Ticket to the Future / Punctured Sky

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Punctured Sky Vol. 1 by Jon Rafman (2021)

Passierschein in die Zukunft / Ticket to the Future is an exhibition organized by the Kunstmuseum Bonn as part of beuys 2021, the series of events celebrating Joseph Beuys’ heritage, 100 years after his birth. The exhibition features works by Beuys, Katinka Bock, Christian Jankowski and Jon Rafman.

For the catalogue of the exhibition, I was asked to write a short text about Rafman’s contribution to the show, months before it was actually ready. I spoke with Jon, I read the script but, as the commissioned video work was in its very early stages, I focused my text on a story he often told in his artist talks, about a videogame that survived only in his personal memories. Eventually, that story became the subject of the final work, while the script I read remained an unreleased project, existing in the public – at least by now – only through the few lines at the very end of the text below.

Curating Digital Art

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curating digital art (Ed. by Annet Dekker)

Curating Digital Art – From Presenting And Collecting Digital Art To Networked Co-Curation is an extensive publication edited by Annet Dekker and published by Valiz along 2021, featuring a number of interviews with artists and curators. I’ve been included with an old interview discussing medium based definitions, online / offline exhibitions, open source, the future of museums, and my 2011 exhibition Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Digital Age (catalogue still available here).

Nella crypto giungla / In the Crypto Jungle su Inside Art

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Before the summer, I’ve been interviewed by the Italian magazine Inside Art on topics related to my fresh book, Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT (Postmediabooks, Milano 2021). The interview is now available in printed form, in Italian and English (pdf scan here). Below, I’m releasing the full original text file for the sake of archiving.

inside art - in the crypto jungle

Francesco Angelucci, Fabrizia Carabelli, “In the Crypto Jungle”, in Inside Art, Issue 122, July 2021, pp. 58 – 67.

NFT changed my life! La blockchain sta reinventando il futuro?

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Qualche settimana fa NOT ha pubblicato un paio di estratti in italiano dal volume Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT (Postmedia Books, Milano 2021), con un breve cappello introduttivo. Lo trovate qui:

Domenico Quaranta, “NFT changed my life! La blockchain sta reinventando il futuro?”, in NOT, 6 ottobre 2021.

Daydream. Segregation from Reality and Stream of Consciousness in Virtual Reality

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Daydream. Segregation from Reality and Stream of Consciousness in Virtual Reality” is an essay I wrote for the catalogue of the exhibition Resonant Realities, curated by Tina Sauerländer. The catalogue is available for free download from this link.

Taking off from an amazing installation by MSHR, I wrote about how virtual reality devices can possible restore a form of immersion and aesthetic experience that is no longer possible, or extremely rare, in reality, where we are flooded by constant flows of information and distracted by the “ever-present assault of simultaneous impulses and commands” (Rushkoff, 2013). In this context, the particular form of immersivity that virtual reality makes possible, especially when mediated by VR headsets, can offer a less distracted aesthetic experience and encourage daydreaming.

If you are interested, you can either read the full text after the break or download the pdf. Enjoy!

Domenico Quaranta, “Daydream. Segregation from Reality and Stream of Consciousness in Virtual Reality”, in Tina Sauerländer (Ed.), Resonant Realities, exhibition catalogue, Deutsche Creditbank AG, Berlin 2021, pp. 28 – 33

L’introduzione a Surfing con Satoshi tradotta in cinese

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Alterazioni Video, Surfing with Satoshi, 2013. Production still

Grazie a Ren Yu, che ha scovato su Medium la versione inglese dell’introduzione a Surfing con Satoshi, quest’ultima è ora disponibile anche in lingua cinese! La potete leggere al seguente link:

2021 年 2 月 19 日,〈霓虹貓〉動畫的原作者 Chris Torres 在線上平台 Foundation 以約 561,000 美元的價格售出了該動畫,那個平台幾個月前才剛成立。實際上,出售的是與作品相關的 NFT(non-fungible token,不可替代的代幣),這是一串數字代碼,用來代表、並在乙太坊區塊鏈上永久識別該圖像。

