect, archive, accumulate, digitalize, incorporate, and erase data. They are constantly evolving. Therefore, HyperPavilion is not about digital art, but about art at the digital age. Welcome to the e-renaissance.”

The full list of participants follows below.

  • Vincent Broquaire
  • Andrea Crespo
  • Frederik De Wilde
  • Ed Fornieles
  • Lab NT2
  • Lawrence Lek
  • Claire Malrieux
  • Théo Massoulier
  • Angelo Plessas
  • Julien Prévieux
  • Jon Rafman
  • Paul Souviron

Correction 3/28/2017, 10:23 a.m.: An earlier version of this article misstated details about Fabulous Inc. It is a "creative directors' band," not a real-estate development company. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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