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Theme-Led Discussion

Centre for the Study of the Networked Image

Posthuman curating

Thu 6 Apr, 18.30

 Bitcoin Abundance (2016), Michael Borras aka Systaime, video still

Bitcoin Abundance (2016), Michael Borras aka Systaime, video still

Bitcoin Abundance (2016), Michael Borras aka Systaime, video still


Posthuman curating: curating authenticity or the question of content online

The claim that curating is posthuman recognises the changing modes of curating in the world of mass participation in and mass creation of popular culture. It is no longer just about meaning making by art professionals who commission, archive and interpret objects in museums' collections but it defines a popular activity performed daily by agents of different orders. Not just curators but users of social media, not just people but algorithms and software are actively involved in managing, organising and evaluating content. Curating has become a practice that supports creation of narratives and online personas, generation of data and content that is displayed and managed across different social media platforms. While using digital objects and networked images to represent identities and conceptualise ideas about the world, the self and others, curating is firmly situated as an element of computational cultures distributing, constructing and performing ever new subjects, content, data, objects, and concepts.

This event will explore what and how is curated online. Showcasing three different practices of curating and making art online the focus is on what stories we tell,what objects are displayed and how they are performed through curatorial and artistic practices and strategies online.

Curated by Magda Tyżlik-Carver

Speaker biographies:

Anne-Marie Schleiner is engaged in gaming and media culture in a variety of roles as a critic, curator, anti-war activist, artist and designer. She has taught at universities and artist workshops and participated in art residencies in Germany, Belgium, Spain and Mexico. She has exhibited in international galleries, museums and festivals. Documentation of her performative culture work is available on the Video Data Bank. She holds a doctorate in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam, and her book The Player's Power to Change the Game (Amsterdam University Press 2017) explores media art, activism, and global gaming. Her text titled "Fluidities and Oppositions among Curators, Filter Feeders, and Future Artists" published in Intelligent Agent Magazine in 2003 was a speculation on the future of curating and making art online. 

Anne-Marie Schleiner will give her talk via video link.

Michaël Borras A.K.A Systaime is an artist working with multimedia and the networks. He is the founder of the movement French Trash Touch. Mixing pop culture, net culture and low and high culture, Systaime constantly plays with and embodies continuous and almost infinite heap of data that circulates via mobile phones, computers and online media platforms. His work has been exhibited in many shows and festival of digital art and culture including the most recent Athens Digital Art Festival (2016) and Ways of Something, Dreamlands (2016) at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
He works as a producer, organiser, speaker and art curator. He is a founder (since 2011) of the Spamm, the Museum of the Super Modern Arts which presents contemporary art projects by artists using glich aesthetics, post-internet art and other forms of digital and networked art. Since 2012, he is also a columnist for the tv show L’Oeil de Links broadcasted on Chaine Canal +. He curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions including Spamm Cupcake» (2013) in New York with Ellectra Radikal; Spamm Dulce (2013) the Museum of Contemporary Art, Caracas/Venezuela with Miyö Van Stenis and Helena Acosta; Spamm Webtics (2014) in New York with Helena Acosta and Alan Schaffer.

Gaia Tedone is a PhD Candidate at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University and an independent curator with an expansive interest in photography and in the technologies and apparatuses of image formation. At the core of her research lies the question of how to produce new insights into the role and function of networked images and how to develop curatorial projects that also reflect back on the agency of the curator within contemporary image culture. Gaia holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London and was a Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program, New York. Amongst her recent exhibitions: Dispositifs d’occasion, Comédie de la Passerelle project, Paris (2016); Twixt Two Worlds, Whitechapel Gallery, London & Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne (2014-15); Shifting Gazes, Guest Projects, London (2013).

Magda Tyżlik-Carver is a researcher and curator based in UK exploring relational arrangements of humans and nonhumans and their biopolitical creations through posthuman curating and curating in/as common/s, future thinking, affective data and data fictions. Magda received her PhD (2016) from Aarhus University. She was also a researcher on a number of projects, including Future Thinking for Social Living and University of the Village (Falmouth University), and Remote Intimacy (University of Sussex and Fabrica). Her curatorial projects include exhibitions Participation (2007) the Poly, Falmouth; Gaslighting (2013) CMR, Redruth; and curatorial investigation/exhibitions such as playing practice (2009) Urbanomic, Falmouth; common practice (2010) Arnolfini, Bristol and (2013) Transmediale, Berlin; and Ghost Factory (2013, 2015) CMR, Redruth, and Falmouth University. She is currently postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image at London South Bank University.

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