Exhibition

2015 New Museum Triennial “Surround Audience”

New Museum, New York, United States
25 Feb 2015 - 24 May 2015

Cover Image: Juliana Huxtable, Untitled, 2014 (detail). Photograph, color. Courtesy the artist
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The New Museum announced the list of participating artists in the 2015 New Museum Triennial, the only recurring museum exhibition in New York devoted to presenting works by early-career artists from around the world.

The Triennial provides an important platform for an emergent generation of artists that is shaping the discourse of contemporary art. This third iteration of the Triennial is titled “Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. The building-wide exhibition will be on view from February 25 to May 24, 2015. It will feature fifty-one artists and artist collectives from over twenty-five countries; for many of the participants, this will be their first inclusion in a museum exhibition in the United States.

We are surrounded by a culture replete with impressions of life, be they visual, written, or construed through data. We move through streams of chatter, swipe past pictures of other people’s lives, and frame our own experiences as, all the while, our digital trails are subtly captured, tracked, and stored. This is a culture in which the radical multimedia environments envisioned by pioneering artists like Nam June Paik and Stan VanDerBeek are being lived out every day, albeit with much more complexity and compromise. With these transformations in mind, “Surround Audience” explores how artists are currently depicting subjectivity, unpacking complex systems of power, and claiming sites of artistic agency.

While issues around social media provide a point of departure for the exhibition, it is not the platforms themselves that are the exhibition’s primary focus, but rather the ways their associated effects intersect with life.

The exhibition encompasses a variety of artistic practices, including sound, dance, comedy, poetry, installation, sculpture, painting, video, and one online talk show. If there is any aesthetic link between these diverse works it is in their energetic mutability of form. Together, these works speak to a newfound elasticity in our understanding of what mediums constitute contemporary art. Here, paintings evolve out of 3-D models, digital images erupt into sculpture, and sound becomes action. This is a group of works that attests to how form is continuously converted across word, image, and medium.

In addition to works featured in the galleries, the curators selected artists to mobilize sites outside of the Museum, including the means of dispersing information about the exhibition itself. Such projects include the Triennial ad campaign Extended Release (2015), which was conceived and designed by New York artist collective K-HOLE and serves as the group’s contribution to the exhibition. Filmed at the Museum, episodes of Ovation’s “Touching the Art” (2014–15)——focus on themes broached by Surround Audience and will temporarily become an artwork in the exhibition.

“Surround Audience” will also be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue designed by Familiar and copublished by the New Museum and Rizzoli.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the New Museum will publish a book of poetry, researched and edited by Droitcour. Featuring works by over sixty-nine contributors, including Cathy Park Hong, Dodie Bellamy, Jenny Zhang, Mónica de la Torre, and Bhanu Kapil, with original translations and texts by Triennial artists all interwoven with transcriptions of social media statuses of many varieties, The Animated Reader: Poetry of Surround Audience offers an expansion of the Triennial’s themes in the medium of poetry.

Please visit newmuseum.org for a full schedule of performances, public programs, and events related to the Triennial.

 

2015 TRIENNIAL: SURROUND AUDIENCE ARTIST AND COLLECTIVE LIST

Nadim Abbas (b. 1980, Hong Kong, China. Lives and works in Hong Kong, China)

Lawrence Abu Hamdan (b. 1985, Amman, Jordan. Lives and works in London, UK)

niv Acosta (b. 1988, New York, NY, US. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, US)

Njideka Akunyili Crosby (b. 1983, Enugu, Nigeria. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US)

Sophia Al-Maria (b. 1983, Tacoma, WA, US. Lives and works in Doha, Qatar, and London, UK)

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili (b. 1979, Tbilisi, Georgia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany)

Ed Atkins (b. 1982, Oxford, UK. Lives and works in London, UK)

Olga Balema (b. 1984, Lviv, Ukraine. Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Berlin, Germany)

Frank Benson (b. 1976, Norfolk, VA, US. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Sascha Braunig (b. 1983, Vancouver Island, Canada. Lives and works in Portland, ME, US)

Antoine Catala (b. 1975, Toulouse, France. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Asl? Çavu?o?lu (b. 1982, Istanbul, Turkey. Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey)

José León Cerrillo (b. 1976, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)

Onejoon Che (b. 1979, Seoul, South Korea. Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea)

Tania Pérez Córdova (b. 1979, Mexico City, Mexico. Lives and works in Mexico City, Mexico)

Verena Dengler (b. 1981, Vienna, Austria. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria)

DIS (Founded 2010, New York, NY, US)

Aleksandra Domanovi? (b. 1981, Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany)

Casey Jane Ellison (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA, US. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, and New York, NY, US)

Exterritory (Founded 2009, the Extraterritorial Waters)

Geumhyung Jeong (b. 1980, Seoul, South Korea. Lives and works in Seoul, South Korea)

Ane Graff (b. 1974, Bodø, Norway. Lives and works in Oslo, Norway, and Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Sichuan Province, China. Lives and works in Beijing, China)

Shadi Habib Allah (b. 1977, Jerusalem, Palestine. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Eloise Hawser (b. 1985, London, UK. Lives and works in London, UK)

Lena Henke (b. 1982, Warburg, Germany. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Lisa Holzer (b. 1971, Vienna, Austria. Lives and works in Vienna, Austria, and Berlin, Germany)

Juliana Huxtable (b. 1987, Houston, TX, US. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Renaud Jerez (b. 1982, Narbonne, France. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany)

K-HOLE (Founded 2010, New York, NY, US)

Shreyas Karle (b. 1981, Mumbai, India. Lives and works in Mumbai, India)

Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979, Luanda, Angola. Lives and works in Luanda, Angola, and Lisbon, Portugal)

Josh Kline (b. 1979, Philadelphia, PA, US. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Eva Kotátková (b. 1982, Prague, Czech Republic. Lives and works in Prague, Czech Republic)

Donna Kukama (b. 1981, Mafikeng, South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa)

Firenze Lai (b. 1984, Hong Kong, China. Lives and works in Hong Kong, China)

Oliver Laric (b. 1981, Innsbruck, Austria. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany)

Li Liao (b. 1982, Hubei, China. Lives and works in Shenzhen, China)

Rachel Lord (b. 1986, Washington, DC, US. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US)

Basim Magdy (b. 1977, Assiut, Egypt. Lives and works in Cairo, Egypt, and Basel, Switzerland)

Nicholas Mangan (b. 1979, Geelong, Australia. Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia)

Ashland Mines (b. 1982, Pittsburgh, PA, US. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US)

Shelly Nadashi (b. 1981, Haifa, Israel. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium)

Eduardo Navarro (b. 1979, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Steve Roggenbuck (b. 1987, Harbor Beach, MI, US. Lives and works in Brunswick, ME, US)

Avery K. Singer (b. 1987, New York, NY, US. Lives and works in New York, NY, US)

Daniel Steegmann Mangrané (b. 1977, Barcelona, Spain. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Martine Syms (b. 1988, Los Angeles, CA, US. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, US)

Lisa Tan (b. 1973, New York, NY, US. Lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden)

Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988, Auckland, New Zealand. Lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand, and Frankfurt, Germany)

Peter Wächtler (b. 1979, Hannover, Germany. Lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, and Berlin, Germany)

 

 

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