Mathieu Merlet Briand

Cloud ⇆ Forest
7th International Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art

Biennale curated by Yuko Hasegawa
19 Sept. 2017 - 21 Jan. 2018.

The New Tretyakov Gallery ︎

10, Krymsky Val, Moscow, Russia.

7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art entitled Clouds⇄Forests is a proposition at a time of crisis to instigate the establishment of new relationships in our world. This proposition will be proposed by the artists and creators called ”Creative Tribes”, who gather in different sites all over the world, do not feel restricted to the notion of nation state and also surmount the dichotomy between globalism and localism.

Since ancient times, tribes sharing common mediation functions (proxemics) have been established on the basis of shared environments: land, climate, and such corporeal conditions. They share certain knowledge, aesthetics and a lifestyle fostered by land/forest. If represented by the metaphor of a forest, they would resemble a collection of trees growing in a common environment.

Over the past three decades, such tribes have been leaving the forests and have started creating new assembly points in the Internet or “Cloud“ space. As the forests engender such clouds, many new media become such personal spaces imbued with the mechanisms of animism, thereby creating life in all manner of things in new technologies: from information to bacteria.
At the same time, a particularly young cloud tribe from the post-Internet generation (born and raised in the “Cloud” space) tends to return to the ground/the forest in order to explore another physical reality and seek cultural roots.
These two directions - one “from the Forests to Clouds” and the other “from the Clouds to Forests” - create a single circular eco-system. This circulation of the eco-system in the metaphors of Clouds and Forests unleashes a new wind of change to the existing system of art, society and the environment.
Art functions precisely as an enigmatic signpost, nourishing our sensory apparatus so that we can gain a better understanding of our human condition Clouds⇄Forests focuses on artists as a creative tribe transitioning, expanding and dissipating, from forest to cloud, rebuilding the subjectivity of spectators and showing that creativity is vital to the creation of new environmental spheres. Taking into account perceptions on the generation of new subjective environmental spheres, the curatorial criteria for this exhibition includes giving life to new technologies as well as exploring ways to obtain animistic artistic languages and connect cultural roots, and leveraging the rhizome-based organic system to traverse history, genres, and media.
The effects of an increasingly globalised capitalist order are at the root of the recent surge in nationalism and populism. In contrast, the new tribes at the heart of this exhibition represent examples of how we can calmly confront these same issues by generating alternative environmental spheres, compounding subjective spheres, and promoting peaceful co-existence.

Concept by Yuko Hasegawa, curator.

Exhibition with :Olafur Eliasson, Pierre Huyghe, Cécile B. Evans, Björk, Matthew Barney, Hussein Chalayan, Wieki Somers, Ryan Trecartin, Nadim Abbas, Adel Abidin, Nindityo Adipurnama, Farah Atassi, Belgium, Kanako Azuma, Natalia Bazowska, Bahar Behbahani, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Rohini Devasher, Louise Drulhe, Justine Emard & Mirai Moriyama, Ilya Fedotov-Fedorov, Valia Fetisov, "Forensic Architecture", Theaster Gates, Gauri Gill, Marta Gornicka, Alina Gutkina, Joey Holder, Elliott Hundley, Ali Kazma, Nile Koetting, Siji R Krishnan, Alexey Martins, Marie-luce Nadal, Michael Najjar, Koji Nakazono, Dashi Namdakov, Uriel Orlow, Anastasia Potemkina, Laure Prouvost, Aurora Sander, Susan Schuppli, Sayaka Shimada, Yuken Teruya, Sissel Tolaas, Michael Tolmachev, Hanna Tuulikki, Alexander Vinogradov and Vladimir Dubossarsky, "Where Dogs Run", Robert Zhao Renhui and Marina Zurkow.

My work has been selected to represent the biennale.

Press : ︎ 
Art Forum ︎
ARTnews ︎
Institut Français ︎ ︎
The New Tretyakov Gallery ︎
Tokyo University of the Arts ︎ ︎ ︎
Cabinet de l’Art ︎
Mousse Magazine ︎ 
Moskauer Deutsche Zeitung ︎
Collectionair ︎

Space 1 - The Entrance
Exhibited work :

Tryptich Google Red, Google Yellow, Google Blue, Hommage to Alexandre Rodtchenko, 2015.
Pigment inkjet print on baryta paper, mounted on Dibond.
Each panel 104.6 x 186 cm / overall 186 x 330.7 cm.

Space 2 
Exhibited work : 
1Google Dark Matter, 2016.
Installation, high quality c-print on photographic paper,
mounted on aluminium plate.
30 piece, 2 m diam x 35 cm
Each piece arround 60 cm x 35 cm x 50 cm

2Google Iceberg, 2016.
installation, 6 canvas
each canvas : 145 x 290 cm. / 700 x 230 cm


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