Critical Art Ensemble

A collective of five artists dedicated to exploring the intersections between art, technology, radical politics and critical theory.

CAE @ wikipedia: Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) is an award-winning collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, CAE's focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet. Museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum and The New Museum in NYC; The Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; The ICA, London; The MCA, Chicago; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and The London Museum of Natural History. [1]

The collective has written 6 books, and its writings have been translated into 18 languages. Its book projects include: The Electronic Disturbance (1997), Electronic Civil Disobedience & Other Unpopular Ideas(1998), Flesh Machine: Cyborgs, Designer Babies, Eugenic Consciousness (1998), Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (2001), Molecular Invasion (2002), and Marching Plague (2006). CAE's work has been covered by art journals, including Artforum, Kunstforum, and The Drama Review. [2] Critical Art Ensemble is the recipient of awards, including the 2007 Andy Warhol Foundation Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Grant [3], the 2004 John Lansdown Award for Multimedia [4], and the 2004 Leonardo New Horizons Award for Innovation. [5]

In 2004, one of its founders, Steve Kurtz, was arrested on suspicion of bioterrorism. [1] The case was widely covered in the US and international press, and sparked outrage among artists and scientists worldwide. The case was dismissed in 2008. [6]

(source: Wikipedia, August 10, 2009)