Jon Rafman by Dan Wilton

Jon Rafman. Photo: Dan Wilton

 

Jon Rafman (*1981) is acclaimed for a multifaceted oeuvre that encompasses video, animation, photography, sculpture and installation. His quasi-anthropological works—often incorporating internet-sourced images and narrative material—investigate digital technologies and the communities they create, focusing on the losses, longings and fantasies that shape our technology-infused lives today. The Montreal-based artist turns an empathic but critical eye on the internet age, investigating experiences of alienation, nostalgia, loneliness and grief.

 

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Rafman’s complex take on internet technologies is implicit even in his earliest work. The Nine Eyes of Google Street View (2007–present), an ever-growing collection of photographic images and frequently updated website, finds him rummaging the panoramic street view feature of Google Maps for unusual images. Like a cyber flâneur he stumbles upon surprising moments of humanity, vulnerability and sometimes beauty; his discoveries include pictures of children playing in run-down neighborhoods, horses and reindeer roaming the streets, poetic landscapes, grumbling prostitutes and police arrests. By showing these automatically captured images in a new light, Rafman reveals the visual grammar and blind spots of Google’s technology.

Many of Rafman’s later videos explore lesser-known facets of the digital world. A case in point is Codes of Honor (2011), a docu-fiction short that combines real film footage with images from the online platform Second Life to tell the story of a video gamer’s life. Another is the film essay trilogy consisting of Still Life (Betamale) (2013), Mainsqueeze (2014) and ERYSICHTON (2015), a visual study of niche internet cultures including cosplayers, hentai pornography enthusiasts or people who pursue obscure sexual fetishes.

Not all of the artist’s works use found images. While the bust-like objects of his series New Age Demanded (2012–present) evoke classical modernist sculptures, they were actually created using digital imaging techniques and technologies including 3D printing or 3D model-based carving. A series of large-scale photographs titled You Are Standing in an Open Field (2015) juxtaposes grimy computer keyboards and trash-heaped desks with pastoral landscape painting backgrounds. Sticky Drama (2015), a short about the loss of digitally stored memories, is Rafman’s first live-action film.

Many of the artist’s most recent works use 3D animation. Examples include his Dream Journal 2016–2019, for which Rafman documents his daily dreams before mixing them with found narratives from mythology, video games and TV series. The animated video essays Legendary Reality (2017), SHADOWBANNED (2018) and Disasters under the Sun (2019) offer a serious look at the current human condition with a visual language reminiscent of science fiction films.

Rafman’s films and videos are often set to hypnotic, experimental-electro music soundtracks by artists including Oneohtrix Point Never or James Ferraro. Although available online, they are most effectively experienced in specially-designed sculptural installations. These emphatically physical installations squeeze viewers into booths, transport them to the bedroom of a typical North American teenager, invite them to lie on polyurethane foam seating or in pools of plastic balls.

All of Jon Rafman’s works explore the vicissitudes of self-formation in the digital age. They ask what it means to live in a time when technologies structure our every waking hour, or when the price of easy fulfillment of our needs is loneliness in front of a computer screen.  They explore the ever-present experience of living in a world where nothing is permanent, but nothing is forgotten.

 

Jon Rafman, Dream Journal ‘16–‘17
Sprüth Magers, Berlin, September 16, 2017–January 20, 2018
© Berlin Art Link Productions

Works
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Jon Rafman
Counterfeit Poast, 2022

Jon Rafman
Counterfeit Poast, 2022
4K stereo video
28:20

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𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕, (Nuclear Kiss), 2022

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕
(Nuclear Kiss)
, 2022
Inkjet print and acrylic on canvas
186.7 × 134.6 cm
73.5 × 53 inches

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𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖, (Lacrosse I), 2022

Jon Rafman
𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖
(Lacrosse I)
, 2022
Inkjet print and acrylic on canvas
186.7 × 134.6 cm
73 1/2 × 53 inches

