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DIS Whet Talks: McKenzie Wark on “Renotopia”

Lobby Gallery at The Island (Ken)

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DIS, Studies for The Island, 2015. Codesigned by Mike Meiré. Courtesy the artists

In this talk, writer McKenzie Wark will explore “how a new kitchen or bathroom became the outer limits of imagining the good life.” He observes: “Once upon a time, people aspired to build, if not brave new worlds, then at least pretty cock-sure ones. The scale at which things could be remade included whole societies, if not planets. But somewhere toward the end of the last century, such confidence was lost. Not even art has such ambitions. Design at least promises that private worlds can be brought up to speed, with some new appliances and finishes. Welcome to renotopia, where home renovation replaces the making of new worlds. The problem is that the shared world beyond our private renotopias might not support such simple dreams much longer.”

Created in collaboration with Dornbracht and co-designed by Mike Meiré
Production support provided by the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
This project is made possible through the support of Jeffrey Deitch, Project Native Informant, Jane Wattenberg, and Tamares Real Estate Holdings Inc. in collaboration with Zabludowicz Collection
Programming and performances supported by Red Bull Studios
Fashion donated by COS

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Sandra and Leo DelZotto
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“Surround Audience” is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation.

Artist commissions are generously supported by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund.

Additional support is provided by Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte, the International Leadership Council of the New Museum, and Carol and Arthur Goldberg. The accompanying publications were made possible, in part, by the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum. Education and community programs are supported, in part, by the American Chai Trust.

Generous support for artist residencies is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Laurie Wolfert, and an anonymous donor.

Support for artist projects, travel, and research is provided by: Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Aeroméxico, Artis, Asian Cultural Council, Czech Center New York, Iaspis – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Programme for Visual Artists, Institut Français, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (SRE/AMEXCID), Office for Contemporary Art Norway: OCA, Ostrovsky Family Foundation, Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, SAHA Association, Lisa Schiff, and VIA Art.

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