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Painter, conceptual artist and theorist

Miltos Manetas is a Greek-born painter, conceptual artist and theorist whose work explores the representation and the aesthetics of the information society. Manetas is the Founder of NEEN (the first art movement of the 21st century), a pioneer of art-after-videogames (MACHINIMA) and an instigator of Post-Internet Art. In 2009 he initiated the INTERNET PAVILION for the Venice Biennial, in 2014, in collaboration with Rome's Swiss Institute, he introduced the concept of ÑEWPRESSIONISM. These days he is using DOCUMENTA 14 to develop the concept of MEDIOSUD. According to LEV MANOVICH, Manetas' art can be placed within a well-established tradition in modern painting (representing modern people in their particular modern settings). According to NICOLAS BOURRIAUD Manetas' work belongs to the domain of RELATIONAL AESTHETICS and POST-PRODUCTION

CV / Biography

Today the 4975 artist in the world and falling..

working HARD on Social Media

  • Facebook/instagram /Twitter etc

Manetas on Instagram

What is Art today and why?

  • What & Why

Using just 15% of my full value

Taking advance today of the full value of our work its not a good idea. That's because Art has become such a profession that rips Time away from us... Read

»I"ve seen us locked in a triangle made by chopsticks... Three black chopsticks, USA-made by steel-Europe -made by wood- and China -a plastic one- are closing around us. They are hard and fast and we are rice. They represent the Total North«

Three black chopsticks (READ)

Art for a Middle South

Our lifestyle is now updated in real time. At the same time, all kinds of distances are cancelled. Everywhere in the world, South and North become just one: NORTH. In the Western territories of the Northern World and mostly Europe, a new Middle South is born.

In the NORTH, the deal between society and government was always clear. During fascism, society is asked to obey, during democracy, society is asked to debate. In both cases - in the NORTH - art is the authorised voice of society. Therefore, during democracy, art HAS to debate.

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2017, year of NOW

  • "TORTUGA" in Mexico City, Preparing MedioSud at DOCUMENTA, Preparing TOGETHERNESS for the Internet Paviion at the Venice Biennale, Painting Dried Webpages, living in Bogotá.

Continuing ÑEWPRESSIONISM in America Latina

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

"Neonwater"

Neonwater

Un vídeo publicado por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

»ÑEWPRESSIONISM started in 2014 in Italy after an invitation of Rome's Swiss Institute«

ÑEWPRESSIONISM.COM

¨TORTUGA¨, A SHOW IN MEXICO CITY

“In Mexico City, "Tortuga" by Miltos Manetas and Nora Renaud at Aldo Chaparro Studio

In Mexico City

"Tortuga" at Aldo Chapparo Studio, Mexico City

While in Bogota...

Fac-simile of "Tortuga" at our house in Bogota

"ALPHA PAINTING HERSELF"

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

Alpha...

Alpha drawing herself

Un vídeo publicado por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

painting herself..

Alpha drawing herself

Un vídeo publicado por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

EXHIBITING MY PAINTINGS IN PLACES

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

At WOK...

My paintings in places

Una foto publicada por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

in Bogota

My paintings in places

Una foto publicada por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

EXHIBITING MY PAINTINGS ON PEOPLE'S BACK

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

On Laura's back

My paintings in places (Laura)

Una foto publicada por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

Drawing...

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

Drawing...

Video (with Alpha Manetas)

Un vídeo publicado por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

Walking with Screens

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

Walking...

Myself

Un vídeo publicado por Miltos Manetas (@miltosmanetas) el

"Drops"

“From Screen to Nature and Back Again..

Dried Webpages AT THE INTERNET TALLER

“in Bogotá, at La Candelaria..

2016

2017

2017

2016, year of

  • 9th Berlin Biennial/the 05:05 show in Sabina/AFTER POKÉMON in Shanghai/MYSTICAL STAIRCASE/MY TIMELINE online

9th Berlin Biennial

“ In Spring 2015, invited to participate at the 9th Berlin Biennial the online magazine DIS was curating, I agreed meeting two guys from DIS in Bogotá but in the beginning of June, on the same day we had arrange to meet, I had to fly to Europe so our encounter never happened. We agreed to meet on Skype and discuss my participation but once I arrived in Greece I was catapulted into the Greek Summer of NO and I forgot everything else.. So the Berlin Biennial forgot me and I forgot it too until May 29th of 2016, just a few days before the opening of the exhibition that a friend told me he was going to Berlin. "I am part of this show"-I told him- "wait, I am not!".. Suddenly thinking I maybe missing something important, I looked online and noticed that the subject of this Biennial was exactly the issue that interests me the most: "our strange new life". So I decide to participate anyway... That same day, I sit on my computer and "sucked" everything from BB9's official website . Somehow magically learning how to modify it, I start re-creating the Berlin Biennial at Biennale.net by adding the content that -I believe- was missing.. I also start looking the Biennale online, at its […]” Instagram and Facebook and start remaking them at Instagram and Facebook . Following the tag #berlinbiennale , I discover that this exhibition was new Century's most interesting exhibition of its kind. But to become crystal-clear, my contribution was needed so I start "painting" it online, using my "Painting with Likes" technique that I invented on the spot. As I am convinced that "Shows-that-matter-should-never-end", I think I'll keep working on this show forever...

On Instagram

And in China...

“ in China..

Pokémon
Pokémon prints after Pokémon

AFTER Pokémon (15 years later)

In Shanghai..

