Guest Artist 2017
James Bridle is an artist and writer working across technologies and disciplines. His artworks and installations have been exhibited in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australia, and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors online. He has been commissioned by organisations including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Barbican, Artangel, the Oslo Architecture Triennale, the Istanbul Design Biennial, and been honoured by Ars Electronica, the Japan Media Arts Festival, and the Design Museum, London.
His writing on literature, culture and networks has appeared in magazines and newspapers including Frieze, Wired, Domus, Cabinet, the Atlantic, the New Statesman, and many others, in print and online, and he has written a regular column for the Observer. "New Dark Age", his book about technology, knowledge, and the end of the future, was published by Verso (UK & US) in 2018.
Bridle came to CERN as Guest Artist in 2017, a visit that lead his research and later project A State of Sin, 2018; a site-specific installation is based on a series of random number generators. In this project, the artist proposes randomness as a strategy to escape from a more predictable and data-driven world, in an effort to preserve the diversity, creative thinking, and originality prevalent in human nature.
A State of Sin, 2018 is a New Commission co-produced with ScANNER (Science and Art Network for New Exhibitions and Research) and has been exhibited in Broken Symmetries, an international touring exhibition at FACT, Liverpool (2018); CCCB, Barcelona (2018); iMAL, Brussels (2020); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung (2020); Kumu, Tallinn (2020-2021); Le Lieu Unique, Nantes (2021).