Ian Cheng

April 9–September 25, 2017

Ian Cheng

Ian Cheng. Emissary Forks At Perfection. 2015-2016. Live simulation and story, infinite duration.

MoMA PS1 will present Ian Cheng’s (b. 1984) first U.S. museum solo presentation, featuring the artist’s complete Emissary trilogy (2015-2017), a series of three live simulations dedicated to the history of cognitive evolution. Using an engine for developing video games, Emissary is made up of open-ended animations with no fixed outcome or narrative—a format Cheng calls live simulation. These works ask us to imagine technology not as a subordinate reflection of our own minds, but as a tool to model a non-anthropomorphic vision of history and consciousness. The trilogy was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the artist will present a Modern Monday at The Museum of Modern Art on Monday, April 24th at 7pm to further explicate and expand upon his work.

Organized by Peter Eleey, Chief Curator, MoMA PS1; with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Associate, MoMA PS1.