Celebrating more than five years of thug life, pop culture, and R&D, the renegade art organization known as the Free Art & Technology Lab, or F.A.T. Lab, is going GOLD. F.A.T. GOLD, that is. From November 15–January 26, MU will present the acclaimed work of F.A.T. Lab. Curated by Lindsay Howard, the exhibition invites the public to experience and engage with the collective’s groundbreaking projects.
F.A.T. GOLD Europe brings together an international group of twenty-five collaborators comprised of artists, hackers, engineers, musicians, and graffiti writers. Many of the members will be in Eindhoven during the week of November 10, participating in panels, hackathons, and leading workshops at MU, Designhuis and Baltan Laboratories in Natlab.
The exhibition features significant works from 2007 to the present, including new projects to be launched on opening night. Showcasing a comprehensive selection of the group’s diverse output, the exhibition includes video, software, net art, installation, and performance. F.A.T. Lab members will also be creating and hacking on new, cutting-edge projects to be added to the exhibition on the fly.
In recognition of the five-year anniversary, F.A.T. GOLD Europe will also launch a new book co-published by Link Editions and MU, edited by Domenico Quaranta and Geraldine Juarez, entitled F.A.T. MANUAL. The instructional book features a selection of works from F.A.T. Lab’s history, all of which encourage DIY entrepreneurship, open source, and activism. Join us for the exhibition opening on November 15, which will include a brief presentation by the book's editors.
F.A.T. Lab members are Mike Baca, Aram Bartholl, Magnus Eriksson, Michael Frumin, Geraldine Juárez, KATSU, Tobias Leingruber, Greg Leuch, Golan Levin, Zach Lieberman, LM4K, Kyle McDonald, Jonah Peretti, Christopher “moot” Poole, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Borna Sammak, Randy Sarafan, Becky Stern, Chris Sugrue, Addie Wagenknecht, Theo Watson, Jamie Wilkinson, Bennett Williamson, and Hennessy Youngman.
Lindsay Howard is a curator exploring how the Internet is shaping art and culture. She is the Curatorial Director at 319 Scholes and former Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States, where she researched and first presented F.A.T. Gold in April 2013. Her work uses experimental curatorial models to reflect what she sees as an essential shift in contemporary culture, specifically a growing interest in collaborative creativity, open source philosophy, and unlimited access to information.
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