Pokemon Again

And fifteen years earlier

“When in 2000, Gallery Analix (Geneva) asked me to do a new show with them, "Pokémon Stadium" had just launched for Nintendo 64. Pokémon's presence was for me some short of Manifesto and so I decide to make a Pokémon exhibition. I re-drawn and printed a number of Pokemon and then enlarged them using my Vibracolour on Super-glossy paper technique. In Geneva, Pokémon were met by the art world with total indifference, even embarrassment.

in Geneva

Who or better "what" was writing that "Manifesto" and what was stated on it wasn't completely clear back then. To me, it seamed written directly from "the computer world" and as with a few other "special" videogames like "Doom" & "SuperMario", its message was somehow existential. Now, 16 years later, in a world Where?e??e our computer is no more kept "by the hand" -as with a Playstation controller- neither it seats on our lap as with a laptop, now that its glued on our palm (a tablet) and has become a third-palm for us (instead of a third-eye), it all makes sense.. Pokémon and certain other videogame creatures were indeed a manifesto but it wasn't the generic "Computer World" promoting it, it was put forward instead by one of its more mysterious creations that was just coming of age: "Pokémon" was the Manifesto of the Animated Cartoon

And in Italy..

“in Italia..

"05:05" show in Sabina

“05:05" was a five minutes show that opened on 05:05 AM on "a beautiful road" in Sabina on July 30th, 2016. The show lasted about 55 minutes presenting the work of 5 artists: Alessandro Gianní , Joseph Kosuth, Miltos Manetas, Valentina Nascimben & Nora Renaud. Each work was visible for about 5 minutes. The show closed down at 06:06 AM. 6 cars were used to access the "beautiful road". The first car was carrying the artists that-in alphabetical order- had to pick a spot and install their work in a zone of 555 meters around the point where the "beautiful road" meets the river. The last car was carrying movie directors Emiliano Montanari & Gerdi Petanaj filming the event from a distance and collecting the works. At 5:55 AM, a 6 minutes ceremony was performed at the Agriturismo Paradiso before the closing of the show at 06:06AM.

And still in Italy..

“in Italia..

AMYSTICALSTAIRCASE
A MYSTICAL STAIRCASE

Curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi

Online exhibition hosted and powered by 63rd77thsteps.com As part of: The Internet Saga Artists: Sarah Abu Abdallah, Basma Al Sharif, Johanna Bruckner, FAKA, Gina Folly, ForeverAdaForever, Foundland, Chiara Fumai, Tiril Hasselknippe, Jerome Hill, Institute for New Feeling, Karl Larsson, Kareem Lotfy, Malibu 1992, Miltos Manetas, Eva Papamargariti, Luca Pozzi, Tabita Rezaire, Harry Sanderson, Fabio Santacroce, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Chai Siris, Berkay Tuncay, Brent Watanabe. Online opening: Thursday 23rd June 2016, www.63rd77thsteps.com Public presentation: 8th July 2016, Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum

And in Milan...

“in Italia..

SHOWING MY "TIMELINE"

And in Colombia..

“ in Colombia..

Social Art Now
TALLER 4ROJO AHORA

TALLER 4ROJO "AHORA!" (Now)

“2016: Reanimar el arte político colombiano para la Colombia de hoy."Re-enacting Colombian Political Art for today's Colombia".

and Munich..

“ in Germany..

Abstract Screens

Abstract Screens

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

Abstract Screens

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

Continuing the 444 PAINTINGS

Fourfortyfour Paintings

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

and on computer screen

“ on screens..

CROPPEDCABLES
CROPPED CABLES

Cropped-Cables

and from online

“ online..

2015, year of

  • BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, living in Bogota, CO
INTERNET PAVILION 2015
INTERNET PAVILION 2015

"LOOKING AT THE INTERNET"

To understand this years Pavilion, I have to tell you first about the next one, the Pavilion I am planning for 2017. The theme will be TOGETHERNESS and that was actually the theme that I envisioned initially for 2015, but then I realized, that we are actually very far from TOGETHERNESS yet .. And when I say far, I mean we are far from even start thinking seriously about Togetherness: we are still at the stage of a-man-in-front-of-a-computer-screen, looking on what we call ”internet”. So, I decide, to take a closer look to that “internet” by making one or two videos per day, recording everything and recording myself and others as well, while we are "looking“.

LOOKING at the internet (in Venice with Nora Renaud Where is Venice? Is it somewhere online? What happens there?)

And in Italy..

“ in Italy…

2014, year of

  • ÑEWPRESSIONISM, Studio in Sabina
ÑEWPRESSIONISM
ÑEWPRESSIONISM

ÑEWPRESSIONISM

First in Rome

Ñ in Purple

In Milan

»from Screen to Nature«

»and back again«

Started Painting...

“ Trees on Skype in Sabina, Italy

TREES ON SKYPE
TREES ON SKYPE

2013, year of

  • 55th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, The Unconnected, Two Francescos
The Unconnected
The Unconnected, INTERNET PAVILION 2013

"THE UNCONNECTED"

