Work by Molly Soda has been included in Measures of Life, a new group exhibition at Humber Street Gallery in Kingston upon Hull. Presented by the Lumen Prize, the show takes work from eight previous winners—::vtol::, Rachel Ara, Stanza, Molly Soda, Nicole Ruggiero, Refrakt, Carla Gannis and Anna Ridler—who use technology to critically examine the issues that arise through the complexities of our hyper-connected society. Measures of Life will run form 21 July through 30 September. For more information, click here.
Digital Objects has just published an interview with Molly Soda, who has recently been chosen as Digital Objects’ featured artist. Speaking about the site specificity of digital native content, Soda says: “Nothing will ever capture the full scope of interacting with something online. I’ve always felt that my work is best viewed from the comfort of your own home via your personal device. The work is about the Internet and needs to live on the Internet and evolve with the changing landscape, the comments, and the eventual decline of certain websites.” You can find the full interview here.
Works by Molly Soda have been featured on the main page of the Digital Objects website, a new online digital art marketplace secured by the Ethereum blockchain. For more information and to purchase Soda’s works, click here.
Drip has just posted a new article and video interview with Molly Soda on Medium. In the interview, Soda discusses the role of audience engagement in her work, and how important it is for her to receive positive feedback. You can find the full interview here.
For the second month in a row, an Annka Kultys Gallery exhibition has been selected as one of Hackney Citizen’s top East End Exhibitions. Making an interesting connection between the current show, Dominic Dispirito’s In the Garden, Council Housed and Violent, and the previous show, Molly Soda’s Me and My Gurls, the author Andrew Barnes writes: “Annka Kultys Gallery is hosting another digital artist whose work would be literally unimaginable mere decades ago. Where Soda utilised her internet presence to bring viewers inside her personal Panopticon, Dominic Dispirito is concerned with how others are viewed and vilified, namely the British ‘chav.’” In the Garden, Council Housed and Violent will remain on view through 28 July. You can read the full article here.
Works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik have been included in the group exhibition, Always Different, Always the Same: An Essay on Art and Systems, on view through 11 November at the Bündner Kunstmuseum in Chur, Switzerland. Exploring the ways that systems give rise to art and culture, the exhibition includes a wide range of artists working across genres and time periods, including Carl Andre, John Baldessare, Angela Bulloch, Wade Guyton, On Kawara, Yves Klein, Donald Judd, Frank Stella and many more. For more information about the exhibition, click here.
A work by Molly Soda is included in the sixth edition of Carriage Trade’s exhibition and benefit auction Social Photography. Exploring the ways in which mobile photography has developed from a novelty feature of flip phones to a critical function by which smart phones serve as recorders of our daily lives, the show examines the role of cell phone photography in modern society. Other participants in the exhibition include Tracey Emin, Dan Graham and Hal Foster, among many more. Social Photography VI will open at Carriage Trade in New York City on 10 July. For more information and to purchase prints of Soda’s work online, click here.
Tumblr artist-in-residence Signe Pierce has created an immersive lighting and set installation for rock band 5 Seconds of Summer’s performance at the Tumblr IRL party. Featuring radiant light direction, artistic projections and a holographic photo installation, Pierce’s set design brought the band’s latest album Youngblood, the group’s third Billboard No. 1 release, to life. To see images of the event and for a full recap, click here.
Signe Pierce has been featured on the television program Tracks, aired on ARTE, the European Culture Channel. You can watch the episode—which also features Blackfish Collective, Serpentwithfeet, Martha Cooper and The Charlatans—here.
A new group exhibition entitled Antibody at Glassbox in Paris will include photographic works by Signe Pierce. Curated by Monica Hom, the show seeks to explore the blurred boundaries between the technological and the natural. Also included in the show are Philip Rugo, Liliana Farber and Justine Emard. Antibody will remain on view through 25 June. For more information, click here.
Broadly has just published a new interview with Signe Pierce in collaboration with Vice. Published alongside the interview are a new series of photographs by Pierce, which the artist has created without the use of digital manipulation. Describing these works, the author writes: “With these images, [Pierce] wants to straddle the line between technology and biology, control and submission, self and selfie, by placing her own nude body in its crosshairs and dismantling the stigma that comes with photographing oneself.” The essay and accompanying photographs are published in Broadly‘s Privacy and Perception Issue as well as Vice‘s Photography issue. You can find the full interview with accompanying images here.
