11/16/20 89+|

Just discovered 89plus! Let me tell you why you want to check it out.

89plus is a research project that people who are curious about art [like me] can benefit from developed by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. They are two French art curators and writers who formed a research hub for innovators born after 1989.

Why after 89? They feel that it accounts for over half of the population and they feel they are only starting to be heard. They’ve got panels, books, periodicals, exhibitions and residencies, uniting a generation they feel has been ignored for too long.

1989 saw the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the start of the post- Cold War period. The World Wide Web was introduced, as was the internet to the non-techie folk. These events were crucial in shifting paradigms and releasing a new sort of creativity that was previously unknown. 89plus showcases the work of these innovators.

89plus has developed a series of residencies with many international partners including the Park Avenue Armory in New York, the Tara Oceans Polar Circle Expedition, and the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, which culminated in a one night exhibition at Fondation Cartier, Paris.

They’re always doing these cool exhibitions. They did a video screening in Paris on the Filter Bubble as part of Prospectif Cinéma program at Centre Pompidou. They did a collaboration with Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), a series of solo and duo shows as interventions in MAM’s exhibition, ‘Co-workers’, just to name a few.

While they have had open calls for artists for the past 5 years, receiving thousands of submissions from all over the world. They are currently focusing their efforts on a publishing project showcasing their work. They are NOT doing open calls at this time, but they are a good thing to have on your radar. You can contact at contact@89plus.com. Artists should take note.