After having sailed together with the PirateBay in 2009 and after having conquered the island of San Servolo in 2011, the "Internet Pavilion" is now based in the old Oratory of San Ludovico, a holy church from the XVI Century. On the bare walls of the little Chapel, Miltos Manetas realizes a cycle of oil paintings inspired by the devotional paint work of the Venetian Renaissance. However, if Vittore Carpaccio - for example - in the Scuola di San Giorgi has glorified the gestures of St. George who killed the dragon, the Greek artist chooses a totally different kind of holy protectors for his Church. Patron saints of the Internet Pavilion are in fact the Unconnected: those people who indeed still live without an email or social network account, miraculously immune from internet dependency.
In an age like ours, where the border between real and virtual has collapsed, the digital Unconnected seem like real monks or holy men who – voluntarily or not – are detached from the world through an ascetic practice, being free from the chaotic flow of images and information. To show them how life works in the era of smart phones, between 2.0 vices and multimedia paradises, there is a “Tintoretto style” painting by Miltos Manetas, portraying the postures and behavior of those who come in contact with the web. Astonished looks, fixed on small mobile phone screens, or the expression of thinkers filmed by the laptops webcams, animate paintings of various sizes which, set up in a sacred space, recall both the polyptychs or the altar pieces as much as the opened tabs on a computer desktop. To know who the Unconnected really are is not easy. For this reason the power of the network has been challenged. A recruiting campaign has been launched on Facebook during the 2 months preceding the opening of the Biennial. The social network users have been asked whether they knew people who weren’t online and requested to advise the Internet Pavilion staff about their first names and surnames. Quickly a series of identities from various profiles was formed: from the parents of very popular bloggers to famous singers and showmen. Among the Unconnected there are, for example, Luigi Ontani and Enzo Cucchi, two of the most well known Italian artists, or Donald Knuth, computer technician and emeritus professor of the Stanford University, who at a certain stage of his life decided to repudiate internet.
The list is clearly still incomplete. In order to evoke the spirit of the Unconnected inside the pavilion, some participants will act in the exhibition space on the opening day and in the following months. Particularly the bharatanatyam dance expert Marianna Biadene and the computer engineer Pasquale Fedele, who specialize in neuron interfaces. The borderline meeting between contemporary dance, ritual and brain control, under the sign of painting, will give life to a lyrical moment, unique and one-off, which will distance the audience from the expository bulimia typical of the Biennale to be transported to a contemplative dimension of inner peace. The multiform results of the III Internet Pavilion are collected in the exhibition’s catalogue. The publishing is a special edition of Solo, the monographic magazine edited by AcM Collezione Coppola: a precious element to decode the history and the symbols of this Internet Pavilion 2013. The research of and about the Unconnected will then continue in unpredictable ways thanks to the collaboration with Nero Magazine. Produced by: Associazione E, AmC, Nuova Icona, Collezione Coppola Media partners: Gloria Maria Gallery, NERO, My Art Guide, Lightbox, UP3 Architetti Associati, Liquidweb, Drago Publishing.

"LOOKING AT SCREENS" Again...

Women Looking...

In Rome, Italy

M&A looking at screen

“In Rome, Italy”

Bipolar Paintings
Bipolar Paintings

Camilo & Benjamin

“In Bogota, Colombia”

Alpha & Catalina

“In Rome, Italy”

MEDIO SUD
MEDIO SUD

MedioSud in my mind

The idea of MedioSud was born when Marina Fokidis invited me to write a text for her new-born magazine South. That was just after my daughter Alpha was born, I was living in the South of Europe again- in Rome- after many years spend in the World's North (USA, UK, Paris etc) and I had start thinking about it.. What was this place now- the mediterranean basin- after all these years, after the internet? Who were those people such as Fokidis and other old friends and family? Most of them would cry for help -as if the sky had fallen on their heads- (the crisis! the crisis!), still, having spend a bit of time in Colombia, I wouldn't believe them. So I visited Greece and I realised that the country and its people never looked more interesting and alive, I looked around Europe and I show a Middle South rising, a new reality that isn't "South" no-more, still its not - and doesn't agree to become - a Total North either. So I wrote for Fokidis' magazine "My Family in Middle South" and when a few months later, Salvatore Lacagnina and Rome's Swiss Institute, asked me to write something about art in Rome (for their contribution to Berlin Biennial), I took that opportunity to write a little manifesto about how I imagined art in Middle South-the art in MedioSud. And then-suddenly- a miracle: Pope Benedict XVI (Joseph Ratzinger) decide to resign! As the history of the South was always depending on Christianity, I felt that the possibility or a new Middle South Movement starts existing exactly on the day the Pope resigns and the world is left unshadowed -for a bit a least- free from that religious ghost. Therefore, on Feb 28, 2013, I introduced MedioSud at the MACRO in Rome. In 2015- Greece surprised us all the way Ratzinger did two year earlier: the SYRIZA government had decide to put together a Mondial Performance by asking the Greek People if they agreed to continue be exploited by Europe. They answered NO, Europe ignored them and went on exploiting them. During the Greek Summer of NO, Adam Szymczyk, announced Athens as one of the two cities that will be hosting DOCUMENTA 14, the very Northern exhibition Total North is using to teach to the World "the way to be intellectual" (the latin word "documentum" comes from "docere" -teach- and "mens" -intellect.)

And in 2013...

“I start painting "Skype Paintings" in Rome

"On Skype" Paintings

“"Skype Paintings" in Rome

2013

"New Groups" Paintings

“"New Groups" in Rome

2013

"Little Screen" Paintings

“ Suddenly its all about little screens... I decide to start painting portraits of my daughter Alpha as she grows up framed in the different evolution versions of those screens.. I also start doing "Paralell Portraits" and give as a present to those I love. Those who receive those paintings have the choise to either keep its "screen" as it is (blank) or ask me to paint their portrait in it..

"Alphas"

"Alphas"

"Parallel Portraits"

2013

2012, year of

  • living in Rome, Painting bipolar paintings, Painting "Google Nature", thinking of Overeality, having my daugher Alpha

OVERREALITY

“The World appears now "stamped" with digital objects. Those objects (data/menus/pictures/movies/sounds/code) are not at all present the way the prophets virtual-reality predicted but they are simply "attached" on the World via our imagination (the only true computer). They are attached on quite everything...

Preparing a painting

Overeality

Overeality

Overeality

And from 2012...

“I start painting "Google Nature Paintings" in Derveni

"Google Nature" Paintings

“"Google Nature Paintings" in Derveni

2012

2012

in Rome..

“ in Rome, Italy

Started Painting...

“ FourfortyFour Paintings in Rome, Italy

"FOURFORTYFOUR" PAINTINGS

Fourfortyfour Paintings

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

2012

while in Venice...

