Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan
2084: a science fiction show
Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 – 05.02.15

2084: a science fiction show is an installation comprising three films shown in rotation. Each lasts twenty-two minutes, the typical duration of a soap opera episode. Or Gallery commissioned episode 1 for the “Institutions by Artists” convention in Vancouver in 2012, while Bergen Assembly commissioned episode 3 in 2013. La Biennale de Montréal commissioned and is premiering episode 2.

Episode 1 was preceded by a call to artists to attend auditions in Berlin, where it was shot. A fictional date, 2084, was posited for a discussion of possibilities for independent cultural production, within a scenario where money had been abolished and art had fully colonized life.

Episode 3 depicts a telepathic exchange between a plant and a donkey at a future time when all earthly organic life forms an intelligent “noosphere.” It references propositions circulating during the Russian revolution and quotes texts from Vladimir Vernadsky, a proponent of the “noosphere,” and Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the father of Russian space exploration. The exchange is interrupted by random advertisements left over from the Internet era and a video transmission from the past concerning the constitution of an artist-run state.

Episode 2 explores the concept of an artist-run state outlined in episode 1. It traces the advent of this republic following artist-led insurrections, and its subsequent fall due to a relentless pursuit of transforming life into art.
—GB

Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, stills from Episode 2, 2014, from 2084: a science fiction show, 2012-2014, three-channel video installation with sound, each episode: 22 minutes, total duration: 66 minutes, installation dimensions variable (courtesy of the artists; produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward), 2014)
Anton Vidokle and Pelin Tan, stills from Episode 2, 2014, from 2084: a science fiction show, 2012-2014, three-channel video installation with sound, each episode: 22 minutes, total duration: 66 minutes, installation dimensions variable (courtesy of the artists; produced by La Biennale de Montréal for BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward), 2014)
Pelin Tan

Born in 1974 in Hilden, Germany, Pelin Tan is a teacher, researcher, curator and writer living in Mardin and Istanbul, Turkey. Following studies in sociology, Tan’s doctoral research delved into the concept of “locality” in socially engaged art practices (art history, Istanbul Technical University, 2010). She also studied art history at Berlin Humboldt University (DAAD, 2006-2007). Tan then undertook postdoctoral work on “artistic research” with Ute Meta Bauer in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT), Cambridge, MA.

Tan has been a research/curatorial resident at IASPIS (Sweden) and GeoAir (Georgia), and a Research Fellow on artist-run spaces in Japan (The Japan Foundation). She is now an Associate Professor of Art History in the Faculty of Architecture, Mardin Artuklu University, Turkey, and an advisory editor of ArtMargin (MIT) and NOON – Journal of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture (Gwangju Biennial Foundation). Her current research explores labour in art with Önder Özengi (Turkey) and the future history of art/work with Anton Vidokle.  She recently published two books, Ethics of Locality: Urban Commons (dpr-barcelona, 2013) and The Unconditional Hospitality and Threshold Architecture (dpr-barcelona, 2013), and is working on a publication for the Critical Spatial Practice series, Sternberg Press, 2014.

Anton Vidokle

Born in Moscow in 1965, Anton Vidokle lives in New York and Berlin. He is an artist and founder of e-flux. His work has been exhibited in shows such as dOCUMENTA (13), Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennial, Taipei Biennial, Lyon Biennial, Dakar Biennale, Shanghai Biennale and Liverpool Biennial, and at Tate Modern, London, and MoMA/PS1, New York, among other venues. Vidokle has made several films and videos, most recently Two Suns (2012). At the e-flux space in New York, he directs a program of exhibitions that has included solo shows by Hito Steyerl, Martha Rosler, Gustav Metzger, Adam Curtis, Raqs Media Collective, Mladen Stilinovic, Allan Sekula and Andrei Monastirsky & Collective Actions, as well as group exhibitions, such as Agency of Unrealized Projects curated jointly with Hans Ulrich Obrist. Vidokle co-founded the e-flux journal, a monthly online publication on art and critical theory. He has contributed essays and texts to various journals, including October, Frieze and Aprior, as well as to numerous books and catalogues.

Videos
BNLMTL 2014 - Panel with Adaptive Actions, Abbas Akhavan, Raymond Boisjoly, Anton Vidockle and Pelin Tan