Café Zayas - by Johann Arens
'Plâtre à toucher chez de Zayas’ is a sculpture by Edith Clifford William from 1916 that is registered 'lost'. It has resurfaced in the enigmatic space of virtual internet cafes as they exist in game engines and online platforms.
Johann Arens (b. 1981, Germany), holds an MFA from Goldsmiths College, London, and was recently in residence at the British School in Rome, Fondazione Antonio Ratti and the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.
Recent exhibitions include ‘New Acquisitions’, Fondazione Fotografia Modena; ‘Pillar Huggers’, Or Gallery, Berlin (2015); ‘TTTT’, Jerwood Space, London; ‘Emotional Resources’, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland (2014); ‘Internet Centre & Habesha Grocery’, Paradise Row, London (2013); ‘Young London’, V22; ‘A useful-looking useless object’, Sierra Metro, Edinburgh; ‘I'll explain you everythiinnngggg’, Chert Berlin; ‘Effect Rating’ in De Service Garage, Amsterdam (2012); ‘New Contemporaries’, ICA London, and ‘No Soul For Sale’ Festival at Tate Modern (2010).