“ in Venice, Italy

2011, year of

  • 54th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, My daughter Alpha, MACRO in ROME (ElectronicOrphanage)

54th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

Biennale

INTERNET PAVILION 2011
INTERNET PAVILION 2011

"BYOB-ISLAND OF THE NET"

The Island of Internet & BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer, an exhibition series created by Rafael Rozendaal) The artists are invited to bring their own machines and projecting on any space that they can grab. Its a desperate attempt to open a few windows of fantasy and creativity over a heavily nested "real space". BYOB is one of the few original expressions-even if its somewhat of a grimace- that are still possible to be achieved with visual arts. Its the scream of our extended bodies, while trapped between computer keyboards and the unnatural light of the computer projectors. Artists: Agnes Bolt, Alterazioni Video, Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, Anna Franceschini, Billy Rennekamp, Boris Eldagser, Britta Thie Claudia Rossini Cristian Bugatti Elisa Giardina Papa Emily Jones & Sarah Hartnett (, year of the Hare) Giallo Concialdi Hayley Silverman Interno3 and crew Iocose Ivano Atzori Jaime Martinez Jeremy Bailey Les liens invisibles LG Williams/Estate Of LG Williams Luca Bolognesi LuckyPDF Marc Kremers Marco Cadioli Marisa Olson Marlous Borm Martin Cole Matteo Erenbourg Mike Ruiz Miltos Manetas Nazareno Crea Nikola Tosic Parker Ito Pegy Zali Petros Moris Priscilla Tea Rachele Maistrello Rafaël Rozendaal Rene Abythe Riley Harmon Sarah Ciraci Tele Ghetto Haiti Theodoros Giannakis Travess Smalley UBERMORGEN.COM Valery Grancer Wojciech Kosma Yuri Pattison

and in Milan...

“ in Milan, Italy

METASCREEN

Just recently, all art that deals with computers directly, became data itself. It started referencing other data and lost its status of "Avant-garde".

in a gallery that is a monitor

2010, year of

  • Going to Colombia and to Brazil and to Bolivia and Peru and London and Israel and Canada and Rome and falling at Conero, ending up in hospital for a month and returning to Conero and discovering BlackBerry Painting and going to Instabul to make a film with Olivier and going to Greece and from there to Colombia and meeting Alpha's mother and start making Alpha. Started painting Selfies Paintings.

BlackBerry Paintings

“There is a fundamental error in painting-in every school of painting: we always paint on a plane that’s different from the plane of reality. We either paint on a canvas or on some other support positioned in parallel or in front of the world, we never paint over the reality itself, we never “paint reality”. “That was to change for me when - back in 2010 - I had an accident: I went down 117 meters from the top of a rock on my back, a little tree finally saving my life... After a month of immobility in the hospital, I returned to the place where I had the accident and I rented a little yellow house. Waiting to recover completely, I had my colors and canvasses brought there but I couldn’t paint: regular painting just didn’t seamed a good idea anymore. Finally one day, I took a brush and without any color on it, I started “painting” over the landscape. was making an invisible painting... ”A few days after my discovery, I start filming whatever it was I was painting with my BlackBerry (my right hand the hand of the painter, the left the hand of a videomaker). I was happy, a BlackBerry and a brush was now all I needed for a studio! That’s how the BLACKBERRY PAINTINGS were born and I decide to go on with my life and at the same time paint it.”

BLACKBERRYPAINTINGS
BLACKBERRY PAINTINGS

I began painting..

Painting my shadow

ENZO CUCCHI OSPITA MILTOS MANETAS

Ancona, 21 luglio 2010 - L'artista greco Miltos Manetas torna ad Ancona, dopo la disavventura che lo aveva visto protagonista ai primi di giugno, quando in un'escursione sul Conero fece una rovinosa caduta che gli costò un ricovero in ospedale. L'occasione per il ritorno è fornita dalla rassegna 'Incontro con l'autore', organizzata al Fortino Napoleonico di Portonovo. All'evento parteciperà con tre sculture inedite Enzo Cucchi, il maestro della Transavanguardia, che ha voluto al suo fianco, come ospite speciale, l'artista multimediale greco. ilrestodelcarlino.it

Falling in Conero

I lost my grip on the rock, and I started going down on my back, slowly for two seconds, and accelerating immediately after. I remember everything, the whole timeline. My memory has kept every detail enveloped and timestamped. One-Two-Three-Four! I remember that for these first four seconds, I was simply mad with disbelief. I was upset with my destiny, annoyed that it was letting down my crazy plan of arriving at the beach by descending the impossible surface of a very steep rock. Five! By the fifth second, I was already falling very fast. Six-Seven- Eight! I could see only the void at the edge of the rock about thirty meters away, and I knew that I was about to die. Read more

Falling in Conero

PIRACY MANIFESTO & STICKER

“PIRACY MANIFESTO & STICKER designed by Experimental Jetset, commissioned by MAXXI National Museum of Art of the 21st Century in Rome for its inaugural exhibition in June 2010

At MAXXI

Reading the Manifesto

The Manifesto in 2009

Started Painting...

“ "Selfies Paintings" in Bogota, Colombia

Selfies Paintings
"Selfies" Paintings

"Selfie" PAINTINGS

“ As we all start looking ourselves mirrored on the palms of ourselves where now a computer screen is glued, I start painting "Selfie Paintings" in Bogotá. I didn't paint any faces on them-that would be banal.. just the "mirrors"...

2009, year of

  • ALTERMODERN MANIFESTO, First Internet Pavilion
INTERNET PAVILION 2009
INTERNET PAVILION 2009

"The Embassy of Piracy"

For the first edition of the Internet Pavilion, Manetas and Aman invited to Venice a number of people involved with the activist website ThePirateBay.org to inaugurate the „Embassy of Piracy“. Just a few hours after the press-statement of Padiglione Internet was released, the administration of the Venice Biennial began receiving calls from the Berlusconi Government ordering from them to cancel the invitation of ThePirateBay.

