2018 Publication

The Verbier Art Summit's 2018 publication features contributions by acclaimed international artists and innovative thinkers. The publication is the outcome of the 2018 Summit held from 18 to 22 January in Verbier, Switzerland. The Summit theme and this accompanying publication, MORE THAN REAL. ART IN THE DIGITAL AGE, were conceived by partnering museum director Daniel Birnbaum of Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden. The publication is edited by Daniel and Michelle Kuo, curator of painting and sculpture at MoMa NY. The multidisciplinary perspectives come together through the innovative book design of Irma Boom. Publishing and global distribution by Koenig Books London. The book is now available online.

More Than Real cover and spinedaniel page

The 2018 Summit publication launched at the Moderna Museet on 1 June 2018 at 17.00 with a talk by curator Lars Bang Larsen on the intersection of art and technology. Contributors to the publication include artists Ed Atkins, Douglas Coupland, Olafur Eliasson, Pamela Rosenkranz and Anicka Yi; curators Karen Archey and Lars Bang Larsen; VR specialist Dado Valentic; and scholars John Slyce and Paul Verschure.

The publication features contributions from 2018 Summit speakers, forming a multidisciplinary exploration of art in the digital age by artists, museum directors, curators, and academics. Contributions range from reflective moments on artistic practices, to essays on threats of new technologies and curatorial practices. Ed Atkins writes reflectively on his work in his essay ‘Losslessness’: “Writing this, I’m struck by the queasy clarity of my own neuroses – as well as their positive motility: how I’ve almost always wanted my videos firstly to be analogous to people, to bodies, to experience, to loss.”

In addition, the book features 9 graphic works by Douglas Coupland, as well as illustrations by Summit participants. The publication also highlights important moments at the Summit in the form of full talks, artist statements, and off-stage conversations between speakers.


Le Verbier Art Summit a présenté sa seconde publication au Moderna Museet à Stockholm le 1er juin 2018 avec une conférence donnée par conservateur du musée Lars Bang Larsen. Le livre 2018 a été conçu par Irma Boom Studio. Elle a développé une série de 10 livres sur les Summits qui, une fois terminés, représenteront les sommets du massif des Combins au dos des 10 livres. Les livres sont publiés par Franz König, London. Ils les distribuent dans des librairies spécialisées ainsi qu’en ligne sur Amazon. Le livre est accessible au grand public, notamment aux amoureux de l’art et aux étudiants.


As referenced in More than Real, chapter "The Disappearing Genius and Situated Aesthetics: Explorations at the Borders of Science, Art and Reality" by Paul F.M.J. Verschure.

Figure 1: 
Laboratory of SyntheticPerceptive, Cognitive and Emotive Systems, Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST), Barcelona, Spain

Verschure Figure 1

Figure 2: 
Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), Barcelona, Spain

Verschure Figure 2

Figure 3:
Brain Orchestra, specs-lab.com 

Verschure Figure 3