Måns Wrange is an artist who works with extensive long-term projects which can be divided into two main strands: The first strand consists of process-based projects which critically explores the sophisticated methods and technologies for tracking and influencing human thinking and behavior, as used by the major global tech companies, the financial market actors, the national security agencies as well as the political PR, lobbying and spin-doctor industry. These projects are meticulously and structured social experiments that span over a long period of time, but where the result of the project is totally open ended. Examples of projects are The Good Rumor Project
, The Average Citizen
, The Spin Word Project
and The Archive of Deleted Files
The second strand of projects could be described as an exploration of different cultural and normative value systems, with the focus on neglected, discredited or stigmatized notions of human behavior e. g., “failure,” “compromise,” “mediocrity,” “bitterness,” and “amateurism.” Examples of projects are The Compromise House, The Encyclopedia of Failure, The History of Goodness, The Aerial Kit and Bibliotheca Non Grata
Måns Wrange’s projects, which can last up to ten years, include collaborations with people from a wide spectrum of fields: From other art forms, such as architecture, design, film, and literature; research disciplines such as sociology, rhetorics, political theory, artificial intelligence, risk analysis and decision theory; as well as from other professional fields such as political PR/lobbyism, special intelligence analysis, political speech writing, computer game development, guerilla/viral marketing, journalism, financial analysis, public opinion polling and forecasting. Several projects do also involve participation by local communities, NGOs, and activist groups.
Måns Wrange’s work is widely exhibited internationally and has been included in over 200 exhibitions, biennials, and festivals including Manifesta 4, Frankfurt; Manifesta 7/The Rest is Now, Bolzano/Bozen; ICA – The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMAPS1), New York; PROSPECT 93/Shirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; InSite_05, San Diego/Tijuana; Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; The 6th Baltic Contemporary Art Biennale HABITAT, Szczecin; Arnolfini Art Center, Bristol; Central House of Artists, Moscow; ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Hamburger Kunstverein, Hamburg, and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey.
Since 2014 Måns Wrange is a visiting professor of art in digital media at DSV at Stockholm University, where he also holds the position as director of CATS – Center for Art and Technology in Society. 2008-2014 Måns Wrange was rector of the Royal Institute of Art/ Kungl. Konsthögskolan in Stockholm. 1995-2014 he held different leading positions at Konstfack, University College of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm; as professor of fine art, head of the department and founding director of WIRE - Critical Writing and Curatorial Practices and CuratorLab