Pirates of the Internet

For the first edition of the Internet Pavilion, Manetas and Aman, decide to invite a number of people involved with the activist website ThePirateBay.org to come in Venice and inaugurate the Embassy of Piracy. But just a few hours after the press statement of PadiglioneInternet was released, the administration of the Venice Biennial start receiving calls from the Berlusconi government asking them to cancel the invitation of ThePirateBay.

"We are Pirates of the Internet
Pirates of the World Wide Web
Nothing that can stop us now
We are here to stay..."


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And "Pirate Paintings"...

“Paintings with the PirateBay.org boat painted on them and a hard drive from where one can "grab" pirated files..

And...

“I start painting "Monochrome Paintings" in Rome and Bogotá

"Monochrome" Paintings

“ Monochromes are the paintings of paintings..

"Nature" PAINTINGS

“ Suddenly I discovered nature so I start painting "Nature Paintings"

2009

And in the UK..

“ in London…

Five O Five show
ALTERMODERN MANIFESTO

ALTERMODERN MANIFESTO

Bourriaud

AT TATE BRITAIN

in Seoul

“ inSeoul…

2008, year of

  • Cable-Rug, BURNING my paintings at the desert, Second Life

The Cable-Rug

Cable-Rug

Cable-Rug

and online...

“ in Virtual Worlds…

BURNING my paintings at the desert

in London again...

“ in London…

2007, year of continuing

  • Continuing the Internet Paintings, show at Blow dela Barra in London, neen Eclipse

The Internet Paintings

Continuing them...

And in 2007 we had GPS...

“I start painting ""Navigator" PAINTINGS" in France

"Navigator" PAINTINGS

“ Are we lost? No, there are all those GPS with us..

2006, year of

  • EXISTENTIAL COMPUTING
existential computing
Existential Computing

Existential Computing

"A great idea"

The first of December 2006 I had an idea- ideas often come to me with a tittle-this idea had a tittle too, "Existential Computing". But the day after after, I realized that the concept of Existential Computing had disappeared from my memory somehow, the only thing I knew about it at that point, was that it was different than anything else and therefore revolutionary, something very important to try and discover.

on YouTube..

“Hi. This is Miltos Manetas”
“This is a conversation. Its between me and you. At any point, when you have something to say, please pause this video and record your message. Then post it on YouTube and send me the link so I can reply to you”.
“I want to give a theme to our conversation. That theme is our new life. Its a complex theme, it has to do with our intelligent machines. That’s what I call Existential Computing, it has to do with our perception of reality”.
“There’s new information today about reality. According to many scientists, we live in a Multiverse. There are many versions of ourself, each of them inhabiting a parallel word. Also, according to a few but quite respected scientists, time doesn’t flow. Everything that is possible, has already happened somewhere and what we perceive as change, its some kind of illusion”.
“Until yesterday, such ideas were esoteric but today, it is the observation of the World that tell us so. Therefore, we should start thinking differently, start living our life differently. Maybe we need to modify our language, maybe we need new words to say to ourself that what’s now happening, is also not happening. That there is an instant person of me who is recording this message and there is another who doesn’t. And that I am both of them and many other too”.
“Maybe your questions- or my answers- will be inspiring. Remember, that in another universe, its YOU the one who initiated this conversation”.

Workshop at the Hayward Gallery in London

searching for Existential Computing..

workshop-searching for Existential Computing at the Hayward Gallery in London

In 2007- still suffering from a sense of loss for my great Existential Computing idea (which now seamed gone forever with only the video on YouTube left, the beginning of a conversation that nobody really seamed interested undertaking), I accepted giving a seminar at the Hayward Gallery in London, commissioned to me by a young curator.
"What's the subject of your workshop?" She asked. "Existential Computing"- I said- "A subject that I know nothing about..."

a total Neen Eclipse

Existential Computing started when Caroline Hancock and Paul Green asked me to do a project at the Hayward and they booked for me the Waterloo Sunset Pavilion. This location is unique, a capsule in the city designed by artist Dan Graham.
But unfortunately, there’s something wrong with it, something went wrong with its construction, or maybe it was the artist’s intention.
So I asked the curators to bring a cat there, because a cat may have been able to fix the Pavilion’s problems. But Museums, every-time I ask for animals they refuse, they give me computers instead and videos and digital cameras which is not the same at all, because cats know how to record events in a way that is not digital but its not analogue either. Cats collect quantum facts from multiple realities. I think cats are Universal Reporters.
Existential computing however, started on Feb 3. Some people came and begun working like crazy, doing I don’t know what. Working on their machines, working, working.. Others came to visit.. As one of them said later, “ I learned about things I knew already but I wasn’t sure they actually exist”.
And finally there was a party and speaking about data that meet each other beautifully, while I was showing Rafael Rozendaal’s futurephysics.com where planets attract each other, a total lunar eclipse started and went on for an hour and fourteen minutes.

»Are you expressing a new version of troubleshooting «
»a 21st century idea of unhappiness?«
»What a beautiful thing that would be«
»Malcolm asked me straight away after his arrival at the Hayward«
»what a way to put it I said..«
»Yes, I do!«

and in USA..

“in New York City…

2005, year of

  • Marx & Marinetti & Miltos & Manetas

starting a book..

“ everywhere...…

Marx&Marinetti&Miltos&Manetas

Marx & Marinetti

& Miltos & Manetas

And in 2005

“I start painting "Point of View" in NYC

"Groups" Paintings

“"Groups" Paintings in Paris

2004, year of

Living in Paris..

“ in Paris...

