Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network

December 2, 2017June 10, 2018

Presented by the New York-based collective DIS, Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network, will reveal a “DIS-topian” take on the future of education—decentralized and open-access, yet communal and physically connected. The DIS Edutainment Network will be played on a continuous loop on 36 large LED screens in the de Young’s atrium, Wilsey Court, inviting visitors to experience a twisted hybrid of entertainment and education. The result of collaboration with a group of international writers, and artists, the expansive multi-media platform will include The Restaurant, a cooking show with political themes by Will Benedict and Steffen Jørgensen, a nature show on human-animal relations in Africa and Thailand by Korakrit Arunanondchai, a video focusing on “general intellects” with  McKenzie Wark, a visual essay by Aria Dean, a talk show on “Mother” by  Casey Jane Ellison, a docu-short on “seasteading” in Tahiti by Daniel Keller and Jacob Hurwitz Goodman, a report on “reparation hardware” by Ilana Harris Babou, a cartoon by Amalia Ulman, a docu-short on “economic utopias” by Christopher Kulendran Thomas, a Nollywood fictional drama exploring the influence of technology and digital culture in South Africa by the artist collective CUSS Group, and a contribution by the Women's History Museum. The viewer will be guided through the “program” by “The Host” - an avatar created with Chus Martinez, (the director of the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel), Culturesport, and Ian Isiah and interstitial ads and interviews conceived by Darren Bader and DIS will connect and disrupt the different “programs”.

Join us in celebrating the DIS collective’s Genre-Nonconforming: The DIS Edutainment Network with an opening day “Thinkspo” full of stimulating activities of all kinds.

Image: DIS, General Intellects with McKenzie Wark, 2017


This exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Sound Sponsor: Meyer Sound

Seating provided by Room & Board

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Contemporary Arts Program is made possible by Presenting Sponsors The Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund.

Major support is provided by Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman and The Paul L. Wattis Foundation. Significant support is provided by Frances F. Bowes. Additional support is provided by Kate Harbin Clammer and Adam Clammer, Katie Schwab Paige and Matt Paige, David and Roxanne Soward, Joachim and Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Shaari Ergas, Kaitlyn and Mike Krieger, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Schwab, Gwynned Vitello, Vance Wall Foundation, Anonymous, and the Contemporary Support Council of the Fine Arts Museums.