The Network as Artist

Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris
From 9 October 2015 to 31 January 2016
Exhibition curators : Angeline Scherf, Toke Lykkeberg, Jessica Castex, Anaïs Lepage, assistant curator
Mise en scène : DIS
89plus team : Simon Castets, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Julie Boukobza, Katherine Dionysius

With : Sarah Abu Abdallah & Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Aids-3D, Ed Atkins, Trisha Baga, Darja Bajagić, Douglas Coupland, DIS, David Douard, Cécile B.Evans, Valia Fetisov, GCC, Parker Ito, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Clémence de La Tour du Pin & Dorota Gaweda & Egle Kulbokaite, Shawn Maximo, Nøne Futbol Club, Aude Pariset & Juliette Bonneviot, Pin-Up, Bunny Rogers, Rachel Rose, Bogosi Sekhukhuni & Tabita Rezaire, Ryan Trecartin, Timur Si-Qin, Jasper Spicero.

With the participation for The Whet Bar space of : AUJIK, Josh Bitelli, Brace Brace, Ian Cheng, Cuss Group, Future Brown, Max Hawkins, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Nicholas Korody, K-Rizz, Oliver Laric, Mark Leckey, Daniel Steeegmann Mangrané, Felix Melia, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Wyattt Niehaus, Yuri Pattison, Puppies Puppies, Fatima al Qadiri, Monira al Qadiri, Jon Rafman, Celebrite Seaborn, Emily Segal, Shanzhai Biennial, Fred Spencer, Hito Steyerl, Telfar, Amalia Ulman, Juani VN, Santiago Villanueva & Mariela Scafati, Andrew Norman Wilson, Yemenwed, Zou Zaho…

With the world in the throes of the third industrial revolution, the use of the Internet and mobile telephone systems has triggered a new mode of communication hinging on an uninterrupted flow of information. While remaining independent, the user is connected to numerous networks –professional, technical, artistic, cultural – that recognise no geographic boundaries: a form of organisation symptomatic of what sociologist Barry Wellman calls "networked individualism".
"The Internet of Things" revolves around the idea that humans are no longer the sole thinking entities – that the things around them constitute an environment termed "Ambient Intelligence".

Installations, videos, sculptures and paintings: the contributing artists explore a system of exchanges whose complexity outstrips the merely human scale. They investigate the way intelligence and consciousness can be extended to include machines, animals and other living organisms.
In a society marked by data acceleration and the omnipresence of images, these artists work within a culture of the visible, in which the boundaries between the private and public spheres are blurred and intimacy becomes "extimacy". In devising the exhibition's scenography DIS, known for its lifestyle platform DIS Magazine, has drawn on collective work spaces, shopping malls, and airport transit areas. The upshot is an event – a network of artworks, interactive installations and performances – that situates the museum in a world of data streaming and circulation. 

The exhibition themes will be the subject of talks and encounters integrated into The Island (KEN) created in collaboration wih Dornbracht, co-designed by Mike Meiré, a hybrid kitchen/bathroom space specially designed by DIS and coproduced with the New Museum in New York

Exhibitions views, “Co-Workers : The Network as Artist”, MAMVP, 2014. Courtesy of the artists & MAMVP © Pierre Antoine.


Anaïs Lepage is an independent curator and writer based in Paris.

Her research focuses on excesses and secrets in art history in connection with a history of the affects and spiritualities as well as postcolonial and gender studies. Inspired by radical pedagogies and feminist theories, she questions the forms of speech through collaborations, workshops, and a shift in critical, intimate, and performative narrative.

Trained in Art History at the École du Louvre, in Museum Studies at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and in Curatorial Studies at the Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne University, Lepage multiplies experiences in France and abroad.
She started at the Maison Rouge - Foundation Antoine de Galbert in Paris, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal and, alongside Guillaume Désanges, at the Verrière - Hermès Foundation in Brussels. Then, she worked as assistant curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

From 2015 to 2020 she co-founded HEIWATA, a curatorial platform based between Paris, Mexico City, and Toronto. She has developed projects with artists such as Madison Bycroft, Julien Creuzet, Gaëlle Choisne, Ad Minoliti, and Rachel Rose, among others. Recently, she collaborated with AICA International, the CNEAI art center, and the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2019, she teaches exhibition curating at the Sorbonne University