02. Artists

Jon Rafman

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b. 1981 in Montreal (Canada), where he lives and works

Jon Rafman stresses the distancing effect of digital technology and the new media. In his installations, photographs and videos he brings a melancholy, rueful eye to our social interactions and virtual communities, and the surprising realities they give rise to.

Rafman’s work has been seen at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Eyebeam (New York) and The Power Plant (Toronto).

With the support of the Centre culturel canadien, ParisFuture Gallery, Berlin

© Emily GAN


Works


La vie moderne

Nine Eyes of Google Street View, 2014

Jon Rafman made his name with 9-Eyes, a vast compilation of images from Google Street View (a service that provides panoramic views of any place as long as a vehicle with nine directional cameras has been there to record it). Jon Rafman’s images were collected in the course of what he describes as “virtual safaris”. The artist managed to collect an extensive series of views – sometimes abstract, sometimes unexpected, occasionally depicting complicated realities (murders, prostitution, arrests) and sometimes containing erroneous data, thus creating impossible landscapes.

Courtesy de l’artiste et Feuer / Mesler, New York

Venues : Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)

Getting there

La vie moderne

2 works by Jon Rafman,

Jon Rafman stresses the distancing effect of digital technology and the new media. In his installations, photographs and videos he brings a melancholy, rueful eye to our social interactions and virtual communities, and the disconcerting realities they give rise to. Glass Troll Cave is an installation in the form of a viewing booth with room for only one visitor – or a hardcore gamer. The films that are shown in it, Erysichthon, Mainsqueeze and Still Life (Betamale) (all from 2015), make up a trilogy that shows the hold of technology on contemporary consciousness.

Glass Troll Cave, 2015
Création Biennale 2015
Glass cabinet and flat screen
Courtesy Future Gallery, Berlin

Erysichthon, 2015
HD video, 8’04’’
Courtesy de l’artiste et Feuer / Mesler, New York

Venues : La Sucrière

Getting there



Gallery
Jon Rafman 4 photos
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Jon Rafman
Nine Eyes of Google Street View - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Jon Rafman
Nine Eyes of Google Street View - 2014
La vie moderne | Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art (macLYON)
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© Blaise Adilon

Jon Rafman
2 works by Jon Rafman -
La vie moderne | La Sucrière
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© Blaise Adilon

Jon Rafman
2 works by Jon Rafman -
La vie moderne | La Sucrière