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Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos (US)

installation, 2017, 5:00

A video installation that explores the complex contemporary dialectic between man and machine and reactualizes the surrealists’ practice of the Exquisite Corpse in the post-Internet age. This project started when, while typing a message on her smart phone, she accidentally pressed several consecutive times the predictive text bar on the screen. Kosmatopoulos noticed that through the mechanical gesture of her hand on the screen, the phone had composing “by itself” full sentences following a proper grammatical structure subject-verb-object. The repetitive quasi-automatic movement she was monotonously performing contrasted with the original writing text that was digitally composed on the screen – a text mediated by the phone’s artificial intelligence.

Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos (US), is a multi-disciplinary conceptual artist working around language and identity. Born in Greece, raised in Paris, she now lives and works between Paris and New York. Her work was exhibited in galleries and institutions internationally including Times Art Museum (Beijing, China), Gallerie delle Prigioni – Luciano Benetton Collections (Treviso, Italy), Musée Zadkine (Paris, France), Kunsthal Charlottenborg (Copenhagen, Denmark), Künstlerhaus Wien (Vienna, Austria), AMA | Art Museum of the Americas (DC, USA), Palazzo delle Arti Napoli (Naples, Italy), Kunsthal Aarhus (Aarhus, Denmark), French Institute of Athens (Athens, Greece), CICA Museum (Gimpo-si, Korea).

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