Ed Fornieles (UK)
Daata Editions
Video / 2:59 / color / stereo
Edition of 20

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About the work

An edition of this work has been acquired by the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, KIASMA and the Julia Stoschek Collection.

Throughout 6 videos, Fornieles (in the form of a cartoon fox) is seen climbing a mountain of static, and swimming though pixelated surveillance footage. Fornieles battles his way through life, attempting to deal with a minefield of emotions, feelings and anxieties. He acquires friends (a duck and a cat), acquaintances and occasional enemies along the way, in a mystery-like adventure.

About the artist


Fornieles’ immersive installations, sculptures and web-based projects – such as the Facebook sitcom Dormdaze and Maybe New Friends, an ongoing performance by Twitterbots – have explored a hyperactive and ultimately dystopian vision of social media informing the drama and objects of everyday life. Fornieles’ recent exhibition Modern Family at Chisenhale, London used aggregated social media data to inform an installation organised around the archetype of an American family. When scripting live performances, Fornieles plummets participants into Instagram paranoia and Tumblr black holes.

Recent solo exhibitions and projects include Jupiter Ascending, Carl Kostyal, Stockholm; Despicable Me 2, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles; The Dreamy Awards, Park Nights, Serpentine Gallery, London; Characterdate, Frieze Frame, Frieze London and Happy Days in Basel, Theater Basel. Recent performances include New York New York Happy Happy (NY NY HP HP) for Rhizome, New Museum, New York and Pool Party Plays Itself, MOCAtv, Los Angeles. Fornieles participated in Meanwhile... Suddenly, and Then, the 12th Biennale de Lyon.

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Daata Editions

Daata Editions has collaborated with Artspace, for the co-commission and launch of a new video work by artist Keren Cytter, 'Terrorist of Love'. The work is available as a free download on the Daata Editions website, along with the Lu Yang and Toby Ziegler recent commissions.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US, the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany, KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Daata Editions has participated in Art Cologne, Frieze London, NADA New York, Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Expo Chicago, Chart Copenhagen, LOOP Barcelona and Independent Brussels art fairs and has presented screenings and events in collaboration with Frieze New York & Frieze London art fairs, Salon 94, Zuecca Projects in Venice, Vanity Projects NYC and Miami, Soho House New York, Toronto International Film Festival & Venice Film Festival, Art Basel in Miami Beach, while artworks from Daata Editions Season One have formed part of exhibitions at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway & Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, UK. Daata participates in discussions and dialogues at venues worldwide including the NY Times conference Art for Tomorrow in Doha, Qatar, Soho Houses London and NY along with talks at the various art fairs.

Daata Editions has received significant interest from the press, with media including The New York Times, Art in America, Elephant Magazine, Vogue and ArtTactic to have presented features on the project and its impact on the marketplace. In addition, art writers and curators Andrew Goldstein, Lindsay Howard, Anton Haugen, Gary Zhexi Zhang, Lucy Chinen, Courtney Malick and Loreta Lamargese have presented texts, reflecting on different aspects of Daata Editions.

Daata Editions has a dedicated section on the platform, 'Curated', through which guest curators (individuals, galleries and arts organisations) introduce new artists' works, in a way that promotes a creative dialogue between the platform and contemporary art practices, and introduces artist to the site and offer a context. Curators include: yours mine & ours, Metaphysics, Zata Banks, Legacy Russell, Katherine Finerty, New Contemporaries, Gutter Records, bitforms gallery.