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Jon Rafman
Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019

Jon Rafman
Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
Single–channel video
Music by Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro
94 min

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Jon Rafman
You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020

Jon Rafman
You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminum and wood
149.9 × 201.9 cm
59 × 79.5 inches

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Jon Rafman
You Are Standing in an Open Field (Mental Traveler), 2020

Jon Rafman
You Are Standing in an Open Field (Mental Traveler), 2020
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminum and wood
149.9 × 201.9 cm
59 × 79.5 inches

Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman
New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), 2014

Jon Rafman
New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), 2014
White Carrara marble
91.5 × 152.4 × 67 cm
36 × 60 × 26 3/8 inches

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Jon Rafman
View of Harbor, 2018

Jon Rafman
View of Harbor, 2018
Virtual Reality 3D Simulation
Color, sound
8:00 min

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Jon Rafman
Open Heart Warrior, 2016

Jon Rafman
Open Heart Warrior, 2016
Three-channel HD video
13:30 min

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Jon Rafman
144 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012

Jon Rafman
144 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminium
101.6 × 162.5 cm
40 × 64 inches

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Jon Rafman
3081 Valmont Road, Boulder, Colorado, 2012

Jon Rafman
3081 Valmont Road, Boulder, Colorado, 2012
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminium
101.6 × 162.5 cm
40 × 64 inches

Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman
Punctured Sky, 2021

Jon Rafman
Punctured Sky, 2021
4K video, sound
21 min

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Jon Rafman
Poor Magic, 2017

Jon Rafman
Poor Magic, 2017
Single-channel video
7:08 min

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Jon Rafman
Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020

Jon Rafman
Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
Single-channel video
30:00 min

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Jon Rafman
Still Life (Betamale), 2013

Jon Rafman
Still Life (Betamale), 2013
Single-channel video
4:54 min

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Jon Rafman
Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021

Jon Rafman
Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021
4K video
87:52 min

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Jon Rafman
Disasters under the Sun, 2019

Jon Rafman
Disasters under the Sun, 2019
Single-channel video, color, sound
7:53 min

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Jon Rafman
Counterfeit Poast, 2022
4K stereo video
28:20

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Counterfeit Poast, 2022
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Counterfeit Poast, 2022 (film still)

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Counterfeit Poast, 2022
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Counterfeit Poast, 2022 (film still)

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Counterfeit Poast, 2022
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Counterfeit Poast, 2022 (film still)

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Counterfeit Poast, 2022
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𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕
(Nuclear Kiss)
, 2022
Inkjet print and acrylic on canvas
186.7 × 134.6 cm
73.5 × 53 inches

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕, (Nuclear Kiss), 2022
Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕
(Nuclear Kiss)
, 2022 (detail)

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕, (Nuclear Kiss), 2022
Jon Rafman
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕
(Nuclear Kiss)
, 2022 (detail)

Jon Rafman
𐤍𐤔𐤉𐤒𐤄𐤟𐤂𐤓𐤏𐤉𐤍𐤉𐤕, (Nuclear Kiss), 2022
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖
(Lacrosse I)
, 2022
Inkjet print and acrylic on canvas
186.7 × 134.6 cm
73 1/2 × 53 inches

Jon Rafman
𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖, (Lacrosse I), 2022
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Jon Rafman
𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖
(Lacrosse I)
, 2022 (detail)

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𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖, (Lacrosse I), 2022
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Jon Rafman
𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖
(Lacrosse I)
, 2022 (detail)

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𐤋𐤒𐤓𐤅𐤎𐤟𐤖, (Lacrosse I), 2022
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Jon Rafman
Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
Single–channel video
Music by Oneohtrix Point Never and James Ferraro
94 min

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019 (film still)

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019 (film still)

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019 (film still)

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019 (film still)

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019 (film still)

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Dream Journal 2016–2019, 2019
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Jon Rafman
You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminum and wood
149.9 × 201.9 cm
59 × 79.5 inches

