180 Studios to premiere in the UK Minor Daemons: Volume 1a new film from Canadian artist and filmmaker Jon Rafman.
Rafman’s feature film presents a computer-generated frenetic fantasy world, using the cyberworld landscape to examine the interrelationships of technology and social consciousness.
Set in a surreal dystopia, Minor Daemons: Volume 1 Tells the story of two young men with an uncanny gift for virtual reality gaming to secure their freedom as they journey through a Hieronymus Bosch-like hell.continue where ruffman Dream Diary 2016-2019 (2019) Pause, a new film that uses consumer animation techniques to ask aesthetic questions about computer-generated moving imagery, projecting the anxieties of a 21st-century technological society into 3D animation.
Jon Rafman is known for his interdisciplinary practice spanning photography, sculpture, video, virtual reality and installation. His work explores the relationship between digital technologies and the communities they create, using the rich vocabulary and visuals of the internet to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present.
Jon Loveman: Minor Daemons: Volume 12 February – 25 March 2023 180 The Strand, London
The presentation at 180 Studios coincides with Jon Rafman’s solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers, London (3 February – 25 March 2023).
about the artist
Jon Rafman was born in Montreal, Canada in 1981. He studied philosophy and literature at McGill University in Montreal and has an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of virtual worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present.
Raman’s recent solo exhibitions include Counterfeit Poast (2022) at Sprueth Magers in Berlin; ? ? ? ? ? ? ? & GRIMOIRES in the Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2022); ???????? Ø? ?Ø????, Ordet, Milan (2022); Dream Journal 2016-2019, Central Museum, Utrecht (2020), The Mental Traveler, Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (2018), Dream Journal 16′-17′, Sprueth Magers Berlin (2017), I Have Ten Thousand Compound Eyes, Each Named Misery, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2016), Muse d’art Contemporain de Montréal (2015) and Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015).
180 Studios is an emerging hub for London’s creative community. The studio is located at 180 The Strand, an iconic Brutalist building that has been converted into a cultural centre. Across its network of exhibition spaces, 180 supports emerging artistic talent and commissions new works from artists such as Ryoji Ikeda, Es Devlin, Hito Steyerl, Kahlil Joseph, United Visual Artists, Caterina Barbieri, Jenn Nkiru Gabriel Moses, Julianknxx and Universal Everything.
Recent 180 Studios exhibitions broken ghost Richard Mosse’s work has been critically acclaimed, with five-star reviews from major newspapers.Previous group exhibitions future shock (2022) features leading international artists working at the top of audiovisual technology. Other exhibits include: Lux (2021-22), Ryoji Ikeda (2021), french telegraph (2021), Transformers: Rebirth of Marvel (2019), other space (2019), Strange Days: Memories of the Future (2018), everything at once (2017) and infinite combinations (2016).
As well as 180 Studios, 180 The Strand is also home to broadcast studios and creative networks, restaurants like Toklas and Ikoyi, independent art bookstore Reference Point, and London flagships Soho Works and 180 House.
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