Exhibitions

29JUN
24SEP
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  Thursday 29 June - Sunday 24 September 2017 11:00 - 18:00 Bâtiment ArtLab - pavillon Art/Science

ArtLab Summer exhibition - Come Chat With Me

By !Mediengruppe Bitnik

EPFL ArtLab dedicates its second temporary exhibition to the work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik, whose acidic yet playful take on our digital everyday will occupy ArtLab’s central exhibition space all summer long.

Building on a project which the Zurich-via-Berlin duo Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo initially developed for Kunsthaus Langenthal, Come Chat With Me follows up on exhibitions held at Centre culturel suisse de Paris and swissnex San Francisco and is produced in cooperation with these two institutions.

While the exhibition features no direct input from EPFL laboratories, it offers a potent artistic take on topics that are at the core of contemporary science – society relationships, such as the ever- growing presence of automated process in our digital environments, human – bot relationships, artificial intelligence, and the heated battles surrounding ownership and use of personal and institutional data.

Seductive but diffusing a creeping air of unease, Ashley Madison: Angels at Work in Lausanne is at the core of the exhibition. Built around the renowned 2015 data leak of the Canadian dating website, the installation gives a physical presence to the chat bots that constitute most of the female community of the website. It thereby probes our uneasy emotional relationships in environments where human and machine interactions are increasingly difficult to tell apart.

Building on that core piece, Come Chat With Me takes a retrospective look at the work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik with works produced between 2012 and 2017, effectively making the exhibition the largest so far by the duo in French-speaking Switzerland.

OPENING: THURSDAY JUNE 29 AT 6 P.M. (access is free and open to all)

Organization Bureau ArtLab

Contact Luc Meier

Accessibility General public

Admittance Free

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29JUN
  Thursday 29 June 2017 18:00 - 20:00 Bâtiment ArtLab - pavillon Art/Science

Opening of the exhibition

By !Mediengruppe Bitnik: Carmen Weisskopf et Domagoj Smoljo

After the success of its inaugural exhibition - Noir, c’est noir? Les Outrenoirs de Pierre Soulages drew over 23’000 visitors to campus -, EPFL ArtLab goes from Outrenoir to ultra-pink with its summer show, Come Chat With Me (on view June 30 to September 24). 
 
The exhibition presents the work of !Mediengruppe Bitnik, a Zurich-by-way-of-Berlin duo that has worked on and around the web for over 10 years. Applying strategies culled from hacker communities to the cultural domain, Bitnik offers biting and playful commentary on our digital everyday. 

Please join us for the opening of Come Chat With Me on Thursday, June 29, at 6pm at ArtLab’s Art-Science Pavilion.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) will be in attendance and will offer an introduction to the exhibition and to their artistic practice at large.
 

Organization Bureau ArtLab

Contact Luc Meier

Accessibility General public

Admittance Free