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Dream Machines

Artist/Producer: Jacqui Davies

Curators: Daniel Birnbaum, Massimiliano Gioni


Shown at the Deste Foundation, Slaughterhouse, Hydra, June to October 2023.

Dream Machines, curated by Daniel Birnbaum and Massimiliano Gioni, is an exhibition that explores the impact of technology on human imagination. It presents a number of momentous works, from Ulf Linde’s reinterpretation of Marcel Duchamp’s Coffee Mill (1911), which was described by André Breton as an infernal machine, to a selection of recent experiments exploring the virtual realm. Installed in and around the cave-like space of the DESTE Slaughterhouse in Hydra, this boîte-en-valise of an exhibition becomes itself a “bachelor machine” (to use Duchamp’s term), its artworks caught in an endless mechanical ballet.

Combining loans from the Dakis Joannou Collection with newly commissioned works, the show features historical figures such as Duchamp and Wilhelm Reich, significant contemporary practitioners, highly celebrated artists such as Jeff Koons, Pipilotti Rist, and Pamela Rosenkranz, as well as a large number of self-taught outsiders.

Davies' film, commissioned for the show, serves as both exhibition piece and moving-image catalogue with works from the other contributing artists represented and captioned in yellow alongside contextual materials captioned in white, borrowing from the methodology of Aby Warberg rendered as kaleidoscopic moving image.

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