Mika Rottenberg

Guest Artist 2018

Art Commission 2019

Mika Rottenberg is best known for her video and installation work that often deals with the subject of female labor. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.


Using traditions of both cinema and sculpture, she seeks out locations around the world where specific systems of production and commerce are in place, such as a pearl factory in China, and a Calexico border town. Through the editing process, and with footage from sets built in her studio, Rottenberg connects seemingly disparate places and things to create elaborate and subversive visual narratives. By weaving fact and fiction together, she highlights the inherent beauty and absurdity of our contemporary existence.


Mika Rottenberg was invited Guest Artists as part of Arts at CERN's activities 2018. Her stay at the laboratory was followed by the launch of her exhibition 'easypieces' premiere at the New Museum, New York in June-September 2019. Her first visit was in September 2018 followed by a second visit for filming in several locations (ATLAS, ISOLDE, Data Centre, AD) in November 2018. The exhibition presents several of her recent video installations and kinetic sculptures, and premieres a new video installation, Spaghetti Blockchain (2019), that explores ancient and new ideas about materialism and considers how humans both comprise and manipulate matter.


The art commission is generously supported by the Permanent Mission of U.S. in Geneva.