Agnieszka Kurant "The End of Signature". Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Agnieszka Kurant "The End of Signature". Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Agnieszka Kurant "The End of Signature". Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art
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Agnieszka Kurant: The End of Signature

Sat, 07/14/2018 to Sun, 09/30/2018

East wing facade

 

Agnieszka Kurant’s The End of Signature explores the rising power of social capital, the aggregated value of which can be algorithmically calculated. This work is rooted in her longtime investigation of collective intelligence in nature and culture. She analyzes communities, social movements, and societies as super-organisms or collective persons with personality traits and develops collective signatures for them. The work addresses the replacement of individual authorship by hybrid, collective forms, and the decline of handwriting and turn to digital modes of communication.

To make this work, Kurant collected signatures from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s employees and trustees that she later aggregated into a single inscription using software that she developed with a computer programmer. The piece is presented as a neon sign on the east wing facade of the CMA. The latest iteration of her ongoing series, it represents the collective identity of the many individuals and stakeholders who make up the CMA’s complex structure.

Agnieszka Kurant "The End of Signature". Photo © The Cleveland Museum of Art

 

Commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.


Agnieszka Kurant: End of Signature is made possible with support by the Andy
Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

This exhibition was supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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