2 Dec 2017 – 10 Jun 2018

DeYoung Museum San Francisco


Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network

Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network


DIS with Korakrit Arunanondchai, Darren Bader, Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, CUSS Group, Aria Dean, Casey Jane Ellison, Ilana Harris-Babou, Jacob Hurwitz Goodman and Daniel Keller, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Ryan Trecartin, Amalia Ulman, McKenzie Wark, and Women’s History Museum

A New York–based collective formed of Lauren Boyle, Solomon Chase, Marco Roso, and David Toro, DIS works across a wide range of formats, most recently transitioning platforms from an online magazine to a video-streaming edutainment channel.

Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network, a newly commissioned project for the de Young that anticipates the official launch of DIS’s new streaming platform on dis.art in January of 2018, posits the future of learning as edutainment—helping us understand emerging cultures and the complicated social machinery of our techno-capitalist world. Programs previewed here will be released online throughout the exhibition.

Featuring a multitude of programs including short films and documentaries, a cartoon, a cooking show, musical interludes, ad hoc street interviews, a furniture restoration tutorial, a headless lecture, and a kid’s show authored by DIS and its artistic collaborators, Genre-Nonconforming proposes “a counter strategy to our paradoxical moment of a post-truth, clickbait cultural landscape that has generated misinformation and overexposure as a general condition.”

It responds to DIS’s current fixations: rethinking the nature of ‘belonging’ in a rootless, networked world, and the changing relationship to the way we own, lend and give our time through occupations, bodies, and other forms of value-creation. The platform behaves like a campaign for ideas—commissioning and presenting radical solutions and predictive storytelling to expand the reach and accessibility of key conversations bubbling up through the fringes of contemporary art, activism, philosophy, and technology.

A wry hybrid of entertainment and education spearheaded by an animated avatar, the work attempts to parse meaning from a constant flux of information and unmask the hidden structures of power and information that shape our lives in order to inspire, inform and mobilize a generation around the vital issues facing us today and tomorrow.

Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network is co-commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

DIS is proud to be partnering with Meyer Sound on a customized sound solution for this multi-media installation which employs CAL 32 speakers for an optimized audio presentation, and .ART as its exclusive domain provider and thankful for the generous support from La Casa Encendida and the Danish Arts Foundation.


de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118


28 Nov 2017

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