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Warren Neidich
Equal Not Equal
Jun 20 - Aug 15, 2015

About the Artist

Warren Neidich is a Berlin and Los Angeles based conceptual artist, theorist and writer whose work explores the interface between cultural production, brain research and cognitive capitalism through a variety of artistic materials and processes to create works of political emancipation. These are presented as interdisciplinary installations which combine photography, video, Internet downloads, scotch tape and noise. 

 

Neidich’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at different venues including ZKM, The Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, 2015; Flora: Ars Natura, Bogota, 2015; Sharjah Art Foundation, 2014; Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, 2014; REDCAT, Los Angeles, 2014; MuKHA, Antwerp, 2013; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, 2013; HKW, House of World Culture, Berlin, 2012; MAK, Vienna, 2011; Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, 2011; Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin, 2009; NBGK, Berlin, 2007; Kunsthaus Graz, 2006; Kunsthaus, Zurich, 2006; ICA London, 2004 and 2005; Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art 1996 and 2006; The Studio Museum, 2003; The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, 2002; The Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2002;  The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2001; Artists Space, 2001; The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 1998; The Aldrich Museum of Art, 1997; Foto Museum Winterhur, 1997; The ICA Philadelphia,1997; Villa Arson, Nice, 1994; MOMA PS1, 1991; The MIT List Visual Art Center, 1991; Palais de Tokyo, 1991; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1989; The Walker Art Center, 1989; The Queens Museum, 1989; White Columns, New York City, 1989; Ludwig Museum, Koln, 1988. 

 

Recent publications include “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 1” and “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 2,” Archive Books, 2011 and 2013. “Resistance is Fertile” is forthcoming from Merve Verlag, 2015. 

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Equal Not Equal

 

Oh America,

You are so large and full of promises and

Your belly is large and satiated. 

Your endless amber waves of grain…

Your aspirations are as grand as is your optimism blind,

 

America you are burdened by a darkness and its

A soulless and symbol less journey that characterizes your unconscious.

Filled as it is with material facts and lots of lacks,

fictions and rhymes,

Substituted with metaphor and metonymy.

Stories full of adventures of supermen discovering the riches in gold mines, Not that of the wealth nurtured in collective Minds.

Oh America, yours is an Alzheimer’s history.

 

You see the hundreds if not thousands of homeless people lying in the street, encamped from Los Angeles Avenue to South St. Pedro,

you look the other way.

Its’ an understandable reaction.

But in the process,

You have become numb, Nothing is recorded,

A society of the walking dead.

Zombie Imperialists

engaged  in a process of creeping extinction. 

The halves and the have knots.

Those living,

Those dead,

Those in transition born again as slaves in eternity. 

There is an unequal distribution of Freedom.

 

Oh America when did your path turn awry.

Crooked and contemptible,

An inequality doppelganger now shadows all of us,

At first impalpable,

eluding the radar of the senses,

Whispers only.

Now an I-phonic evidence flourishes on social media

In all around us ness.

Garotted by its surplus value.

Its’ repetition becomes disorienting.

 

Young black men stopped.

Every day another monstrosity is recorded and posted to billions.

(We are a country of the Necropolitical enslavement of the other.)

Pumping iron in riot gear riding around in surplus military vehicles to preserve the law but for

Who?

Not for the people of Ferguson and not for Freddie Gray.

Equality, embossed in the constitution but rarely read states of exception for the designated few.

Zombie Racism!

Take cover.

Surely “the riot is the language of the unheard” and a cry of the unequal.

 

Equal not Equal upon a doorway above a threshold

For all those who enter to think for just one minute on what could it mean, this

Sign of lines at crossed angles.

 

—Warren Neidich, Los Angeles, 2015

 

 

About the Artist

Warren Neidich is a Berlin and Los Angeles based conceptual artist, theorist and writer whose work explores the interface between cultural production, brain research and cognitive capitalism through a variety of artistic materials and processes to create works of political emancipation. These are presented as interdisciplinary installations which combine photography, video, Internet downloads, scotch tape and noise. 

 

Neidich’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at different venues including ZKM, The Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, 2015; Flora: Ars Natura, Bogota, 2015; Sharjah Art Foundation, 2014; Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, 2014; REDCAT, Los Angeles, 2014; MuKHA, Antwerp, 2013; Townhouse Gallery, Cairo, 2013; HKW, House of World Culture, Berlin, 2012; MAK, Vienna, 2011; Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, 2011; Temporary Kunsthalle, Berlin, 2009; NBGK, Berlin, 2007; Kunsthaus Graz, 2006; Kunsthaus, Zurich, 2006; ICA London, 2004 and 2005; Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art 1996 and 2006; The Studio Museum, 2003; The California Museum of Photography, Riverside, 2002; The Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2002;  The Whitney Museum of American Art, 2001; Artists Space, 2001; The Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine, 1998; The Aldrich Museum of Art, 1997; Foto Museum Winterhur, 1997; The ICA Philadelphia,1997; Villa Arson, Nice, 1994; MOMA PS1, 1991; The MIT List Visual Art Center, 1991; Palais de Tokyo, 1991; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, 1989; The Walker Art Center, 1989; The Queens Museum, 1989; White Columns, New York City, 1989; Ludwig Museum, Koln, 1988. 

 

Recent publications include “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 1” and “The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism Part 2,” Archive Books, 2011 and 2013. “Resistance is Fertile” is forthcoming from Merve Verlag, 2015.

 

About LA><ART

Founded in 2005, LA><ART is Los Angeles’ leading independent contemporary art space supporting artistic and curatorial freedom. The organization is committed to producing newly commissioned works of art, to present experimental exhibitions, public art initiatives, and publications with emerging, mid-career and established local, national and international artists.

 

LA><ART's programs are produced with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The National Endowment for the Arts; The Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, with the support and encouragement of Roberta Friedman Cummings, Dashiell Driscoll and Clea Shearer; The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation; California Community Foundation; City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; Foundation for Contemporary Arts; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; the Anthony & Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation; Joel Chen; Ruth and Jacob Bloom; the Evans Family Foundation; Stanley and Gail Hollander; Lisa and Leonardo Schiff; Sima Familant; Michael and Joyce Ostin; Joseph Varet and Esther Kim Varet; Brenda R. Potter; the Maurice Marciano Family Foundation; Ron and Sindi Schwartz; Maja Kristin; Larry Mathews and Brian Saliman; Linda Janger; Phil Lord; Anonymous Donors; Claire and Eric Block, and the Offield Family Foundation.

 

Additional thanks to Tako-Tyko-Los-Angeles 

 

 

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