Critical Mass opening

Jonas Lund: Critical Mass

Curated by Aude Launay
École Municipale des Beaux-Arts/Galerie Édouard-Manet
October 12—December 9, 2017
Opening on Wednesday, October 11, 6 to 9 pm
Public guided tour with Jonas Lund and Aude Launay on Saturday, October 14 at 2.30 pm

Just as we can’t see through somebody else’s eyes, the web that is presented to us is never absolutely identical to the one presented to somebody else. Algorithms organize what we see every day on our newsfeeds, “decide” how long this content remains visible and to whom it is shown. For them, we are a set of data. No more no less. However, their technology is constantly evolving and we are now far from the simple “if you like this, then you will like that” to which we tend to reduce the recommendation process. Indeed, these recommendations do not only operate at the level of the content but are mainly carried out according to their recipient. For example, the Instagram Explore function (its image recommendation system) is surprisingly not based on an analysis of the images themselves but only on that of the metadata related to the user of an account.

On its side, Facebook claims “to show all the posts people want to see in the order they want to read them”.1 e disclosure at the beginning of last June2 of patents led by the company in 2014 and 2015 to detect the emotions of its users and adapt to them in response sums up well the applications of this technology which now spreads like wild re: to exploit the emotions of users to target the best time to present them with commercial content.
O -line as well as on the web, the most advanced techniques of facial detection are put to the service of the classi cation and the quanti cation of the items that we are of the permanent market study in which we live. We are demographic-emotional pro les.

“Critical Mass” explores the idea of an emotionally targeted curating—as one would speak of a marketing target, as Facebook speaks of massive emotional contagion—and its cumulative e ect. e perpetual optimization of the content in an ever increasing precision, applied to the work of art: this is the experience o ered by this rst solo show in France of the Swedish artist Jonas Lund. Based on a “visitor experience”, which makes this latter an essential element of its structure, the exhibition is built on the evaluation made by those who visit it, physically and virtually. Here,

Jonas Lund transforms the gallery into a speculative space awaiting reactions through user-friendly connected paintings and a website which he designed as a feedback and remote control system.
If the key to its success lies in the satisfaction of its viewer, will “Critical Mass” actually boast of pleasing everyone?

Outsourcing the curatorial choices that constitute it, the exhibition seems to let its audience take control of what is presented to them, unless it turns them into a legion of emotional turks?3
To nd out, give your opinion a voice and challenge the other users by submitting proposals for what you think should happen in the exhibition space. Take part in the critical mass.
Aude Launay

Nature, Castor Gallery, Nyc

Hype Cycle (2016), in the 'Nature' exhibition at @castorgallery

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Castor Gallery
June 8 – July 15

Jeanette Hayes, Michael Manning, Austin Lee, Patrick Jacobs, Robert Lazzarini and Jonas Lund.

June 1, 2017, New York, NY – Castor Gallery is pleased to present Nature, an exhibition of new work from artists Jeanette Hayes, Michael Manning, Austin Lee, Patrick Jacobs, Robert Lazzarini and Jonas Lund. Nature will explore artworks that are all rooted in mathematics, algorithms, code and modern technology which continue to push the barrier on the ever changing landscape and definition of traditional artworks. Different mediums include data mining apps, neural networks created to produce artworks, evolving and updated streaming websites, 3D printed artworks, Social Media video collages, and intricate sculpture works that are achieved through current technological advancements. The exhibition will be on view from June 8th through July 15th, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday June 8th at 254 Broome St NY, NY from 6-8 PM.

Het Zalig Nietsdoen, Museum Kranenburgh

Het Zalig Nietsdoen
18 June – 24 September 2017

18th June

Museum Kranenburgh

Participating Artists
Feiko Beckers, Rineke Dijkstra, Pauline Eecen, Jeroen Eisinga, Ed van der Elsken, Tom Friedman, Ryan Gander, Diederik Gerlach, Claire Harvey, Harrie Kuyten, Jonas Lund, Inge Meijer, Henry Moore, Matthijs Munnik, Bruce Nauman, Kasper Niehaus, Navid Nuur, Erwin Olaf, David Rickard, Tanja Ritterbex, Alain Séchas, Roman Signer, Natalia Toret, Marijke van Warmerdam, Erwin Wurm, Heinrich Zille

Curated by: Eelco van der Lingen

Away on Vacation

Away on Vacation
24th May – 7th June, 2017
Online exhibition

Away on Vacation is an installation that consists of the artist’s Macbook Pro, an HD Camera, custom software and an Internet connection. The installation will be live-streamed to YouTube where one can see the Macbook Pro on an office table inside Lund’s Berlin studio with an ever-changing background of landscapes. The computer will run a custom software that enables it to create paintings entirely on its own by scripting the movement of the mouse cursor and the keyboard. A viewer can see the cursor moving, buttons being clicked and brush strokes being made, all with no one in contact with the computer.

The computer will open Photoshop and start creating a painting. It will use an array of symbols, brushes, and shapes all, relating to the idea of vacation and its opposite–work. Once the painting has been completed, the software will upload it to the website and post it to the Artist’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. The Away on Vacation live-stream will continue around the clock for two weeks beginning on the 24th of May, and by the time it stops, it will have created approximately one painting an hour for an estimated total of 340 paintings.

The Cloud in Rapids, SEA Foundation, Tilburg, NL

The Cloud in Rapids
Date: 19.05 — 19.06, 2017
SEA Foundation

Opening reception
Friday 19 May 7 pm

Janet Chan (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jonas Lund (SE), SangJun Yoo (KR), Junsheng Zhou (CN) and Damon Zucconi (US).

