Agnieszka Kurant
b. 1978
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Agnieszka KURANT
Untitled
2014
conveyor belt and mirror
Mirror: 80 x 120 x 1/4 inches; 203.2 x 304.8 x .6 cm
Conveyor belt: 36 1/2 x 79 x 60 1/2 inches; 92.7 x 200.7 x 153.7 cm
Edition of 3, with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
A.A.I 1-6
2014
termite mounds built by termite colonies from colored sand, gold, glitter, and crystals
25 1/2 x 16 x 13 inches; 64.8 x 40.6 x 33 cm

(clockwise from back left)
A.A.I 1 (large blue)
A.A.I 2 (small red)
A.A.I 3 (large black)
A.A.I 4 (large blue)
A.A.I 5 (small green)
A.A.I 6 (medium black)

Collaboration with Entomologist, Dr. Paul Bardunias, SUNY-ESF with the researchers at the University of Florida, and Dr. Leah Kelly, Rockefeller University

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Agnieszka KURANT
The End of Signature
2014
glass tubing, water pump, black coloring and water, installed with autopen machine, pillar of paper and ink pens
25 x 144 x 1/2 inches; 63.5 x 365.8 x 1.3 cm

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Agnieszka KURANT
Living Currency
2014
aluminum, steel, brass, wires, generator, batteries Dimensions variable
Edition of 3, with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
Evolutions
2014
lenticular print
17 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches; 44.5 x 90.2 cm
Edition of 5, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
Installation view Agnieszka Kurant: exformation, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, 2013-2014

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

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Agnieszka Kurant
The End of Signature
2013
Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Agnieszka KURANT
103.1 MHz (title variable)
2012
custom-made antenna, 1 WAT broadcaster, sound mixer, loudspeakers, reel to reel player, radio, custom pedestal
Radio - 41 x 19 x 6 5/8 inches; 104 x 48.5 x 17 cm
WAT broadcaster - 46 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches; 117 x 60 x 60 cm
Antenna - 102 3/8 x 6 x 6 inches; 260 x 15 x 15 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Phantom Library
2011-2012
embossed canvas, silkscreen on paper and cardboard, thermochromic
pigment on paper, gold leaf, silver leaf, offset print on paper
11 7/8 x 194 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 30 x 495 x 20 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Phantom Library
2011-2012
embossed canvas, silkscreen on paper and cardboard, thermochromic
pigment on paper, gold leaf, silver leaf, offset print on paper
11 7/8 x 194 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 30 x 495 x 20 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP
DETAIL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Political Map of Phantom Islands
2011
pigment print on archival paper
29 3/4 x 44 7/8 inches; 75.5 x 114 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Map of Phantom Islands
2011
pigment print on archival paper
27 x 42 7/8 inches 68.6 x 108.9 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
The Archive of Phantom Islands
2011
30 pigment prints on archival paper
14 x 11 inches; 35.6 x 27.9 cm each
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Installation view Agnieszka Kurant: exformation, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, 2013-2014

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Agnieszka Kurant (in collaboration with architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska)
Emergency Exit
2010
Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 12th International Architecture Exhibition, 2010
Photo Maciej Landsberg

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Agnieszka Kurant (in collaboration with architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska)
Emergency Exit
2010
Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 12th International Architecture Exhibition, 2010
Photo Maciej Landsberg

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Agnieszka KURANT
Future Anterior
2008
Thermochromic ink silkscreen on newsprint, 8 framed pages
22 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches; 57 x 37.5 cm (each image)
28 7/8 x 14 3/4 inches 73.3 x 37.5 cm (each frame)
edition of 3 with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
Future Anterior
2008
Thermochromic ink silkscreen on newsprint, 8 framed pages
22 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches; 57 x 37.5 cm (each image)
28 7/8 x 14 3/4 inches 73.3 x 37.5 cm (each frame)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
DETAIL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Endless Second
2008
foam, wood, electromagnets, custom shelf
5 inches in diameter; 12.7cm

