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JR – Adrian Piper – Ray Johnson

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JR – Adrian Piper – Ray Johnson

“Mail-Art has no history, only a present.” This statement made by Ray Johnson in 1977 has probably never been more true than in the context of today’s correspondence and communication behavior, specifically concerning social networks. Online, everything exists in the present moment. The information we create and circulate is transported by media without hierarchy or centrality, developing the artificial intelligence of tomorrow. Social networking as facilitated by the internet has restructured global society.

In this exhibition, Salon Berlin of Museum Frieder Burda brings together three artists from different generations, with different roots and strategies, who share a common focus: an appeal to the viewer to become actively involved in the artwork, allowing it to fulfil its true purpose: only this “pact” between artist and audience brings the often ephemeral artwork to its intended completion.