Tyler Coburn

The Great Chain, 2016

950* Euro

Tyler Coburn (*1983 in New York, lives and works in New York) is an artist and writer working in performance, installation, writing, and sound. His work critically engages trends in computing and manufacturing, investigating contemporary tensions between waged and leisure time; the self and the social media public; and the virtual world and its complex material infrastructures.

The title of the edition The Great Chain produced exclusively for the Kunstverein takes its name from the "Great Chain of Being," a vertical diagram of the heavens and earth, which is thought to be one of the oldest evolutionary models.  The chain's history spans from the writings of Aristotle to those of Alexander Pope, presenting shifting conceptions of a fully ordered world, in which everything has a link and thus a purpose.  In this print, Coburn has excerpted part of a 1579 drawing from Didacus Valades's Rhetorica Christiana, now shown in a rune-like form. As part of Coburn's larger project, Ergonomic Futures, this print imagines how the chain might be deconstructed and repurposed: as a symbol for unknown evolutionary futures.

  • Exhibitions:
  • 2017
  • Container Artist Residency 01, Museums of Bat Yam, Tel Aviv (E)
  • 2016
  • Gwangju Biennale (G)
    The Promise of Total Automation, Kunsthalle Wien (G)
    Fluidity, Kunstverein in Hamburg (G)
  • 2015
  • Whose Subject Am I?, Kunstverein Düsseldorf (G)
    Infosphere, ZKM Karlsruhe (G)
  • 2014
  • Shanghai Biennale (G)
    La Voix Humaine, Kunstverein München (G)
  • 2012
  • Soundworks, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, Coquilles Mécaniques, CRAC Alsace (G)