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Agnieszka KURANT
Endless Second
2008
foam, wood, electromagnets, custom shelf
5 inches in diameter; 12.7cm

 

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Agnieska Kurant
Ready Unmade
2008
3 life maccaw parrots, plants, cage
Frieze Projects, London, 2008

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Agnieszka Kurant
Uncertainty Principle
2008

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Agnieszka KURANT
Language is a Virus from Outer Space
2007
engraved crystal glass
22 7/8 x 22 1/2 x 5/8 inches; 58.1 x 57.2 x 1.6 cm
Edition of 3

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Agnieszka KURANT
Untitled
2014
conveyor belt and mirror
Mirror: 80 x 120 x 1/4 inches; 203.2 x 304.8 x .6 cm
Conveyor belt: 36 1/2 x 79 x 60 1/2 inches; 92.7 x 200.7 x 153.7 cm
Edition of 3, with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
A.A.I 1-6
2014
termite mounds built by termite colonies from colored sand, gold, glitter, and crystals
25 1/2 x 16 x 13 inches; 64.8 x 40.6 x 33 cm

(clockwise from back left)
A.A.I 1 (large blue)
A.A.I 2 (small red)
A.A.I 3 (large black)
A.A.I 4 (large blue)
A.A.I 5 (small green)
A.A.I 6 (medium black)

Collaboration with Entomologist, Dr. Paul Bardunias, SUNY-ESF with the researchers at the University of Florida, and Dr. Leah Kelly, Rockefeller University

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Agnieszka KURANT
The End of Signature
2014
glass tubing, water pump, black coloring and water, installed with autopen machine, pillar of paper and ink pens
25 x 144 x 1/2 inches; 63.5 x 365.8 x 1.3 cm

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Agnieszka KURANT
Living Currency
2014
aluminum, steel, brass, wires, generator, batteries Dimensions variable
Edition of 3, with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
Evolutions
2014
lenticular print
17 1/2 x 35 1/2 inches; 44.5 x 90.2 cm
Edition of 5, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
Installation view Agnieszka Kurant: exformation, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, 2013-2014

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

slider

Agnieszka KURANT
Cutaways
2013
HD digital film
duration: 23 minutes, 40 seconds
STILL

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Agnieszka Kurant
The End of Signature
2013
Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Agnieszka KURANT
103.1 MHz (title variable)
2012
custom-made antenna, 1 WAT broadcaster, sound mixer, loudspeakers, reel to reel player, radio, custom pedestal
Radio - 41 x 19 x 6 5/8 inches; 104 x 48.5 x 17 cm
WAT broadcaster - 46 x 23 5/8 x 23 5/8 inches; 117 x 60 x 60 cm
Antenna - 102 3/8 x 6 x 6 inches; 260 x 15 x 15 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Phantom Library
2011-2012
embossed canvas, silkscreen on paper and cardboard, thermochromic
pigment on paper, gold leaf, silver leaf, offset print on paper
11 7/8 x 194 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 30 x 495 x 20 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Phantom Library
2011-2012
embossed canvas, silkscreen on paper and cardboard, thermochromic
pigment on paper, gold leaf, silver leaf, offset print on paper
11 7/8 x 194 7/8 x 7 7/8 inches; 30 x 495 x 20 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP
DETAIL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Political Map of Phantom Islands
2011
pigment print on archival paper
29 3/4 x 44 7/8 inches; 75.5 x 114 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
Map of Phantom Islands
2011
pigment print on archival paper
27 x 42 7/8 inches 68.6 x 108.9 cm
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Agnieszka KURANT
The Archive of Phantom Islands
2011
30 pigment prints on archival paper
14 x 11 inches; 35.6 x 27.9 cm each
edition of 3, with 2 AP

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Installation view Agnieszka Kurant: exformation, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, 2013-2014

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Agnieszka Kurant (in collaboration with architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska)
Emergency Exit
2010
Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 12th International Architecture Exhibition, 2010
Photo Maciej Landsberg

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Agnieszka Kurant (in collaboration with architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska)
Emergency Exit
2010
Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 12th International Architecture Exhibition, 2010
Photo Maciej Landsberg

