Contemporaine de Nîmes Hugo Laporte & Katja Novitskova

05.04 > 22.09.2024


with young people from the École de la 2e chance

At Carré d’Art – Contemporary Art Museum, artists Hugo Laporte and Katja Novitskova propose the foundations of a museum and archaeological institution from a time we don’t yet know, though not so far from our own. It brings together what could be the traces and artifacts of a humanity to come, grappling with increasingly troubling ecological, technological, geopolitical and cultural issues. The “Oracle Museum” is built around a fictional museography, featuring a wide variety of objects, images, sounds, mythologies and characters made by the artists with machines and artificial intelligence, to give us a glimpse of a future that can still be avoided.


Hugo Laporte
Hugo Laporte has been an artist and DJ since 1990. After studying at art schools and music conservatories in Nîmes and Annecy, Hugo Laporte took part in several collective exhibitions at Sault-au-Recollet, (Montreal), Nicoletti contemporary (London), Topic (Geneva), Komplot (Brussels) and soon at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He is currently benefiting from the GENERATOR #10 residency at 40mcube in Rennes, which has provided him with the support he needs to develop part of the project presented at the Contemporaine de Nîmes, thanks to the company Self Signal and its team. Hugo Laporte’s approach is hybrid, non-binary, experimental and sensitive. Confrontations between high tech, mid tech and low tech, chosen or imposed collaborations with machines and technological tools (Artificial Intelligences, handmade 3D printing, computer-assisted music software, etc.), the propositions are varied and attempt to cause historical and identity confusion, thanks to a playful trans-archaeological approach to mediums and forms.

Katja Novitskova
Born in 1984, Katja Novitskova is an Estonian artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied graphic design at the Sandberg Instituut and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (Amsterdam). As a leading figure in the ‘post-internet’ art movement, her work has been exhibited in numerous institutions around the world: Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, MGK Siegen (2023); Migros Museum (Zürich) and Sharjah Art Foundation in 2020; Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (Preis der Nationalgalerie, nomination 2019); Whitechapel Gallery (London, 2018); Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2018 and 2017); K11 Foundation (Shanghai, 2017); Kunstverein Hamburg, Museum Folkwang, Essen (Nam June Paik Award), 9th Berlin Biennale, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (Beijing) in 2016; MoMA (New York),13th Lyon Biennale, Kunsthalle Lissabon in 2015… In 2017, she represented Estonia at the 57th Venice Biennale. Katja Novitskova studies the ongoing ecological transformations of natural and technological processes in today’s world, and develops a personal approach to interpreting their complex forms. Her work includes sculptures, installations and artist publications. Katja Novitskova is represented by Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler gallery (Berlin) and Temnikova & Kasela gallery (Tallinn).

Projet présenté avec le soutien de : Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, 40mcube

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