2017 Venice Biennale News

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

Aram Bartholl, Weeping Angels, 2017.COURTESY HYPERPAVILION

Aram Bartholl, Weeping Angels, 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.

  • AramBartholl
  • Vincent Broquaire
  • Claude Closky
  • Frederikde Wilde
  • Lab NT2
  • Lawrence Lek
  • Claire Malrieux
  • Théo Massoulier
  • Julien Prévieux
  • Paul Souviron
  • Theo Triantafyllidis

Update 5/18/17, 9:36 a.m.: The artist list has been updated after some participants could no longer show work in the exhibition.

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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