Lars Bang Larsen

Curator and Art Historian

Panel: Open Systems

Georgiana Houghton, Glory be to God, 1868. Courtesy of Lars Bang Larsen.
Lars Bang Larsen, The New Model: An Inquiry. Interior page view, “The Model,” Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 1968.

Lars Bang Larsen has produced a body of curatorial, editorial, and archival endeavors at the intersection of politics and aesthetics. The broader arc of his work tracks art made in the context of subcultures at the limit of the modern, from 19th century spiritualism to ‘60s psychedelia. Bringing experimental, philosophical, and artistic perspectives on epistemology and subjectivity into dialogue with one another, Larsen has carefully composed a much needed critical and historical context for AI as a medium of artistic investigation into more-than-human intelligence and ecologies of play and learning. In dialogue with Jenna Sutela, Larsen brings this dialogic generosity to the “Open Systems” panel.

Symposium Schedule

Panel: Open Systems
Live Presentation & Q&A
Thursday, April 8, 2021 / 11:00am–12:00pm EST
Location: Livestream

Related Works

Mud Muses – A Rant About Technology

2019-20, Moderna Museet and Koenig Books

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 artist groups who manipulate and play with (gender)codes, flip subjectivities, hook up with other intelligences, and short circuit the promises of technology.

Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings

2016, The Courtauld Gallery, London

An exhibition curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Simon Grant, and Marco Pasi consisting of a series of largely abstract Victorian watercolors produced by the long-forgotten spiritualist artist Georgiana Houghton (1814–1884).

The New Model: An Inquiry

2020, MIT and Sternberg Press

For three weeks in October 1968, Stockholm’s Moderna Museet was transformed into a sprawling adventure playground that was free to access for all of the city’s children. The New Model revisits this utopian intervention, reviving discussions of public participation, children’s agency, and shifting ideals of collective being.