- Risk Management, 2020
- Phantom Holdings I, 2019
- Post-Fordite 1, 2019
- Post-Fordite 1 [detail], 2019
- Conversions 1, 2019
- Placebo , 2018
- The Half Life of Facts, 2017
- Air Rights 6, 2017
- A.A.I., Installation view, Crash Test, 2017
- Assembly Line (3), 2017
- Currency Converter, 2016
- Untitled, 2014
- Cutaways, 2013
- Phantom Library, 2011-2012
- Phantom Library [detail], 2011-2012
- Map of Phantom Islands, 2011
- Future Anterior, 2008
- Language is a Virus from Outer Space, 2007
- Installation view, exformation, Sculpture Center, Long Island City, New York, 2013-2014
Conceptual artist, Agnieszka Kurant explores how complex social, economic and ecological systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality or nature and culture. Probing collective intelligence, non-human intelligences (Artificial Intelligence, animal and microbial intelligence) and the exploitations of social capital under surveillance capitalism, the artist explores the transformations of the human and the future of labour and creativity in the 21st century.
Kurant investigates “the economy of the invisible,” in which immaterial and imaginary entities, fictions, phantoms and emergent processes influence political and economic systems. She probes the “unknown unknowns” of knowledge and the speculations and exploits of capitalism by integrating elements of science and philosophy, and analyzing certain phenomena — emergence, immaterial and digital labor, evolution of memes, civilizations and social movements, as well as flows of energy, information and capital and the editing process—as political acts. She explores the hybrid and shifting status of objects in relation to value, production, authorship, 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 lives and works in New York City. The artist holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, London, MA in Art History from University of Lodz and a BA in Photography from the Lodz Film School.
She is the recipient of the 2020 LACMA Art + Technology Award and the 2019 Frontier Art Prize. Kurant is currently an artist fellow at the Berggruen Institute. In 2018 she held a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute and was an artist in residence at MIT CAST in 2017-2018. In 2009, she was shortlisted for the International Henkel Art Award at the Museum of Modern Art (MUMOK) in Vienna and in East International, Norwich, UK.
Her work is currently featured at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, in the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI (till April 2021). Her recent exhibitions include the Istanbul Biennial (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, 2019), Milano Triennale (curated by Paola Antonelli, 2019), The Age of You at MOCA Toronto (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, 2019) Dark Matter at Science Gallery, London, Kings College (2019) and Cleveland Biennial (2018).
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. Her other solo exhibitions include SCAD MoA in Savannah (2017-2018), CCA Tel Aviv (2017), Grazer Kunstverein (2015), Stroom Den Haag (2014) and Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2013).
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 2008, she presented a commission for Frieze Projects in London, entitled Ready Unmade.
Her work has been featured in important international exhibitions including Art and Space at Guggenheim Bilbao (2017), All That Falls, Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014), The End of Money, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011), Storylines, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2015, From Minimalism Into Algorithm, The Kitchen (2016), The Policeman’s Beard is Half-constructed, Bonner Kunstverein (2017), Standing on Shoulders of Giants, Kunsthalle Mainz (2016); Crash Test, La Panacée, Montpellier (2018), Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, Museum of the Moving Image, New York (2015), Overtime: the Art of Work, Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo.
Her work was also exhibited at the Moderna Museet (2015), Tate Modern, London (2006), MAMCO, Geneva (2006), MUMOK, Vienna (2009), CCA Cincinnati (2019), MOCA Detroit (2017), Zachęta National Gallery of Art (2009), the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2015), CCA in Warsaw (2019), along with key exhibitions including Istanbul Biennial (2019), Milano Triennale (2019), Cleveland Biennial (2018), Performa Biennial in New York (2013 & 2009), Momentum Biennale (2015), Moscow Biennale (2007), Bucharest Biennale (2008), and 2nd Ural Biennial (2012). Kurant’s films have been featured at film festivals including Kino der Kunst in Munich, CPH Docs in Copenhagen and Torino Film Festival.
Kurant 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).
Songs in the DarkTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 11 - February 20, 2020
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary ArtCleveland Museum of Art July 14 - September 30, 2018
PINE BARRENSTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York June 21, 2018 - July 27, 2019
AGNIESZKA KURANT: COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCESCAD MUSEUM OF ART October 12, 2017 - January 14, 2018
AGNIESZKA KURANT: ASSEMBLY LINECENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, TEL AVIV July 15 - August 5, 2017
Storylines: Contemporary Art at the GuggenheimGuggenheim, New York June 5 - September 9, 2015
AGNIESZKA KURANT: VARIABLESTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York September 11 - October 18, 2014
Between the LinesTanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York January 9 - February 8, 2014
AGNIESZKA KURANT: EXFORMATIONSTROOM DEN HAAG, THE NETHERLANDS December 1, 2013 - February 23, 2014
AGNIESZKA KURANT: EXFORMATIONSCULPTURECENTER, NY November 10, 2013 - January 29, 2014
AGNIESZKA KURANT: 88.7 MHZOBJECTIF EXHIBITIONS, ANTWERP, BELGIUM January 29 - March 9, 2013
AGNIESZKA KURANTPOLISH PAVILION, 12TH VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE August 1 - November 1, 2010
Agnieszka KurantNoema Magazine | Noema Presents: Agnieszka Kurant November 25, 2020Noema Magazine sat down with artist Agnieszka Kurant to talk about her work with collective intelligence, crowdsourcing and termite armies.
Agnieszka KurantHome Cooking | Agnieszka Kurant: Collective Intelligence May 3, 2020
Agnieszka KurantArts at MIT | CAST Conversations with Adam Haar Horowitz April 23, 2020On April 17, 2020, conceptual interdisciplinary artist Agnieszka Kurant, 2016-18 CAST Visiting Artist, and Adam Haar Horowitz, MIT PhD Candidate in the Media Lab’s Fluid...
Agnieszka KurantArtist talk with Jenny Jaskey at t Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2014 September 20, 2015Agnieszka Kurant's conversation with Jenny Jaskey, Director and Curator at The Artist's Institute on the occasion of the exhibition Agnieszka Kurant : Variables.