Informational Ghosts

Exhibitions, Texts
MHSR (Birch Cooper e Brenna Murphy), Field Transducer Circuit, 2023. In Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia (GAMeC, 2023). Installation View ph. Antonio Maniscalco

Un lungo estratto da “Informational Ghosts. Arte e (im)materialità dell’informazione”, il mio saggio in catalogo per la mostra Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia (GAMeC, 2023), è ora disponibile online su Artext. A questo link trovate invece il prezioso catalogo della mostra, edito da Officina Libraria.

A View from Above – Curatorial statement

Exhibitions, Texts
Installation view. Photo Nicola Morittu, courtesy Exposed Torino Foto Festival
Installation view. Photo Nicola Morittu, courtesy Exposed Torino Foto Festival

What follows is a short introduction I wrote for the booklet of the exhibition A View from Above (curated by Domenico Quaranta, Salvatore Vitale and Samuele Piazza at OGR Torino for EXPOSED. Torino Foto Festival). The show can be visited from May 2 to June 2, 2024. Italian version below More info

A View from Above

Exhibitions
James Bridle, Drone Shadow, 2012 - ongoing. Photo Madana Gritane
James Bridle, Drone Shadow, 2012 – ongoing. Photo Madana Gritane

Curated by: Domenico Quaranta, Salvatore Vitale, Samuele Piazza

For: EXPOSED Torino Photo Festival

At: OGR Torino, Binario 2

May 2 – June 2, 2024

Featured artists: James Bridle; Laura Cinti; Mario Giacomelli; Mishka Henner; Hiwa K; Tabita Rezaire; Evan Roth; Susan Schuppli; Tomas Van Houtryve

Printed on ePaper

Exhibitions
Kamilia Kard, A Rose by Any Other Name (2021)

So, I have this screen on my wall. It’s called the Philips Tableaux, and it’s a kind gift from Philips, a thank you for my participation to the Jury of the first MUSE Digital Art Award, which invited artists to submit images adapted to the device’s specifications, and engaging the topic of The Energy for Tomorrow. Here, you can see it in my home place, showing a screenshot from a software artwork by Kamilia KardA Rose by Any Other Name (2021, original here), and below with some of the works exhibited in the Award’s exhibition in Milan, curated by Julia Rajacic.

All These Fleeting Perfections

Exhibitions
All These Fleeting Perfections at Biblioteca Geisser, Turin. Photo Nicola Morittu

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.

Press folder (Ita / Eng, courtesy Lara Facco)

Theo Triantafyllidis: Sisyphean Cycles

Exhibitions
Theo Triantafyllidis, BugSim (Pheromone Spa), 2022
Theo Triantafyllidis, BugSim (Pheromone Spa), 2022. Live Simulation. Ultra Widescreen Display, Gaming PC. Sound by Holly Waxwing. Image courtesy the artist

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.

Spazio Vitale

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.

Opening: October 13, 7 p.m.

Salto nel vuoto: catalogo e installation view

Exhibitions, Texts

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.

Lorenzo Giusti, Domenico Quaranta (a cura di), Salto nel vuoto. Arte al di là della materia. Catalogo della mostra, GAMeC, Bergamo e Officina Libraria, 2023. 469 pp., 156 ill. a colori, ISBN: 9788833672359, € 40,00

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

The Byzantine Generals Problem – Essay

Exhibitions, Texts
the byzantine generals problem

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!

Domenico Quaranta, The Byzantine Generals Problem, exhibition booklet, Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana 2022

Notes for a Post-Human Human Vision

Exhibitions, Texts
Jonas Lund, Smart Cut, 2021

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”.

A Leap into the Void. Art Beyond Matter

Exhibitions
René Magritte, Le grand siècle, 1954. Oil on canvas, cm 50 x 60. Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen – © René Magritte by SIAE 2022

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.

After the break you can find the full press release. Click on this link to download the press kit.