curated by Chris Romero

October 5 - 28, 2017

Rhode Island College, Bannister Gallery

FOREVER FORNEVER proposes that the virtual and real are no longer separate. Technological advancements have become so embedded in our daily lives that we often cannot separate our digital personas from our physical bodies. Meanwhile, advanced robotics and artificial intelligence systems replace human functionality, Facebook algorithms dictate our news and information, and virtual worlds imitate reality, with a tinge of fantasy. With virtual reality, 3D printing, and augmented reality we no longer debate how the real and virtual are separate, we wonder how to move forward.


We have entered a new world. The speed at which it progresses presents a contradiction. Moments are both memorable and forgotten. This is found in trying to remember older versions of Facebook, or what life was like before it. At the same time the media we use can reunite distant friends or obliterate the history of former lovers. We exist paradoxically forever and fornever. The selected artists of this exhibition interpret the new world, their artworks portray the present , a hyper-technological world, and hypothesize the future - a dream caught between utopia and nightmare.

In conjunction with the physical exhibition an online exhibition will be presented as part of The Wrong Biennale. The online exhibition will feature additional artists and will be displayed in a former office room of the Bannister Gallery. The Wrong is the largest and most comprehensive international digital art biennale today. Its mission is to create, promote and push positive forward-thinking contemporary digital art to a wider audience worldwide through a biennial event that gathers the best art selected by the best, while embraces the young international talents of today’s exciting digital art scene.


Morehshin Allahyari, Jacob Ciocci, Kenta Cobayashi, Terrell Davis, Exonemo, Akihiko Taniguchi, Lu Yang, Miao Ying


Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Morehshin was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives struggles in the 21st century. Morehshin is the co-author of The 3D Additivist Cookbook in collaboration with writer/artist Daniel Rourke– (published on December 2016 online in 3DPDF format and in print by the Institute of Networked Cultures). Her modeled, 3D-printed sculptural reconstructions of ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS, titled Material Speculation: ISIS, have received widespread curatorial and press attention and have been exhibited worldwide.



Jacob Ciocci (b. 1977, United States) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY, and Oberlin, OH. In his videos, multimedia installations, websites, and performances, the cultural symbols of our time, both the popular and the obscure, both the contemporary and the recently forgotten confront one another and the viewer on a visceral, emotional, and experiential level. He has performed and exhibited at a variety of venues including the New Museum and MOMA in New York, Tate Britain.




Kenta Cobayashi (b. 1992, Japan) is a photographer based in Shibuya, Tokyo. He has exhibited widely in group exhibitions such a s The Exposed #7 (g3+G/P Gallery, Tokyo, 2014) and Devil May Care (Nooderlicht, Groningen, 2015). Cobayashi recently held his first solo exhibition, #photo, in April 2016 at G/P Gallery in Tokyo. Cobayashi's work is characterized by using computer software to create digital traces or “tags” onto photographs and video taken with his iPhone. A digital native, Cobayashi's work represents a grapple with digital culture, and how photographers are to exist alongside it.



Terrell Davis (b. 1998, United States) creates hyper real 3D renderings of still-life tabletops consisting of cluttered technology, consumer products, plants, and junk food. The hyper-realism of his imagery evokes provides a snapshot into contemporary life, consumerism, and pop culture. The glowing coloration and saturation in his work illuminates the objects we often use but rarely pay attention to. The artworks featured above can be thought of contemporary still lives, presenting a deluge of bright and international ephemera that the artist comes in contact with in his daily life.




Exonemo (formed in 1996, Japan) consists of Akaiwa Yae and Sembo Kensuke. Their experimental projects are typically humorous and innovative explorations of the paradoxes between digital and analog computer networks and physical environments. They are founders of the Internet art collective IDPW, which organizes the Internet Yami-Ichi an Internet-themed flea market. Their work, “The Road Movie”, was the recipient of the Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica in 2006. Currently based in New York, they have exhibited in institutions including the NTT ICC in Japan and the WRO Center in Poland. The installation VR Buddha is an “art update” of Nam Jun Paik’s classic series of sculptural media based works. A new meaning is presented as the buddha stares into the virtual reality headset.



Akihiko Taniguchi (b. 1983, Japan) Produces installations, performances and video works using self-built devices and software. Presently his work focuses on a series of game-like installations in which an avatar of the artist navigates virtual environments filled poetry and 3D photographs of real-world imagery. He is a full time professor at Tama Art University and is a curator for Akibatamabi21 in Tokyo. He has exhibited at the ICC, Tokyo; Radiator Festival, London, the SeMA Biennale Mediacity, Seoul, and the Goethe-Institut of Japan, Tokyo.




Born in 1985 in Shanghai, China, Lu Yang graduated from the New Media Art department of China Academy of Art with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2007 and a Master of Arts degree in 2010. Her solo exhibitions include “Lu Yang Delusional Crime and Punishment” (NYU Shanghai Art Gallery, Shanghai, 2016); “Delusional Mandala-Lu Yang Solo Exhibition” (interstitial, Seattle, USA, 2016), “11th Winds of Artist in Residence Part 2 – Lu Yang” (Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan, 2011); “Curated by Zhang Peili – Lu Yang: The Anatomy of Rage” (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2011). Most notably, Lu was the youngest of the three artists to present at “Other Future” in the China Pavilion of the 56th Venice Biennale (Italy, 2015). Lu currently lives and works in Shanghai and Beijing, China.



Miao Ying was born in Shanghai, China. She holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University and a BFA in New Media Arts from China Academy of Fine Arts. She resides in New York and Shanghai. Her work highlights the attempts to discuss mainstream technology and contemporary consciousness and it’s impact on our daily lives, along with the new modes of politics, aesthetics and consciousness created during the representation of reality through technology. She deliberately applies a thread of humor to her works and address her Stockholm Syndrome relationship with censorship and self-censorship in the Chinese Internet (The Great Fire Wall).