Wesley Meuris



The Promise of Total Automation

11 March - 29 May 2016

Group show, Kunsthalle Wien, MuseumQuartier, Vienna, Austria

Curator: Anne Faucheret



“Things” have autonomous processes of information processing and communication. They communicate with each other and with their environment. It is not only technical devices that have this autonomous quality, but also ritual artefacts which, charged with meaning, begin to lead a life of their own. In natural sciences and object-oriented philosophy, there is broad acceptance for the assumption that objects also develop relationships with each other that are not facilitated by humans.

The exhibition will investigate the fascination with this “process of independence” in capitalist society and its logics of production and digital communication systems. It directs a spotlight on the promise of a seemingly wonderful world in which humans are liberated from work processes, and also on the consequences of this “remote control” that leads to alienation of the subject from reality. In recent years, artists have developed approaches to this theme – and the various accompanying theories – and have produced works motivated by the rejection of animism and the glorification of automatism.


Curator: Anne Faucheret


Artists (amongst others): Athanasios Argianas, Zbyněk Baladrán, Thomas Bayrle, James Benning, Bureau d’Etudes, Steven Claydon, Tyler Coburn, Philippe Decrauzat & Alan Licht, Harry Dodge, Juan Downey, Cécile B. Evans, Judith Fegerl, Melanie Gilligan, Peter Halley, Channa Horwitz, Geumhyung Jeong, Barbara Kapusta, Nick Laessing, Tobias Madison & Emanuel Rossetti, Benoît Maire, Daria Martin, Wesley Meuris, Henrik Olesen, Julien Prévieux, Magali Reus