Recently, Signe Pierce sat down for a candid interview with Ralph Arida of Plastik Magazine to discuss the current state of pop culture and fine art. Pontificating on the role of the artist in mass media, and her self-proclaimed status as a reality artist, Pierce said: “The separation of an artist’s work and an artist’s life is rapidly disappearing. We use our phones and computers to capture our lives in media, and can instantly export and broadcast that content on the Internet. We are all the stars of our own reality show.” To read the complete interview, 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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Interview reviews Virtual Normality – Web Artists 2.0: a new group show at MdbK Leipzig featuring works by Signe Pierce and Molly Soda. Describing the emotional impact of the show, the author writes that the works “show how it feels when you stand by yourself.” To read the full review, click here.
Elephant’s Charlotte Jansen visits Molly Soda’s studio and interviews her about her work space, her practice, and the current state of digital affairs and data archiving. Soda says: “Watching the Internet rot and websites turn into graveyards is really pushing me to try and do as much as I can to save things, and if I can’t save them, find ways to rebuild or reimagine them.” Check out the full interview here.
VICELAND program SLIDESHOW interviews Signe Pierce about her series Faux Realities (2017), which recently showed at Annka Kultys Gallery. Pierce explains: “Theres something almost therapeutic about color, beauty and light; but there is an element of tragedy that hovers over these pictures.” Watch the full interview here.
Molly Soda is interviewed by podcast Humor and the Abject about “selfie feminism in hindsight, her recent solo exhibitions […]perceptions of sincerity and honesty in her work, isolation, aesthetic and interface evolutions in social media, how we actively present ourselves for internet audiences, and shitposting.” Listen to the full conversation here.
Stine Deja spoke on Tank Magazine about her second solo exhibition There’s Life Outside at Annka Kultys Gallery. Deja talks about “how the show is intended to expose the ways in which our lives are increasingly artificial.” Read the full interview here.
Molly Soda is in conversation with KPISS.FM. Listen to the full interview here.
Tabitha Steinberg interviews Anne Vieux on FAD and asks her about her work and recent exhibition at Annka Kultys Gallery. Elaborating on the show’s title Mesh, Vieux states, “I was thinking about the barrier between screens and the body as one layer of mesh, as well as the architecture of the gallery as a mesh. The more I thought about mesh, I was able to structure ideas around mediation, the body, femininity.” Read the full interview here.
Molly Soda was interviewed by DRØME about her video commission for Italian magazine StaiZitta entitled Hole in My Bucket, 2017. Elaborating on the video’s unusual setting Soda describes “There’s something fantasy-like to be in a nature setting—it’s almost completely false to me in a lot of ways. Especially when you’re recording it and putting it online, you’re saying ‘hey look at me doing this thing outside away from computers but let me show it to you [online].’” Read the full interview here.
Molly Soda was interviewed by Matthew James-Wilson for Forge Art Mag about her artistic practice and identity. “Her pendulum swings from sincere to performative, but never goes outside the realm of honesty. As she continues to navigate the world wide web… she brings to light the human patterns the internet brings out in everyone who uses it”, writes James-Wilson. Read the full interview here.
Signe Pierce is interviewed by Amar Priganica and Marie-Claire Gagnon for PW-Magazine. “Even when you’re all by yourself, you’re technically never really alone because there’s always somebody else on the other side of the screen,” Pierce says, “And now that we have this live streaming technology, we can all be the star of our own Truman Show. I’m interested in what that can do to a persona and our perception of reality.” To read the full interview, click here.
Molly Soda was interviewed by Rebecca Vorich for Fem Magazine with regards to her exhibition ‘thanks for the add’ and her recently published book ‘Pics or it didn’t happen: Images banned from Instagram’. Soda’s work “is putting the utopian internet to rest and illumination the subtle workings of the corporate influence”, writes Vorich. Read the full interview here.
Molly Soda and Arvida Byström were interviewed by Paper magazine about their new book ‘Pics or It Didn’t Happen: Images Banned From Instagram‘. Annie Felix writes “Pics or It Didn’t Happen is a political and historical statement in direct disobedience of corporation-dictated rules… It’s an addition to your coffee table that actually explores the power of the image in our collective memory, and how deleting an image is akin to deleting a piece of history – if there aren’t any pictures, it didn’t happen.” Read the full article here.
Anne Vieux is interviewed in The Material issue in March 2017 of MASK Magazine. Vieux is quoted saying: “I’ve seen some work that focuses on the body and the application of technology via the body. I think about the social effects of technology and colour.” Read the full article here.
