Press release -
Like it or not, we are surrounded. There is no escape from the incessant flow of information that drives this twenty-first-century, data-based capitalism. Encrypted networks, digital currencies, artificial intelligence, data harvesting, algorithmic biases, sentient machines: these are just some of its effects. The proliferation of information, and data’s nebulous modes of circulating now fundamentally shape our existence.
INFORMATION (Today) is a group exhibition conceived as a loose response to the iconic INFORMATION show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), curated by Kynaston L. McShine in 1970. MoMA’s exhibition emerged out of the context of dramatic advancements in communication technologies at the end of the 1960s, a period already then being heralded as the ‘Information Age’. Fifty years on, INFORMATION (Today) features new and recent work by sixteen artists from around the globe, all born since the tumultuous information explosion that originally prompted the works in the 1970 MoMA show. The artists in this current exhibition work in a variety of media and represent a wide range of artistic positions, and whether they explore communication technologies, surveillance, data systems, or financial speculation, information arguably condenses to become the quasi-medium of their work.
Yet INFORMATION (Today) also deliberately refuses to fit the image one might most immediately conjure of a show addressing this topic, either a dry and objective, fact-based assembly of black and white documents or buzzing with high tech computer-controlled gadgets or featuring what has been called Post- Internet Art. Playful, colorful, materially complex, research-laden, speculative, immersive: INFORMATION (Today) lays out an apparently contradictory array of material and immaterial artworks that wrestle with our fundamental reliance on information in vastly different ways.
With American Artist, Alejandro Cesarco, Simon Denny, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Marguerite Humeau, Zhana Ivanova, Tobias Kaspar, Gabriel Kuri, Liu Chuang, Ima-Abasi Okon, Laura Owens, Trevor Paglen, Sondra Perry, Cameron Rowland, Sung Tieu, and Nora Turato. Curated by Elena Filipovic.
Accompanying the exhibition, the INFORMATION (Today) Reader assembles various texts and text fragments selected by the exhibition’s participating artists. It gives access to their research and thinking and is available for free in the Astrup Fearnley Museet store.
INFORMATION (Today) is produced by Kunsthalle Basel in collaboration with the Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo.