documentation of the exhibition broadcasted live on from 09.18 - 10.18.2016

curated by Maxime Van Melkebeke

Patrick Berran, Federico De Francesco, Kai Franz, Frank Heath, Shawn Kuruneru, Florian Meisenberg, Benoit Platéus, Ilana Savdie, Yves Scherer, Emily Shanahan, Travess Smalley, Clement Valla, Nicole Wittenberg.

September 18 – October 18, 2016
online (24/7) at
& by appointment (press only)

“This new era, with all its obscurities and anxieties, demands new forms of fiction, of criticism.”
– Norman M. Klein

A Stay in the Paphos Loop takes its title from Mark von Schlegell’s acclaimed sci-fi story Venusia (2005). For the occasion of the group exhibition the unpublished audiobook will guide the viewer through the story day by day as each chapter unfolds. This is the first time that the audiobook is presented to the public.

In a distant future, living on an asteroid, society is regulated by the daily feeding of flowers. It erases any memory of the past. The sudden discovery of an ancient book dating back from Earth, results in a quest to understand the past in order to save the future. Time travel, multi-dimensionality and the endless possibilities between them form a basis for this book that reads as pulp sci-fi but is infused with a high dose of critique and philosophical reflection, a mirror of today’s world and its visions of our shared and possible futures.

A Stay in the Paphos Loop gathers the work from 13 different artists working in diverse media. Each artist relates to the story individually either through subject matter, visual representation or approach to their specific medium. The works will be presented consecutively, according to their relating chapters, creating solo presentations within the overall group exhibition.

The physical experience of the exhibition is replaced by a more familiar way of accessing information and entertainment in today’s society. The exhibition can be seen and experienced 24/7 on your smartphone, tablet and/or computer by accessing online.

This exhibition engages with Venusia Audiobook (2013) by Mark von Schlegell through the work of 13 artists including Patrick Berran, Federico De Francesco, Kai Franz, Frank Heath, Shawn Kuruneru, Florian Meisenberg, Benoit Platéus, Ilana Savdie, Yves Scherer, Emily Shanahan, Travess Smalley, Clement Valla and Nicole Wittenberg. The exhibition is curated by Maxime Van Melkebeke and will run from September 18 – October 18, 2016 at A celebratory drink will be served on Sunday September 18 from 4 – 8 pm at Slick Willie, 179 Meserole Ave, Greenpoint, NY 11222. To direct media and general enquiries, please contact Maxime Van Melkebeke,, 646-400-9637.

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Patrick Berran (USA, lives and works in New York) received his MFA from Hunter College. Solo exhibitions include Chapter NY, NY; White Columns, NY; South First Gallery, Brooklyn; and Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago. Berran’s work has been featured in exhibitions at M+B, Los Angeles, CA; Jack Hanley Gallery, NY; Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, NY; iMOCA, Indianapolis, IN. — artist’s website

Federico De Francesco (ITA, lives and works in New York) studied at UCLA. Recent exhibitions include FOUR A.M., NY.

Kai Franz (GER, lives and works in Providence, RI) studied Architecture at RWTH Aachen, Germany and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich. In 2008 and 2009, he received a Fulbright-Fellowship to study in the Digital+Media MFA program at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2012, Franz graduated with honors from the Masters in Architecture program at Princeton University. During 2013 and 2014 he was a Fellow in the artist-in-residence program at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Since 2007 Franz has taught in the Architecture and the Fine Arts departments at ETH Zurich, McGill University and Princeton University. He is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Experimental and Foundation Studies at the RISD. His works have been exhibited in solo- and group-exhibitions in the US and Germany. He is represented by ROCKELMANN& in Berlin. — artist’s website

Frank Heath (USA, 1982 lives and works in New York) received his MFA from Yale University School of Art. Recent solo and two person exhibitions at Art Basel Statements, Basel; Simone Subal Gallery, NY; Frieze Frame, NY; and Bcc: (with Brendan Meara), Roots and Culture, Chicago. Recent group shows and screenings include Rêve du Pierre, curated by Mnam/Cci, Philippe-Alain Michaud, Jonathan Pouthier, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Night Walk, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Daily Show, Bureau, NY; The Built Environment: Lower Side in Istanbul, Mixer, Istanbul, Turkey; It Narratives: The Movement of Objects as Information, Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT; Two Hours Two Minutes, The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada; Matter Out of Place, The Kitchen, NY; and Somebody has stolen our tent, Simon Preston Gallery, NY.

