Talk: Beating the system(s)

ArtReview x Modern Forms

Beating the system(s)


In a conversation at the ArtReview Bar, curator Lucia Pietroiusti (Serpentine Galleries) joins artists Zach Blas and Sebastien Noel to discuss how their different practices aspire to develop new ways of thinking about the world, and to challenge existing paradigms. 


The Shape of  a Circle in the Mind of a Fish

The first in a series of symposia organised by the Serpentine Galleries, curated by Lucia Pietrouisti and Filipa Ramos, that will take place over a year. The gatherings bring together a wide range of thinkers and practitioners from various disciplinary ambits across art, literature, environment, science and technology to explore the porous boundaries between human, animal and artificial consciousness and intelligence.

The first symposium took place on Monday 28 May, 2018 and brought together choreographers, scientists, artists and writers at the ZSL London Zoo to reflect about cognition and language in tandem with affect, agency and sensibility across species and beings. For more details, visit


Zach Blas

Zach Blas is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans technical investigation, theoretical research, queer and feminist futurity, conceptualism, and science fiction. His work broadly confronts the political unconscious of science and technology. 

Recent works have addressed killed chatbots, time travel, the securitisation of romance, biometric capture, policing as mysticism, smart drugs and psychedelia, the crystals balls of Silicon Valley, and dildos. To read Zach's writings on biometric surveillance, the internet and the California Ideology (among other things), visit



Troika is a collaborative contemporary art group formed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b. 1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) in 2003. With a particular interest in the subjective and objective readings of reality and the various relationships we form with technology, they investigate the ways in which the digital world informs and crosses over into the physical one and how technological advancement influences our relationship with the world and with each other. Visit