Miltos Manetas is a Greek artist born in Greece in 1964. In 1985 he moved to Milan and in 1995 in NY. These days he lives and works between Los Angeles, London and Paris. He is well known for his paintings with computers and videogames and for the Neen Art Movement which he founded in 2000 with a presentation at the Gagosian Gallery in NY.
He is currently represented by the Cosmic Gallery in Paris and the Yvon Lambert Gallery in USA .
Website : www.manetas.com
MILTOS MANETAS’ IDEAL OFFICE
“I had to think twice before accepting Geraldine's invitation to install an Ideal Office, because an office, as well as any kind of job is a Telic thing. But then, I remembered that G. and most of the other girls working in that particular office are also kinds of Neen creatures. Indeed, I can hardly understand how they could be successful as they are mostly playing around all day. It's probably because of the nature of their job, which is communication, so I decided to accept to make an Ideal Office which would communicate the pivotal ideas of Neen.
Neen is a concept that I discovered with my friends in late 2000. We bought the actual name, from Lexicon - a branding company based in California which has also invented Pentium and Powerbook. Neen is about a new type of feelings we all have while we are busy with our new smart toys, computers, videogames etc.
Most of the things we do with them are Telic (Telic means expressing purpose, such as I am driving my car to Los Angeles), but in some special circumstances, we are in a Neen mood and if we isolate it and repeat it, then we can create Neen Art and theories that are very fresh and original. In fact, that's what my friends and I are doing all day: searching for Neen.
Up to now, we have created a new imagery based on websites and animations (samples can be found at http://www.neen.org ) and a chain of apparently useless theories such as the Fourfortyfour Theory that is about people meeting for just a minute in perfect islands of time such as 22.22 or 1.23 the website is http://www.fourfortyfour.com. There are about 20 Neen creators who we know today: some are artists, some composers, architects, fashion designers or even computer programmers. Neen is not yet a static thing, we cannot really put it down in words, when we will be able to do so, it will probably become Telic. Like the old Miracle of Jesus walking on the water: if he was coming back today and would do it again, it would be sort of déjà vu… Jesus as usual, and if he would start swimming instead, most people would refuse to believe that he is actually Jesus.
There is a difficult but extraordinary moment in the beginning of something new, where things seem too easy to be important.
This is the moment we invite you to share with us at IDEAL OFFICE #4…”
Neen logos are designed by Rafael Rozendaal (www.rafaelrozendaal.com).
The Bananalinks tree by Angelo Plessas (www.angeloplessas.com).
The NeenWorld by Andreas Angelidakis (www.angelidakis.com) in collaboration with ADOBE.
Music by GNAC (www.marktranmer.com).
Performance the night of the opening by Mai Ueda (www.maiueda.com).