Warren Neidich

Warren Neidich /

Warren Neidich (USA, 1958) is an American artist and theorist living and working between Los Angeles and Berlin. His interdisciplinary installations use video, photography, neon sculpture and graphic scores to tease out the contested discourses informing the social brain. He is currently Professor of Art, Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) – Sorbonne Universités, formerly a Professor of Art at Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee (2016–2018), and is founder and director of Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art, New York City and Berlin. Selected exhibitions include: Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, Walker Art Center, MoMA PS1, and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, amongst the others. He is represented by Priska Pasquer Gallery, Cologne and Barbara Seiler Gallery, Zurich. www.warrenneidich.com 
*(new discursive bio sent by email 26.07) Having studied photography, neuroscience, medicine, ophthalmology, and architecture, Warren Neidich, who works between Los Angeles and Berlin, brings to any discussion platform a unique interdisciplinary position that he calls “trans-thinking”. The model explores the way cognition evolves via cultural inputs, after all, the brain is not limited to an organ housed within the bony skull, but also includes a significant extra-cranial component consisting of the evolving socio-cultural-political milieu wherein various unequally distributed and contested discursive fields gather and entangle themselves. The resulting interactions have important implications for the plastic brain and the image of thought. His recent book, entitled The Glossary of Cognitive Activism(Archive Books), represents the quintessence of this approach to cognitive study. It is the most recent component of his earlier three-volume publication, The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism which underscores the importance of post-Workerist thought for understanding the regime of cognitive capitalism in the 21st century, especially with regard to its contemporary neural or cognitive turn: in cognitive capitalism the brain and the mind are the new factories of the 21st century. The new economy presently is transitioning from a knowledge and information-based economy, concerned with search engines and digital infrastructure, to one that is specifically brain-based. Investment capital has reoriented itself to capture the latent potential in AI, AAI, Brain-Computer-Interfaces, Cortical Implants, and Optogenetics. Produced for his solo exhibition entitled, Rumor to Delusion, at Zuecca Project Space during the Venice Biennial 2019, his new work provides a lexicon of terms with which to understand the ways new forms of power have been consolidated in this latter stage of capitalism, using the terms “neural subsumption” and “neural capitalism” to adequately characterize the phenomena.