Founded by Vinca Kruk and Daniel van der Velden, Metahaven’s practice spans art, filmmaking, and design to provoke new imaginaries that are equally bound to aesthetics, poetics, and politics. Recent solo presentations include Information Skies, Auto Italia, London (2016), and Mumbai Art Room, Bombay (2016), The Sprawl, YCBA, San Francisco (2015), Black Transparency, Future Gallery, Berlin (2014), and Islands in the Cloud, MoMA PS1, New York (2013). Recent group exhibitions include the Sharjah Biennale 2017, Sharjah, UAE, Fear & Love, Design Museum, London (2016), Dream Out Loud, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016), the 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea (2016), All of This Belongs to You, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2015), Private Settings: Art After the Internet, Museum of Modern Art Warsaw (2014), and Frozen Lakes, Artists Space, New York (2013). Recent publications include Black Transparency (2015), Can Jokes Bring Down Governments? (2013), and Uncorporate Identity (2010). Music videos by Metahaven include Home (2014), and Interference (2015), both with musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon, as part of an ongoing collaboration. Metahaven’s full-length documentary, The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda), premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016. Its successor, the short film Information Skies, was nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards. The short film Hometown, a successor to Information Skies, was shot in Beirut and Kyiv in 2017.

Lecture abstract

Complex belonging.
Metahaven will survey some of the focal points of their recent work in art, design, and moving image. They will highlight aspects of emotional and affective immersion amidst contradictory (geo-)political and technological realities and talk about some of the choices in their work that respond to these.