MUNCH Triennale The machine is us
Today, humans encounter much of the world through technology, which organizes our everyday existence and pervades our social lives. If we are online 24/7, where does the distinction between humans and machines lie?
The very first edition of MUNCH Triennale, an ambitious group exhibition of contemporary art, displays works by 26 artists who, in different ways, reflect on how new technology affects us, both as individuals and as communities.
A majority of the works in the Triennale are commissions, including site-specific works that take the surroundings of MUNCH and its collection as a point of departure. Before entering the museum, visitors encounter a greenhouse, run on heat from datamining, in which different tulips are cultivated. In the lobby, a virtual reality environment allows people to travel back in time and view the landscape of Oslo around the museum before it became inhabited by human beings. Visitors can also experience Edvard Munch’s works in a new, virtual context, using a dedicated mobile app.
The artists included in the MUNCH Triennale explore a wide range of issues associated with social media manipulation, changes in vision and visibility as the result of digital image technologies, and the role of spirituality in the age of artificial intelligence. They inquire into the erosion of image rights, the impact of automation on societal institutions and challenges to personal relationships. Visitors are also invited to imagine alternative, sometimes absurd, future scenarios, including teleporting as a method of migration, fast food for machines, and parallel worlds where unequal power structures have been eroded, the natural world remains untouched, and all living beings have eternal life.
Image above: The Great Adventure of Material World © 2019 Lu Yang
Curators: Tominga O’Donnell and Stefano Collicelli Cagol with Vilde M. Horvei, Liv Brissach, Ilavenil Vasuky Jayapalan, Nora Ceciliedatter Nerdrum and Jon-Ove Steihaug.
Concept Developer Learning: Christin Fonn Tømte
Project Manager: Charlotte Torset Dølvik
Text Editor: Rob Young
Head of Marketing: Tone Brunner
Registrar: Margrete Molid Kvæl
Technical Manager: Lasse A. Baklien
Technical Producer: Benny André Lund
AV Consultant: Karl Richard Alexandersson
Chief Lighting Technician: Tara Sofie Fox
Conservator: Mie Mustad
Art Technician Management: Timothy Brignall
Security: Marie Kristine Skorstad
Design & Architecture
Exhibition architecture: Haptic Architects