Critical Art Ensemble is a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specialisations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art and performance. Formed in 1987 in Florida, CAE’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology and political activism. The group has exhibited and performed at diverse venues internationally, ranging from the street, to the museum, to the internet.
Museum exhibitions include Documenta 13 in Kassel, Whitney Museum and the New Museum in New York, Corcoran Museum in Washington D.C.; ICA in London, Seoul Museum of Art, National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, London Museum of Natural History, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Matadero in Madrid, Les Abbatoirs in Toulouse, ZKM in Karlsruhe and The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow.
The collective has written 8 books which have been translated in 18 languages. Book projects include: The Electronic Disturbance (1994), Electronic Civil Disobedience & Other Unpopular Ideas (1996), Flesh Machine: Cyborgs, Designer Babies, & New Eugenic Consciousness (1998), Digital Resistance: Explorations in Tactical Media (2001), Molecular Invasion (2002), Marching Plague (2006), Disturbances (2012), and Aesthetics, Necropolitics, and Environmental Struggle (2018).