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 Thousand Islands Thousand Laws , 2013  Live simulation, sound, infinite duration Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Thousand Islands Thousand Laws, 2013 
Live simulation, sound, infinite duration
Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

Figures fall chaotically, cranes take flight, half-rendered dogs roam around threadbare computer-game landscapes. No matter how long you watch Ian Cheng‘s video installations, the logic of what‘s happening remains out of reach. The artist himself doesn‘t know how his simulations are going to turn out. He merely sets the parameters: a virtual ecosystem and characters whose actions are partly scripted and partly determined by chance. These works seem to circle around themselves, which raises several questions. Gianni Jetzer met up with the New York-based artist for an interview.

How do digital images change painting?

 »Corporate Video Decisions«, 2011, exhibition view, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York Courtesy of the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

»Corporate Video Decisions«, 2011, exhibition view, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York
Courtesy of the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York

At what point does critique become collusion? Does the visualization of a network, a corporate ideology, or an advertising slogan assimilate the viewer into its logic? Critical and complicit by turns, Simon Denny works with academics, corporate entities, and re-found institutions, as well as with artists then and now. His installations archive, subsume and re-visualize their structures and methodologies. Pablo Larios explores how the Berlin-based, New Zealand-born artist reformulates questions of form and representation in his material excavations of current paranoia and progress.