Work by Molly Soda has been included in a new group show, Duty Free, curated by isthisit? director Bob Bicknell-Knight at Chelsea College of Arts in London. Grappling with ideas surrounding the corporatisation of public space, the show inquires into how capitalisation and utilisation of the internet as a space for corporate ownership affect the user within an increasingly gamified culture. Duty Free will remain on view through 23 June. For more information, click here .
Marie Munk has been interviewed by Interalia Magazine about her practice, her Magic Wand performance at Code Art Fair and her dual-exhibition with Stine Deja, Synthetic Seduction, originally shown at Annka Kultys Gallery. Discussing the dissolving boundaries between the body and the mind in contemporary digital society, Munk says: “Our body holds our mind, which constantly pushes the boundaries of the body and explores new territories for the extension of the body’s identity. This tension has only been reinforced in the virtual world where our minds can go wandering, without the flabby gravity of the body to hold it back. With the digital universe we enter a post-human approach to the human, which challenges our carnality. The body has become liquid and editable, dissolved into carefully selected and vehemently retouched fragments.” Synthetic Seduction is currently on view at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen until 4 August. You can find the full interview here.
Online publication Figure Figure has just published an interview between Marie Munk and curator Indira Béraud regarding Munk’s practice and her inspiration for Synthetic Seduction, which was originally exhibited at Annka Kultys Gallery from February – March 2018. Munk says: “Humans are very clever and are usually confused about why they are here. We want to create machines that react just like us to replicate the humanity. We don’t get the complexity of humans so maybe if we can recreate it we would be able to understand our condition.” Synthetic Seduction is currently on view at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen until 4 August. To read the full interview, click here .
Tonight, Signe Pierce will conduct an experimental performance and DJ set at the Squeegee NYC party at h0l0 in Queens, New York. Also slated for the night are Mood Killer, DJ Solidarity, Pauli Cakes and more. For more information and the full line up of performers, click here.
Works by Molly Soda have been included in the group show Pure Raw, on view at Resort Gallery in Baltimore until 15 July. Curated by Alex Ebstein and Abbey Parrish, aims to deconstruct and exaggerate personal branding and aesthetics, aimed specifically at the blurred line between private and public self. Other artists on view include Maya Martinez, Pastiche Lumumba and more. For more information about the exhibition,click here .
Signe Pierce has been commissioned by Refinery 29 to photograph pop music artist Kali Uchis for The Come Up series, which highlights inspirational female artists. Pierce shot Uchis on location in her immersive installation Tesseract at Times Square Space in New York. To see the full shoot and accompanying story, click here.
Stine Deja & Marie Munk’s immersive installation Synthetic Seduction, originally presented at Annka Kultys Gallery, opens 8 June at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen. Examining the relationship between technology and intimacy, the show seeks to present possible solutions for a digitally isolated milieu. For more information, click here.
Molly Soda will be joining fellow artists Maya Martinez and Marcyanne Hanneman on their Paradise Tour around North America, where Soda will perform her own poetry.
The tour dates are as follows:
Molly Soda’s solo exhibition, Me and My Gurls, at Annka Kultys Gallery is currently featured on ArtForum’s “Must-See Shows” list, the editors’ selection of essential exhibitions worldwide. The show, Soda’s third at AKG, transforms the gallery into a physical manifestation of the artist’s digital studio. The works on display expose Soda’s computer desktop and portions of her massive digital archive to an IRL (in real life) audience, building upon the artist’s previous solo shows at the gallery as well as her career-long exploration of what it means to live online. Me and My Gurls will remain on view through 16 June. To see the full listing of Must-See Shows, click here.
French publication ArtPress has just posted a fantastic review of Molly Soda’s ‘Me and My Gurls,’ written by art critic and professor of Neo-Literature Magali Nachtergael. In the piece, Nachtergael writes on Soda’s mastery of the digital medium and her ability to effortlessly move between different platforms, going so far as to compare her practice to a ‘ready-made autobiographique’ following the tradition of feminist artists like Gina Pane and Sophie Calle. Me and My Gurls is currently on view at Annka Kultys Gallery through 16 June. To read the full review, click here.
