October 25 – December 15, 2019
U & I
NOWHERE introduces its new space in Soho and the exhibition U & I by exonemo.
Formed in the late 1990s, the artist unit exonemo (Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa) has created artwork for over twenty years that investigates “the boundary between two different worlds,”—the virtual and the physical, the digital and the analog.
The exhibition title U & I references the relationship of “you and I,” and how the personal connection between two people can vary between mutual understanding, disagreement, and even confrontation. As exonemo often draws from current issues, the title also references “UI,” an abbreviation for “User Interface” that straddles the line between humans and machines. This exhibition will predominantly feature an arrangement of exonemo’s past works, many of which exist along this boundary of two worlds.
"If you want to see someone’s profile on social media, you usually have to tap directly on their profile icon, which means poking a stranger in the face! That’s SO RUDE! I can’t think of anything worse! I feel like I should be punished every time I do this, like with an electrical shock from the screen. Although it wouldn’t be so bad if I kissed the screen and got a little zapping in return. U and I exist in between the forces of gravity and electricity, an informational fire that burns endlessly. I have no urge to fix the tilt of my canvases, because I can’t touch them!"
The Japanese artist unit exonemo (Kensuke Sembo and Yae Akaiwa) was formed in 1996 on the internet. Their experimental projects are typically humorous and innovative explorations of the paradoxes of digital and analog, computer networked and actual environments in our lives. Their The Road Movie won the Golden Nica for Net Vision category at Prix Ars Electronica 2006. They have been organizing IDPW gatherings and "The Internet Yami-Ichi" since 2012 and their online project "0 to 1 / 1 to 0" is currently on view during sunrise and sunset at Whitney Museum of American Art’s web site. exonemo has been based in New York since 2015.