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Pintor, artista conceptual y teorico.

Miltos Manetas en un pintor nacido en Grecia, artista conceptual y teórico que su trabajo explora la repesentación y la estetica de la sociedad informatica. Manetas es el Fundador de NEEN (el primer movimiento de arte del siglo 21), el pionero de art-after-videogames (MACHINIMA) y el instigador de Post-Internet Art. En 2009 él inicio la INTERNET PAVILION para la Bienal de Venecia, en 2014, en colaboración con Swiss Institute de Roma, él introdujo el concepto de ÑEWPRESSIONISM. En estos dias él está usando DOCUMENTA 14 para desarrollar el concepto de MEDIOSUD. De acuerdo a LEV MANOVICH, El arte de Manetas se puede localizar dentro de la bien establecida tradición de la pintura moderna (representando gente moderna en sus particulares cosas modernas). De acuerdo a NICOLAS BOURRIAUD el arte de Manetas pertenece al dominio de ESTÉTICA RELACIONAL y POST-PRODUCCIÓN

CV / Biografía

Hoy soy el artista 4182 en el mundo, saliendo

»el tema de mi trabajo soy yo«
»Como migliorare una pittura? Guardandola!«
»Como programar la vida? Pintandola«

ACTUALMENTE TRABAJO DURO EN MEDIOS SOCIALES

In social media..

Manetas en Instagram

NACIDO EN OCT 1964

1964

»Nacido en Atenas«

1982

»Finalizado el bachillerato / Decide ser artista«

1985

»Trasladado a Roma«

1986

»Trasladado a Milan«

PRIMEROS DÍAS
en Roma y en Milan

EDUCACION TEMPRANA EN ITALIA

En 1985 deje Atenas. La escuela de arte no me aceptaría. "No pierdas tu tiempo, tu no tienes talento" uno de los profesores dijo - Yo pienso su nombre era Tetsis or Tetsis o Tetsis or Kokkinidis; o quizá era Yiannis Moralis quien 40 años antes, en la víspera de su carrera como profesor había rechazado a Jannis Kounellis: "No lo intentes Jannis, tu no tienes talento"

3D árbol en Brera

En 1986 hice una instalación de un árbol en 3D en Brera (la escuela de arte de Milán) y le pedí a mi novia que actuara en ella.

1986, Milan

También hice un dibujo con un árbol triste.

UNA TEMPRANA EXPOSICION INDIVIDUAL

Quince cuadernos con puntos para niños fueron instalados en el Cafe Pallas en Karditsa, Grecia

at Karditsa

1988 en Karditsa, una ciudad en el centro de Grecia donde nació mi madre

a few schoolbooks...

Los niños aprenden a escribir en esos libros escolares.

VASOS EN MADERA CONTRACHAPADA, "VEHICULOS DE IDENTIDAD"

Terminando la escuela de arte, yo trate de hacer algo que fuera lejos de todas mis referencias contemporáneas, algo que luciera viejo. Un día vi a un amigo cortando algo de madera contrachapada y yo estaba asombrado lo fácil que parecía cortarla. Yo compre algunas hojas grandes de plywood y una sierra - de madera Bosch Jigsaw.. Cuando la madera llego, se veía como pedazos de mármol y a mi mente vino los jarrones Lekythos funerarios de mármol que había visto en el Museo Nacional en Grecia . Yo dibuje uno de ellos y después lo corte, estaba obsesionado y empece a crear varios. En esos días hice autostop desde Milan a todo Europa. Algunas veces eran viajes cortos, llendo a Berlin o París por un día a ver una exposición y regresar. Yo podia iniciar mi viaje desde una estación de gasolina en la Tangencial de Milan. Yo estaba asombrado por las islas de "verde perdido" que rodeaban la Tangencial. Para mi, ese era el mejor museo..Yo, empece trayendo mis jarrones allí e instalándolos entre espacios. Fue una agradable sensación regresar a Milan y encontrarlos allí.

cerca la carretera

Gran jarrón cerca la carretera

cerca Cascina Gobba

cerca Cascina Gobba donde solia vivir

MI PRIMER EXPOSICION INDIVIDUAL

Finalizando la escuela de arte mire a mi alrededor. Personas del arte en todos lados, artistas, coleccionistas, galeristas, escritores de arte, fotógrafos.. Yo pensé que debería iniciar desde ellos. Llegue a conocerlos y al mismo tiempo producir trabajo desde sus caras, sus perfiles para ser exactos... Iría conociéndolos y preguntándoles para posar para una pintura de perfil. Después dibujaría cada perfil en una pieza de madera contrachapada, cortando, curvando el nombre de la persona en él y colgando todo alfabéticamente en la galeria. Fue algún tipo de interpretación, un Facebook primitivo.