Artlyst has just published Paul Carey-Kent’s exhibition list of Choices Up Now in London, which includes Molly Soda’s Me and My Gurls. The exhibition, Soda’s third solo show at AKG, transforms the gallery into a physical manifestation of Soda’s digital desktop space. Me and My Gurls will remain on view through 16 June. To read the full review, click here.
In anticipation of the opening of Synthetic Seduction at SixtyEight Art Institute in Copenhagen, artists Stine Deja and Marie Munk have compiled an ‘ABC’ list to explain their inspirations and goals for the exhibition published on the I Do Art blog. To read the full list from A to Z, click here.
Alice Bucknell has written a profile of Stine Deja for Issue No. 28 of Cura Magazine. Discussing the artist’s dual-show with Marie Munk, Synthetic Seduction at Annka Kultys Gallery, Bucknell writes: “Synthetic Seduction asked if the apparent benefits of a low-stakes and immediate intimacy—whether in the form of face-scan emojis or late-night drunken Tinder binges—are actually less valuable than they seem, in fact asking from us a larger sacrifice than we might realize. Rather than conferring an obvious approval or disapproval rating on the matter, the duo’s response was far more ambiguous, subjective, and very nearly sentient.” For more information about this issue and to read the full article, click here.
ArtForum reports that Art Foundation Pax, a Swiss organisation dedicated to the promotion of digital and media-based art, has awarded the inaugural Pax Art Award to !Mediengruppe Bitnik founders Domago Smoljo and Carmen Weisskopf. The award includes a prize of $30,000 for the production of new work and for an acquisition by the foundation. The prize will be formally presented on 14 June at Haus der electronischen Künste (HeK) in Basel. For more information about the award, click here.
Organ has just posted a review of Me and My Girls, Molly Soda’s third solo show at Annka Kultys Gallery. The show, on view through 16 June, presents recent video work by Soda alongside vinyl prints from the artists personal archive and printed works on aluminium and acrylic. You can find the full review here.
French publication The Steidz has reviewed Molly Soda’s Me and My Gurls, on view at AKG through 16 June. The author, describing Soda’s command of social media, writes that she reveals the inner workings of digital mechanics in an almost archeological fashion. You can find the full review here .
Mousse Magazine has featured Me and My Gurls, Molly Soda’s third solo show at AKG. The show, which aims to simulate Soda’s digital desktop environment in the physical gallery space, presents recent work by Soda in which the artist continues to explore the relationship between viewer and viewed in contemporary digital culture. Me and My Gurls will remain on view through 16 June. For more information, click here.
Art critic Tabish Khan has included Molly Soda’s Me and My Gurls, the artist’s third solo show at AKG, in his review of the top 7 shows to see in London this week for Fad Magazine. Describing the immersive nature of show’s installation, Khan writes: “it’s as if we’ve stepped into the screen itself.” Me and My Gurls will remain on view through 16 June. To read the full review, click here.
Art listings site Galleries Now has just posted Gallery 360/VR shots of Molly Soda’s solo exhibition Me and My Gurls, and included the show in their Weekender selection of top exhibitions around the world. On view until 16 June, Me and My Gurls presents a selection from Soda’s personal digital archive and explores the phenomena of watching and being watched online. To check out the 360/VR view, click here.
Things-to-do app Dojo has listed Molly Soda’s show Me and My Gurls to its Arts Radar list of top shows for the week of May 24. Soda’s third solo exhibition with AKG, Me and My Gurls will remain on view through 16 June. To read Dojo‘s review and check out the full listing, click here .
Time Out London has included Molly Soda’s solo show Me and My Gurls on its list of ’72 Marvellous Events and Things to Do in London in May 2018.’ To check out the full listing, click here.
Signe Pierce will conduct a new performance tonight inside Tesseract, the artist’s interactive installation at Times Square Space in New York. For more information about the event, click here.
Works by Olga Fedorova will be included in a group show entitled CHIASMUS, at Pragovka Gallery in Prague alongside Milan Mazúr and Iryna Zakharova and curated by Viktor Čech. Opening tonight, 24 May, the show will run until 5 July. For more information about the exhibition, click here.
