Chloé Delarue

Season 1 · Episode 1

For Unraveled, the art-werk podcast artist Nina Kettiger, curator Bernard Vienat, and writer Philipp Hindahl talk to artists about their practice and its meaning in our society.

To start off, they met Swiss-French artist Chloé Delarue. In her installations she works with such diverse materials as latex, neon lights, small engines, and video. Her immersive works tell the story of a possible post-apocalyptic future, a parallel world in which only faint traces of mankind remain, where an organic structure reproduces independently. After winning the Kiefer Habitzel Prize in 2017, Chloé participated in many group and solo shows in Switzerland and beyond.

Chloé has an ongoing body of work: “TAFAA–Towards A Fully Automated Appearance.” It is an attempt to capture the instabilities of our time. Tech capitalism is very real, and Chloé discusses her inspiration that may seem to come from science fiction narratives. But French philosopher Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology plays an equal part in the conception of her pieces.

In each episode, the guests picks an essay or a book that is reviewed at the end. Chloe suggested Yuk Hui’s piece On the Unhappy Consciousness of Neoreactionaries which was published by e-flux Journal in April of 2017. In her work, Chloé is concerned with networked systems, and Hui’s essay unpacks the ideologies that grew out of networked capitalism.

Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal

Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal

Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal Chloé Delarue, TAFAA – NEW RARE XPENDABLE, 2019, exhibition view, Kunsthaus Langenthal