Shawn Kuruneru (CAN, 1984 lives and works in New York) received his BFA from Concordia University, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Four A.M., NY; Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt, NY; David Peterson Gallery, Minneapolis; Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; ribordy contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland; Night Gallery, LA; and Room East, NY. Kuruneru runs side effects gallery with Leah James. He also plays drums in a punk band with Bozidar Brazda and Ruby Aldridge. — artist’s website

Florian Meisenberg (GER, 1980, lives and works in New York and Düsseldorf) graduated from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in 2010. Recent selected solo shows at Wentrup Gallery, Berin; Simone Subal Gallery, NY; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne; Mendes Wood, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany. Recent selected group exhibitions at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany; Goethe Institute, Hong Kong; Museum Kunsten, Aalborg, Denmark; Queens Museum of Art, NY; and Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland.

Benoit Platéus (BEL, 1972, lives and works in New York and Brussels) graduated from ERG Brussels in 1998. Recent solo and two person exhibitions at Skibum MacArthur, LA; Albert Baronian, Brussels, Belgium; Almine Rech, London, UK; and Karma (with Jean-Batiste Bernadet), New York. Recent selected group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Berthold Pott Gallery, Cologne, Germany; and Fondation Frederic de Goldschmidt, Brussels, Belgium. — artist’s website

Ilana Savdie (COL, 1986, lives and works in New York) holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and completed an Advanced Painting Intensive at Columbia University. Recent solo exhibitions at Stream Gallery, NY; and International Playground, NY. Recent group exhibitions at Good Work Gallery, NY; 315 Gallery, NY; The Wrong Digital Art Biennial; and NEWD Art Show, NY. She started her MFA at Yale University School of Art. — artist’s website

Yves Scherer (SWI, 1987 lives and works in New York and Berlin) received his MA in Sculpture from Royal College of Art London and a BA in Sciences of Culture from the University of Lucerne. Recent solo projects at joségarcía, mx, Mexico; Swiss Institute, NY; Studiolo, Milan; mvprojecte, Cologne; ExoExo, Paris; Carl Kostyal, London; Art Parcours, Basel; Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; S.A.L.T.S., Basel; SKYLINE, SSZ Sued, Cologne; and Almanac Projects, London. — artist’s website

Emily Shanahan (CAN, lives and works in New York) received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2013. Recently her work was included in the group exhibition People Who Work Here II, at David Zwirner Gallery, NY, and this fall her video One Hundred Gestures from One Hundred Watch Advertisements (1901-2000) will be on view at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. This past spring she was selected as a participant in the New Museum Seminar series. Her artist book The Tick vs. the Hum was published by Golden Spike Press in 2015. — artist’s website

Travess Smalley (USA, 1986, lives and works in New York) received a BFA from The Cooper Union, NY. Recent solo exhibitions at Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna, Austria; Foxy Production, NY; Cooper Cole, Toronto, Canada; and Higher Pictures, NY. Recent group exhibitions at Sies + Höke Galerie, Düsseldorf, Germany; Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; Bernadet Ricou Gallery, Brussels, Belgium; Seventeen Gallery, London, UK; and House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland. — artist’s website

Clement Valla (FRA, lives and works in New York) received a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Digital+Media. Recent solo exhibitions include XPO Gallery, Paris; and Transfer Gallery, NY. His work was included in the Paddles On! auction at Phillips, organized by Lindsay Howard. Valla’s work has also been exhibited at The Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN; Museum of the Moving Image, NY; Bitforms Gallery, NY; DAAP Galleries, University of Cincinnati, OH; and 319 Scholes, NY. His work has been cited in The Guardian, TIME Magazine, Rhizome, Wired, The Brooklyn Rail, and on BBC television. He is currently an assistant professor at RISD. — artist’s website