VICE has just published a review of Me and My Gurls, Molly Soda’s third solo show at Annka Kultys Gallery, alongside an interview with the artist. Describing the titular work of the show, Soda says: “as you watch me dance, you’re seeing more and more dancing girls join me on screen, and as the video continues, I become the avatar—I become one of them. There’s an element of blending in—the anonymity of everyone doing the same thing online. It’s simultaneously very beautiful, that we’re all sharing these experiences and doing this stuff, but also very isolating and lonely.” You can find the full article here.
Wall Street International has featured Me and My Gurls, Molly Soda’s third solo exhibition at AKG. In this exhibition, Soda has created a physical manifestation of her computer’s desktop, thus inviting the viewer into her most personal virtual spaces. You can find Wall Street International‘s listing here.
London-based blog Just Opened London has written a review of Molly Soda’s solo show Me and My Gurls, on view at AKG through 16 June. They write, “Themes of vulnerability, narcissism and over-sharing run throughout and the exhibition is as likely to make you feel uncomfortable as it is to entertain. Molly lives her life online and she invites you to share it, at the same time prompting some (perhaps) difficult questions about the viewer’s own sense of self.” You can find the full review here.
Works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Olga Fedorova will be included in the upcoming group show Data Dating running from 17 May – 7 July at Galerie Charlot in Paris. The show will explore themes of love in the digital age, and ask questions about what intimacy looks like online. For more information, click here.
Artist and blogger Katy Howe has written a review of Molly Soda’s solo exhibition Me and My Gurls, on view through 16 June at AKG. She writes: “Although some may perceive her work as shallow or superficial, if you take the time to look deeper, and I mean longer than a three second insta-gratification, you will find an intricately complex and engaged artistic practise, powerfully addressing structures of identity, especially female identity. She successfully explores the notion of authenticity in the interactions of our online selves, by looking at how social media, instant messaging and constant sharing invade our lives and in turn affect our interactions, highlighting and blurring boundaries between the personal and the public. She forces us to consider what it means to have a private life if we are sharing everything.” To read the full review, click here.
Molly Soda will present a new installation on 14 May as part of AFTERCARE hosted by Eyebeam in Brooklyn, New York. Presented alongside the International Centre of Photography and Topical Cream, the event will follow the Vision and Technology: Toward a More Just Future symposium. Other artists on the line-up include RAFiA Santana, Sofia Young Park, Marie Karlberg and Hannah Daly. For more information, click here.
London art critic Paul Carey-Kent has just reviewed Me and my gurls, Molly Soda’s third solo show at AKG. He writes, “Molly Soda’s teeming and multifarious practice is most naturally online. Here, then, she effectively transports her studio to the gallery by covering the walls with images and footage from her laptop, complete with a 15 foot printout of comments on one of her YouTube posts which takes over the space sculpturally.” Me and my gurls will remain on view at AKG through 16 June. To read the full review, click here.
DROOL Creatives has featured Me and my gurls, Molly Soda’s third solo show at Annka Kultys Gallery. In the show, Soda has created an installation that mimics the interior of her computer screen, effectively inviting the visitor into her desktop space. To check out the listing, click here.
Time Out London will include a review of Molly Soda’s new solo show Me and my gurls in its upcoming print issue. Author Eddy Frankel writes, “Is Soda vain and neurotic? Totally. But we all are. It’s just that instead of hiding her vanity on a hard drive, she is letting it out and allowing the whole internet to tear it apart. And by exposing herself, she’s exposing the rest of us. If you don’t like what you see, you might just be seeing a bit too much of yourself.” Me and my gurls is on view at Annka Kultys Gallery through 16 June. To read the full review online, click here.
London-based website London Photography Diary has listed Molly Soda’s Me and My Gurls as one of its current exhibition choices in the city. In this show, Soda has transformed the gallery into a physical version of her desktop, thereby inviting the viewer into her most personal and sacred space. For more information and to see the full listing, click here.
Collaborative works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Low Jack are included in a new dual-show alongside OMSK Social Club at Panke Gallery in Berlin. Entitled ALEXIETY, the show grapples with the alienation and uneasiness surrounding personal digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, which simultaneously afford convenience while obscuring the algorithmic processes and modes of corporate surveillance embedded in their software and hardware. ALEXIETY will be on view at Panke Gallery in Berlin through June 2, 2018. For more information, click here.
Spanish magazine !Ah! has profiled Signe Pierce. Titled “Art & Feminism in the iPhone Era,” author Irene Calvo describes the relationship between Pierce’s signature hyper-saturated aesthetic, feminism and the current state of digital culture. You can find the full profile here.
