Pilar Corrias

Ian Cheng

Ian Cheng

Ian Cheng

BOB
Ian Cheng
2018
Installation view: Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London, 6 March - 28 May 2018. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
BOB
Ian Cheng
2018
Installation view: Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London, 6 March - 28 May 2018. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
BOB
Ian Cheng
2018
Installation view: Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London, 6 March - 28 May 2018. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
BOB
Ian Cheng
2018
Installation view: Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London, 6 March - 28 May 2018. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
BOB
Ian Cheng
2018
Installation view: Ian Cheng, Serpentine Gallery, London, 6 March - 28 May 2018. Photo: Andrea Rossetti.
Ian Cheng Emissary Sunsets The Self, 2017 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: Sep 22, 2017–Jan 28, 2018 © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo: Bryan Conley
Ian Cheng Emissary Sunsets The Self, 2017 Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh: Sep 22, 2017–Jan 28, 2018 © Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. Photo: Bryan Conley
Emissary Forks at Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration Installation view of Ian Cheng: EMISSARIES, on view at MoMA PS1 from April 9 to September 25, 2017. Image courtesy of MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.
Emissary in the Squat of Gods
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration Installation view of Ian Cheng: EMISSARIES, on view at MoMA PS1 from April 9 to September 25, 2017. Image courtesy of MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.
Emissary Sunsets The Self
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation, infinite duration Dimensions variable Installation view of Ian Cheng: EMISSARIES, on view at MoMA PS1 from April 9 to September 25, 2017. Image courtesy of MoMA PS1. Photo by Pablo Enriquez.
Emissary Sunsets The Self
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound.
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015-2016
Live simulation, infinite duration, sound Installation view: Espace Louis Vuitton Munchen 21 April - 9 September 2017 © Louis Vuitton/Christian Kain
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015-2016
Live simulation, infinite duration, sound Installation view: Espace Louis Vuitton Munchen 21 April - 9 September 2017 © Louis Vuitton/Christian Kain
Emissary Forks For You
Ian Cheng
2016
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration Installation view: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich 20 February - 16 May 2016
Emissary Forks For You
Ian Cheng
2016
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration Installation view: Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 20 February - 16 May 2016
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite Duration Installation view: Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 13 October - 14 November 2015
Emissary Forks at Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration Installation view: Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, 13 October - 14 November 2015
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite Duration
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite Duration
Emissary Forks At Perfection
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite Duration
Emissary in the Squat of Gods
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration
Emissary in the Squat of Gods
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration
Emissary in the Squat of Gods
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration
Emissary in the Squat of Gods
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound Infinite duration Installation view: Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 23 April - 11 October 2015 Photo: © Giorgio Perottino
Something Thinking of You
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration
Something Thinking of You
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration
Something Thinking of You
Ian Cheng
2015
Live simulation and story, sound, infinite duration Installation view: Co-Workers: Beyond Disaster Bétonsalon – Centre for Art and Research, Paris, 8 October 2015 – 30 January 2016
Something Thinking of You Map
Ian Cheng
2015
Vector drawing, dimensions variable
Ian Cheng
Installation view: Real Humans, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, 7 February - 19 April 2015
Ian Cheng
Installation view: Real Humans, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, 7 February - 19 April 2015
Droning Like a UR
Ian Cheng
2014
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration
Droning Like a UR
Ian Cheng
2014
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration
ewCloud
Ian Cheng
2013
Live simulation, infinite duration, sound on networked virtual reality headsets, custom viewing platform
ewCloud
Ian Cheng
2013
Live simulation, infinite duration, sound on networked virtual reality headsets, custom viewing platform
ewCloud
Ian Cheng
2013
Live simulation, infinite duration, sound on networked virtual reality headsets, custom viewing platform
Entropy Wrangler Cloud (Chang & Eng)
Ian Cheng
2013
Installation view: Frieze London, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Frame Section
ewCloud
Ian Cheng
2013
Installation view: Baby feat. Bali, Standard (Oslo), Oslo, 8 November - 7 December 2013
Thousand Islands Thousand Laws
Ian Cheng
2013
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration
Thousand Islands Thousand Laws
Ian Cheng
2013
Live simulation, sound Infinite duration Installation view: The 12th Lyon Biennial—Meanwhile, suddenly, and then, Le Sucrière, Lyon, 11 September 2013 - 5 January 2014
This Papaya Tastes Perfect
Ian Cheng
2011
Animation from motion capture, sound 8'
This Papaya Tastes Perfect
Ian Cheng
2011
Animation from motion capture, sound 8'
This Papaya Tastes Perfect
Ian Cheng
2011
Animation from motion capture, sound 8' Installation view, This Papaya Tastes Perfect, Formalist Sidewalk Poetry Club, Miami Beach, 25 August - 13 October 2011

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often imaginative organisms and objects, but do so with the unforgiving causality found in nature itself. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviors that the artist can manage but never truly control. Cheng describes his simulations as akin to a “neurological gym”: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change. Through simulations, Cheng wonders if it’s possible to love these difficult feelings and refactor our relationship to indeterminacy as a feature of being alive today, not a bug.

Ian Cheng (b.1984 Los Angeles, USA) lives and works in New York. Current and recent solo exhibitions include: EMISSARY FORKS featuring THOUSAND ISLANDS, Espace Louis Vuitton München (2017); EMISSARIES, MoMA PS1, New York (2017); Forking at Perfection, Migros Museum, Zurich (2016); Emissary Forks At Perfection, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2015); Emissary in the Squat of Gods, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2015); Real Humans, with Wu Tsang, Jordan Wolfson, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (2015); Ian Cheng, La Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014); Baby feat. Bali, Standard (Oslo), Oslo (2013).

Recent group exhibitions include: Yokohama Triennale 2017, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama (2017); Suspended Animation: Headlong into digital space, Les Abattoirs, Musée FRAC Occitanie, Toulouse (2017); Generation Loss: 10 Years Julia Stoschek Collection, Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf (2017); Shanghai Project Chapter 2 Exhibition: Seeds of Time, Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai (2017); BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern, London (2017); Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art 1905–2016, Whitney Museum, New York (2016); Take Me (I’m Yours), Jewish Museum, New York (2016); Overpop, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2016); Liverpool Biennial (2016); WELT AM DRAHT, Julia Stoschek Collection, Berlin (2016); Stranger, MOCA, Cleveland (2016); Suspended Animation, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington (2016); Co-Workers, Musee d’Moderne Paris (2015); Taipei Biennial – The Great Acceleration, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei (2014); Phantom Limbs, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2014).

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