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Artistic Director

  • Pierre Huyghe
    Pierre Huyghe

    Photo credit: Ola Rindal

    Born in 1962, Paris, France. He is currently based in New York.
    Pierre Huyghe’s works often present themselves as complex systems characterized by a wide range of life forms, inanimate things and technologies. His constructed organisms combine not only biological, technological and fictional elements, they also produce an immersive, constantly changing environment, in which humans, animals and non-beings learn, evolve and grow. In 2001, he received a Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale. He was also awarded the Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize in 2002. Recent major projects /solo exhibitions includes “After the Life Ahead” at Munster Sculpture Project in 2017, “The Roof Garden” Commission at the Metropolitan Museum, New York in 2015, solo exhibition “Pierre Huyghe” toured Centre Pompidou in Paris and other museums during 2013-2014, documenta 13 in 2012, and solo exhibition “UUmwelt” at Serpentine Gallery in London in 2019.
    Pierre Huyghe © Okayama Art Summit 2016 Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa

    Pierre Huyghe
    © Okayama Art Summit 2016
    Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa


  • Glass Bead
    Glass Bead is a research platform and a journal concerned with transfers of knowledge across art, science and philosophy, as well as with their practical and political dimensions. It was conceived and is run by Fabien Giraud, Jeremy Lecomte, Vincent Normand, Ida Soulard and Inigo Wilkins (artists, art historians and theorists based in Paris and London). Glass Bead has organized events at MoMA-PS1 (New York), ZKM - Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), e-Flux (New York), and Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris). The last issue of Glass Bead's journal, titled Site 1: Logic Gate, the Politics of the Artifactual Mind, was published on November 2017.
    Glass Bead Glass Bead's website homepage © Glass Bead

    Glass Bead
    Glass Bead's website homepage
    © Glass Bead

  • Etienne Chambaud
    Born in1980, Mulhouse, France.Lives and works in Paris and Milan.
    The main focus of his work consists in the "ecology of separations", that is, a continuous investigation of boundaries between forms, objects, and discourses. In his work different spaces, scientific fields, means of capture, conservation and transmission are united and intersected.Chambaud's pieces allude to the human representation of chance in geology, confronting the short temporality of humanity with the millenarian temporality of geology, thus displacing the concept of temporality of the human over chance, manifesting the sovereignty of the nature over mankind.His work is based on collages, photographs, neons, paintings, films, texts and situations: such as a geo-located raft, entitled "Idealism", which was drifting in the Atlantic Ocean seven years ago, with the intention of reconfiguring the world atlas; the staging of the encounter of geometric figures and monkeys in a zoo; febrile objects; mobile phones restricted by architecture; or shelters of inverted animals. Chambaud directed Counter-History of Separation (in collaboration with Vincent Normand), following the traditional history of the guillotine and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, from the French Revolution until the end of the 1970s.In the last years he has worked continuously in The Untamed Night, an experimental documentary that analyzes the creation of the modern concept of "nature", non-natural ecologies and its relation between the categories of "the human", "the non-human" "And the"inhuman".
  • Ian Cheng
    Born in 1984, Los Angeles.Lives and works in New York.
    Cheng makes simulations that explore the nature of mutation and our capacity to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improv, and cognitive science, Cheng’s virtual ecosystems are populated with characters governed by competing models of artificial intelligence (AI). Each attempts to perpetuate its approach amidst otherworldly environmental conditions. What emerges is an endless, unpredictable stream of artificial life, at times familiar, uncertain, boring, surprising — what Cheng calls “art with a nervous system. Recent solo exhibitions include Serpentine Galleries, London (2018); MoMA PS1, New York (2017); Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (2017); Migros Museum, Zürich (2016); Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015); Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2015), the Triennale di Milano (2014). Group exhibitions include Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen (2017); Yokohama Triennale (2017); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2016); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); Taipei Biennale (2014); 12th Biennale de Lyon (2013); Sculpture Center, New York (2012).
    Ian Cheng Bag Of Beliefs (BOB) artificial lifeform, 2018 Serpentine Gallery, London Photo by Andrea Rossetti

    Ian Cheng
    Bag Of Beliefs (BOB)
    artificial lifeform, 2018
    Serpentine Gallery, London
    Photo by Andrea Rossetti