Surfing with Satoshi, a new blog on Mirror.xyz

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After publishing Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT (Postmedia Books, Milan 2021), my new Italian book discussing the NFTs (non fungible tokens) phenomenon and its impact on contemporary media art, I started writing shorter pieces in English, and thinking about how to bring it to a more international audience. Thanks to a friendly advice, I discovered Mirror.xyz, a nice web3 platform focused on writing, that allows you to set-up a blog, mint your pieces of writing as collectively owned collectibles, and run crowdfunding campaigns in order to fund larger projects. In their own description: “Mirror is a community-owned and operated protocol and economy. The value of Mirror is the aggregate value of the community’s body of work, meaning existing members have both cultural and economic stakes in who’s contributing.” To join Mirror, you need to be voted in by the community. When it happened, I set up surfingwithsatoshi.mirror.xyz, which is now live and offers a few pieces of critical writing on art and blockchain. The first is a draft for an upcoming paper on the ambiguities of the “Crypto Art” definition, based in part on Chapter 4 of Surfing con Satoshi and open to comments and suggestions.

The second, titled “Code as Law. Contemporary Art and NFTs, has been originally commissioned by the Künstlerinnenpreis website blog, an editorial platform connected to a prize for female artists. Instead of writing about women’s art, I set out to offer a critical, non-promotional introduction to what it means to put one’s art on the blockchain, as much of the NFT marketplaces propaganda insists on how friendy and open this space can be for groups and categories that are usually marginalized in the art world. The text is illustrated with works by some of my favorite female artists on the blockchain (Image above: LORNA MILLS, Door #7, 2020. Animated GIF, courtesy the artist and Roehrs & Boetsch, Zurich).

“A ten years old optimistic take on the internet may look childish in a post Snowden society.” Interview by Pina Gabrijan

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Some days ago, Slovenian writer Pina Gabrijan sent me a few questions for an article about Aksioma‘s series of conferences and seminars Tactics & Practice, that have been taking place for ten years. It was a good chance to discuss about time and technologies, the recent history of digital culture and media art, automation and hyperemployment, and of course NFTs. The article is now online in Slovenian, and the English Q & A is available below.

Automate all the Things! at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana and Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, January 14–15, 2020. Photo: Domen Pal / Aksioma

Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT

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(Italian below) I’m happy to announce that my latest book, Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT (Postmedia Books, 2021) is now available in Italian on Amazon with a pre-sale discount, and will be soon available in bookstores. Non-Italian readers may have to wait a bit for an English version, but hopefully they may enjoy a few materials I made available on this website: a short English abstract, a translated index of the book, and a complete bibliography with hyperlinks. Now, let’s switch to Italian…

Let Me Feel You Streaming

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Let Me Feel You Streaming

A cura di: Michela De Carlo, Domenico Quaranta

Location: online, parte della programmazione della Milano Digital Week

Quando: 17 – 21 marzo 2021

Artisti partecipanti: Cristina Angeloro, Martina Ferrario, Christina G. Hadley, Marco Ginex, Carla Rossi, Laura Tura (Accademia di Brera) e Lisa Buffagni, Noemi Capoccia, Maria Chiara Gagliardi, Ariele Giari, Fabio Ronchieri (Accademia di Carrara).

Nel corso dell’ultimo anno, la città è diventata soprattutto una città di case. In maniera crescente, percepiamo lo spazio pubblico come lo spazio in cui siamo costretti a indossare la mascherina, a fare la fila, a mantenere le distanze. Ci scambiamo sorrisi imbarazzati mentre ci diamo goffamente di gomito, ed è, a seconda dei casi, con imbarazzo, preoccupazione o astio che guardiamo l’altro quando si avvicina troppo, quando non porta la maschera, quando ci tocca. Lo spazio pubblico è diventato il luogo del non si può, sottolineato da opportuni indicatori visivi: percorsi tracciati al suolo, nastri attorno a fontane e panchine, cartelli “seduta non utilizzabile”, “non più di due persone alla volta”, ecc. La socialità è diventata assembramento, il tatto il più dileggiato dei sensi.