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The Future of Art According to Simon Denny

As Denny sees it, data could radically alter the curatorial networks that sustain the art world—for better or for worse.
Simon Denny

Directed by
William Silva Reddington
Jul 8, 2019 9:45am
About the Film
In his heavily research-based practice, artist Simon Denny examines the impact of technological advancements on global economics, society, and politics. Born in New Zealand and based out of Berlin, Denny first rose to prominence at the Venice Biennale in 2015, where his sculptural installations in the Marco Polo airport and a Renaissance-era library utilized the graphic designs used within the NSA to explore issues around mass surveillance and national identity. For recent exhibitions, he has reconfigured board games like Settlers of Catan and The Game of Life to reflect the mythologies and values that underpin the culture of Big Tech.
In Artsy’s latest “Future of Art” episode, Denny discusses how the rise of the internet has transformed the media industry, shifting the balance of power between journalists and their audience. What if museums and other cultural institutions also began programming on the basis of audience data? As Denny sees it, this kind of change could radically alter the curatorial networks that sustain the art world—for better or for worse.
Jul 8, 2019 9:45am
About the Series
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What does the future of art look like? How will the role of art evolve in an increasingly digital, global, and image-saturated world? In this series of films, each featuring one creator’s unique vision, Artsy explores where artistic output is headed. Join us as we reflect on the role of tradition in an age of rapid technological advancement, and discuss the potential impact of this new work—from intimate drawings to cutting-edge buildings—on the audiences of the future.
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