»A partir de 1990, comienzo a coleccionar personas de arte.«
»Tomando una foto de perfil de ellos«
»cortando su figura en un pedazo de madera contrachapada y trazando su nombre debajo«
FIRSTSHOWS
PRIMERAS MUESTRAS

EXITOSAMENTE CONTEMPORANEO

Esos fueron los años de las revistas de artes y post-NeoGeo: El arte era sobre muchas cosas similares que producían raros efectos psicológicos..Dakis Joannou, un entusiasta coleccionista griego estaba comprando todo y se había apasionado por mi trabajo. El amigo de Dakis, Jeffrey Deitch, estaba planeando POST HUMAN , una muy importante exposición y ellos buscaban incluir mi "51 Sillas y algunos anos". Desafortunadamente, yo estaba inspirado... Dakis dueño de un gran hotel, The Intercontinental. Sentí que era importante colocar un computador y un proyector allí. Nunca había visto un computador y mucho menos un proyector pero había leído acerca de ellos, así que le pregunte a Dakis si podría usar una de sus varias habitaciones del hotel para mi instalación. Viajaría por todo el mundo y enviaría fotografías, envíe imágenes de FedEx para cargarlas en la computadora y proyectarlas en la habitación del hotel. Cada vez que la puerta de la habitación se abría, una nueva y fresca imagen de el mundo haría aparición. Esto era una fantasia pro-Facebook_twitter. estaba orgulloso pensé en eso en 1990, pero Dakis dijo que no le gustaban las computadoras y que pasaba con mis Asshole Chairs (Sillas ano)? Finalmente ellos nunca me incluyeron en POST HUMAN, Jeffrey me remplazo con alguien de Japón que estaba haciendo algo similar a mis 51 Sillas y algunos anos

» En 1990 fundé Different Opinion para permitir que los artistas comenzaran a producir obras de arte que eran diferentes de lo que cada uno de nosotros hace

El concepto de "Demenza"

Demenza fue solo otra palabra que aprendi en Italia pero dejo una gran impresión en mi! Los italianos lo usan para nombrar una situación "loca", un "demente" es una persona que ha perdido su mente. También, se usa para alguien que es irónico en una manera que uno no entiende. ¿Es esta persona estúpida, enojada o su demenza indica algo que simplemente no podemos comprender? De repente, veía ciertas escenas cotidianas -no muchas, muy pocas- y sentía la presencia de Demenza. También pensé en Sócrates. Entonces, un día descubrí esto ... ...

DEMENZA
DEMENZA

"Demenza"

Demenza, 1990-1994. Cada foto, edición de 3, exhibida en FATTO IN ITALIA, Arte contemporáneo de Italia, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Ginebra, - ICA, Londres. Publicado en el catálogo de TRAFFIC, CAPC. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Bordeaux, FR

DEMENZA EN NÁPOLES

estupidez, locura, ironía socrática

En la antigua comedia griega hay dos perros: Eirôn y Alazon. Eiron era un perdedor inteligente que con su ingenio triunfa repetidamente sobre el presumido personaje de Alazon. Según la Enciclopedia Británica, La ironía socrática de los diálogos platónicos deriva de este origen cómico. La palabra italiana "demenza", (Del latín demencia derivada de "demens"), se traduce en inglés a "locura". Creo que existe un cierto elemento performativo del mundo que puede expresarse con cierta locura. En ese sentido, "demenza" se traduciría mejor como "ironía", no la ironía de nuestros días sino la ironía socrática, una actitud que no solo se limita a la disimulación de la ignorancia sino que se convierte, de hecho, en una actuación.

»Demenza«

El concepto de ironía con referencia continua a Sócrates.

Como explica Søren Kierkegaard en su tesis doctoral, "El concepto de ironía con referencia continua a Sócrates". "Sócrates no solo usaba la ironía, sino que estaba tan dedicado a la ironía que él mismo sucumbió a ella". Eso era entonces, cuando el mundo estaba fresco. En nuestros días, tal "locura", no solo se realiza a menudo (especialmente en las artes y el espectáculo) pero, lo que es más importante, se ha convertido en un elemento de nuestro entorno. Encontramos "demenza" en nuestras ciudades, en Milán, Atenas, Berlín (donde tomé algunas de estas fotos) y, a veces, también lo encontramos en el campo.

"Satélites"

Ancianas rápidas, ellas usan para cruzar nuestra vida desde esta comenzando a esta terminando. Ellas parecían llevar esa información - solo por un momento- tenían que decidir acerca de mantener para ellas mismas. Tu no ves varias de ellas al rededor en la actualidad, ellas aun existen pero están perdiendo su "poder computacional"..

