“Deterioration, They Said”

Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst

“Deterioration, They Said” brought together a group of artists who belong to the MTV generation, having grown up with early forms of the video aesthetic and the ascendant technologies of the 1980s and ’90s. The formative years of Cory Arcangel, Jessica and Jacob Ciocci/Paper Rad, Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch, and Shana Moulton were dominated by both television and the Internet, with their cornucopia of possibilities for reproduction and interconnectedness. Their works constitute a retort to those cultural critics who charge that the surfeit of information inevitably leads both to desensitization and the deterioration of critical or conceptual heft.

The show opened with a multimedia, allover mix of works by Jessica and Jacob Ciocci, who also collaborate under the moniker Paper Rad. Jacob Ciocci’s Frozen and Trapped Forever, 2009, for example, is an HD animation of countless GIF files from

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