Curated by: Aleksandra Domanovic, Petra Heck, Oliver Laric and Katja Novitskova
Location: NiMK, Amsterdam, NL
Artists: Marjolijn Dijkman, Martijn Hendriks, David Horvitz, Marisa Olson, Jon Rafman, Alexandre Singh, Ryan Trecartin, Artie Vierkant. Lance Wakeling, Pablo Larios, Pamela Rozenkranz
LUNÄ is a facsimile of the original table around which an influential group of industrialists, poets, inventors, doctors, writers, physicists, chemists and thinkers known as the Lunar Society met each month in Birmingham between 1765 and 1813. Members included James Watt, Josiah Wedgwood, Matthew Boulton, Joseph Priestley and Erasmus Darwin and they forged strong links with Bristol based contemporaries including Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Thomas Beddoes.
'At the table keep a short hand; in company keep a short tongue. A single conversation across the table with a wise person is worth a month's study of books. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does one need to be happy? The single most powerful tool for winning a negotiation is the ability to get up and walk away from the table without a deal. I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one. Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument. Everybody wants to eat at the government's table, but nobody wants to do the dishes.' - Oliver Laric
The Greater Cloud is a show in which the Internet as a platform, medium or subject matter functions as a source of inspiration for artists and influences their artistic practice. The Internet has become banal and ubiquitous. Starting point for this exhibition is what this means for a younger generation of artists and curators. Elements that are key to the Internet nowadays and form the background to The Greater Cloud are: distributed forms of collectivity, the sharing and distribution of knowledge, openness of information, circulation of digital material as well as formal properties like connectivity, performativity or 3D programming elements. The works derive from Internet based materials or ideas or processes connected to the Internet.