The Biennial reflects and builds on the possibilities and risks associated with the development of the virtual world. Discover three artists from New York/Berlin, Greece and South Korea who explore notions of future, memory and patriarchalism and develop new narratives.
The feminist audio bot #SOPHYGRAY (2021-2023) was created in response to compliant digital service assistants like Alexa and Siri with ground-breaking excerpts from bell hooks, Donna Haraway, Silvia Federici, Audre Lorde, and Anna Lowenhaupt-Tsing (+) that amusingly refute gendered expectations. As ways of working are currently re-evaluated around the world, this work critically and humorously examines the ideological implications of female voices in VA technology. Symbolically, “Sophy” asks, “What would it look like to rewire the modus operandi of service apps?”
Elly Cho will introduce the Mimesis Rapture: fake machine is an online interactive art exhibition, which depicts the extinction crisis caused by climate change. Reflecting on the risks associated with the development of the virtual world, as a practical experimentation & gesture. The project is an attempt to use human agents as a tool to engage the public using fake facial recognition systems.
In a practical experimentation & gesture, Room To Bloom invites the audience of Biennale Warszawa to engage in a hybrid onsite + virtual exercise. Three of the artists of the Room to Bloom Network will present their work. The audience will be onsite and online. Participants will be invited to interact with transfeminist virtual cyborg #SophyGray via a downloadable app.
Niki Analyti is a graduate of Athens School of Fine Arts (lab of Nikos Nayridis). In a time that pieces of our consciousness are stored in the form of information in the flow of information. The duality of nature tries to merge with the binary code, her work consists of elements of the human condition on technological materials. During her academia career she had been a member of circuits and currents project, part of the Survival Kit program (Asfa + Academie der Bildenden Künste München) with a participation in the Be My Guest show in Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München (Animals of the state). She also was finalist in the Hack the Book-Hackathon Onassis Cultural Centre-Europeana Space Network (Team Calculus) .She has participated in group shows and workshops in Greece and abroad.
Elly Cho explores the intersection between nature, the environment and human behaviour, across various mediums including mixed media, video and performance art. Cho holds a BA and MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art in London and an MA in Art Education from Columbia University. After obtaining her MFA, she taught visual art courses as well as theory at universities in Korea. Cho’s awards include Sunny Art Prize, Times Square Midnight Moment in New York, Excellence Award in Poetry Writing from Excellence Award in Poetry Writing from Samteo Literary organization in Korea, Myers Community Art Project Award from Columbia University in New York, and a residency with the 3-D Sculpture Park artist residency program in Switzerland, AHL Foundation Residency in New York. Her works are featured in major collections such as Seoul Municipal Museum and Musée Cantonale des Beaux-Arts du Valais in Switzerland, and in exhibitions such as Nature’s Tempo at the Korean cultural services of New York, and Going Green in conjunction with Queens Art Express in New York. Her performance projects include Sounds of Fragment: Ecological Dreams at the Nam June Park Art Center.
Nadja Verena Marcin is a German artist of German-Slovakian descent who subverts representations of women/people in current and historical contexts to highlight systems of power and psychological effects. By evoking emotional architectures in a theatrical and cinematic context between performance art, video, photography, and immersive installations, familiar images and scenarios are transformed into thought-provoking encounters revealing their original intent and unleashing the possibility of new models to grasp the world.
Marcin’s curriculum vitae includes solo exhibitions at SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen and Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken as well as group exhibitions at Gropius Bau in Berlin and Garage Museum in Moscow. She has participated in international art fairs, such as NADA New York, and Art Miami. Her works are in institutional and private collections, such as SCHAUWERK Sindelfingen and MONA Collection Poznan. She has received numerous grants, including the BKM – Federal Government Commissioner for Culture in Germany. She studied at Columbia University in New York and Kunstakademie Münster and lives and works in Berlin and New York.