Belle Époque

Group show


January 17, 2024 - January 31, 2024

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17 Bouloi, Paris

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In collaboration with Ask Mona, DANAE is pleased to present Belle Époque, L’âge de l’imagination artificielle. A group show curated by Hugo du Plessix, with: Sarah Meyohas, aurèce vettier, u2p050, Catherine Ikam & Louis Fléri, Guo Cheng, Albertine Meunier, Patrick Tresset, Sasha Stiles, Minuit, Mehdi Besnainou.

The exhibition Belle Époque, L’âge de l’imagination artificielle, traces the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) in artistic creation since the inception of Google's Deep Dream project in the summer of 2015. The curated collection presents a non-exhaustive exploration of the recent history of AI-driven aesthetics, highlighting a potential historical milestone in the evolution of AI, particularly in the realm of automated image production. The selected artworks showcase the transformative impact of AI, not only as a tool for solving complex computational problems but also as a means to push the boundaries of creativity. From early experiments with Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) by artists like Sarah Meyohas and Aurèce Vettier to contemporary uses of text-to-image generators like Dall-E by Patrick Tresset, Albertine Meunier, and Minuit Digital, the exhibition reflects the dynamic interplay between technological advancements and shifts in neural network training data.


Catherine Ikam & Louis Fléri

Pioneers in digital arts and video installations, Catherine Ikam, in collaboration with Louis Fléri, has been creating installations for many years where visitors interact with virtual characters. Inspired by the universe of Philippe K. Dick, these intermediary beings open the doors to a world of parallel realities, artifices, and illusions: faces falling apart, artifacts loving each other, sculptures/masks derived from 3D modeling, polaroids of urban violence, generative portraits composing and decomposing in front of the viewer (Artists & Robots Grand Palais 2018), and recently, dialogues of...


Hugo du Plessix

Hugo du Plessix is an art history researcher and curator. His commitment to contemporary art ledhim to work for the Rencontres d'Arles and in the Berlin studio of artist Tomas Saraceno, as assistant to the director of the Research Department. Back in France, Hugo pursued a degree in ArtHistory at the École Pratique des Hautes Études, focusing on media archaeology through analysis of the digital art collection at the Espace Multimédia Gantner. Hugo du Plessix currently assists the New Media department of the Centre Pompidou, on matters such as NFT acquisition and historical research on online exhibition.


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