Karen Anne Lancel

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  • ISEA2019

    Karen Lancel & Hermen Maat, Netherlands. Art-science duo Lancel/Maat are considered pioneers exploring embodied presence, privacy, empathy, and trust, in post-human bio(techno)logical entanglement with (non-)human others. They radically re-orchestrate automated control technologies, bio- feedback and social-sensory perception, to create ‘Trust-Systems’, for intimate meeting experiences and for public dialogue on resilient, AI/AE social eco- cultures. In host, immersive performance-installations (‘shared neuro-feedback systems’, ‘reflexive data-scapes’), audience interact through face-recognition, brain-computer, smart-textile technologies – portrayed in video-works and data- prints. Shows: ZKM, Venice Biennale 2015; Rijksmuseum Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Ars Electronica; NABI Seoul; 2nd TASIE Millennium Museum Beijing, Transmediale Berlin; WaagSociety Amsterdam; ISEA2004- 2011-2016; Shanghai World-Expo2010. Residencies/fellowships grants awarded by Mondriaan Foundation, Banff Center, V2_Institute, TASML Tsinghua University, NWO-Netherlands, EMAP-EMARE Creative-Europe Programme. Lancel/Maat lecture, publish, teach internationally (CHI, ArtsIT, Leonardo), conducting PhD-research at TU Delft ‘Participatory-Systems-Initiative’ and at Hanze-University Groningen (Minerva Academy), where Lancel previously headed the MFA media-art program. Works are included in Digital-Canon LIMA and ZKM collections.


    Karen Anne Lancel & Hermen Maat design ‘meeting places’ in city public spaces. These ‘meeting places’ are designed as seductive, visual performances, installations and participatory networks. Each ‘meeting place’ or social sculpture functions as an artistic ‘social lab’ in which the artists invite their audience as co-researchers. The audience is invited to experiment and play with social technologies; and to reflect on their perception of the city, and their experience of body, presence, identity and community.
    Through their artworks Lancel and Maat research contemporary social systems in a mediated society. For every ‘meeting place’ they deconstruct existing communication technologies and strategies; and design a new innovative montage of physical and virtual interaction. Through audience interaction Lancel and Maat show social portraits of urban mediated life. Shows (selection):  Ars Electronica Linz, Austria // ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany // De Appel Amsterdam, NL// Transmediale Berlin, Germany // Eyebeam, New York, USA // Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL // Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL // Artfair Artforum Berlin, Germany // Urban Screens 08, Melbourne, AUS // ISEA2004 Helsinki, Finland // Biennale Villette Numerique, Paris, France // Art Center Nabi, Seoul, South-Korea // Smart Project Space Amsterdam, NL // Chinese European Art Center-CEAC // DCC Shanghai / Expo 2010, China // The Second Art @ Science International Exhibition/Symposium, Beijing, China // V2_LAB for Unstable Media Rotterdam, NL // Urban Screens 05 Amsterdam, NL // Dutch Institute for Media Art Amsterdam (NIMK), NL // ISEA2011 Istanbul, Turkey // Second new media Art Exhibition at Millennium Art Museum Beijing, China. Lancel is PhD Candidate at the Technical University of Delft, NL; she is member of the Art Practice and development ARTI research group of Marijke Hoogenboom at Amsterdam School of the Arts, NL; and core lecturer MFA interactive media art 2005-2008 at Frank Mohr Institute Groningen, NL. Maat teaches media art at Minerva Art Academy Groningen.


    Karen Lancel uses a combination of online and offline media in which she invites the audience to participate. She designs projects for cities’ public spaces, inquiring into the changing perception of the public space and notions of community. In her installations she connects social experiences in the virtual and the physical space alike.

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