Digital material is never natural. It is
either generated or repurposed, and
always pre-inscribed with meaning. It settles in sediments, turning the Web
into a veritable billboard land: a frenetic free market in which corporations, private citizens, and fictional conglomerates all wave their own signs. It is a landscape rich with fiction, contradictions, and disjuncture. The new quickly becomes obsolete, and the old is continually revived. Internet-based montage, the assemblage of distinct materials into a new whole, is therefore both an inevitable and perpetual accident and an emerging, illuminating art form....
Montage is the final exhibition in Unmonumental: the Object in the
21st Century at the New Museum
of Contemporary Art.
Lauren Cornell, Executive Director, Rhizome
Marisa Olson, Curator-at-Large, Rhizome
Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.
Brendan Dugan at An Art Service
designed by David Rager, Senior Designer, New Museum
For their support and collaboration, we'd like to thank our colleagues at the New Museum, Melanie Cohn, Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni, Benjamin Godsill, Regan Grusy, John Hatfield, Laura Hoptman, Eungie Joo, Lisa Phillips, Lisa Roumell, Sarah Valdez and Karen Wong. We'd also like to thank Rhizome's Director of Technology, Patrick May and friends, Esther Bell, Michael Connor, Thomas Galloway, Daniel Iglesia and Christina Ray
Unmonumental is sponsored by:
Additional generous support provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artists Exhibitions Fund.
In-kind supporters: ARTEX Fine Art Services and Mexicana Airlines.
Support for "Montage: Unmonumental Online" was provided, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and The Rockefeller Foundation.