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You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020
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You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020 (detail)

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You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020
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You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020 (detail)

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You are Standing in an Open Field (Thanatopsis), 2020
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Jon Rafman
You Are Standing in an Open Field (Mental Traveler), 2020
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminum and wood
149.9 × 201.9 cm
59 × 79.5 inches

Jon Rafman
You Are Standing in an Open Field (Mental Traveler), 2020
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), 2014
White Carrara marble
91.5 × 152.4 × 67 cm
36 × 60 × 26 3/8 inches

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New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), 2014
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Jon Rafman

Installation view, New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 2014

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New Age Demanded (Angel Racer Carrara), Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, 2014
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Jon Rafman
View of Harbor, 2018
Virtual Reality 3D Simulation
Color, sound
8:00 min

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View of Harbor, 2018
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View of Harbor (film still)

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View of Harbor
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View of Harbor (film still)

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View of Harbor
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View of Harbor (film still)

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View of Harbor
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Jon Rafman
Open Heart Warrior, 2016
Three-channel HD video
13:30 min

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Open Heart Warrior, 2016
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Open Heart Warrior, 2016 (film still)

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Open Heart Warrior, 2016
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Open Heart Warrior, 2016 (film still)

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Open Heart Warrior, 2016
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Open Heart Warrior, 2016 (installation view)

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Open Heart Warrior, 2016
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Jon Rafman
144 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminium
101.6 × 162.5 cm
40 × 64 inches

Jon Rafman
144 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2012
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
3081 Valmont Road, Boulder, Colorado, 2012
Archival pigment print on dibond aluminium
101.6 × 162.5 cm
40 × 64 inches

Jon Rafman
3081 Valmont Road, Boulder, Colorado, 2012
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Jon Rafman
Punctured Sky, 2021
4K video, sound
21 min

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Punctured Sky, 2021
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Punctured Sky, 2021 (film still)

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Punctured Sky, 2021
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Punctured Sky, 2021 (film still)

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Punctured Sky, 2021
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Punctured Sky, 2021 (film still)

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Punctured Sky, 2021
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Jon Rafman
Poor Magic, 2017
Single-channel video
7:08 min

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Poor Magic, 2017
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Poor Magic, 2017 (film still)

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Poor Magic, 2017
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Poor Magic, 2017 (film still)

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Poor Magic, 2017
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Poor Magic, 2017 (film still)

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Poor Magic, 2017
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Poor Magic, 2017 (film still)

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Poor Magic, 2017
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Jon Rafman
Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
Single-channel video
30:00 min

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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020 (film still)

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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020 (film still)

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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020 (film still)

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Kool-Aid Man in Second Life (Supercut), 2020
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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
Single-channel video
4:54 min

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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
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Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (film still)

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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
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Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (film still)

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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
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Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (film still)

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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
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Still Life (Betamale), 2013 (film still)

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Still Life (Betamale), 2013
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Jon Rafman
Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021
4K video
87:52 min

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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021
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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021 (film still)

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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2021
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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2020 (film still)

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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2020
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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2020 (film still)

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Minor Daemon (Vol. 1), 2020
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Jon Rafman
Disasters under the Sun, 2019
Single-channel video, color, sound
7:53 min

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Disasters under the Sun, 2019
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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019 (detail)

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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019
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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019 (detail)

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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019
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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019 (detail)

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Disasters Under the Sun, 2019
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Current and Upcoming
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Jon Rafman, Counterfeit Poast, 2022
© Jon Rafman, 2023

The Irreplaceable Human
Group Exhibition
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek
Through April 1, 2024

What are the conditions of creativity in the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)? And are we to fear that AI will eventually take over and surpass our own human creative abilities? This large-scale exhibition attempts to identify the phenomenon of creativity from a broad, humanistic perspective while incorporating art, literature, cultural history, science etc.
In The Irreplaceable Human – the Conditions of Creativity in the Age of AI, Louisiana presents yet another exhibition that mixes art with objects from other disciplines. The aim is to render visible an idea, a phenomenon or a world that in different ways impacts our sense of self as humans. Previous exhibitions of this kind at the museum include: Arctic (2013), The Moon (2018) and Mother! (2021).
The Irreplaceable Human endeavours to pin down the nature of creativity from a broad, humanistic perspective. It will be an interdisciplinary exhibition, incorporating art, literature, cultural history, sociology and science.

