With the installation „are you profitable?“ by Florian Model the artist asks major questions regarding human labor and therefore live as individuals in a capitalist society. It feels like an ironic, fatalistic and sad comment on valuation of Human Resources and how individuals evaluate their own resources themselves. He simply uses a device known from advertising, the stock market and road traffic to provide his message.
He is an artist, curator and cultural producer based in Stuttgart/Germany, graduating from the Stuttgart State Academy of Art & Design in 2017 with a diploma in Fine Arts. His work focuses on emergent behavior and the double bind between the individual and society. Through the notion of play, he simulates complex systems using AI and social experiments, drawing on sociology, economy, and technology in the process.
His work has been shown in exhibitions including the route of friendship runs into a big beautiful wall at Ladrón Gallery Mexico City/Mexico (2018), Projects for coming communities at OnCurating Project Space Zurich/Switzerland (2019), New Materiality at House Conspiracy, Brisbane/Australia (2019) and Leisure & Play at the Center for Innovative Media Rijeka/Croatia (2021).
Recent fellowships include a stipend from the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg at Cité International des Arts in Paris/France (2019) and within the program Generation A = Algorithm at the Goethe Institute in Rijeka (2021).
His work occurs at the interface of curating and artistic practice, his activities including the co-direction of the non-profit art association Anorak e.V. with Johanna Markert and Lukas Ludwig.
Artist´s Statement by Florian Model
Currently Florian Model is a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude within the framework of »Under Utopia«, a collaborative project with Akademie Schloss Solitude and the artist duo Maren Geers und Thomas Drescher. The fellowship is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden Wuerttemberg.
This exhbition was made possible with the kind support of Akademie Schloss Solitude and a funding by Kulturamt Stuttgart