All These Fleeting Perfections is the group exhibition curated by Domenico Quaranta in the renovated spaces of the Biblioteca Geisser in Turin for EXPOSED. Torino Foto Festival, the new International Festival of Photography which will take place in Turin from 2 May to 5 June 2024 under the artistic direction of Menno Liauw and Salvatore Vitale.
The show is part of EXPOSED PRELUDE – a series of teaser events staged in collaboration with some of the main cultural institutions around the city of Turin on the occasion of the Turin Art Week; produced in collaboration with Artissima and with the active participation of a number of exhibitors, it can be visited from 27 October to 5 November 2023.
The event presentation is scheduled for the morning of Friday 3 November, from 10 am to 1 pm, although the exhibition will also be accessible over the days leading up to the event.
On the occasion of Art Verona 2023, Spazio Vitale opens to the public for the first time with Theo Triantafyllidis: Sisyphean Cycles (curated by Domenico Quaranta). The exhibition brings together, for the first time in a single set-up, four simulations by the Greek artist, guiding the viewer through an articulated and compelling narrative journey, and into as many ecosystems-worlds, programmed by the artist in such a way as to modify themselves according to autonomous behavior.
Via San Vitale 5 – Verona
October 13 – November 11, 2023
Monday through Friday, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Si apre l’ultimo mese della mostra “Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia”, che ho curato con Lorenzo Giusti per la GAMeC di Bergamo, e che ha già attratto in città migliaia di visitatori. La mostra è accompagnata da un ricco catalogo, pubblicato solo in lingua italiana in collaborazione con Officina Libraria, che affianca ai testi curatoriali e alle schede delle opere una selezione di testi tradotti in italiano per l’occasione.
Il volume rivolge lo sguardo a quegli artisti e artiste che, in tempi diversi, hanno indagato la dimensione del vuoto negandola nella sostanza o identificandola quale mera dimensione ideale, o il cui lavoro si è rivelato in grado di riflettere i cambiamenti epocali nella percezione della dimensione materiale, introdotti dall’emergere dei paradigmi del software e dell’informatizzazione, così come dalla rivoluzione digitale e dalla sua sistematizzazione. Il catalogo della mostra esplora il tema della smaterializzazione e crea un racconto trasversale che evidenzia le connessioni esistenti tra le indagini sul vuoto – intraprese dai primi movimenti dell’avanguardia storica e sviluppate dai gruppi sperimentali del secondo dopoguerra –, le ricerche sul flusso risalenti agli anni della prima informatizzazione e l’utilizzo di nuovi linguaggi e realtà simulate nell’epoca post-digitale. Il volume si apre con i testi dei curatori Lorenzo Giusti e Domenico Quaranta, si articola in tre sezioni tematiche – Vuoto, Flusso e Simulazione – che inquadrano altrettante modalità di messa a fuoco, rappresentazione ed espressione dei principi della smaterializzazione. L’introduzione di ciascuna sezione del catalogo è affidata a un testo di carattere scientifico, inedito in lingua italiana: Karen Barad per la sezione dedicata al Vuoto, Luciano Floridi per la sezione dedicata al Flusso e Myron W. Krueger per la sezione dedicata alla Simulazione. Approfondimenti sulle opere in mostra sono affidati a storici dell’arte italiani e internazionali. Chiude il volume la ripubblicazione di un saggio di Italo Calvino, derivato da una conferenza del 1967 intitolata Cibernetica e fantasmi, in cui lo scrittore si sofferma sull’impatto della teoria dell’informazione sulla letteratura, sulla creazione e sulla nostra visione del mondo, sulla fine dell’autore, sul rapporto uomo-macchina, e su quella che allora non veniva ancora chiamata intelligenza artificiale.
Testi sugli artisti di: Claudio Musso, Marco Meneguzzo, Paolo Campiglio, Marlies Wirth, Giacomo Pigliapoco, Pau Waelder, Paola Lagonigro, Charlotte Kent, Tina Sauerlaender, Valentina Tanni, Peggy Schoenegge, Anna Daneri
For the online exhibition The Byzantine Generals Problem, which is still available online at Distant.Gallery, Aksioma produced an exhibition booklet which still sums up very well what I believe art on the blockchain is and shoud be. Check it out at the link below!
Back in December 2021, I curated an online exhibition aiming “to stimulate a conversation with contemporary artists about the future of human visual culture, and to investigate how they are working, in different ways, on the development of a visual language capable to resist the machine gaze and its implications, and to improve human visual communication—a post-AI, posthuman human vision.” It was fun, and 15 months later it’s nice to see that some works produced in response to the show are still blossoming and spawning new shoots (some of them are also still available for relatively cheap collecting on Feral File).
Apart from this, I just realized that two texts produced for this show were never properly posted on this blog. I do it now, in a moment in which some concerns raised at the time might resonate in a very different way. The first is my exhibition essay, the second is a long interview with scholar Antonio Somaini, focused on “The Meaning of “Vision” and “Image” in the Age of AI”.
Along the last year, I have been working hard along with Lorenzo Giusti, curator and Director of GAMeC, Bergamo, and his wonderful team on a monumental museum exhibition, the third chapter in a trilogy on matter conceived by Lorenzo for the museum. I’m happy and proud to start sharing some information about the artists and works that will take over the museum from February 3 to May 28, 2023.
The Non-Standard Head is a curatorial project for A Slice of the Pie, a work by artists Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg open to remote collaboration. Conceived by Domenico Quaranta in collaboration with the Net Art class at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, The Non-Standard Head sees participants working collaboratively and performatively to design a non-binary, multi-gender, multi-racial, multi-species, post-human, post-anthropocentric human subject. The action will unfold over the course of the day on Dec. 22, 2022 (2-7 p.m.), and can be followed online at a-slice-of-the-pie.live.
More info after the break. Italiano giù giù (°Д°) ლ(° ◡ુ° )ლ︵‿
I’ve been invited to curate the “Evolution” section ofArt Verona, a small yet brave art fair in Italy, that will take place from October 14 to 16, 2022. Evolution’s focus is on artists working with technologies, but in October 2022, a few days after the passing of Bruno Latour, 6 years and 283 days left to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, evolution means, I believe, giving up with the dichotomy culture vs nature, human vs non-human, and with any idea of science-driven progress, technology-driven innovation. Evolution means hybridation, adaptation, learning from nature, questioning the present and exploring alternative timelines.
An alternative to capitalism, or capitalism at its worst? An emancipatory network economy where everyone has a stake, or a dystopian panopticon where only the best man wins? An opportunity for democracy, or a techno-libertarian wet dream? A new creative economy or a pyramid scheme? A planet saver or a planet burner? Rarely has the debate around a technology been so polarised as with blockchains, Web3 and NFTs. We are facing a problem of consensus, trapped within a Byzantine Generals Problem. A group of generals is besieging Byzantium. In order to avoid catastrophic failure, they must agree on a concerted strategy, but some of them are unreliable. Used to illustrate how consensus is reached within distributed systems, this allegory can be applied to blockchains as well as societies. Yet, in a peer-to-peer debate with no central authority, consensus is hard to reach for a reason; and the disagreeing general, the unreliable actor, may be our best resource against the common sense of the crypto-yuppies. The Byzantine Generals Problem is an online exhibition focused on artworks which do not avoid an engagement with blockchains and crypto culture, but do so in a critically constructive way: questioning dominant narratives, raising problems and sometimes proposing alternative solutions. Featuring works by Anna Ridler, Ben Grosser, Constant Dullaart, DIS, Face or Factory, Kyle McDonald, LaTurbo Avedon, Moxie Marlinspike, Nascent, Rhea Myers, Sarah Friend, Sarah Meyohas, Simon Denny / Guile Twardowski / Cosmographia, Sterling Crispin, The Miha Artnak. Curated by Domenico Quaranta and produced by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, The Byzantine Generals Problem is hosted by distant.gallery,a not for profit organization making an innovative independent and noncommercial online platform available for partners to reach their audience online. During the opening, on July 04, 2022 at 1 PM CEST, the platform will host a short guided tour with the curator and the available artists.
I’m proud and happy to announce the opening of For Your Eyes Only, a group exhibition I’ve been working on for the online platform Feral File. Featuring 13 international artists, the exhibition investigates the future of human visual culture amid the ubiquity of machine vision, and is scheduled to open on December 15, 2021 at 6 pm Los Angeles (11pm São Paulo, 3am Berlin Dec 16, 10am Shanghai Dec 16).
“For Your Eyes Only is a curatorial concept that aims to stimulate a conversation with contemporary artists about the future of human visual culture, and to investigate how they are working, in different ways, on the development of a visual language capable to resist the machine gaze and its implications, and to improve human visual communication—a post-AI, posthuman human vision. The exhibition includes images of diverse nature and origin, submitted as answers to the questions [of machine vision and the human gaze]. And yet, images can be used like words, but they are not words. They can be paraphrased, explained, and described, but no description will ever exhaust them. They can be used like answers, but they are rather proofs. They have been sent by a human to another human, each of them carrying much more than what I asked for. They are not delivering an answer, they are the answer. Try to read them, and you’ll soon find out that they have as many readings as readers. Enjoy, they’re for your eyes only.”
Participating artists: Morehshin Allahyari (U.S.), Sara Bezovšek (Slovenia), Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (France), Anna Carreras (Spain), Petra Cortright (U.S.), Francoise Gamma (Spain), Theodoros Giannakis (Greece), Kamilia Kard (Italy), Jonas Lund (The Netherlands/Germany), Lev Manovich (U.S.), Petros Moris (Greece), Katja Novitskova (The Netherlands), Jon Rafman (U.S.)
Feral File is a one-of-a-kind online community and platform with an embedded marketplace – “a space for the new media community to co-create the future of art making, exhibiting, and collecting”. It has been conceived by artist Casey Reas and it’s built over the Bitmark blockchain. All works are presented in large editions at accessible prices, in order to be able to involve a larger audience of collectors.
Each of the 13 artworks will be released as an edition of 115, with each edition priced at $180 USD. There will be 50 sets made available at a price of $2,340 USD. Collectors can purchase the artworks via a group auction.