Memoirs of the Devil

“ A show by Miltos Manetas at COSMIC GALLERY in Paris. Jan-Mar, 2004. The title of the show, is a homage to the book "Memoirs of the Devil" written by director Roger Vadim. Vadim was married to Bridgette Bardot, Jane Fonda and Catherine Deneuve. Entering the show: "Manifesto with 4 Women" , a remake of a work by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti. In 1969, Boetti made a poster about the artists of his generation. Each symbol on that poster was refering to a characteristic of each artist included. Collectors could buy the poster for a low price, however the "code" that would explain the piece was on sale for a very high price and if nobody purchased it before a certain date, it would be destroyed and the decryption would remain secret forever (and that's what happened). My collectors could buy the code of my poster too but it din't happened either. So I hide the code somewhere online..

2003, year of

What happened in 2003? I was kind of lost...

“in Paris and New York and Los Angeles...

2002, year of

  • WHITNEY BIENNIAL DOT COM, INTERNET PAINTINGS

"INTERNET PAINTINGS CONTINUES..."

Started in 2002

Google Maps

2002

And from 2000...

“I start painting "Women" in Los Angeles

"Women" Paintings

“"Women" in Los Angeles

2003: "LONG MAI"

2003: "LONG MAI"

And in New York

“at the Whitney...

WHITNEYBIENNIALDOTCOM
WHITNEYBIENNIAL DOT COM

"WHITNEY BIENNIAL DOT COM"

WHITNEYBIENNIAL

»www.whitneybiennial.com«
»2002«

BUT MOSTLY ONLINE...

“online...

WEBSITES
WEBSITES

"OUR WEBSITES IS THE ART OF OUR DAYS"

Websites are today’s most radical and important art objects

“ Because the Internet is not just another “media”as the Old Media insists, but mostly a “space”, similar to the American Continent immediately after it was discovered – anything that can be found on the Web has a physical presence. It occupies real estate. “Things” in the Internet exist in a specific location, while in magazines and on TV, contents are mostly bullets of information. Online they constitute a body: they are parts of a new genre. They are Web Entities. They get in touch and advertise their existence to each other. Similar to human beings, they will evaluate, criticize, “link” to each other. Ultimately, these Web Entities develop a “taste”. Bob Dobbs (a friend of McLuhan) said that “advertising is communication between machines”. He also suggested that machines came alive in 1967 and that “now they are in an angelic state”. “Advertising is communication between Angels” he said..

2001, year of

  • ELECTRONICORPHANAGE, IAMGONNACOPY, Websites & Flash Animations, living in Los Angeles...

IAMGONNACOPY

“In 2001 I started iamgonnacopy.com In that page you could vote FOR or AGAINST intellectual property and copyright. Back then I wrote this text: The Coca Cola logo. A little poem. A well known painting by Picasso, a Pokemon picture, an article published in a website, a scientific discovery about DNA, a Beatles song, a piece of computer software. Think of your perception as a piece of land. Once you will access any of the above, something is built over it. What you've seen, heard or learned becomes part of your self, literally your property. There is no way to undo that information. You will have to work to put it in order, accept it or modify it in a way that fits your mental scheme. The more intelligent you are, the more you will have to work. You are now a vehicle, a subway train wall and a cultural slave. You cannot go back in time and become a person who doesn't know how to write FedEx, but if you will actually decide to write it over your paintings, FedEx may sue you: that company holds a copyright and apparently owns that part of your head Where the FedEx logo is located. There is a company based in Amsterdam which produces screen recognition software. Its' clients, can use their technology to help their newest systems communicate with their older computers. A New York based company sued them on the basis that they keep a pattern on screen recognition. Content (what the case above, what the old computers are saying), becomes a valuable for whoever will register a way to read it! It promises double profits. A painter may become famous because the public saw his images. He will sell the physical object-the canvasses but he will still demand control over the public's imagination, through his copyright. One of the most beautiful aspects of contemporary life is emulation. It makes from life an open project, a work in progress. But our freedom to emulate is limited. This page is naive: it will not attempt to be scientific* because I didn't' study law. But I know that what I mostly enjoy do is copying, even more than creating or even consuming. I also know that none of the people who's work I respect, could live without copy. Miltos Manetas, 2001…

And in Los Angeles...

in Chinatown...

ELECTRONICORPHANAGE
ELECTRONICORPHANAGE: party location, partly Internet.

"In Los Angeles"

“In Los Angeles”

Everything started in NY...

at Chelsea...

2000, year of

  • MURAKAMI-MANETAS, BIRTH OF NEEN , GAGOSIAN GALLERY, MAI UEDA, YVONNE FORCE
NEEN
NEEN

THE BIRTH OF NEEN

Gagosian gallery

“In New York”

Neen is a

“Neen is a two-faced word.”

»computing is to NEEN what fantasy is to Surrealism«
»and freedom to Communism«
»it creates the context but it can also be postponed«

But in Italy...

&#in Milan and in Savona...

Murakami-Manetas
Murakami-Manetas
»Takashi Murakami, the founder of Superflat and Miltos Manetas, the founder of Neen,«
» met in Italy on February 2000 for an exhibition at the Pinksummer Gallery in Genova «
»On Friday February 18th, 2000 «
» gave a lecture together at the Art School in Milan, (Accademia di Brera)«

And from 2000..

“I start painting "Screens" in NYC

"Screen" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

2000

2010

And in France...

“at Sette, MIDI PYRÉNÉES…

1999, year of

LE CAPITAL curated by Nicolas Bourriaud

“Miltos Manetas's paintings take as subjects the Internet and the power of computers, but use the features of physical objects situated in a domestic interior to allow us access to them. The current success of the market as a formal matrix among contemporary artists has to do with a desire to make commercial relations concrete once again, relations that the postmodern economy tends to make immaterial. And yet this immateriality itself is a fiction, Henochsberg suggests, insofar as what seems most abstract to us - high prices for raw materials or energy, say - are in reality the object of arbitrary negotiations. The work of art may thus consist of a formal arrangement that generates relationships between people, or be born of a social process; I have described this phenomenon as "relational aesthetics," whose main feature is to consider interhuman exchange an aesthetic object in and of itself. (From Bourriaud-Postproduction)

1998, year of

  • Chelsea in Active Worlds, Exhibiting Virtual Worlds, "LOOKING AT SCREENS" paintings
virtual worlds
VIRTUAL WORLDS

Working in Virtual Worlds"

Chelsea in Active Worlds

Interview at my floating studio

» Virtual Worlds «
» Chelsea «

Everybody now Looking at Screens...

