It Was Fun At First
Jonas Lund (SE) & Sebastian Schmieg (DE) 2016
It was fun at first is a distributed botnet of autonomous
social media accounts that try to influence trending topics. Installed as a screensaver on a growing amount of computers, each node of the bot net comments on our contemporary technological infused daily life, from the Blockchain to the Singularity, from surveillance to loneliness. At Impakt where the piece will be shown for the first time, one node of the network will be installed as part of the It Was Fun At First Agency.
Jonas Lund― Artist
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012), and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.
Sebastian Schmieg― Artist
Sebastian Schmieg is a Berlin-based artist, teacher and programmer who works with found materials and custom software to create pieces that examine the way contemporary technologies shape online and offline realities. Previously his work has been exhibited at Bitforms Gallery, New York, USA; FILE, Sao Paulo, Brazil; 319 Scholes, New York, USA; and Impakt Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands.