Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 9 [Marx-Lenin] and Ars Longa

3D Virtual Socialism
Karl Marx (conception) & Vladimir I. Oulianov a.k.a. Lenin (programming)
Brussels, Belgium - Moscow, Russia, 1848 - 1917

We have created MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) which mimics
social behaviours but with slightly different rules : pulsions such as greed or love for money
are discouraged. Instead, collaborative or socially oriented behaviours are rewarded.
But we left the goal of the game open, otherwise it was to easy to win... 


"Global Artists" was first conceived in 2003 as an online work. The project was reactivated and reworked
in March 2010 in a non virtual context, on the occasion of the exhibition "Le paradoxe du petit monde",
curated by Judith Lavagna and Cyril Verde, at Galerie Ars Longa in Paris.

3D realization for the Marx&Lenin piece: Frederic Lepeltier.



About the artist: 

Christophe Bruno lives and works in Paris. He began his artistic activity in September 2001. 
His polymorphic work (installations, performances, conceptual pieces) is a critical take on
network phenomena and globalisation in the field of language and images.

He divides his time between his artistic activity, curating,teaching, lectures and publications.


Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 8 [Bruni-Sarkozy]


Multiverse Ideology Remix (FR) keraoke video

Nicolas Sarkozy & Carla Bruni
Paris, France, 2007

(In french only)
Notre projet est une étude des paradoxes de l'identité. L'univers logique qui sous-tend le médium de la pensée est une logique des processus non apprivoisés. On ne peut plus décemment séparer ce monde en dichotomies du type vrai ou faux, haut ou bas, gauche ou droite, fini ou infini... Au contraire, la normalisation émerge de l'immanence du dispositif médiatico-conceptuel global auto-régulé, comme solution naturelle au problème de la dissension idéologique qui grève la pensée politique depuis l'origine de la civilisation.

En achevant la destruction de ce qui restait de modernité dans l'identité nationale française, nous avons pu, grâce à une série de détournements médiatiques soigneusement orchestrés par notre équipe, rétablir le statut irréductiblement marchand de toute idéologie quelle qu'elle soit. La forme marchandise de l'idéologie et le dévoilement de sa valeur d'échange permettent d'envisager l'identité sous une forme plus stable et régulée, loin des affects issus de l'enfance de l'homme, et débarrassée du fantasme d'une Loi qui serait imposée à tous depuis un extérieur transcendant.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 7 [Bush Bin Laden]

A new meme: the September 11th Commandment
George W. Bush & Osama Bin Laden (collab. work)
New-York, USA, 2001

"Memes" are the symbols of our postmodernity. The uncertainty principle they are associated with 
replaced the old conception of a supposed metanarrative. They evoke so many contemporary themes
from the potentially infinite duplicability of the digital medium, to the burning issue of genetic cloning 
or the scale-free network theory.

Our world has become an unstable self-disregulating memeplex. The fluidity and the pervasive 

aspect of global information demand a scientific control which is still beyond our reach.
In order to handle this fluctuating mediascape, we focussed on creating a large-scale 
informational wave by launching a mediatic tsunami that will strike people's imaginations
for hundreds of years and dissipate the fuzziness of postmodernity and chaos theory.

As a result, individuals (minimal media units that are susceptible of maximal damages

) will have to obey a new meme, The September 11th Commandment: "Suspect your neighbor as yourself".

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 6 [Jesus Christus]

L.O.V.E.: self-portrait as a virus
Jesus Christus
Jerusalem, 30 A.C.

I have programmed a semantic virus that is able to spread and infect any neural network for thousands of years. It's called L.O.V.E. It is a self-referential quantum-like virus, so that when a system tries
to fight it, it automatically gets infected. 

The more it fights, the more infected it is.

The virus is actually harmless for short scale neural interactions. 

But it has long-range effects that can produce interesting
collective phenomenons on disoriented networks.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 5 [A. Hitler]


Adolf Hilter
Berlin, Germany, 1939-1945

I created a website where people can leave their mobile phone number. The idea is that when the number of people is large enough, a SMS instruction is sent to all of them simultaneously by the server. When they receive it, people have to perform the instructions. The instructions are simple ones, like raising an arm, but the effect is amplified by the fact that many people do it in the same place, at the same time, as in a symphonic orchestra.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 4 [Spartacus]

Free slaveware
Capua, Italy, 73 BC.

