How do we understand the relationship between life and technology in a time when they seem to be completely merged? The group show “Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology” takes its title from an installation by Robert Rauschenberg and an essay by science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Meet 19 artists and artists groups (among them DAI COOP tutor Jenny Sutela) who manipulate and play with (gender)codes, flip subjectivities, hook up with other intelligences and short circuit the promises of technology. Moderna Museet, till Jan 12, 2020

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In the 1960s the aim was to integrate technology with everyday life: in 2019 that unification seems realised and complete. Perhaps it will be by travelling through history and the imagination that we can trace the differences between life, art, and technology? In Robert Rauschenberg’s fifty-year-old artwork “Mud Muse” (1968–1971) sonic vibrations create random bubbles in a large, open, vat filled with synthetic sludge. Here our encounter with technology becomes both sticky and confusing. What a Mud Muse actually is remains uncertain, but the installation makes one thing clear: technology is a notion that creates time and space and thus influences our sense of reality.

Curator: Lars Bang Larsen


  • Ian Cheng
  • CUSS group
  • Sidsel Meineche Hansen
  • Charlotte Johannesson
  • Lucy Siyao Liu
  • Anna Lundh
  • Paulino Joaquim Marubo, Armando Mariano Marubo and Antônio Brasil Marubo
  • The Otolith Group
  • Branko Petrović and Nikola Bojić
  • Primer
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Anna Sjödahl
  • Soda_Jerk with VNS Matrix
  • Jenna Sutela
  • Suzanne Treister
  • Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas
  • Vision Exchange Workshop with Akbar Padamsee and Nalini Malani