The inaugural issue of the Boston Art Review has published an interview with Molly Soda. Discussing the relationship between space and art in her work, Soda says: “My art takes private space and broadcasts it. I’m more interested in intimate spaces as opposed to say, a city sidewalk or a subway car. While those spaces are equally as important to living, they don’t make their way into my work. I’m interested in what’s behind the door, not what’s outside of it.” Soda’s solo show Me and My Gurls is currently on view at Annka Kultys Gallery through 16 June. You can find the Boston Art Review here.
Works by Molly Soda have been included in a new group exhibition curated by Kendra Ainsworth at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in Canada. Entitled seeping upwards, rupturing the surface, the show interrogates the notion of ‘sad girl theory’ proposed by Audrey Wollen: “the physical manifestations of female emotion – the tears of sadness, the frothing spittle of anger, and the slippery secretions of arousal – all represent a way of taking up space, in an insidious, organic and subversive way. Of turning what has been used against women into an asset; not only breaking through boundaries of patriarchal culture, but forging new modes of engagement with the world and connection with others.” The show will remain on view until 17 June and will include works by Maisie Cousins, Eleni Bagaki, Maya Ben David and Tobias Williams, Ambera Wellmann, Zhu Tian, and many more. For additional information, click here.
Cactus has included works by Signe Pierce in Issue 06 of its print magazine. To see the images and check out the full issue, click here.
Signe Pierce’s new site-specific exhibition Tesseract, curated by Tiffany Zabludowicz, opens tonight at Times Square Space in New York. Transforming the interior of a banal office space, Tesseract will reflect Times Square back upon itself in a meta-mirror of the hyperreality unfolding around the space. Like the constantly changing hypersurfaces of the tesseract, a four-dimensional cube, the show will evolve over time to reflect Pierce’s ongoing exploration of Times Square. For more information, click here.
In a new guide to the city, London-based blog Lazy Oaf has listed Annka Kultys Gallery as its contemporary art choice. The author writes, “Upstairs from an unassuming row of shops by Cambridge Heath station, you’ll find one of the leading platforms for a future generation of artists. With a focus on multimedia art, Annka Kultys encourages these artists to bring their work from digital and online platforms into the gallery space, marking it out as different from your average gallery experience.” Check out the full guide here.
Selected images from Molly Soda and Arvida Bystrom’s book Pics Or It Didn’t Happen are on display at Universiteit Hasselt in Belgium as part of the Stadstriënnale. The show will be on view through 1 June 2018. You can find more information here.
Chinese platform ArtLink Art has featured Metamirrorism, Signe Pierce’s solo show at Annka Kultys Gallery. You can find the full listing here.
The Selfridges Eye, a new editorial project focusing on individuals who challenge conventions and defy expectations, has featured Signe Pierce’s solo show Metamirrorism. The author writes, “Walking into the space is like stepping into a digital blender – or, in layman’s terms, as if the internet had vomited on itself. But look a little closer and there is no digital trickery at play here; this is reality remixed.” To read the full article, click here.
Community publication Hackney Citizen has written a round-up of the top shows to see in East London in May. Included in the list is Molly Soda’s upcoming solo exhibition Me and my gurls, opening at AKG on 9 May and running until 16 June. In a short preview of the show, author Andrew Barnes writes: “Soda is as keen as ever to share her world, and hang a lantern on the unique disconnections felt at the centre of online obsession.” To read the full listing and preview, click here.
French publication Open Minded has profiled Signe Pierce. A self-proclaimed reality artist, Pierce’s practice employs the fabric of every day life as a medium in order to critically examine the nature of our subjective realities. Signe Pierce’s second solo show, Metamirrorism, will be on view at Annka Kultys Gallery through 28 April. To read the full profile, click here.
isthisit? group exhibition i‘m sorry, i didn’t quite catch that, curated by Bob Bicknell-Knight, has been reviewed by AQNB. The show, which explores themes of digital death and automation, features works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Stine Deja, Marie Munk, Olga Fedorova and Dominic Dispirito. To read the full write-up, click here.
A new editorial piece on mindful Internet usage written by Alexxa Gotthardt for Artsy features a still from Molly Soda’s 2017 video piece, Touch to Play. To read the full article, click here.
