New-Age Icons

March 22, 2017By Heidi EllisonWhat's New Art & Culture


Only one week left to see “Iconomania” (through March 31) at the Maif Social Club, a new cultural space opened by the Maif insurance company in the Marais. This fascinating exhibition showcases young artists using new technologies to explore the meaning of the image in today’s society. One of the coolest examples is the magical sound installation “Akousmaflore” (2007; pictured above) by Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt): when visitors touch the leaves of a group of hanging plants, the plants talk back, producing a variety of birdsongs. Another, which reminded me of the Wooly Willy toy on which children use a magnet to draw beards and mustaches on a face, is “Portrait on the Fly” (2016) by Laurent Mignonneau and Christa Sommerer: when you stand in front of a white screen, your portrait forms from thousands of “flies.” Free admission.


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