Free slaveware is a matter of the user's freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the slave. 
More precisely, it refers to four kinds of freedom, 
for the users of the slave:
  • The freedom to run the slave, for any purpose.
  • The freedom to study how the slave works, and adapt it to your needs.
  • The freedom to redistribute copies so that you can help your neighbor.
  • The freedom to improve the slave, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
Access to the genetic code of the slave is a precondition for this.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 3 [Mao Zedong]

Facebay: cultural revolution 2.0
Mao Zedong
Beijing, 1965-1969

I have organized a global performance wherein
millions of people switched their lives for ten years. 
They followed the specifications I had established, on how to perform each other.

During the experiment, we were able to track the effect

of the permutations on global economic indexes
and to observe the social implications.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 2 [Charles de Gaulle]

The day I killed postmodernity before it was even invented.

Charles de Gaulle
Paris - Baden Baden, May 29, 1968

In May 1968, I organized my own disappearance to study the effect of the
presence/absence phenomenon (fort/da) on a selected network
of people that I used to be close to, with a love/hate relationship.

The resulting piece consisted in the study of the evolution

of this network of people and the phase transition
(from chaos to order) that followed the disappearance.

Christophe Bruno: Global Artists 1 [Torquemada]


HyperBody Markup Language (H.B.M.L.)

Tomás de Torquemada, Grand Inquisitor
Sevilla, Spain, 1482
The intimate narrative history of a human being can be related to painful events of his life. Thus in our installation : Internauts ask questions to a volunteer thanks to a website. When a question is not satisfactorily answered by the volunteer, a non-verbal painful signal is sent to him by the administrator. The output is that our software-art installation allows us to display the resulting speech of the volunteer in real time on a weblog exhibited on the Web, joining intimacy to globality.


Lena Lapschina: Under the Water / Above the Water (2)

The portraits are showing two of my voluntary victims of icy arctic circle photo shooting. Great colors thanks to Swedish sea characteristics and midnight sun!

Underwater portraits passing by remind the viewer of Ichtiander, the personage from Beljaeff's science fiction novel Amphibiousman.

Exhibition history:

"RISK" Lulea Art Biennial, Lulea Sweden, 2009
"Idyll" Atelier 030202, Bucharest, 201-

Technical data:

Under the water / Above the water
125 x 83 cm (50 by 33 in) / Ilfoflex/Diasec/Alu
edition of 6 (+2 EA)

Lena Lapschina: Under the Water / Above the Water (1)


"Under the water": mind-expanding, 100 % natural!

Existence without sound and verbal communication can turn out into an advantage – at least in the short term. This is what the participants in the photo sessions for the "Under the water / Above the water" project easily find out. Cold water may limit the fun.
Hot and cold all over. Both under the water and above the water, life can be pretty harsh. Even on tropical islands – if you aren't a tourist. "Sich über Wasser halten", a German metaphor, is not about fun at all, but about the basis of one's livelihood.

Lena Lapshina 

Born 1965 Kurgan, Western Siberia.
State Stroganow University of Fine and Applied Arts, Moscow 1991;  Ph.D 1996.
Lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria.
Artist, co-founder of State of the Art magazine, curator for M21.

curriculum vitae

Born in 1965 in Kurgan, Western Siberia.
Graduated from the State Stroganow University of Fine and Applied Arts, Moscow, in 1991 and made her Ph. D. in 1996.
Lives and works in Vienna and Lower Austria.
Artist, co-founder of State of the Art magazine, curator for M21.

Selected exhibitions:

Space, Kunsthalle Wien, Wien (AT)
Biennial of Young Artists, Bukarest (RO)
OSTRALE '010 Internationale Ausstellung für zeitgenössische Künste, Dresden (DE)
Festival de l'Image Environnementale, Paris (FR)
Resistance, Museumszentrum Krasnojarsk, Krasnojarsk (RU)
Princely Halali, Esterhazy Privatstiftung, Forchtenstein (AT)
Idyll, Bukarest (RO)
Performance III – Gender, Politik, soziale Fragen und Intercultural Studies, Fotogalerie Wien, Wien (AT)
My favorite late-night television watching pencil's diary, Kunstencentrum Signe, Heerlen (NL)
Exposition Fleuves, CNEAI, Paris (FR)
Weite, VIII. Biennale Krasnojarsk (RU)
Risk, Kunstbiennale Luleå, Luleå (SE)
unfiction, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Chicago (U.S.A.)
Videoreflex, Synagoge Trnava, Trnava (SK)