SATÉLITES
"SATÉLITES". Ancianas rapidas

en blanco y negro

Satélites, 1992-1993, 100 x 300 cm, Fotografía en blanco y negro, Edición de 3 + 2 A / P, Colección: Polla, Ginebra, Colección privada, GR, Foto de Armin Linke, diseñada por Vanessa Beecroft

Dibujos

"SATÉLITES" (Dibujos, iniciados en 1992)

Fotografías

Satélites, 1992-1993, 100 x 300 cm, Fotografía en blanco y negro, Edición de 3 + 2 A / P, Colección: Polla, Ginebra, Colección privada, GR, Foto de Armin Linke, diseñada por Vanessa Beecroft

»Fluyen alrededor de tu vida«
» Desde su inicio hasta su final. «

"COLLEGAMENTI"

COLLEGAMENTI
COLLEGAMENTI

Dedicado al "Neuromancer" de William Gibson

En Milan, Italia

Installation "Collegamenti"

En Milan, Italia

Performance "Collegamenti"

»Preparé una pared con enchufes estéreo montados en ella (aún no sabía nada de computadoras)«
» Dibujé varios dibujos "collegamenti" a lápiz directamente en la pared. En la superficie de una tabla sobre escalada, quedaron algunos tapones«

EXTRAS & "Libro de otros"

"EXTRAS: personas imaginarias que conocí en libros. Este trabajo es un infinito y constante crecimiento coleccionando descripciones de personajes ficticios. Esto existe en forma de base de datos que se almacena parcialmente en linea , parte de esta serie de libros en demanda y finalmente en la documentación archivada al "Objeto de colección" que representa esta obra de arte.

EXTRAS debe de ser realizado por la ultima portátil en el mercado con una voz de computadora elegida al azar. "Mr Hyde era pálido y enano, el daba la impresión de deformidad sin malformaciones identificables, tenia una sonrisa desagradable, el hablaba con una voz ronca, susurrante y algo quebrada" Yo empece a coleccionar EXTRAS en 1993. Mi primer presentación de "EXTRAS" fue creado por la exposicion colectiva "Het krijwitte kind" (SCHONHEIT MACHT SCHAMHAFT), Galería Aschenbach, Ámsterdam, curada por Paul Groot, protagonizada por Vanessa Beecroft. El mismo año, tuve mi primera exposición individual en Italia en la histórica Galleria Fac-Simile en Milán ("COMPARSE", empezando Vanessa Beecroft)

Libro de Otros

Mr Hyde was pale

Extraordinary looking man

Two men dressed the same

Method in his madness

"Powerbook", LIBRO DE PODER DE APPLE

ALAPTOP
A LAPTOP

A PowerBook

De repente, la computadora entra en mi vida. Un galerista había vendido un trabajo mio y necesitaba darme 2000 USD. Estaba en su casa con ese dinero en mis manos cuando llegó un yuppie amigo suyo . Tenía una caja gris con él y dijo: "Lo estoy vendiendo, ¿lo quieres?" Sí, me gusta ¿qué es? Le pregunté a "una computadora" dijo él. PowerBook Macintosh, Apple.. . Lo encendió y la cosa se iluminó, su pantalla en blanco y negro y blanco..

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 Palazzina Liberty, Milan, Italy

Palazzina Liberty

COMPUTER-DESKTOP READYMADE

COMPUTER READY MADE
COMPUTER READY MADE

1995

In Naples, Italy

"Output 1.0" & "Whoops!"

In Milan, Italy

Computer-Desktop Readymade

In Naples, Italy

"Soft Driller"

SOFTDRILLER
SOFTDRILLER

Soft Driller

In Milan, Italy

First oil on canvas

“ 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 saying "Game Paused"...So I project them them and painted them..

THE "Sad Tree"

SADTREE
SADTREE

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

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 catalog 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

"EXISTENCE" Paintings

“ "Existence" in Milan, Italy

1995

From 1996...

“ "NEW ABSTRACTION" Paintings, "PATIENTS" Paintings, "PORTRAITS OF DIGITAL MACHINES" Paintings in New York, US

Patients Paintings
"Patients" Paintings
NEW ABSTRACTION
NEW ABSTRACTION

"New Abstraction"

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...

And because there was already INTERNET ...

“I start painting "Internet Paintings" in NYC

INTERNETPAINTINGS
INTERNET PAINTINGS

From 1997...