“I start painting "Looking at Screens" in NYC

"LOOKING AT COMPUTER SCREENS"

1998

and in 1999...

and in 2005

1997, year of

  • “Cables (Oil on Canvas) OIL ON CANVAS,
cables
"Playing Videogames"

PAINTING "Playing Videogames" PAINTINGS

1998

1999

PRINTS FROM VIDEOGAMES
PRINTS FROM VIDEOGAMES

"Prints after Videogames"

after "Tomb Rider"

1996

After TOMB RIDER

after "Zelda"

1997

after ZELDA

after "SuperMario"

1999

after "SuperMario"

ART FROM VIDEOGAMES continues
ART FROM VIDEOGAMES continues

"Videos after Videogames"

Flames

1997

SuperMario Sleeping

1997

King Kong after P.J

2006

1996, year of

  • PORTRAITS OF DIGITAL MACHINES, NEW ABSTRACTION , MIRACLE, video after videogames, THE BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA
THE BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA
THE BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA

THE BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA

BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA

After Videogames Manifesto

Videogames aren't games but EVR: extended versions of reality. Through videogames the process that started with the poems of Homer, Mahabharata and the Bible, continues..

Miracle
Miracle

After "Hornet 18" for Apple

First shown at the exhibition "Joint Ventures"

A video after videogames

And in 1997, looking what's next to the computer I started..

“ "Peripherals Paintings", in NYC

Peripherals
"Peripherals" Paintings

1997

1997

And then...

“I start painting cables in NYC

cables
Cable Paintings <

"CABLES" Paintings

“painting cables in NYC

and in 2008..

And at the same time I looked at my floor

“I looked at my floor in NYC

My Floor
My Floor Paintings <

"My Floor" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

1997

1997

1997

At that same year...

“I noticed there's a new point of view so I start painting "Point of View" in NYC

"Point of View" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

1997

and in 1998..

and in 1999..

And because there was already INTERNET ...

“I start painting "Internet Paintings" in NYC

INTERNETPAINTINGS
INTERNET PAINTINGS

1997

and later in 2002

1996: I begun Painting...

“ "NEW ABSTRACTION" Paintings in New York, US

NEW ABSTRACTION
NEW ABSTRACTION

"New Abstraction"

And...

“NEW ABSTRACTION" Paintings in New York, US

DIGITAL MACHINES
DIGITAL MACHINES

PORTRAITS OF DIGITAL MACHINES

“During the Traffic exhibition I was invited for an one-man show by Xavier Douroux, Franck Gautherot and Eric Troncy. After seeing my "Sad Tree" at Bourriaud's exhibition, they wanted paintings! "What shall I paint?" I asked Vanessa Beecroft- my partner of those days.. She had no idea either but she was reading a book about Andy Warhol. "here it says that Warhol also didn't know what to paint so he asked a friend of his. "What do you like the most?" the friend asked. "Money"-said Warhol. "so just paint money".. At that moment, what I liked most was computers so I decide to start painting them...

Oil on Canvas

1996

Patients Paintings
"Patients" Paintings

1996

1997

1998

1995, year of

  • RELATIONAL AESTHETICS, "Existence Paintings", "Sad Tree" Oil on Canvas,

Relational Aesthetics

“ Relational art or relational aesthetics is a mode or tendency in fine art practice originally observed and highlighted by French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud. Bourriaud defined the approach as "a set of artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space." The artist can be more accurately viewed as the "catalyst" in relational art, rather than being at the centre.. One of the first attempts to analyze and categorize art from the 1990s, the idea of Relational Art was developed by Nicolas Bourriaud in 1998 in his book Esthétique relationnelle (Relational Aesthetics).The term was first used in 1996, in the catalogue for the exhibition Traffic curated by Bourriaud at CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux. Traffic included the artists that Bourriaud would continue to refer to throughout the 1990s, such as Henry Bond, Vanessa Beecroft, Maurizio Cattelan, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Liam Gillick, Christine Hill, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Miltos Manetas, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relational_art

Started "EXISTENCE" Paintings

“ "Existence" in Milan, Italy

1995

SADTREE
SADTREE

"Sad Tree" First Oil on Canvas painting

Sad Tree

In Bordeaux, France

Sad Tree Polaroid

In Derveni, Greece

TRAFFIC Introduction to Relational Aesthetics

Curated by Nicolas Bourriaud at CAPC, Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux

But Just Before..

“ I looked on my computer screen..

"Written in Computers" Paintings

“ I looked on the screen of my laptop and there were things written on it. There was a progress bar. A sign saying "Stop" and a sign saying "Continue". Another sayig "Game Paused"...So I project them them and painted them..

1994, year of

  • Powerbook, 10 British Poets, Computer-Desktop Readymade, Software Art, Soft Driller
SOFTDRILLER
SOFTDRILLER

"Soft Driller"

Soft Driller

In Milan, Italy

COMPUTER READY MADE
COMPUTER READY MADE

"COMPUTER DESKTOP READY MADE"

"Output 1.0" & "Whoops!"

In Milan, Italy

Computer-Desktop Readymade

In Naples, Italy

ALAPTOP
ALAPTOP

Powerbook

A PowerBook

Suddenly, the computer enter my life. A dealer had sold a work and need to give me 2000 USD. I was at her house holding that money when a yuppie friend of hers arrived. He had a grey box with him and he said: " I am selling it, do you want it?"Yes, I am buying it, what is it? I asked"A computer" he said. Macintosh PowerBook". He turned it on and the thing light up, its screen black & white.

