b. 1986, Dublin, Ireland; lives and works in Paris, France.
Yuri Pattison works in sculpture and digital media to explore the visual culture of digital economies and the nature of online/offline skill sharing. The thinking is informed by the seamless merging of hard and soft realities where the political and social ramifications of the rapid development of technology can be felt in the visual cultures of the Internet. The work is inherently concerned with labor practices, a sometimes overlooked political discourse within digital production, where ideas of skill sharing and collaborative working frequently spill out beyond the space of the internet into modern physical workspaces and practices. Allowing some slippage between the online and offline spaces, Pattison is able to investigate some central tenets of these working practices such as ‘flexibility’ and ‘co-production’ as well as explore the physical architectures of new sites of work. Incorporating such a range of media, which is often juxtaposed or dispersed through the objects and their production, Pattison makes visible the use of data and metadata, alongside a mixture of factual materials, archival sources and historical fragments. In doing so, he holds in tension the technologies of communication and the circulation of information to construct complex narratives. Sometimes with ambiguously fictitious scripts, the results often lean into digital folklore and conspiracy theories born in the internet age to reveal its native cultures and attendant social and political particularities.
Yuri Pattison's recent exhibitions include clock speed (the world on time), mother’s tankstation, London (2022); Watch and Chill 2.0: Streaming Senses, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2022); Radical Landscapes, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool (2022); Post Capital, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen (2022); One Escape at a Time, 11th Seoul Mediacity Biennale, Seoul (2021); TECHNO, MUSEION – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano (2021); the engine, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin (2020); Phantom Plane, Cyberpunk in the Year of the Future, Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong (2019); to-do, doing, done, mother’s tankstation, London (2019); crisis cast, LABOR, Mexico City, Mexico (2019); Age of You, Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2019); ANTI, 6th Athens Biennale, Athens (2018); Trusted Traveller, Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland (2017); citizens of nowhere, Kevin Space, Vienna (2017); The Everywhere Studio, Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2017); Extra Bodies – The Use of the ‹Other Body› in Contemporary Art, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2017); Insights (crisis trolley), Frieze Artist Award, Frieze London (2016); British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery; Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery; Southampton City Art Gallery (2016); mute conversation, online commission, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015); Free Traveller, Cell Projects, London (2014).
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