Jonas Lund and Elisa Lasowski
On Saturday, 9 November at 7:30pm, NeMe would like to invite you to two talks by Jonas Lund and Elisa Lasowski, followed by a discussion at the NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol.
Modern Solutions Require Modern Problems
In this talk Jonas Lund explores his artistic practice and body of work through the vantage point of the “solution vs problem” binary division. Very often the technological solutions offered by the Silicon Valley elite quickly turn into societal problems. Conversely, the works that Lund produces can act as problems to the presented solutions. The artist talk will explore Lund’s body of work in relation to this dichotomy and present an alternative narrative to the current dogma.
Operation Earnest Voice: the Aftermath
Operation Earnest Voice was an online influencing agency and its Brexit Division office was hosted on the third floor of The Photographers’ Gallery in London. The office was accessible to both Gallery visitors and a live online audience. The mission of the Brexit Division office was to reverse Brexit.
The installation/performance is taking its name and inspiration from Operation Earnest Voice, the US-sponsored campaign, whose purpose is to spread pro-American propaganda on social networking sites. The campaign relies on sockpuppets to comment and derail online conversations, with the goal of influencing and swaying the public opinion in any particular topic or theme. China has a similar operation called The 50th Party and Russia’s is called The Internet Research Agency. Operation Earnest Voice’s office uses similar tools and strategies to influence and sway the public.
In the talk Operation Earnest Voice: the Aftermath Jonas Lund and Elisa Lasowski will re-tell the story of the four day performance and discuss what’s next.
Jonas Lund creates paintings, sculptures, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures of control. His artistic practice involves creating systems and setting up parameters that often times require engagement from the viewer. This results in game-like artworks where tasks are executed according to algorithms or a set of rules. Through his works, Lund investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and authority. At the same time, he questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices.
Lund earned an MA at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and a BFA at Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers’ Gallery (2019); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016); Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016, 2015, 2014); Växjö Konsthall Sweden (2016); Boetzelaer|Nispen, Amsterdam (2014); Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); and has had work included in numerous group exhibitions including at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, ZKM, Karlsruhe, Witte De With, Rotterdam, Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. His work has been written about in Artforum, Frieze, Kunstforum, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Metropolis M, Artslant, Rhizome, Huffington Post, Furtherfield, Wired and more.
Elisa Wald-Lasowski is a French actress, most notable for her film and television work. She was born in the Hague Netherlands, grew up in The Netherlands, Algeria and France. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Dutch and German. Elisa has a BA (hons) in Theatre arts from Goldsmiths University and graduated from Drama Studio London where she trained in acting.
Lasowski has acted roles in productions including David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises (2007), Shane Meadows Somers Town (2008), The Comedian (2012) for which she wrote the music, Line of Duty (2012), Skins (2013), Game of Thrones (2013), Gerard Johnson’s Hyena (2014), Burnt (2015), and Versailles (2015-2018) in which she played Marie-Therese, Queen of France. She also starred in the music video for David Bowie’s song Blackstar. Elisa worked on several notable shorts: French arthouse Les Voix Volees in which she played a dancer, Dear Mr.Shakespear, by Shola Amoo, MIA a NFTS graduate film by Spanish director Maria Martinez Bayona and Dramatic Relationships by Dustin Guy Defa. Her latest credits include Sympathie Pour Le Diable, about the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, out in November of this year, sci-fi Blood Machines by directing duo Seth Ickerman (Raphael Hernandez and Savitri Joly-Gonfard) and Carpenter Brut, and just finished filming for Anne Fontaine’s latest film Police.
In 2018 she collaborated with the Spanish fashion house LOEWE and became the face of their new fragrance, solo Ella. She is based in London and Paris.