10 British Poets

10 APPLE laptops (Powerbook) are turned into poets. Each "poet", is using a different computer simulated voice, reading-in loop- a poem written in the 18th Century . Exhibited at VHS, a show curated by Giacinto di Pietrantonio at Pallazina Liberty, Milan, Italy

1993, year of

  • Red Satellite, Extras

EXTRAS: THE BOOK OF OTHERS

“ EXTRAS: imaginary people I meet in books. This work is an infinite, constantly growing collection of descriptions of fictional characters. It exists in form of a database that is stored partly online, partly on a series of books in demandand finally in the documentation attached to the "Collector's Item" that represents this artwork. EXTRAS has to be performed by the latest laptop in the market with a computer voice chosen randomly. "Mr Hyde was pale and dwarfish, he gave an impression of deformity without any nameable malformation, he had a displeasing smile, he spoke with a husky, whispering and somewhat broken voice" I start collecting EXTRAS in 1993. My first "EXTRAS" performance was created for the group show "Het krijwitte kind" (SCHONHEIT MACHT SCHAMHAFT), Aschenbach Gallery, Amsterdam, curated by Paul Groot, staring Vanessa Beecroft. The same year, I had my first one-man show in Italy at the historical Galleria Fac-Simile in Milan.( "COMPARSE", staring Vanessa Beecroft)

Book of Others

Book of Others

Mr Hyde was pale

points against him

extraordinary looking man

something wrong with his appearance

ponderous pundit MacHuge

Two men dressed the same

Method in his madness

1992, year of

  • Demenza, Collegamenti, Extras
COLLEGAMENTI
COLLEGAMENTI

"COLLEGAMENTI"

Dedicated to William Gibson's "Neuromancer"

In Milan, Italy

Installation "Collegamenti"

In Milan, Italy

»A wall was prepared with stereo sockets mounted on it (I knew nothing about computers yet)«
» A number of "collegamenti" pencil-drawings were drawn directly onto the wall. On the surface of an over-scaled table, some plugs were left «

Performance "Collegamenti"

In Milan, Italy

1991, year of

  • Demenza
DEMENZA
DEMENZA

"Demenza"

“Demenza, 1990-1994. Each photo, edition of 3, Exhibited at FATTO IN ITALIA, Contemporary Art from Italy, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva,- ICA, London. Published at the catalogue of TRAFFIC, CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, FR

Lunacy, Insanity, Socratic Irony

“In Greek ancient comedy there are two dogs: Eirôn and Alazon. Eiron was a clever underdog who by his wit repeatedly triumphs over the boastful character Alazon. According to Encyclopædia Britannica, the Socratic irony of the Platonic dialogues derives from this comic origin. The Italian word "demenza", (from the Latin dementia deriving from "demens"), translates in English to "insanity" and "lunacy". I believe there exists a certain performative element of the world that can be expressed with a certain lunacy and insanity. In that sense, "demenza" would be better translated as "irony", not the irony of our days but the Socratic irony, an attitude that isn't just limited in the dissimulation of ignorance but becomes- as a matter of fact- a performance.

»Demenza«

The Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates

“‘As Søren Kierkegaard explains on his doctoral thesis, "The Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates" “Socrates not only used irony but was so dedicated to irony that he himself succumbed to it.” That was back then, when the world was fresh. In our days, such "insanity", not only is often performed (especially in the arts & spectacle) but more importantly, it has become an element of our environment. We find "demenza" in our cities, in Milan, Athens, Berlin (where I took some of these pictures) and sometimes we also find it in the countryside

1990 and earlier, years of

  • Rome/Milan, Brera, Identity Vases, Kafka Birds, Psicofarmaci, 51 Chairs and a few assholes, PERFORMANCE, Different Opinion, Demenza
FIRSTSHOWS
FIRST SHOWS

"PERFORMANCE"

In Milan, Italy

»From 1990, I start collecting art-people. «
»I would take a profile picture from them first, «
»then I would cut their figure on a piece of plywood and I would trace their name under it «

Elizabeth Janus, "Miltos Manetas", Frieze Magazine, Review - 05 Sep 1996

Over the past several years Miltos Manetas has experimented with a variety of media - from painting, photography, video and performance to computer-generated images - producing a body of work that is as visually diverse as it is conceptually intricate. Some of the most successful pieces include the performance/video, Satellites (1991-94), in which the artist, along with several other men, wanders around disguised as a quintessential old woman, hunched and aimless" (Elizabeth Janus) Frieze Magazine.

"51 Chairs..."

Different Opinion

» At 1990, I founded the Different Opinion art movement. The idea was that one could allow himself producing weird artworks, collaborating with other artists who had a "different opinion" about art than himself «

51 Chairs...

51 Chairs and a few assholes

"Psicofarmaci"

In Milan, Italy

First Solo Show

“Fifteen notebooks with dots for children installed at the Cafe Pallas in Karditsa, Greece

Schoolbooks

Identity Vases

In Milan, Italy

Large Vase on the highway

BEFORE 1991, years of

  • Brera etc

EARLY DAYS

“ In the Early Days..

A tree at Brera

Moved to Milan

Went to study in Brera, Milan, Italy

Went to Rome, the first place after leaving Greece

I left Greece in 1985 because Athens art-school wouldn't accept me. "You aren't talented, don't lose your time" one of their professors said, I think his name was Tetsis but maybe he was Kokkinidis or their boss, Moralis. (to be continued)

»Finished Art-school«

1989

»Moved to Milan«

1986

»Moved to Rome«

1985

»Decided to be an artist«
»Finished school«
1982
»Born in Athens«

1964

FINISHED HIGH-SCHOOL