SEA Foundation presents a group show where artists explore the growing technology and it’s effect on society. Participating artists are Janet Chan (AU), Simon Denny (NZ), Jonas Lund (SE), SangJun Yoo (KR), Junsheng Zhou (CN) and Damon Zucconi (USA).



Curated by Kwaku Boateng and Tabitha Steinberg
Das Balloon, Derek Mainella, Gordon Cheung, Jonas Lund, Josh Reames, Konrad Wyrebek, Kristian Touborg, Michael Pybus, Ry David Bradley, Siebren Versteeg, Tilman Hornig, Victor Payares, Wendell Gladstone


Press Release
…an uncanny effect is often and easily produced when the distinction between imagination and reality is effaced, as when something that we have hitherto regarded as imaginary appears before us in reality…

– Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny

I have no idea where this will lead us. But I have a definite feeling it will be a place both wonderful and strange.

– Special Agent Dale Cooper

A dim light appears in your peripheral vision. Your eyes are tired but the light is getting brighter and demanding attention. You look towards it and through the slumped hairs of your eyelashes, the light begins to appear more clearly. It can’t be fully made out but you’re certain it’s some sort of image. Of what: you cannot tell. For who: you presume yourself. It’s purpose: only to pull you away from your usual lulled state. You take a sip of your now cold, stale coffee and brush a wilted flower to the floor that had somehow found its way onto your desk. You exhale slowly and turn your head to face the image again. Your brow furrows and your lip twitches when you realise the image has gone. But soon enough, you turn your head back to its original position and return to your preferred lulled state.

Mutual Display in the Der Wurfel at Neumeister Baram

Mutual Display is a new sculptural work by Jonas Lund (1984, Sweden) consisting of two robotic arms with concrete bases, positioned to face each other, as mirror images.

The arms are programmed to move in a carefully composed choreography, sometimes mimicking each other, sometimes moving as if trying to impress the other through ritualised motions or dances like a courtship display.

Together the robots perform a dialogue like a discussion, their mechanical gestures illustrate an exchange, although ultimately their opposing nature rather than oneness. By setting one robot against the other, Lund is interested in binary oppositions in relation to a predestined future of automation.

Is there a choice whether or not to replace human labor by an algorithmic or automated production? The machine‘s dance is constructed in a language only few speak, while technological advance seems to drive towards a complete understanding, artificial super intelligence looms as a supersession to language as we know it, rather than a solution to The Confusion of Tongues.

Invitation: Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence at Leo Xu Projects, Shanghai

Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence

March 18th through April 30th, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, March 17th, 6-8pm

David Kordansky Gallery and Leo Xu Projects are pleased to present “Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence”, a collaborative group exhibition held at Leo Xu Projects, Lane 49, Building 3, Fuxing Xi Road, Xuhui District, Shanghai. The show will be on view from March 18 until April 30, 2017. An opening reception will take place on Friday, March 17 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm.

Featuring artists from both of the galleries’ programs, Please fasten your seat belt as we are experiencing some turbulence will examine how a wide and heterogeneous array of aesthetic positions can reflect, refract, and bear witness to an uncertain state of global affairs. The exhibition will include work by Kathryn Andrews, Andrea Büttner, Chen Wei, Heman Chong, Sam Gilliam, Zach Harris, Evan Holloway, Rashid Johnson, Gabriel Lester, Li Qing, Liu Shiyuan, Pixy Liao, Jonas Lund, Tala Madani, Chris Martin, Torbjørn Rødland, Sissel Tolaas, Tom of Finland, Wei Jia, Ming Wong, and Betty Woodman.


Ranked Browsing, collaboration with

This Chrome extension allows you to quickly look up the Rank of an artist by simply highlighting their name and right click and select ‘Get ArtFacts Rank’. You can also scan whole pages for artist names and the extension will add the rank after each name it finds from the top 1000 ranked artists.

Install by visiting the Chrome Webstore here

From ArtFact’s press release:

Dear readers,

We’re pleased to announce our recent collaboration with artist Jonas Lund, who creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances incorporating data from his studies of art world trends and behavior.

His Chrome extension is called Ranked Browsing, and it allows you to quickly look up the ArtFacts rank of an artist by simply highlighting their name and right clicking. You can also scan entire pages for artist names and the extension will add the rank after each name it finds from the Top 1000 list.

It’s available for free in the extension store. Go on and give it a spin.

V2_ 3×3 on the 3rd of March

Hi, I’ll be making some live net art at V2 (Rotterdam) as part of their event series called 3×3. The first piece will probably be titled Only that which is Absent can be Imagined, and I’m not really sure what it’ll be yet, but come to V2 and we’ll find out together

Here’s the official invite:
Artist Jonas Lund will create three new experiments in our 3×3 series. This is his first 3×3 installment.

3×3: every first Friday of the month.

Part I: March 3, 2017 from 18.00h – 21.00h
Part II: April 7 2017 from 18.00h – 21.00h
Part III: May 5, 2017 from 18.00h – 21.00h

Free entrance! This event is part of the Kunstavond.

Experiments are an essential part of every art practice. Even more than the end results, experiments, bèta versions and try-outs offer an inside look on how an artist thinks and works. Therefore, the experiment is made central in 3×3. V2_ offers three artists the space, time and resources to develop three experiments. Every first Friday evening of the month the public can witness one of these experiments live. A unique experience, as with every experiment no one knows what the experiment will lead to.
Every Friday the Kunstblock art venues in the Witte de Withkwartier are open in the evening. Visit MAMA, TENT, UBIK, V2_Lab for the Unstable Media, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CBK Rotterdam’s collection of art in public space. Click here for the programme.