04.01.2021 – 01.02.2021
For the Net Encounters series, Lauren Huret offers the opportunity to anyone to commission and purchase an exclusive and personalised video work, based on the information the artist retrieves online about them.
Statement by Leuren Huret about her work, The Creature (2021):
«Since the beginning of social media, I have been intrigued by peoples' online behavior. How people share bits of their lives, how they deal with self-representation, how they promote themselves, etc. I can’t help thinking every time I post something online that I am doing something wrong. This is partly due to a distrust of Surveillance Capitalism and to fear of judgment, but mostly because I feel that sharing select aspects of my life can be misleading (sometimes intentionally), risky and or totally uninteresting. Nonetheless, I continue to share and post and I often feel obliged to as an artist. Despite my scepticism, I find this phenomenon utterly fascinating, especially the sheer volume of information and images that people willingly put into the public space (or rather the imposter of public space) that is the Internet. To make it simple, you, as an art patron, have the possibility to commission me to make artwork about your online presence. This is an information-age portrait in the era of mass-sharing. It is the record produced by an investigation that I will conduct about you, an archive in time of your online self. No private information from our correspondence or prior exchanges (e.g. your contact info) will figure in the artwork, only what is found online. As if we were total strangers. As an artist, I will attempt to understand who you are, following your track and my instincts to create a video portrait of you. The final piece will therefore also reflect my own subjectivity and who I imagine you to be. It will be influenced by my mood — sometimes prophetic and dramatic, sometimes light and fun, other times weird and absurd. You’re the model, I am the painter.»
If you want to commission a personalised video work about you, contact Lauren Huret: http://laurenhuret.com/the-creature.
Lauren Huret (born 1984 in Paris) 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).