Saturday October 21

  • Conversations

    FIAC presents a two-day conferences cycle, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st of October, in the Conversation Room inside the fair, on the first floor on the right of the Escalier d’honneur of the Grand Palais.

    In 2017, FIAC invites 89plus, a long-term, international, multiplatform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, investigating the generation of innovators born in or after 1989.

    Marked by several paradigm-shifting events, the year 1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post- Cold War period, and the introduction of the World Wide Web and the beginning of the universal availability of the Internet. Positing a relationship between these world-changing events and creative production at large, 89plus introduces the work of some of this generation’s most inspiring protagonists.

    89plus has partnered with Google Arts and Culture for over four years, with artist residencies at the Google Arts and Culture Lab.
    The 2017 89plus residency welcomes artists Lito Kattou, Elise By Olsen and Matt Copson.

    In partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

  • Saturday october 21


    PANEL #3

    Charlie Fox
    (UK, writer)

    Matt Copson
    (UK, artist)

    Damien Henry
    (France, Innovation Manager at Google Arts & Cultural Lab)

    Chaired by:
    Julie Boukobza, Simon Castets & Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Why might we be wise to think of the present as a time of monstrosity?

    This is one of the questions Charlie Fox ponders in his recent book of essays, “This Young Monster”, which tells stories of artistic outsiders, both real and imagined. Matt Copson’s artistic practice is concerned with one particular outsider, Reynard the Fox, a character from a series of medieval European folkloric fables. Copson describes Reynard as a warped anti-hero who has been “anthropomorphized to the high heavens and bastardized with devil mythology”. Charlie Fox and Matt Copson are joined in conversation by Damien Henry, head of innovation for the Google Arts & Culture Lab, and co-inventor of Google Cardboard, an award winning virtual reality headset.

    Together they will discuss the potential for technology to affect storytelling in a meaningful way.
  • Name Anat (Slider 2 blocs, image left)

    • Matt Copson

      Matt Copson was born in 1989 in England. He lives and works is London. His work combines folklore, anthropomorphism and expressionism, often explored through combinations of sculpture, wall murals, writing and animation. Recent shows include “Sob Story”, High Art, Paris, “Eggy And Seedy” (with Alastair Mackinven) as part of Reading International, “Reynard Reforms”, Vilma Gold, London, “Reynard’s Fundament”, Tramps, London, “As Above, So Below” at IMMA, Dublin and “A Woodland Truce” as part of the Magazine Sessions, Serpentine Gallery. He co-edits the publication “Da Thirst” and works closely with the musician felicita.
    • Damien Henry

      Damien Henry was born in France. He lives and works in Paris.

      He is head of innovation for the Google Arts & Culture Lab, where he directs a team of creative coders and organizes an artist residency. He is the co-inventor of Google Cardboard, an award winning virtual reality headset in cardboard. Prior to Google, Damien was CTO of a voice analysis company and co-founded AudioGaming, a sound synthesis startup. He is also the creator of Novelab, a small studio focused on cutting-edge technologies. Damien has an engineering degree in mechanics and acoustics; he has been coding since the age of 10 and has never stopped exploring since then. He is passionate about applying virtual reality and machine learning to arts, and is an occasional exhibition curator in this field. GUIDE
    • Charlie Fox

      Charlie Fox was born in 1991 in the UK. He is a writer who lives in London.

      His work has appeared in many publications including frieze, Artforum, The White Review and The New York Times. His debut book, This Young Monster, which John Waters called “a breath of proudly putrifi ed air”, is published by Fitzcarraldo Editions and out now.
  • 4 PM

    PANEL #4

    Wang Rui
    (China, artist)

    Elise By Olsen
    (Norway, publisher)

    Lito Kattou
    (Cyprus, artist)

    Kenric McDowell
    (USA, Artists + Machine Intelligence, Google Research)

    Chaired by:
    Julie Boukobza, Simon Castets & Hans Ulrich Obrist
    Elise By Olsen started Recens Paper, a magazine that celebrates youth subculture, because she saw a need for younger voices in the creative industries. Through Instagram, she built up an online community of likeminded creative teens and got to work on the print magazine, which describes itself as “in a constant riot with stereotypes and the fashion establishment”.

    This panel will consider how social media such as Instagram and Weibo, as well as future technologies, have the potential to resist or reinforce stereotypes and to contribute to consumerism.
    Elise By Olsen will be joined by Chinese multimedia artist Wang Rui, Cyprian visual artist Lito Kattou working predominantly with sculpture, and Kenric McDowell, program lead, Artist + Machine Intelligence, Google Research.
  • Name Anat (Slider 2 blocs, image left)

    • Lito Kattou

      Lito Kattou was born in 1990, in Cyprus. She lives and works between Athens and London.

      She graduated from the Athens School of Fine Arts in 2013 and the MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in London in 2017. She develops constellations of sculptural works, produced in dialogue with writing. Her artworks negotiate understandings of materiality and subjectivity through a composition of practices, spanning from digital fabrication to thermochemical elaborations. Recent solo shows have taken place at Eleni Koroneou Gallery Athens, Clearview London and Pierre Poumet Bordeaux. She has participated in group shows, including “And if I left of dreaming about you?” Foothold, Bari; “Handsome, Young and Unemployed”, KOMPLOT, Brussels; “The Equilibrists”, New Museum, NY in collaboration with DESTE Foundation at the Benaki Museum, Athens
    • Elise By Olsen

      Elise By Olsen was born in 1999 in Norway.

      She is a magazine publisher, fashion writer and independent curator based out of Oslo and Paris. She publishes and holds the position as Editor-in-Chief of youth culture magazine Recens Paper, a printed showcase of young talent under the age of 25 since 2013. Due to release this fall is her second title, Wallet, a fashion commentary publication; a dialogue between people to strengthen the political dimension in fashion.
    • Kenric Mcdowell

      Kenric Mcdowell has worked at the intersection of culture and technology for twenty years. His resumes includes work for R/GA, Nike, Focus Features, HTC Innovation and Google. Kenric currently leads the Artists + Machine Intelligence program at Google Research, facilitating collaboration between Google AI researchers, artists, and cultural institutions.

    89plus has partnered with Google Arts and Culture for over four years, with artist residencies at the Google Arts and Culture Lab.

    Invited artists spend two months in residence at the Lab developing projects in dialogue with Google engineers and the Lab creative team whilst exploring the technology and resources available on-site.

    The 2017 artists in residence are Matt Copson, Elise By Olsen and Lito Kattou: Matt works in sculpture, murals and animations creating narrative installations exploring folklore, contemporaneity and expression; Elise is an Oslo-based Editor-in-Chief of youth culture magazine Recens Paper and fashion commentary Wallet; and Lito is a visual artist working principally with sculpture, exploring 3D modeling and machine learning technology.

    The Google Arts and Culture Lab brings together tech and creative communities to share ideas and discover new ways to experience art and culture.

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