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Jon Rafman
Player Character
Basement Roma, Rome
Through May 23, 2024

A visionary interpreter of the troubled human mind, of the streams of consciousness and the anxieties of the present, Jon Rafman (*1982) explores the all-encompassing impact of the virtual within the representation of our time. Through an immense vocabulary drawing from internet culture, virtual world, video games and insinous areas of the web, Rafman creates surreal and absolute landscapes in which he nourishes a constant sense of loss and alienation, of instinct and memory, of resurrection and death, of extreme sacrifice and rebirth. In a world oppressed by obsession, paranoia, a sense of emptiness and loss, the artist leads us into the most concealed realms of the web, among the viscous drives that replace reality and at the same time embody it.

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Image: Jon Rafman
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Jon Rafman, You, the World and I, 2010 (video still)
© Jon Rafman, 2024

Poetics of Encryption
Group Exhibition
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Through May 26, 2024

Though we rely on digital tools for many things, we rarely understand how they work. Moreover, due to the proprietary nature of much corporate tech, even the most curious among us cannot gain deeper insight. Today, we are forced to come to terms with our relative lack of power in the face of inscrutable systems. What symptoms of this personal and political drama register in the cultural field? What moods, symbols, or narrative frames capture the aesthetics and politics of exclusion, occlusion, secrecy, and speculation concerning technology’s inside? This extensive group exhibition at KW builds upon the recent book by Nadim Samman titled Poetics of Encryption: Art and the Technocene. It surveys an imaginative landscape marked by Black Sites, Black Boxes, and Black Holes—terms that indicate how technical systems capture users, how they work in stealth, and how they distort cultural space-time.

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Exhibitions at Sprüth Magers
Jon Rafman

Jon Rafman
𝐸𝒷𝓇𝒶𝒽 𝒦'𝒹𝒶𝒷𝓇𝒾
February 3–March 25, 2023
London

Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to announce Jon Rafman's first solo exhibition at the London gallery. In his latest works, the artist harnesses the creative potential of machine learning processes, continuing his long-standing practice of investigating the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness. The exhibition in London features both algorithmically generated paintings and video projections that explore new permutations of appropriated content, encompassing everything from fine art to mass marketing material.

Rafman incorporates the rich vocabulary and visuality of online worlds to develop poetic narratives that critically engage with the present, creating works that capture the tension between the indifferent eye of the machine and the human impulse to find meaning.

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Jon Rafman
Dream Journal '16 -'17
September 16, 2017–January 20, 2018
Berlin

In Dream Journal 2016-2017, the latest iteration in his ongoing video series, Jon Rafman has created an immersive installation within the Berlin space. Rafman is recognized for an interdisciplinary practice that spans photography, sculpture, video, virtual reality, and installation. His work explores the impact of technology on contemporary consciousness, incorporating the rich vocabulary of online worlds to create poetic narratives that critically engage with the present.

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Jon Rafman, Stan VanDerBeek
Jon Rafman / Stan VanDerBeek
curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen

January 20–March 4, 2017
Los Angeles

Memory comes to live through action in the present. We give life to memory through the present but when we do not give life to memory, it fades away. —J. Krishnamurti

This exhibition at Sprüth Magers, Los Angeles, introduces films and animations by Jon Rafman and Stan VanDerBeek, two artists from different generations, both exploring and working with associative imagery and their effect on the conditioned and the subconscious mind. Derived from the notion of screens and projections, their installations evolve around an immersive cinema and animation experience.