"INTERNET PAINTINGS", "PATIENTS" Paintings, "PORTRAITS OF DIGITAL MACHINES", "MY FLOOR" PAINTINGS in New York, US

and later in 2002

and in 2018

The InternetPaintings at MAXXI

"Point of View" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

And looking at my floor..

“I looked at my floor in NYC

My Floor
My Floor Paintings

"My Floor" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

And then...

“I start painting cables in NYC

cables
Cable Paintings

"CABLES" Paintings

“painting cables in NYC

And "Peripherals" Paintings

“ "Peripherals Paintings", in NYC

Peripherals
"Peripherals" Paintings
Miracle
THE BEGINNING OF MACHINIMA
»I locate the roots of this medium in early artistic experimentations such as Miltos Manetas's "Videos After Videogames"

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

"Videos after Videogames"

ART FROM VIDEOGAMES continues
ART FROM VIDEOGAMES continues

Flames

1997

SuperMario Sleeping

1997

King Kong after P.J

2006

"Prints after Videogames"

PRINTS FROM VIDEOGAMES
PRINTS FROM VIDEOGAMES

after "Tomb Rider"

1996

after "Zelda"

1997

after "SuperMario"

1999

cables
"Playing Videogames"

"LOOKING AT COMPUTER SCREENS"

Everybody now Looking at Screens...

“I start painting "Looking at Screens" in NYC

and in 1999...

Working in Virtual Worlds"

virtual worlds
VIRTUAL WORLDS

Chelsea in Active Worlds

floating studio

Interview at my floating studio

» Virtual Worlds «
» Chelsea «

And in France...

“at Sette, MIDI PYRÉNÉES…

1999,

"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)

And from 2000..

“I start painting "Screens" in NYC

"Screen" Paintings

“"My Floor" Paintings in NYC

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)«

THE BIRTH OF NEEN

NEEN
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«

And in Los Angeles...

in Chinatown...

ELECTRONICORPHANAGE
ELECTRONICORPHANAGE: party location, partly Internet.

"In Los Angeles"

“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…

"OUR WEBSITES IS THE ART OF OUR DAYS"

WEBSITES
WEBSITES

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..

"WHITNEY BIENNIAL DOT COM"

WHITNEYBIENNIALDOTCOM
WHITNEYBIENNIAL DOT COM

WHITNEYBIENNIAL

»www.whitneybiennial.com«
»2002«

And from 2000...

“I start painting "Women" in Los Angeles

"Women" Paintings

“"Women" in Los Angeles

"INTERNET PAINTINGS CONTINUES..."

Started in 2002

Google Maps

2003,

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

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

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 referring 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 didn't happened either. So I hide the code somewhere online..

And in 2005

“I start painting "Point of View" in NYC

"Groups" Paintings

“"Groups" Paintings in Paris

2005,

  • Marx & Marinetti & Miltos & Manetas

starting a book..

“ not finished it, working on its content…

Marx&Marinetti&Miltos&Manetas

Marx & Marinetti

& Miltos & Manetas

and in USA..

“in New York City…

Workshop at the Hayward Gallery in London

searching for Existential Computing..

searching for Existential Computing

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!«

2006,

  • 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”.

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..

2007,

  • in London, continuing the Internet Paintings, Malcolm McLaren, show at Blow de la Barra in London, a NEEN Eclipse.

The Internet Paintings

Continuing them...

and online...

“ in Virtual Worlds…

BURNING my paintings at the desert

in Seoul

“ In Seoul…

2008,

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

The Cable-Rug

Cable-Rug

Cable-Rug

2009,

  • Living in London and New York and Milan but I spend a few days in the Amazon forest and my life changes. Opening the Internet Pavilion for the Venice Biennial.

And in the UK..

“ in London…

ALTERMODERN MANIFESTO

Five O Five show
ALTERMODERN MANIFESTO

Bourriaud

AT TATE BRITAIN

"Nature" PAINTINGS

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

AND

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

“ Monochromes are the paintings of paintings..

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..

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 Bogotá, 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"...

2010,

  • 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 Istanbul 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.

Falling in Conero

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

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

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

2011 in Milan...

“ in Milan, Italy, my daughter Alpha is born

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

while in Venice...

“ in Venice, Italy

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

Started Painting...

“ FourfortyFour Paintings in Rome, Italy

"FOURFORTYFOUR" PAINTINGS

Fourfortyfour Paintings

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

in Rome..

“ in Rome, Italy

"Google Nature" Paintings

“"Google Nature Paintings" in Derveni

2012,

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

OVEREALITY

“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

2013,

  • The Unconnected at the Venice Biennial , MedioSud

"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 "Parallel Portraits" and give as a present to those I love. Those who receive those paintings have the choose to either keep its "screen" as it is (blank) or ask me to paint their portrait in it..

