Minos Manetas

Galerie Philippe Rizzo

Many artists and filmmakers, from Jeff Wall to David Lynch, have made use of digital imaging. Few, however, have addressed the technology of Microsoft or Apple per se—that is, technology as a space for the configuration of culture. What is interesting about the work of Miltos Manetas, a New York–based Greek artist, is that he envisions technology as a kind of mythology, a particular narrative realm rather than a simulacrum of the existing world (à la Baudrillard), or a vision of the future (à la Bill Gates or Bill Clinton). The digital world Manetas envisages is the distant echo of all of our imaginings, as ravaged as the aborigine’s smile in Claude Lévi-Strauss’ Tristes Tropiques—albeit with a touch of humor.

This was, at least, the tone of Manetas’ recent installation Whoops, 1997, an empty space painted pale yellow with an altarlike computer terminal placed in the center. The screen,

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