This event marks Lauren Huret’s online residency launch, inviting you to take part in a « collective debug » where we will first get to know Lauren’s practice and attempt to understand how we deal with media bewitchment -as the artist calls it. We will dig deep to understand a little bit better all the occult work at stake when we share our content online, or even simply when we use the Internet.
For this, Lauren invited Claire Hoffmann, Head of Centre Culturel Suisse Paris, who organized her exhibition in 2019 « Praying for my haters » and Mary Ellyn Johnson, Head of Exhibitions at swissnex San Francisco, who is organizing her 2021 exhibition for the swissnex Gallery; to talk about the artworks and publication she made on the subject of content moderation, algorithmic illusions and the occult automation processes. The artist Lauren Huret will also elaborate on her ideas for her year long residency in Silicon Valley and the events and collective workshops she intends to do with swissnex San Francisco in the coming months. The conversation is open to anyone who has questions, opinions, suggestions, theories or beliefs.
Lauren Huret’s year residency and exhibition : Praying for your eyes
This November, artist Lauren Huret launches into her one year online residency with swissnex San Francisco to continue her research on media bewitchment, illusions of automation and the performative power of images. Throughout the next year, she will focus on recovery and remedy processes from « cursed media » under various forms such as : collective workshops, seminars and panel discussions, calls for participation and performances.
For the past 3 years, the artist has been exploring the work of content moderators, workers who sort out, as a daily practice, the online content posted on different participatory platforms (for example social media). Lauren Huret is raising questions about what she calls « cursed imagery », or problematic images that can have disastrous psychological and physical consequences on humans in the age of « meme warfare” and political misinformation. For the swissnex online residency, she will take the opportunity to share her research and find ways to counter-act the curse, or to break the spell on media bewitchment, by dissecting our beliefs toward technological tools and illusions.
The artist and the institution decided together to launch this one year residency right after the US election, taking advantage of these agitated times to reflect and rethink our use of media (participatory or not), our collective understanding of images, communication tools, art and politics.
09:00am — Introduction by Mary Ellyn Johnson, Head of Exhibitions swissnex San Francisco
09:10am — Lauren Huret, Visual Artist, discusses the 2019 CCS Paris exhibition and publication « Praying for my haters » with Claire Hoffmann, Head of Centre Culturel Suisse Paris
09:30am — Lauren Huret presents her latest research and future 2021 swissnex San Francisco exhibition and Silicon Valley research with Mary Ellyn Johnson
10:00am — Q&A
10:10am — Conclusion
06:00pm — Introduction by Mary Ellyn Johnson, Head of Exhibitions swissnex San Francisco
06:10pm — Lauren Huret, Visual Artist, discusses the 2019 CCS Paris exhibition and publication « Praying for my haters » with Claire Hoffmann, Head of Centre Culturel Suisse Paris
06:30pm — Lauren Huret presents her latest research and future 2021 swissnex San Francisco exhibition and Silicon Valley research with Mary Ellyn Johnson
07:00pm — Q&A
07:30pm — Conclusion
Mary Ellyn Johnson
Head of Exhibitions at swissnex San Francisco, Mary Ellyn previously worked at the San Francisco Art Institute as a curator and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis as a research librarian. She has masters degrees in both Art History (Richmond University, London) and Cultural Studies (University of London, Birkbeck College, London Consortium). Her main interests are contemporary art at the nexus of research and education, Film and all things Scandinavian.
Lauren Huret (born 1984 in Paris), Visual Artist, lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work, mainly composed of videos, installations, performances and collages, is based on an on-going examination of the influence of media and tech culture on belief systems. She has exhibited at Kunsthaus Langenthal, Hard Hat Gallery in Geneva, La Panacée in Montpellier, Copenhagen Contemporary, at Centre d’art contemporain de Genève, at Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, at the Haus der Elektronischen Kunste in Basel, at Jeu de Paume in Paris, among others. Recent performances have been at Kunstverein Goetthingen in Germany, the Swiss Performance Prize at the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne, at the Schinkel Pavilion in Berlin, at the théâtre de l’Usine Geneva, at the festival Les Urbaines à l’Arsenic in Lausanne, for the international organization ICRC in Turkey and in London. Recent publications include: “Artificial fear, Intelligence of Death,” co-published by Link Editons and Kunsthaus Langenthal (2016), “L’âge des techniciens” with Pacôme Thiellement, published by Clinamen (2017), and “Praying for my haters,” published by CCS Paris (2019).
Claire Hoffmann is an art historian and curator. Since 2019 she has been curator and responsible for the visual arts, architecture, and design at the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris organizing exhibitions with Mélodie Mousset, Lauren Huret, Pedro Wirz, Senam Okudzeto, among others. She studied art history and English at the Universität Basel with stays in Pisa and New York. She has been active at the Schaulager Basel, the Kunsthaus Zürich, and the Kunsthaus Langenthal and from 2010 to 2018, she was involved in the nomadic curatorial collective deuxpiece. Currently, she is working on her dissertation on the drawings of Maria Lassnig (eikones scholarship in 2017, research scholarship in Vienna in 2018).