Ian Cheng

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Serpentine Gallery
6 March – 28 May 2018
Ian Cheng (b. 1984, USA) explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of imaginative organisms and objects, but with the unforgiving causality found in nature. What results is a cascade of emergent behaviours the artist can manage but never truly control. Cheng likens his simulations to a “neurological gym”: a format for viewers to deliberately exercise feelings of confusion, anxiety, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of unrelenting change. 

 

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Ian Cheng, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (6 March – 28 May 2018) © 2018 Hugo Glendinning

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Ian Cheng, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (6 March – 28 May 2018) © 2018 Hugo Glendinning

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Ian Cheng, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (6 March – 28 May 2018) © 2018 Hugo Glendinning

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Ian Cheng, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (6 March – 28 May 2018) © 2018 Hugo Glendinning

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Ian Cheng, Installation view, Serpentine Gallery, London (6 March – 28 May 2018) © 2018 Hugo Glendinning

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Ian Cheng, Emissary Forks At Perfection 2015-2016 live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound dimensions variable courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

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Ian Cheng, Emissary in the Squat of Gods live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2015 courtesy the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

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Ian Cheng, Emissaries Guide - Narrative Agents and Wildlife, 2017

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Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017 Courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias London, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

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Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017 courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

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Ian Cheng, Emissary Sunsets The Self live simulation and story, infinite duration, sound 2017 courtesy of the artist, Pilar Corrias, Gladstone Gallery, Standard (Oslo)

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Ian Cheng Espace Louis Vuitton München 2017. Photo by Christian Kain

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