Plug In ICA: Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, June 26 - July 29

Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art is excited to announce our summer exhibition, Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network by the New York based artist collective DIS. Framing our first session of the Summer Institute led by Marco Roso and DIS collaborators, this exhibition sets the stage with an installation of images, text, colour, and a video compilation that resembles, as Roso articulates: "something like MTV meets Adult Swim and PBS."

A collective formed in 2010, DIS has been DISmagazine, DISown and DISimages. They curate, make installations and objects, and operate as a hybrid voice that crosses disciplines. In this multi-fold manner of production that frequently shifts identities, DIS questions the very value of segregating modes of making into specific fields of production or defined viewership.

In Thumbs That Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network, DIS presents a program of videos from their website dis.art that range between documentary, instructional video and self-help guide. It features the work of over 19 artists and critical thinkers from Babak Radboy to Casey Jane Ellison and Ryan Trecatin. This video program is set within an installation that at first glance resembles tradeshow booths or world-fair pavilions, their agenda being critical of economic interconnections between commerce and state; the alignment of popular culture with consumers; and controlled flows of information through technology.

DIS is a New York based collective best known for DIS Magazine (2010-2017), and curating the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2016). DIS has become an umbrella for a number of networked and collaborative platforms – all of which reimagine one format or another.

Today DIS is focused on dis.art. While remaining true to the novel approaches to critical inquiry that defined life as a magazine, DIS is now focused on redefining entertainment and education through the new streaming platform on dis.art. DIS enlists writers, filmmakers, and artists to offer new forms of genre-bending edutainment that help cut through the atomization and polarization that defines the noisy, disjointed mediasphere. In the last century, public television programming meant that quality information, education and artistic formats could go hand in hand.

In addition to their extensive online programming, through dis.art, DIS has exhibited widely throughout the USA and Europe with notable exhibitions at the DeYoung Museum, San Francisco; La Casa Encendida, Madrid; Project Native Informant, London UK; Art Basel, Hong Kong; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

For the full curatorial text see our website: plugin.org
For more information on the summer institute and to see the full list of programs click here.

Please join us on Saturday, July 7 for our opening reception and roof top party. Everyone welcome!

Plug In ICA extends our gratitude to our artists, generous donors, valued members and dedicated volunteers. With special thanks to our Director's Circle. You make a difference!

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council and Winnipeg Arts Council. Plug ICA gratefully acknowledges the RBC Foundation and the Johnston Group for their support of our 2018/2019 Summer Institute Program as well as the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain as cultural partners in the presentation of Session I of our Summer Institute: Thumbs that Type and Swipe: The DIS Edutainment Network

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For media inquiries please contact: Sarah Nesbitt: sarah@plugin.org or (204)942-1043.