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New Museum Triennial: Surround Audience

New Museum, New York

A signature initiative of the New Museum, the Triennial is the only recurring international exhibition in New York City devoted to early-career artists from around the world. The Triennial’s predictive, rather than retrospective, model embodies the institution’s thirty-seven-year commitment to exploring the future of culture through the art of today. This third iteration of the Triennial is titled “Surround Audience” and is co-curated by New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell and artist Ryan Trecartin. “Surround Audience” explores the effects of an increasingly connected world both on our sense of self and identity as well as on art’s form and larger social role. The exhibition looks at our immediate present, a time when culture has become more porous and encompassing and new considerations about art’s role and potential are surfacing. Artists are responding to these evolving conditions in a number of ways, from calculated appropriations to critical interrogations to surreal or poetic statements.

For the Triennial, DIS presents The Island.

A woman lays in wet khaki’s on a thick slab of marble as the programmed choreography of six WATER BARSTM rain down. Underneath her long hair, soaking khakis, and wet ballet flats is a kitchen island, the smell of butter emanating from the electric oven. The fitting of two perfect worlds. Pause. Sleep Mode.

The Island is a prototype and a showroom, it's also a space for something to happen — from a philosopher making a salad to a lifestyle guru doing ASMR. The Island is a brand new product, a hybrid of the (social) kitchen and the (private) bath, as natural domestic partners. It's a 'state of the art' smart island, but it also teaches. Aside from product demonstrations, the kitchen holds talks on smartification, digital consciousness, art's economic system, and cooking lessons.

The Island is a complex network of industrial infrastructures and natural resources — electrical grids, gas networks, water systems, data clouds, and the food chain. The Island illuminates humanity’s de­animation of the earth in order to re­animate our manmade fantasy.

Shower performance everyday during the opening two weeks and weekends following. Two talks/events the first week and talks every other week following.

Units 1 and 3
48 Three Colts Lane
London E2 6GQ
United Kingdom

Wednesday - Saturday
12:00 - 18:00