In a listing of the top shows this week, FAD has named Signe Pierce’s solo show Metamirrorism as one of its top picks. See the full rankings here.
In a round-up of “shows to see now,” critic Tabish Khan lists Metamirrorism as one of the top shows in London. Take a look at the full listing here.
The Art Partners, a collector’s service and criticism blog, has included Signe Pierce’s solo show Metamirrorism in a weekly digest of the best cultural events in London. To read their short review of the show, click here.
In an ode to floral photography, Hunger TV lists Signe Pierce as one of its favourite photographers of flowers. Pierce’s botanical shots were last shown in her first solo show, Faux Realities, at AKG in June 2017. Right now, Pierce’s second solo show, Metamirrorism, is on view at the gallery through 28 April. To read Hunger’s full piece, click here.
The Leipzig Global writer Maeshelle West-Davis has reviewed Virtual Normality — Women Net Artists 2.0, a group show at Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig featuring works by Molly Soda and Signe Pierce. West-Davis quotes Soda in the article: “All the work I do is very much about and for girls in their bedrooms – from my bedroom to yours. What we do when we’re alone and making that public.” To read the full review, click here.
In his round-up of top April shows, critic Paul Carey-Kent adds Signe Pierce’s Metamirrorism, on view at AKG through the 28th. He writes: “Observing the methods of projection, reflection and lighting, and the various films and holograms which populate her studio environment in New York, Signe Pierce saw that she could create a visually echoic gallery installation. All is controlled through her mobile phone, but the effects are actually ‘real’ rather than digital.” To read the full review, click here.
Things-to-do App Dojo has listed Signe Pierce’s ephemeral projector painting installation Metamirrorism as a top show to check out this weekend. To read what they have to say about the exhibition, click here.
Lara Monro of Teeth Magazine has interviewed Signe Pierce about her new solo show Metamirrorism on view at AKG. Discussing technocracy and the value of the term ‘cyberfeminism,’ Pierce had this to say: “I personally like [the term] because it is creating a new avenue, one that uses technology to give those who have been previously marginalised a voice. Cyberfeminism was very much predicting what will happen in the future whereas right now we are living very much in a digital age with platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. The internet has amplified all our voices and evened the playing field. We are in a sweet era – pre-net neutrality. Let’s enjoy it, because who knows what will happen with it all in the future.” To read the full interview, click here.
Signe Pierce’s new solo show, Metamirrorism, has been listed in Dream Idea Machine’s round up of March shows. To check out the full piece, click here.
E-Flux has chosen an image of Anne Vieux’s work, //Primary Curve (Double Vision Series), to accompany an article about Charlotte Shane’s review of psychedelic books in the March-April issue of Bookforum. You can find the full article here.
In a new article examining the current generation of women net artists, Elle Italia reviews Virtual Normality – Women Net Artists 2.0 at Museum der bildenden Künste, Leipzig, specifically citing the the work of Signe Pierce and Molly Soda. You can find the full article here.
TimeOut has reviewed Metamirrorism, Signe Pierce’s second solo show at AKG. They write: “Ever thought you look so good you belong in an art gallery? Well, here’s your chance.” You can find the full review here.
Swedish news outlet Kurinen has just written an article about Pics or It Didn’t Happen – Molly Soda and Arvida Byström’s collaborative publication of pictures deleted by Instagram. The article explores the phenomenon of censorship of the arts online. You can read the full piece here.
On March 25, Molly Soda will be taking part in a presentation and workshop as part of the ICP Library’s event Queering the Collection, which is ongoing series Critical Jamming, hosted by artist Christopher Clary and organised by Claudine Boeglin. To learn more about this event, click here.
Tonight, a new group show curated by IsThisIt? director Bob Bicknell-Knight will open at Arebyte Gallery in London. Included in the show are works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Stine Deja, Marie Munk and Olga Mikh Fedorova. Entitled I’m sorry, I didn’t quite catch that, the show will explore themes of automated empathy, new age philosophy, digital death and the rise of artificial intelligence in contemporary society. For more information, click here.
!Mediengruppe Bitnik will give an artist’s talk today as part of the Vis_com Lecture Series: ALT-OUTPUT at the Institut Visuelle Kommunikation at FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. For more information, visit the university’s website here.