"New Groups" Paintings

“"New Groups" in Rome

"On Skype" Paintings

2013, "Skype Paintings" in Rome

Bipolar Paintings
Bipolar Paintings

Camilo & Benjamin

“In Bogotá, Colombia”

Alpha & Catalina

“In Rome, Italy”

Women Looking...

In Rome, Italy

M&A looking at screen

“In Rome, Italy”

55th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

  • 2013, 55th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, (The Unconnected, The 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 catalog. 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.

TREES ON SKYPE
PAINTING TREES ON SKYPE

2014,

  • ÑEWPRESSIONISM, Studio in Sabina
ÑEWPRESSIONISM
ÑEWPRESSIONISM

ÑEWPRESSIONISM

First in Rome

Ñ in Purple

then in Milan

2015,

  • Sabina and Colombia

56th BIENNALE DI VENEZIA

  • 2015, BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
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?)

2016,

  • living in Bogota, Continuing ñewpressionism with Nora Renaud
CROPPEDCABLES
CROPPED CABLES

Cropped Cables

Continuing the 444 PAINTINGS

Fourfortyfour Paintings

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

"Abstract Screens" in Munich

Abstract Screens

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

Abstract Screens

at UNPAINTED in Munich.

Social Art Now
in Colombia, TALLER 4ROJO

in Milan, MY "TIMELINE"

AMYSTICALSTAIRCASE
A MYSTICAL STAIRCASE

Mystical and staircase

Genova at Villa Croce Contemporary Art Museum

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

"Dried Webpages"

“in Bogotá, at La Candelaria..

WEB

BECOMES

WOOD

"05:05" show in Sabina, Italy

“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.

15 years later (from my "Pokémon" exhibition in Geneva in 2001)

in China, "Pokémon Again"

Davide Quadrio (乐大豆) and his team invited me in Shanghai, to perform a peculiar exhibition/presentation at Arthub Asia, re-enacting my Pokémon 2001 project using the latest Pokémon technology. Trapped into the half virtual/half real world that China is becoming, my work there end up with a 6000KLM train trip into Inner Mongolia Inner Mongolia . During this trip, I wrote "Three black chopsticks" and I start planning a quite-ambitious crazy large-scale operation in China. Stay tuned... “

Pokémon
Pokémon prints after Pokémon

15 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 Shanghai..

Pokemon Again

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 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

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...

Painting with Likes

Painting on Instagram

2017,

  • Mexico and Colombia

"TORTUGA" WITH NORA RENAUD IN MEXICO CITY

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

At Aldo's

"Tortuga" at Aldo Chapparo Studio, Mexico City

in Mexico City

"Tortuga" at Aldo Chapparo Studio, Mexico City

and in Bogotá...

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

Continuing ÑEWPRESSIONISM in America Latina

  • "TORTUGA" in Mexico City, Preparing MedioSud at DOCUMENTA, Preparing TOGETHERNESS for the Internet Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Painting Dried Webpages, living in Bogotá.
»ÑEWPRESSIONISM started in 2014 in Italy after an invitation of Rome's Swiss Institute«

ÑEWPRESSIONISM.COM

EXHIBITING MY PAINTINGS IN STRANGE PLACES

around...

At a restaurant

At WOK in Bogota

Walking...

Walking with a screen in Cartagena

Walking...

Walking with a screen in Cartagena

Walking...

Walking with a screen in Cartagena

MEMORI Solo Show

in Rome

"Μέμωρι"

6 October 2017 in Galleria Valentina Bonomo

"Μέμωρι" book

2018,

  • Roma and Colombia

"Internet Paintings", Solo show at MAXXI

" MAXXI dedicates a focus exhibition to the artist that between social networks, selfie, fashion and Google Street View explores the imaginary of the contemporary age. For his solo show at MAXXI, Miltos Manetas (Athens, 1964) brings together with large canvases a world populated by selfies, a reality observed by Facebook, pornographic images next to fashion, the streets of the whole world he recorded by Google. A painter, conceptual and theoretical artist, recognized at international level for his internet-based works and for having founded in 2009 the first Internet Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Miltos tells about the emotions and the imaginary of our contemporary era." IT

Exhibition view

Potato-stuff arrangement. Solutions for keeping computers, clothes, bags placing them in potato-bags. Inspired by the ideas and everyday modus operandi of @norarenaud

Chinese explorers

Chinese explorers of the InternetPaintings at MAXXI

2019,

  • Colombia, opening the Internet Pavilion 2017 , working on Diem25 Propaganda, preparing a private show in Milan