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    Curated: Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network

    Through June 10 at the de Young

    Presented by the New York-based collective DIS, Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network, (aka The Network), reveals a “DIS-topian” take on the future of education—decentralized and open-access, yet communal and physically connected, inviting visitors to experience a twisted hybrid of entertainment and education. Played on a continuous loop on 36 large LED screens in the de Young’s atrium, The Network is the result of collaboration with a group of international theorists, writers, and artists who integrate new technologies into their work.

    The Network includes The Restaurant, a cooking show with political themes by Will Benedict and Steffen Joergensen; a nature show on human-animal relations in Africa and Thailand by Korakrit Arunandochai; a video focusing on “general intellects” with McKenzie Wark; a visual essay about the representation of blackness in meme culture by Aria Dean; a talk show on Mother by Casey Jane Ellison, JNCO, JNCO 2, Tractor, and Waterworld; interstitial videos shot and edited on the phone by Ryan Trecartin; a docu-short on “the Seasteading Movement” in Tahiti by Daniel Keller and Jacob Hurwitz Goodman; a report on “reparation hardware” by Ilana Harris Babou; a cartoon by Amalia Ulman; a docu-short on “economic utopias” by Christopher Kulendran Thomas; a Nollywood fictional drama exploring the influence of technology and digital culture in South Africa by the artist collective CUSS Group; and a contribution by the Women’s History Museum.

    The viewer is guided through the hour-long program by “The Host”—an avatar created with Chus Martinez, (the director of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel), Culturesport, and Ian Isiah. Interstitial ads and interviews by Darren Bader and DIS connect and disrupt the different “programs.”

    “The Network proposes a counter strategy to our incomprehensible moment of post-truth, a click bait cultural landscape that has generated misinformation and overexposure as a general condition,” states DIS.

    “The new commission by DIS provides ample material for an intergenerational conversation about the artistic and social impact of our ever-increasing technological determinacy,” says Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming. “With The Network, the pioneering young collective has created an expansive multi-media platform that aims to decipher meaning from a constant flux of information and unmask the hidden structures of power and information that shape our lives.”

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