Stine Deja and Marie Munk have been interviewed by Hold Residency, a digital exhibition and editorial platform. Describing the feelings of sadness and isolation that the show explores, Deja says: “I think overall I see the idea of simulated intimacy as tragic for everyone/everything involved. Human intimacy with non-humans is unrequited and misunderstood, while intimacy between non-humans is flat and cliche, a replica of something that existed somewhere far removed. I also believe though that people connect with the videos because they project something into it, and that in itself is a layer of intimacy that is generated through the show.” You can find the full piece here.
Tank Magazine’s Jan-Peter Westad has interviewed Stine Deja and and Marie Munk about their collaboration in Synthetic Seduction, on view at Annka Kultys Gallery through 24 March. Munk says: “We were both interested in how technology alters social behaviour, especially the way we are intimate or present with one another. And we were also feeling a similar frustration working with themes situated in the crossover between reality and virtual reality. In combining our practices we felt we’d open up more possibilities to work across reality and VR divide, and uncover the tensions between the two.” You can read the full article here.
Drool Creatives has featured Signe Pierce’s upcoming solo show Metamirrorism. “Through the use of instantaneous recording and projection within a space mediated by light sources, mirrors, lenses and dichroic film, Pierce takes the gallery’s visitors as her raw material to create an immersive, reflected, refracted and abstracted universe of the ephemeral.” You can find the full listing here.
Molly Soda has been interviewed by Office Magazine writer Conor Hudnut. Soda details the re-staging of a work at NADA that was originally shown at 315 Gallery during her solo show I’m just happy to be here last summer. The work is a laptop containing a selection of Soda’s files that invited the viewer to directly interact with it. But, for NADA, Soda added a new twist: “I created a chat-box that talks to you. The bot lives on the computer with the files, and it’s kind of customer service-y. Maybe it’s just a bot, maybe it’s me, the artist, or maybe it’s whatever you want it to be. It’s there to interact with you, if you’re interested in doing so.” You can read the full interview here.
Tonight, a new group featuring the works of Stine Deja entitled Lend Me a Hand will open at Elmer in London. Curated by Ben Lunt, the show centres around a loss of artist’s agency in a post-internet contemporary art context. Reality loses meaning as installation shots replace the actual artwork in a process of converting art into “hyper matter.” For more information, click here.
Keen On Magazine’s Aude Launay has interviewed !Mediengruppe Bitnik about their algorithmic work, Random Darknet Shopper. Describing the autonomy of the bot, Bitnik says: “You can’t say this website’s content is illegal because the content is hosted within the network, it’s distributed. In the beginning, we spent the production budget on it, by literally giving it to the bot, but with the tools it bought, it could run itself. It can rent itself out as a base to execute.” You can read the full article here.
Art critic Tabish Khan has listed Synthetic Seduction, the dual-show and immersive environment created by Stine Deja and Marie Munk, as one of the top 7 shows to see in London this week. To read Khan’s full review, click here.
Welt author Rahel Zingg has written an article about young artists’ use of social media to combat societies standards of acceptability. Referencing Virtual Normality – Women Net Artists 2.0 at MdbK Leipzig, Zingg mentions the work of Molly Soda, Signe Pierce and Arvida Byström as exemplary of this trend. You can read the full article here.
Swedish publication Svenska Dagbladet has profiled the work of Molly Soda and Arvida Bystöm, whose joint publication Pics or It Didn’t Happen showcases images that were banned from Instagram. You can read the full article here.
Signe Pierce was interviewed by Sarah Ulrich for German publication Spex for her involvement in the group show Virtual Normality – Women Net Artists 2.0 at Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig. You can read the full interview here.
Artland has interviewed Stine Deja and Marie Munk about their collaboration for Synthetic Seduction, an interactive exhibition at Annka Kultys Gallery. Describing the core human needs addressed in the exhibition, “We wished to investigate our need for simple physical contact in a world where the virtual arena often seems to have so much more to offer,” the pair explain. You can read the full interview here.
In a recap of the Armory week shows in New York, Droste Effect includes Molly Soda’s installation for 315’s booth as a highlight of the NADA fair. You can find the full article here.