Nicole Wittenberg (USA, 1979, lives and works in New York) received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2003. Recent exhibitions include The Female Gaze, Part Two: Women Look at Men, Cheim & Read, NY; Nice Weather, curated by David Salle, Skarstedt, NY; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Malingerers, Freight + Volume, NY; Brucennial 2012, NY. Nicole was awarded the John Koch American Academy of Arts and Letters award for best young figurative painter in 2012. Her work is included in the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Portland Museum of Art, Portland; among others. Nicole is a teacher at the New York Studio School and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. — artist’s website

Audio Book production was made possible by the following:

Venusia Audio Book, 2013
Recorded by Jeff Hassay
Contributors: Jeff Hassay, Chris Kraus, Tif Sigfrids, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, Giovanni Jance, Frances Scholz, George Porcari, Robbie Kinberg, Andrew Berardini, Bettina Hubby, Robbie Dewhurst, Matthew Chambers, Bennet Simpson, Joel Mesler, Julia Scher, Norman M. Klein, Leland de la Durantaye, Melinda Rayman, Mark von Schlegell, Kath Bloom, Imaad Wasif, Brian Grahams.

To listen to all chapters, please visit our playlist on Soundcloud.

Venusia (2005) was published by Semiotext(e) and is available through The MIT Press. If you would like to order a copy of the book in print, please visit Semiotext(e), MIT press, or other stores carrying the Semiotext(e) titles.

Federico De Francesco
Stand Still, Move Forward, 2015
oil, crayon and wax on paper
48 x 61 in. (121.9 x 154.9 cm)
1 of 15
Benoit Platéus
Kodak Flexicolor, 2015
urethane, 8 x 8 x 13 in. (20.3 x 20.3 x 33 cm)
Ilford, 2015
urethane, 2 x 4 x 8 in. (5.1 x 10.2 x 20.3 cm)
2 of 15
Nicole Wittenberg
Back to Nature, 2016
oil on canvas
48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm)
3 of 15
Patrick Berran
Untitled, 2016
acrylic, toner, paper, wooden panel
dimensions variable
4 of 15
Shawn Kuruneru
Teleportation, 2016
ink on canvas
30 x 30 in. (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
5 of 15
Ilana Savdie
Facewaver (Pink) No. 1, 2015
oil on canvas
48 x 46 in. (121.9 x 116.8 cm)
6 of 15
Travess Smalley
Notes on the green man, flower of life, d&d, and automatic drawing, 2016
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
7 of 15
Travess Smalley
Notes on the green man, architectural illustration and green woman: the laundromat calla lily Tamara Lempicka, 2016
40 x 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
8 of 15
Emily Shanahan
Kent Cigarettes 1972, Shell Oil 1972, 2016
inkjet print
60 x 31 in. (152.4 x 78.7 cm)
9 of 15
Clement Valla
Untitled (Buddha), 2014
inkjet on paper mounted on MDF
image: 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. (45.1 x 45.1 cm)
MDF: 22 x 22 in. (55.9 x 55.9 cm)
10 of 15
Frank Heath
Backup Plaque (Letter From Future Self), 2014
laser-etched brass, postage
11 x 8.5 in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm)
11 of 15
Yves Scherer
Emma (Travel), 2016
plaster, blanket
65 x 18 x 12 in. (165.1 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm)
12 of 15
Yves Scherer
Emma (Travel), 2016
plaster, blanket
65 x 18 x 12 in. (165.1 x 45.7 x 30.5 cm)
13 of 15
Kai Franz
Raft No. 2 For Sleeping Algorithms, 2016
Sand, polyurethane, CNC instructions
diameter: 31 1/2 in. (80.0 cm)
14 of 15
15 of 15