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Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens
Theodora Allen, Slater Bradley, Lucy Dodd, Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin, Andy Hope 1930, Oliver Laric, Pew Die Pie, Jon Rafman, Pamela Rosenkranz, Sara VanDerBeek, Stan VanDerBeek, Lesley Vance, Andro Wekua
curated by Johannes Fricke Waldthausen / GOODROOM
January 29–April 2, 2016
Berlin

Bringing together the practice of thirteen international artists, the exhibition Dreaming Mirrors Dreaming Screens appeals to the intuitive mind and creativity beyond referential thinking. Departing from the artists' production, it navigates through narratives in the realm of surrealist animation, abstraction and subjects of new materialism embracing the logic of the internet.

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Press

After Hours w/ Jon & Filip
DSCENE, issue 18, a conversation between Jon Rafman and Filip Kostic, no 01/2023

Jon Rafman: Minor Daemon and Ebrah k’dabri
studio international, article by Joe Lloyd, February 13, 2023

Finding Romance in the Grotesque: Jon Rafman
032c, interview by Claire Koron Elat, September 16, 2022

Art: Jon Rafman
Purple Magazine, interview by Aleph Molinari and Olivier Zahm, Spring/Summer, 2022

Street-View-Fotografie Straßenansichten
Monopol, article by Donna Schons, March 31, 2020

People are repeating History without the Knowledge of their doing so: Jon Rafman
Spike, interview by Aaron Moulton, Winter 2020

Deep Dive: Art and Virtual Reality
Artforum International, article by Jon Rafman, November 2017

The refracting Eye: Jon Rafman
Cura Magazine, article by Bret Schneider, Fall 2016

Infinite Lives: Jon Rafman
Frieze, article by Gary Zhexi Zhang, January-February 2016

Revealing Jon Rafman
Canadian Art, article by Murry Whyte, Fall 2015

Internet Explorer: Jon Rafman
Bomb, interview by Lindsay Howard, July 8, 2010

Biography

Jon Rafman (*1981, Montreal) lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles. Rafman’s recent solo exhibitions were held at 180 The Strand, London (2023); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2022), Ordet, Milan (2022), La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2021), Centraal Museum, Utrecht (2020), Fondazione Modena Arti Visive (2018), Sprüth Magers, Berlin (2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2016), Westfälischer Kunstverein, Muenster (2016), Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal (2015) and The Zabludowicz Collection, London (2015). His works have been featured in prominent international group exhibitions, including Kunstmuseum Bonn (2021), Belgrade Biennale (2021), the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), Sharjah Biennial (2019 and 2017), the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2018), Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal (2017), K11 Art Shanghai (2017), Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2017), Berlin Biennial 9 (2016), Manifesta Biennial for European Art 11 (2016), Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015), Biennale de Lyon (2015) and Fridericianum, Kassel (2013).

Education
2006–2008 MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
2000–2004 BA, Philosophy and Literature, McGill University, Montréal
Awards, Grants and Fellowships
2018 Sobey Award (Shortlist)
2016 Long-Term Grant to Visual Artists, Canada Council for the Arts
Pierre Ayot Award, Ville De Montréal
Sobey Award (Longlist)
2015 Sobey Award (Shortlist)
2014 Future Generation Prize, Pinchuk Foundation, Kiev (Shortlist)
2012 Media Arts Project Grant, Canada Council for the Arts
Public Collections
Banque Nationale, Montreal
Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Centraal Museum, Utrecht
Dallas Art Museum, Dallas
Fosun Foundation Collection, Shanghai
Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf
Kadist Foundation, Paris and San Francisco
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Musée des beaux‐arts de Montréal
Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal
Museo d’arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
RBC Collection, Toronto
Rubell Family Collection, Miami
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Ville de Montréal
Zabludowicz Collection, London