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World of Networks, Centre Pompidou

Considering the decisive role of networks

Credit: EcologicStudio, GAN-Physarum, Courtesy Rc16, Urban Morphogenesis Lab, BPro UD, The Bartlett UCL

Networks, from local to global, are ever-present across societies. They are nuanced and complex, impacting both individual and collective experiences. ‘Réseaux-Mondes’ a 2022 exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, orchestrates an exploration of networks through the works of sixty artists, designers, and architects. The diversity of works in the exhibition span from 1940 to the present day, addressing issues of surveillance, social networks, cybernetics, post-anthropogenic ecologies, blockchains, actor-network theory, and network of living things.

Credit: Centre Pompidou, Bertrands Prévost

The exhibition addresses a vast, complex issue: understanding why networks play such a decisive role today, how they affect our existence, and what effects they have on expression in our times. As always, in matters of creativity, it is wise to react and be informed but also to leave room for the sensors of our unconscious and emotions, and it is these that the works in the exhibition address.


Credit: Studio Drift, Gert-Jan van Rooij, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

This exhibition begins with the architectural utopias of the post-war period. The notion of a “global network” is then found in artistic practices around cybernetics at the same time as the information society is emerging. In the 1980s, the computer network became the artistic medium with telematic art and then, ten years later: artistic practices developed into a network in a political and ubiquitous dimension.

Credit: Constant, Spatiovore, J.C. Planchet, Centre Pompidou – Mnam-Cci / Dist. Rmn-Gp e Fondation Constant
Credit: Studio Formafantasma, Cambio

The artists of the exhibition:

Marie-Sarah Adenis; Alice Anderson; Archigram; Neïl Beloufa; Andrea Branzi; Heath Bunting; Constant (Constant Nieuwenhuys); Simon Denny; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Laura Kurgan (Columbia Center for Spatial Research) & Robert Gerard Pietrusko (Warning Office); Günther Domenig & Eilfried Huth; Louise Drulhe; Uta Eisenreich; David-Georges Emmerich; EcoLogicStudio (Claudia Pasquero & Marco Poletto); Lars Fredrikson; Yona Friedman; Gjertrud Hals; Sheila Hicks; Isidore Isou; JODI (Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans); Hella Jongerius; Allan Kaprow; Ugo La Pietra; František Lesak; Mark Lombardi; Giulia Lorusso avec Benjamin Lévy (Ircam); Jill Magid; Leonardo Mosso; Serge Mouille; MVRDV; Trevor Paglen; PAMAL_Group; Julien Prévieux; RYBN.ORG; Tomàs Saraceno; Alan Saret; Nicolas Schöffer; Robert Smithson; DRIFT (Lonneke Gordijn & Ralph Nauta); Studio Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi & Simone Farresin); Jenna Sutela; Mika Tajima; Team X; Samuel Tomatis; Katja Trinkwalder & Pia-Marie Stute;; Richard Vijgen; Addie Wagenknecht; Marcel Wanders; Daniel Widrig; Ulla Wiggen.