    MELISSA DUBBIN: Born 1976, Las Cruces, New Mexico,
    AARON S.DAVIDSON: Born in 1971, Madison, Wisconsin.
    Melissa Dubbin and Aaron S. Davidson’s work has been described as addressing "processes of transmission and reception, interference and transference”* often seeking to materialize immaterial or ephemeral states of matter (sound, light, air, time). They have co-authored a body of works producing forms, objects, images and experiences, equally incorporating the mediums of photography, video, sound, performance, sculpture and artists books since they began working together in 1998.Dubbin and Davidson were recently chosen as the first artists to participate in the year long artist-in-residence program of the Pinault Collection (2016). Recent solo exhibitions include Six Degrees of Freedom at Untilthen, Paris (2017), Poétique des sciences, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France (2017), Nobody Shoots a Broken Horn in Early Spring at Campoli Presti, Paris (2016); Treize, Paris (2014); Audio Visual Arts (AVA), New York, NY (2013); Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden, Norway (2012); and Nýló, The Living Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland (2012). ??Recent group exhibitions include Esma'/Listen at Beirut Art Center (2016); Bitter Sweet Symphony, Untilthen, Paris (2016), Paris, Co-Workers, Bétonsalon, Paris (2015); Some Artists’ Artists at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (2014); The Artist’s Institute, New York, NY (2014); Art of Its Own Making at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, MI (2014); The String and the Mirror, Lisa Cooley, New York, NY (2013); Alchemical, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York, NY (2013); and Sound Spill, Zabludowicz Collection, New York, NY (2013). They have exhibited internationally at museums, galleries, and art centers including SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark; Exit Art, New York, NY; New Museum, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, California; 2004 Gwangju Biennale, Korea; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni
    Fabien Giraud: Born in 1980,
    Raphaël Siboni Born in 1981,
    live in Paris, France.
    Their collaborative practice reflects on cinema history, philosophy and technological evolution. Their recent solo exhibitions include venues such as MONA, Australia (2018) and Casino-Luxembourg, Luxembourg (2018). They have been involved in numerous group shows in venues such as Museo Pallazo Riso, Parlermo, Italy (2015); Lyon Biennial, Lyon, France (2015), Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United-Kingdom(2016), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2017) or VAC foundation, Venice, Italy (2017). 
    Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni

    Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni
    1922 - The Uncomputable The Unmanned Season 1,
    Episode 4, HD video, 26 mn, 2016
    © Fabien Giraud & Raphael Siboni

  • Pamela Rosenkranz
    Born in 1979, Switzerland.Lives and works in Zurich.
    Rosenkranz’s work addresses the shifting philosophical and scientific meanings of the ‘natural’ and the ‘human’ during the time of the Anthropocene (the geological epoch marked by the impact of human activities on the ecosystem). Rosenkranz deploys a palette of patented icons like branded water bottles, JPEGs of International Klein Blue, and Amazon, the largest retailer to date in comparison to its inspiration, the Amazon as river and rainforest. By challenging the distinction between the natural and the artificial, Rosenkranz addresses the evolutionary and material dynamics underlying perception, art, and culture. Recent solo exhibition include Foundazione Prada, Milan (2017), Venice Biennale (2015), Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva and Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunshweig (2010), and more. Recent major group shows include Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Kunsthalle Mainz, Mainz (2017), Karma International , Zurich (2014), MoMA PS1, New York (2013) , Berlin Biennale and Manifesta (2008).
    Pamela Rosenkranz Skin Pool, 2014 Photo credit:Stefan Altenburger

    Pamela Rosenkranz
    Skin Pool, 2014
    Photo credit:Stefan Altenburger

  • Tino Sehgal
    Born in 1976, London, lives in Berlin.
    Studied Berlin's political economy and dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. His work has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions around the world in recent years, including the most notable ones at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2010) and in the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2012); as well as those organized by The Van Abbemuseum, in Eindhoven (2004), the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006, 2015), the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2005, 2006, 2007), the Galleria d'Arte Moderna , in Milan (2008), the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (2007), the MMK in Frankfurt (2007), the Aubette 1928, with the Museums of the City of Strasbourg (2010), the Kunstnernes Hus, in Oslo (2011), the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (2013), the Pinacoteca de São Paulo (2014), the CCBB in Rio de Janeiro (2014) and the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin (2015).

    Tino Sehgal
    Ann Lee, 2012
    Dimensions variable
    Ishikawa Foundation, Okayama

  • Mika Tajima
    Born in 1975 , Los Angeles, USA. Lives and works in New York.
    Tajima investigates how the built environment (including information spaces) shape our bodily actions. Her recent work focuses on contemporary technologies developed to control and affect the body―techniques that shape bodily experience of time and space, taking the human body as a target of power.Recipient of New York Artadia Award in 2017.Selected recent solo exhibitions include “MIKA TAJIMA: ÆTHER” Borusan Contemporary (Istanbul) in 2018, “After Life” Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford) and ”Meridian (Gold)” Sculpture Center (New York) in 2017,”Emotion Commune” Protocinema (Istanbul) and ”EMBODY” 11R (New York) in 2016, ”Total Body Conditioning” Art in General(New York)in 2014. Selected recent group exhibitions include “COLORI” Castello di Rivoli and GAM(Torino) and ”All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace” Palais de Tokyo (Paris) in 2017, “Roppongi Crossing” Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) in 2013, and more.
    Pamela Rosenkranz Skin Pool, 2014 Photo credit:Stefan Altenburge

    Mika Tajima,
    Meridian (Gold) (installation view in Hunter’s Point South Park, NewYork. )
    20 x 144 x144 inches (50.8 x 365.8 x 365.8 cm)
    Pressurized water vapor system, networked LED bulbs, real-time gold commodity indexes,
    custom analysis program, wood, pigment, sculpted resin.
    Commissioned by SculptureCenter, New York.Courtesy the artist and TARO NASU, Tokyo.
    Photo: Yasunori Matsui