For the open call Beyond 2020: A (Post-) Pandemic Practice, Maria Guta and Lauren Huret made the short movie The Soothsayings of Iris, their first ever collaborative artwork. Based on the “73 Questions” Vogue format and examining the “viral” type formats by highlighting their problematic aspects and their instant worldwide broadcasting – this prophetic satire is an interview with a fictional character, a mash-up of several intriguing public figures that populate our networks. Also inspired by their adoptive Swiss environment and the US West Coast, the artists are fascinated by the spread of specific ideologies like new-age mysticism, tech gurus and the phenomenon of over-hyped celebrities. The piece is a commentary on how we deal with digital identity and the influence of media representation on the collective psyche.
Watch video here.
10:00am — Introduction by Mary Ellyn Johnson
10:05am — Presentation of The Soothsayings of Iris by Maria Guta and Lauren Huret
10:40am — Q&A
11:00am — Conclusion
07:00pm — Introduction by Mary Ellyn Johnson
07:05pm — Presentation of The Soothsayings of Iris by Maria Guta and Lauren Huret
07:40pm — Q&A
08:00pm — Conclusion
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).
Maria Guta (1983, Bucharest) is a Romanian artist based in Switzerland. Her work mainly looks into mechanisms of self-representation which she reenacts by placing herself both behind and in front of the camera. Perpetually constructing and curating alternate cyber-identities, she makes use of immersive digital tools and social media in her work. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The National University of Arts in Bucharest and a MA in Art Direction from École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL). Her latest works were presented at New Frontier – Sundance Film Festival (2019), Locarno Film Festival (2019), GIFF – Geneva Film Festival (2019), Gessnerallee Zürich (2019) and HeK Basel / Ars Electronica Garden Basel (2020). In 2020 she received the Pax Art Award.
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.