Sherman Sam is interviewed in Traction Magazine. The article by Charlotte Barnard, features a dialogue about his process and approach to painting and drawing. Sam is quoted saying “They come about in a process of, lets call it, searching, working through, erasure and then finally equipoise.” Read the full article here.
Signe Pierce was interviewed by Nylon magazine in relation to her upcoming exhibitions with AKG and Nathalie Halgand Galerie in Vienna, and her recent collaboration with rapper Big Sean. Pierce is quoted saying: ““Overall, I want to spend this year pushing myself, my work, and my mediums to hit on some new peripheries and hopefully reach some new audiences.” Read the full article here.
Molly Soda talks about her work, art and the Internet with Darcie Wilder at MTV podcasts. Listen to the podcast here.
Anne Vieux has been reviewed by AQNB in relation to her recent exhibition same window, different day in Chicago. You can read the full review here. Her work will be featured at Annka Kultys Gallery in London in April 2017. Save the date!
Viollette Collective interviews Molly Soda via Skype. Listen to the full interview here.
Loney Abrams spoke with Basic in her Brooklyn studio about the digital and material ways the artist has alienated herself from her own body, about the ever-present existential fear that she experienced growing up in Serbia in the ’90s, and about her plans for an upcoming group show at the Whitney Museum. Read the full interview here.
Gloria Cardona interviews Molly Soda on Comfort Zone, the artist’s second solo show with Annka Kultys Gallery, and writes “Molly Soda Challenges the Notion of Private Areas as Safe-havens“. Read the article here.
Signe Pierce has been interviewed by So Frisch So Gut writer Annekathrin Kohout. Pierce is quoted saying, “I think that social media is a medium. And I’m increasingly interested in the body as a canvas. Or, the body can be the ‘medium’ as well. The body can be the art and the social media can be the gallery. It’s a new institution that we can go to look at art.” You can read the full piece here.
Vice interviews Romain Mader, who pretended to be a sex tourist for his fictional photoseries Ekaterina. Speaking to his insertion of himself into the project, Mader says: “Whenever we take a picture of ourselves or our friends, we act in some way. You can’t smile for the entire day – it’s just for that moment. In some way, we are all performing.” Read the full interview here.
Molly Soda was interviewed by Paper Mag with regards to her latest series of digital paintings inspired by Sex and the City. Soda is quoted saying: “Sex and the City is such a visually-pleasing show to me — the outfits, the city, the fantastical “events” they find themselves at. I wanted to take those elements and combine them with my personal touch and sort of bring their world into my world.” Read the full article here.
Schön! Magazine interviews Romain Mader about his photo series Ekaterina, which follows his fictional search for a bride in the Ukraine. Describing his aims, Mader says: “When I work I make a story in writing and take the pictures to fit the narrative. Sex tourism in the Ukraine was covered a lot but I wanted to fool people with a story that could be real.” To read the full interview, click here.
Signe Pierce has been profiled by Oxygen. “I like looking for beauty, in banal and boring situations” Pierce says. “I want my work to be beautiful and grotesque.” You can read the full article here.
To mark Dash Snow’s exhibition at AKG Dazed has reprinted a 2006 interview with the artist. “I don’t really know much about technique, I just aim to ‘keep the moment’… I feel like technology is a fool’s game” says Dash. Read the full interview here.
Ittah Yoda’s exhibition at AKG is reviewed by Ambika Rajgopal for Art Asia Pacific. “From their personal narrative, Ittah Yoda imbue their works with an individual and cultural specificity, which results from a transcultural collaboration”, writes Rajgopal. Read the full article here.
1883 Magazine has just reviewed From My Bedroom To Yours, Molly Soda’s first solo show. Author Jacopo Nuvo writes, “She likes to call herself a ‘webcam princess’; yet Molly Soda is more than a mere ‘Internet sensation’, and her debut solo show proves it.” You can find the full review here .
Molly Soda was interviewed by Ashleigh Kane for Dazed. Kane writes, “Her work is so relatable, not only because it exists in its entirely online, but because she breaks through the fourth wall that most of us keep shatterproof when it comes to constructing our identities, whether online or off.” Read the full interview here.
Galore Magazine has just published a new interview with Molly Soda. Upon responding to writer Maria Pasquini’s request for Soda to describe her practice in 10 words or less, Soda replies: “webcam princess explores digital intimacy and cyber sincerity.” You can find the full interview here.