Neen stands for Neenstars: a still undefined generation of visual artists. Some of them belong to the Contemporary Artworld; others are software creators, web designers and videogame directors or animators.
Our official theories about reality -Quantum physics etc.- proved that the taste of our life is the taste of a simulation. Machines help us feel comfortable with this condition: they simulate the simulation that we call Nature. Opening the door of your room or clicking on a folder on your computer's desktop will send you to similar destinations, two versions of reality which are apparently impeccable and dense, but they will start dissolving after you analyze them.
Computing is to Neen what Fantasy was to Surrealism and Freedom to Communism. It creates its context but it can also be postponed. Neenstars glorify machines but they get easily bored with them. Sometimes they prefer just watching others operating them. But anyway, they always buy the newest products and they study how (these products) create momentum. They also like teaching weird stuff to machines: they will animate a character and send him sit on a corner.
Neen is about losing time on different operating systems. "Take the stairs and go back to get the elevator": Neenstars find their pleasure in the in-between actions.They also love copying, in the same way that the city of Hong Kong multiplies its most successful buildings. The same a little different: Names, Clothes, Style, Art and Architecture, are important for Neenstars. So they do all that from scratch, as if what has been done before them is not so important.
Neen is very sentimental but it's not about identity, although the Neenstars occasionally use their identities as passwords in order to receive privileged information. Because the identity of a Neenstar is his state of mind, he is free to use the identity of another Neenstar if he/she needs to do so. But this works also on reverse: sometimes a Neenstar invents the artwork of another and that is the major difference between Neen and Contemporary Art.
While in Contemporary Art you need to be yourself all the time, a certain type of "Hero" who is polishing always his image until he/she becomes a mirror of his/her lifetime, in Neen you are a kind of "screen". A Neenstar projects a temporary self which stays always under construction and moves from the Present to Past and Future without limitations. And because a Neenstar will publish everything on the web, his/her state of mind reflects on the public taste. Neenstars are public personas.
If fantasy brought Surrealists to ridiculous and revolution drove Communists to failure, it will be curious to observe where computing will bring Neen.
(Miltos Manetas, 2000-2006)
Signature: The Neen Manifesto was produced in 100 editions. Each edition is signed by the artist.
SuperNeen, Galleria PACK, 2016, curated by Nina Vagic
Courtesy the artist and Galleria PACK
About Miltos Manetas
Greek, October 6, 1964, Athens, Greece, based in Milan, Italy