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Agnieszka KURANT
Future Anterior
2008
Thermochromic ink silkscreen on newsprint, 8 framed pages
22 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches; 57 x 37.5 cm (each image)
28 7/8 x 14 3/4 inches 73.3 x 37.5 cm (each frame)
edition of 3 with 2 APs

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Agnieszka KURANT
Future Anterior
2008
Thermochromic ink silkscreen on newsprint, 8 framed pages
22 3/8 x 14 3/4 inches; 57 x 37.5 cm (each image)
28 7/8 x 14 3/4 inches 73.3 x 37.5 cm (each frame)
edition of 3 with 2 APs
DETAIL

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Agnieszka KURANT
Endless Second
2008
foam, wood, electromagnets, custom shelf
5 inches in diameter; 12.7cm

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Agnieszka KURANT
Endless Second
2008
foam, wood, electromagnets, custom shelf
5 inches in diameter; 12.7cm

 

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Agnieska Kurant
Ready Unmade
2008
3 life maccaw parrots, plants, cage
Frieze Projects, London, 2008

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Agnieszka Kurant
Uncertainty Principle
2008

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Agnieszka KURANT
Language is a Virus from Outer Space
2007
engraved crystal glass
22 7/8 x 22 1/2 x 5/8 inches; 58.1 x 57.2 x 1.6 cm
Edition of 3

Biography

Conceptual interdisciplinary artist, Agnieszka Kurant explores how complex social, economic and cultural systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality or nature and culture. She investigates “the economy of the invisible,” in which immaterial and imaginary entities, fictions, phantoms and emergent processes influence political and economic systems. Kurant probes the “unknown unknowns” of knowledge and the speculations and exploits of capitalism by integrating elements of science and philosophy, and analyzing certain phenomena—collective intelligence, emergence, virtual capital, immaterial and digital labor, evolution of memes, civilizations and social movements, artificial societies, energy circuits and the editing process—as political acts. She explores the hybrid and shifting status of objects in relation to value, aura, authorship, production and circulation. Many of her works emulate nature and behave like living organisms, self-organized complex systems or bachelor machines. 

 

Born in 1978 in Lodz, Poland, Kurant currently lives and works in New York City. She is the upcoming visiting artist at MIT in Boston (2017). Kurant studied in Lodz, Warsaw and London, and was awarded residencies at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2004), ISCP in New York (2005), Paul Klee Center in Bern (2009), Location One in New York (2012), and Iaspis in Stockholm (2013). In 2009, she was shortlisted for the International Henkel Art Award at the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna.

Among her exhibitions worldwide, the artist represented Poland at the Venice Biennale 12th International Architecture Exhibition (in collaboration with the architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska) with a pavilion presentation entitled Emergency Exit (2010).  In 2015, she presented a commission for the Guggenheim Museum’s façade. In 2013-2014, she presented her first major exhibition in New York at Sculpture Center entitled exformation.  In 2008, she presented a commission for Frieze Projects in London. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA PS1 (2013), Witte de With in Rotterdam (2011), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2004), Tate Modern in London (2006), The Kitchen (2016), Moderna Museet (2015), MAMCO in Geneva (2006), Stroom den Haag (2013), MUMOK (2009), ZachÄ™ta National Gallery of Art (2009) and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2015), along with key exhibitions including Performa Biennial in New York (2013 & 2009), Momentum Biennale (2015), Moscow Biennale (2007), Bucharest Biennale (2008), and 2nd Ural Biennial (2012). Her films have been featured at film festivals including Kino der Kunst in Munich, CPH Docs in Copenhagen and Torino Film Festival.

Exhibitions
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Gallery 2
11 September - 18 October 2014
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9 January - 8 February 2014
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Stroom Den Haag, The Netherlands
1 December 2013 - 23 February 2014
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Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
10 November 2013 - 29 January 2014
Talks
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Agnieszka Kurant in conversation with Jenny Jaskey
September 20, 2015
Publications