BMW Art Club: Digital Grotesque III

Michael Hansmeyer

◾️ 6-22.10, 12:00-20:00*
*between October 13th and 16th the exhibition is open to 6:00 p.m. only
6.10, 17:00 - the meeting with the Artist
Free entry

◾️ 6-22.10, 12:00-20:00*
*between October 13th and 16th the exhibition is open to 6:00 p.m. only
6.10, 17:00 - the meeting with the Artist
Free entry

BMW presents the third instalment of the “BMW Art Club. The future is art” project. This year’s artist is Michael Hansmeyer, who has been commissioned by BMW to create a monumental 360-degree multimedia projection and an architectural sculpture designed using artificial intelligence, which will be the counterpoint of the video.

“Digital Grotesque” is Hansmeyer’s flagship project, which the artist has been perfecting for years. He works on every aspect of it: from writing code and algorithms using artificial intelligence, to 3D printing at the highest level of complexity currently possible, to the handiwork that requires surgical precision – the finishing of the installation. Designed especially for the Nowy Teatr space, the work will allow us to – literally – touch the effect of the algorithms created by the artist.
As BMW Art Club project curator Stach Szabłowski reveals: “For our commission, the artist is preparing an immersive multimedia installation called ‘Digital Grotesque’ and a sculpture inspired by ancient columns to complement the virtual world. His hallmark is harnessing machines and intelligent algorithms to explore and create beauty. His artistic practice is a kind of laboratory for experimenting with the new possibilities that the development of intelligent technologies opens up for us in the fields of shaping space as well as creating beauty,” explains Szabłowski.

As Michael Hansmeyer himself explains: “I am interested in how developments in technology are redefining before our very eyes what is possible in architecture and design and, above all, what is conceivable. In my opinion, algorithms are a tool, but one that, in partnership with humans, is able to help them understand themselves, recognize their capabilities and even come closer to grasping the nature of such a fleeting concept as beauty.”

BMW is a pioneer of new technologies, setting trends in sustainable mobility. At the Research and Innovation Center (FIZ) in Munich, BMW creates solutions that shape the future. Michael Hansmeyer’s art combines the latest advances in programming and artificial intelligence with unrestrained creativity, for which tomorrow is the horizon. For his art practice, a visit to the FIZ in Munich was an inspiring and opening experience, and for BMW, the selection of the artist for this year's BMW Art Club was in turn a natural fit with the brand's core values.

The exhibition “Digital Grotesque” as part of BMW Art Club. The Future is Art 2022 will be on show from 6 to 22 October at the Nowy Teatr in Warsaw.

The entry will be free to all visitors of the Nowy Teatr. With this gesture, BMW fits in with the trend of making culture as widely available as possible, which has become stronger especially in a post-pandemic world. The brand is consciously creating a new form of cultural patronage.

More informations about the project available here:

Michael Hansmeyer (born 1973) is an architect and programmer who explores and practices the innovative possibilities associated with the use of algorithms to generate and produce architectural forms. Hansmeyer’s work, which the artist describes as “computational architecture”, plays out at the intersection of the fields of design, visual art, coding and machine learning studies in the context of aesthetic exploration. Hansmayer creates forms that exist in virtual reality as well as installations, spaces and architectural objects produced using 3D printing techniques.
His works have been exhibited at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, the Grand Palais, the Centre Pompidou and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, and as part of the Design Miami / Basel and Gwangju Design Biennale, among others. As an architect, he worked with the world’s leading architectural studios (e.g. Arata Isozaki & Associates, Herzog & De Meuron Architects). He is currently affiliated with the CAAD (chair of computer-aided architectural design) at the Faculty of Architecture at the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich. He lives and works in Munich.

The project BMW Art Club. The future is art is a long-term cultural activity inspired by BMW and realised in cooperation with groundbreaking artists and Poland’s most important cultural institutions. Previous editions of the BMW Art Club have featured Boris Kudlička and the Grand Theatre – National Opera and Witek Orski with the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio in Katowice.

As an art patron BMW carries out innovative artistic projects all over the world. The brand is actively involved in the protection and development of world culture. It has collaborated with leading 20th-century artists, from Andy Warhol to Jeff Koons to Jenny Holzer. BMW carried out its projects in collaboration with Tate Modern, Teatro alla Scala and Art Basel, among others.  In the artistic events created by BMW, art draws freely on technology, turning towards the future. This results in visionary events and activities that capture the spirit of the brand.

Epson is a global technology leader from Japan that connects people, things and information. Its products are efficient, compact and precise. Epson’s key areas of development are inkjet printing for business as well as image visualization and projection. All devices are distinguished by low TCO, eco-friendliness and versatility of applications. For their efforts in this field, Epson has received numerous awards, including the platinum EcoVadis award, 14 Green Awards Data Master Lab, the Green Heart of Wprost magazine or the title of Ecological Company 2021 by GF.


Organizer: BMW Group Polska
Partner: Nowy Teatr w Warszawie
Technological partner: EPSON
Media partners: Vogue Polska, LABEL Magazine, Radio ChilliZET, Forbes, Newsweek, Business Insider, NOIZZ, Onet, Plejada 

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