Curated by João Ribas; co-organized with The Drawing Center, New York

FAX is an evolving exhibition that started in new york in 2009, and continues to be reconfigured, expanded, and localized as it is presented—often simultaneously—in venues worldwide. FAX invites artists, architects, designers, scientists, and filmmakers to think of the fax machine as a drawing tool, resulting in an exhibition concerned with ideas of reproduction, obsolescence, distribution, and mediation. through the infinitely reproducible, yet erratic outcomes of producing works via the fax machine, this show displaces traditional notions of the hand that are still commonly associated with the medium of drawing, and instead foregrounds drawing as a generative process.

The first iteration of the exhibition featured a core of works by nearly 100 artists, including seminal examples of early telecommunications art. with every new incarnation, the hosting institutions are encouraged to invite additional artists to submit works, which are then permanently added to the show. new participants submit faxes throughout the duration of the presentation using a specially designed cover sheet by Dexter Sinister. Visitors view the collection of faxes on the walls or flip through archival binders to see over 500 pages of works.

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João Ribas is curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and a widely published critic. He was previously curator at The Drawing Center in New York, and has organized over thirty exhibitions in the US and abroad. Ribas is the winner of an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010) and two consecutive AICA Awards for Best Exhibition (2008/2009). He has contributed essays to numerous exhibition catalogs and monographs, and has been a visiting lecturer for institutions and organizations worldwide. He was previously adjunct faculty at the School of Visual Arts, New York, and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design

Matt Sheridan Smith, Untitled, 2009.


Julieta Aranda, John Armleder, Roy Ascott, Tauba Auerbach, Fia Backström, Darren Bader, Cecil Balmond, BANK, Colby Bird, Pierre Bismuth, Barbara Bloom, Mel Bochner, Tobias Buche, Ian Burns, Cabinet Magazine, Etienne Chambaud, Cleopatra’s, Peter Coffin, Jan De Cock, Collage CenterWest, Liz Deschenes, HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen), Morgan Fisher, Claire Fontaine, Yona Friedman, Aurélien Froment, Ryan Gander, Wineke Gartz, Liam Gillick, Marisa González, Dan Graham, Joseph Grigely, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Wade Guyton, Skuta Helgason, Charline von Heyl, Matthew Higgs, Eduardo Kac, Matt Keegan, Zoe Keramea, Tom Klinkowstein, Germaine Kruip, Glenn Ligon, Ronald L. Mallett, Jackson Mac Low, Corey McCorkle, Josephine Meckseper, Eric Mitchell, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Olivier Mosset, Warren Neidich, Kambui Olujimi, Serge Onnen, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Mai-Thu Perret, Michalis Pichler, William Pope.L, Seth Price, Blake Rayne, Tobias Rehberger, Kay Rosen, Amanda Ross-Ho, Pamela Rosenkranz, Arnd Seibert, Matt Sheridan Smith, Sonia Sheridan, Alexandre Singh, Dexter Sinister, Josh Smith, Anne Tardos, Cheyney Thompson, Christian Tomaszewski, Wolfgang Tillmans, Edward Tufte, Stan VanDerBeek, Olav Westphalen, Christopher Williams, Jack Whitten, Johannes Wohnseifer, Cerith Wyn Evans, and more

Additional Images

Installation view of FAX at The Drawing Center, New York, NY

Installation view of FAX at Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada

Amanda Ross-Ho, The Cat Will Not Stop Jumping on the Desk, 2009

Touring Schedule

DeVos Art Museum

Marquette, Michigan
January 13, 2012 - February 24, 2012

Knoxville Museum of Art

Knoxville, Tennessee
August 26, 2011 - November 6, 2011

St Paul St Gallery

Auckland, New Zealand
April 8, 2011 - April 30, 2011

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

Cambridge, Massachusetts
March 7, 2011 - April 10, 2011

Apex Gallery, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid CIty, South Dakota
February 15, 2011 - April 3, 2011

New Galerie

Paris, France
November 6, 2010 - December 18, 2010

Dowd Gallery, State University of New York, College at Cortland

Cortland, New York
October 7, 2010 - December 10, 2010

Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil

Mexico City, Mexico
March 24, 2010 - June 20, 2010

Burnaby Art Gallery

Burnaby, Canada
March 16, 2010 - May 23, 2010

Para/Site Art Space

Hong Kong
February 1, 2010 - March 31, 2010

Torrance Art Museum

Torrance, California
January 14, 2010 - February 20, 2010

Plug In ICA

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
December 12, 2009 - February 21, 2010

Contemporary Museum

Baltimore, Maryland
September 12, 2009 - December 20, 2009

The Drawing Center

New York, NY
April 17, 2009 - July 23, 2009

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