Nemo Biennial

█  5 MONTHS OF EVENTS : 3 OCT.19 – 9 FEB.20  █

+100 events: concerts, exhibitions, shows / performances, meetings / talks / conferences …

40 cities in Île-de-France

45 partner venues

 

2019/2020 PROGRAM IS OUT!

 

It is with real enthusiasm that we are delighted to present a new edition of the Némo Biennial of digital arts, which will take place from the 3rd of October 2019 to the 9th of February 2020, in more than 40 venues in Paris and Île-de-France!

The CENTQUATRE-PARIS was entrusted with the general direction and the budget of the event by the Île-de-France region. Gilles Alvarez, the founder of Némo, joined the CENTQUATRE-PARIS’ team and will continue to ensure the artistic direction. The 2019/2020 edition has been imagined on the previous base, with already some changes that prefigure an entirely revamped 2021/2022 edition. The Biennial will apply to itself the plasticity and the renewal that it demands of the art that it presents, porous, in a digital age that can only be in constant movement. A preserved DNA that is currently mutating.

One can therefore find:

digital contemporary art, performing arts in contact with new technology, creation in the public space and in heritage venues, the relationship between art and science, the societal challenges of the digital age and of course the irrigation of the Île-de-France territories with new forms of multidisciplinary creation.

The Biennial is a driving force with multiple centres of gravity, which exists through the combined strength of all our partners, artists, producers, promotional venues and cultural institutions that have made this edition as well as the previous ones. They participate in ensuring the permanence of this edition whilst already imagining together its future transformation.

Prosopopées [Prosopopoeia], in 2015, was the possible autonomy of machines. Hasard, accident ou sérendipité ? [Chance, accident or serendipity?], in 2017 was finitude and randomness (defining human beings and biological life in general) wrestling with the all-powerful algorithms, with almost a certain “voluntary submission” linked to social networks, connected objects and home automation. We responded with the creativity of artists and their ability to organise randomness, as well as the critical dimension they offer when reintroducing chance and free will into our digital society that is more and more predictable.

The 2019/2020 Némo Biennial will propose the conclusion of this cycle, with an even more open question: is the human species doomed to disappear: the late human species? We will question in this way the possible disappearance of humanity, not necessarily in its ecological aspect (that is essential however) but from the point of view of new technology and particularly the renowned NBIC (Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Information technology and Cognitive science).

The question of the omnipresent concept of “artificial intelligence” (an oxymoron?) will be developed, as well as the exponential learning of machines, augmented and virtual realities applied to daily life, the “invisible hand” of data, the “augmented” Man and his qualities and functions that will be reduced in the same momentum, the Singularity that is promised to us, post-humanism, transhumanism and post-Anthropocene.

And like in the previous episodes, in a resolutely more humanist approach rather than any other. But let us not reveal the story before the artists have written these futures!

Speculative design (or design fiction) will be one of the methods that we use to exhibit these many questions, through the prism of art. Stories or objects that are more or less futuristic, desirable, disturbing or dystopian will allow us to better grasp these futures that are being invented in the present. These artistic representations of possible futures will most surely create debate around the challenges of society and of preferable futures, to suggest that it is still always time to act.

 

Gilles Alvarez, Artistic director of the Némo Biennial

José-Manuel Gonçalvès, Director of the CENTQUATRE-PARIS