Swiss Institute present Jon Kessler The Web on view April 28, 2013, a new immersive installation by Jon Kessler. Since 2009 MRI has commissioned contemporary artists to reflect the legacy of the late Swiss artist Jean Tinguely (1925–1991), well known for his kinetic sculptures. Expanding Tinguely’s vision, the work of Jon Kessler builds a bridge between mechanics and electronics, analog and digital worlds.

Jon Kessler
Jon Kessler, The Web (detail), 2013. Installation. Courtesy the Artist and Métamatic Research Initiative, Amsterdam.

Much like the Internet itself, The Web acts as both a sentient organism and an environmental space: it facilitates the internal circuit between viewer, camera, and monitor, while simultaneously doubling as a sprawling architectural structure. While The Web conceptually foregrounds the role of networked technologies and our dependence on them, it is in many ways a tribute to direct experience. The viewer of The Web is repositioned among fellow viewers, with the feeling of sensory dislocation condensed into one geographic location—the exhibition space—and recast as a form of shared collective immersion.

The Web is a commission by the Métamatic Research Initiative, Amsterdam.

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