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Generative Art Summit Berlin

Artist Jonas Lund delves into the fascinating convergence of Generative AI, DAOs, and the conceptual art tradition. As algorithmic creators and self-governing collectives gain traction, how do they relate to art movements centered on undermining artistic conventions?

Lund will explore provocative inquiries, such as: How can generative AI’s automated output spur new modes of conceptual critique? Can DAO governance models, with their collective decision-making, embody conceptualism’s challenges to institutional hierarchies? When code and smart contracts determine artwork parameters, does that amplify or constrain artists’ conceptual intentions?

As generative technologies become powerful autonomous creative forces, Lund examines if/how they can productively integrate with art forms premised on human ideation and cultural subversion. From AI’s mimicry of styles to DAOs’ restructuring of artistic production, thought-provoking overlaps and frictions with conceptualism emerge.

Jonas Lund (1984, Sweden) creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that oftentimes require engagement from the viewer. This results in performative artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules.

Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices.

Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam (2013) and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2009).
He has had solo exhibitions at Francisco Carolinum, Linz (2022), The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2019), König Galerie, Berlin (2021), Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016), Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014), Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013), New Museum, New York (2012) among others and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including Centre Pompidou, Paris, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Vienna Biennale 2019, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.
His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.

His work is included in the public collections of Centre Pompidou, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, OÖ Art Landes-Kultur, Linz, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Netherlands, De Nederlandsche Bank, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona and European Central Bank (ECB) among others.

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