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Agnieszka Kurant is the recipient of the 2020 LACMA Art and Technology Award and the 2019 Frontier Art Prize. She is currently an artist fellow at the Berggruen Institute, Transformations of the Human Program. In 2018 she held a fellowship at the Smithsonian Institute and was an artist in residence at MIT CAST.
 
Her major commission for MIT LIST Art Center and Kendall Square in Cambridge will be launched in the spring of 2021. Currently her work is featured at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, as part of the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI.
 
Her recent exhibitions include the Istanbul Biennial, and Milano Triennale as well as The Age of You at MOCA Toronto. In 2015, Kurant presented a commission for the Guggenheim Museum façade in New York. In 2013-2014 she presented a major solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in New York (2013). In 2017 she had a solo exhibition at SCAD MoA. 
 
In 2010 she co-represented Poland at the Venice Biennale of Architecture (with Aleksandra Wasilkowska). Her work was also exhibited at institutions including Palais de Tokyo, Guggenheim Bilbao, Witte de With, Moderna Museet; Cleveland Biennial; Bonner Kunstverein; Gratzer Kunstverein, The Kitchen; Frieze Projects and Performa Biennial.
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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), ZachÄ™ta 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).

 

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