Art News’ Andy Battaglia and Alex Greenberger review Molly Soda’s installation for 315 Gallery’s booth at the NADA fair. The authors write: “Some work at NADA stares down the digital sphere. Brooklyn’s 315 Gallery is showing Molly Soda, who became an internet celebrity a few years back for posting her feminist selfies on Instagram, which censored them. Such notoriety is in the past, however, and Soda has turned her attention to the difficulties of intimacy with strangers online.” You can read the full fair re-cap here.
Starting today and running through 11 March, Molly Soda will be showing work as part of 315 Gallery’s booth at NADA Art Fair. For more information, visit 315 Gallery’s website.
Signe Pierce’s upcoming exhibition Metamirrorism has been listed in Art Rabbit’s “The Best of Spring in London: Our Top Contemporary Art Picks.” The show will present an interactive installation of ephemeral projection painting. You can find the full article here.
Stine Deja and Marie Munk’s interactive exhibition Synthetic Seduction has been featured on Mousse’s website. Toying with the audience’s sense of repulsion but also attraction, the objects and videos in the exhibition can be seen as surrogates for intimacy in an age of digital dissociation. You can view the listing and find more information about the exhibition here.
Molly Soda’s involvement in the 2018 NADA Art Fair is reported by The Art Newspaper. Soda will be showing a range of works at 315 Gallery’s booth from 8 March – 11 March. To read the full round-up of artists to see at the fair, click here.
Plastik Studios provides a behind-the-scenes look at the photographic collaboration between Signe Pierce and Eli Rezkallah for Marzook’s Fall 2018 collection. To take a look at the full photo-series and story, click here.
Vogue Arabia’s Philippa Morgan reports on the new collaboration between Signe Pierce and Eli Rezkallah for Kuwaiti fashion brand Marzook. Combining Pierce’s signature hyper saturated aesthetic and use of screen mediation with Marzook’s sleek designs, the Marzook Fall 2018 “future-proof collection is directly influenced by the digital era where we live betwixt and between digital and physical realities.” To read the full article, click here.
Yannis Kostarias has interviewed Anne Vieux for Art Verge. Describing her works as “narcotic visualisations,” Kostarias writes: “With frisky wit, [Vieux] produces innovative art pieces of luminescence, presenting computer-based paintings formed by alluring and creative rigour, full of an optical opulence and multicoloured depth.” To read the full interview, click here.
Kuba Paris has featured the new show Synthetic Seduction at Annka Kultys Gallery. Featuring the duel efforts of Stine Deja and Marie Munk, the exhibition is an immersive environment that seeks to tackle issues of digitally-mediated intimacy. To learn more about the show and read the full listing, click here .
Molly Soda has been interviewed by Sasha Geffen in a new piece for The Creative Independent. Talking about the tension between what happens on the screen and behind the screen, Soda says: “The internet is funny because we think everyone’s being vulnerable. We’re supposed to be intimate online, but obviously we’re curating ourselves, whether we’re conscious of it or not. We’re creating these mood boards of our lives. I think what’s interesting is not what we’re presenting, but what we’re doing behind the screen, what our actions are. A screen recording of what someone does on their computer or on their phone in a day is like a diary entry at this point. We don’t consider it.” To read the full interview, click here.
Lisa Moravec has written a review of Virtual Normality – Women Net Artists 2.0, a group show Museum der bildenden Künste in Leipzig that includes the works of Molly Soda and Signe Pierce. Describing Soda’s contribution to the exhibition, Moravec writes: “Molly Soda’s sound-video installations show her in her private spaces, acting in a casual manner in front of her virtual audience. In That’s Me in the Corner (2017), she sings along with pop music numbers for about 30 minutes. We can see that the live audience on Instagram is watching her, but whether shewatches the audience, is not clear as she continues to look straight ahead, smiling from time to time.” To read the full review, click here.
Events app Dojo has reviewed Stine Deja and Marie Munk’s Synthetic Seduction exhibition at AKG and listed it as a top show to see on its Arts Radar. Dojo writes: “The show is about how the human emotions of love, attraction, repulsion and empathy exist against a modern digital backdrop, A.K.A. where talking electronic products predict what music we want to listen to on Sundays and do our weekly Tesco shop for us.” click here.
Galleries Now, arts events listing site, has featured AKG’s current show Synthetic Seduction online. The show, a combined effort of Danish artists Stine Deja and Marie Munk, explores themes of intimacy in a digitally dissociated milieu. To check out the full listing, click here.