Someone Next Door’s Fucking to One of My Songs


… well, the article I published on the December 2014 issue of Artpulse Magazine is actually (and dumbly) titled “Response”, but I guess the title above (stolen from a lyric by Regina Spector) is better to get your attention and make you download it. Featuring Jon Rafman, Matthias Fritsch, Nick Briz, David Horvitz, Eva and Franco Mattes and the Jogging.

The same issue of the magazine also features a comprehensive survey on “High Art vs. Pop Culture”, that you can read online here. Yours truly contributed with a couple of quotes, but if you are really having a boring Saturday we can read the full interview after the break. Questions by Paco Barragán

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Possible Futures – art, museums and digital archives


Back in 2011 I was invited, together with an amazing selection of speakers, to take part in an international symposium on art and digital archives at the FAU / USP University in São Paulo, Brazil. Video documentation of all the talks is still avalable on Vimeo. I delivered a talk on how copying and downloading can effectively help in preserving digital works of art, presenting Share Your Sorrow as a case study. After three years of hard work on the papers, wonder women Giselle Beiguelman and Ana Gonçalves Magalhães just released a luxurious, 648 pages bilingual book (English-Portuguese) also available in ebook form. Full press release and a list of bookstores where you can find it after the jump. Continua a leggere

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Nadja at Hypersalon, Miami


I’ve been invited, together with other curators, to submit a selection of moving images for Hypersalon, a curatorial project set up by TRANSFER and XPO GALLERY in partnership with HYPERALLERGIC (South Beach, Miami, December 1 – 7, 2014). By appointment, viewers may select a curatorial from the exhibition playlist to view the works.

My selection is called Nadja, and features works by Alterazioni Video, Cécile B. Evans, Francoise Gamma, Faith Holland, Kamilia Kard, Claudia Maté, Eva and Franco Mattes, Rosa Menkman and Lorna Mills. Curatorial statement and full list of artworks after the break. Continua a leggere

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Aksioma is finally making its beautiful brochure series – called Postscriptum – available online in free download on Issuu and in print-on-demand on Lulu. It features a few texts of mine, including this one about Jill Magid’s work, that is still one of my favs. Enjoy!

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6 PM YOUR LOCAL TIME – the UK beta test

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“Imagine an art event, made of many independent events all around the world, kept together by a single corporate image and by documentation”. It took us almost two years to fine tune this first, somehow confused but already ambitious idea formulated by Fabio with a flash in his eyes, and turn it into a project. Two years, the enthusiasm of our partners in the “Masters & Servers” adventure, and the productive support of Abandon Normal Devices and Gummy Industries. Tomorrow we will test it in London, with the help of a wonderful shortlist of participants. And then we will start working on the first event without borders, that will take place in July 2015. And then…
Ok, you got it: feel free to join us tomorrow, at Furtherfield Commons in Finsbury Park, London, or at At 6.00 PM, of course.

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Maurizio Cattelan: The Art of Theft


I’m happy to announce that a revised version of my 2012 article “When an Image Becomes a Work: Prolegomena to Cattelan’s Iconology” will be available soon on the pages of the German photography magazine STREULICHT. ISSUE N°5  PHOTOGRAPHY-TABOO of  STREULICHT MAGAZINE is going to be released @ OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie in Vienna on Thursday 6th of November from 7pm – 10pm. A preview will be soon available on the magazine’s Issuu account.

Domenico Quaranta, “Latte Balia: Maurizio Cattelan – The Art of Theft”, in Streulicht Magazine, Issue 5 (Photography-Taboo), November 2014.

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Unoriginal Genius at Carroll / Fletcher, London

Kim Asendorf, 100.000.000 Stolen Pixels (Version 1), 14.12.2010
Kim Asendorf, 100.000.000 Stolen Pixels (Version 1), 14.12.2010

On Thursday, I will be in London for the private view of Unoriginal Genius, the group show I curated for the Carroll / Fletcher Project Space (from 31 October to 22 November 2014). The show includes works by Kim AsendorfEnrico BocciolettiEmilie Brout & Maxime MarionCaroline DelieutrazRoberto FassoneEmilie Gervais & Felix Magal, Yung JakeSara LudyJonas LundLorna MillsRyder RippsEvan RothKrystal SouthHarm Van Den Dorpel. Two highlights: on October 30, Roberto Fassone will perform the first episode of JEG ER ENORME JæVLER; and Jonas Lund will re-activate Return of Investment (premiered at Link Cabinet back in April) for the exhibition, allowing web users to place ads that will be seen on the website, at the gallery space and by unaware passers-by, since the piece will be installed on the gallery window. I hope to see you there! Full press release after the break

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Art and the Internet 1994 – 2014

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Earlier this year I was invited to write a text for the catalogue of the exhibition Megarave – Metarave, that took place at Kunsthaus Langenthal (August 28 – November 16, 2014) and WallRiss Fribourg (September 6 – November 1, 2014). The catalogue, designed by Huber / Sterzinger and distributed by les presses du réel, is now out, and can be ordered here.

My text, “Art and the Internet 1994 – 2014. Notes and comments”, is an humble attempt – obviously doomed to failure – to select some recent developments in net-related art practices, and to compare them to what was happening in the mid nineties. You can read a couple of chapters after the break.

Domenico Quaranta, “Art and the Internet 1994 – 2014. Notes and comments”, pp. 37 – 46, in Megarave – Metarave, exhibition catalogue, Kunsthaus Langenthal – WallRiss Fribourg, 2014. 152 pp, 33 €, English / German / French, ISBN 978-3-905817-59-1

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Generazione critica


Domani sarò a Modena per tenere un intervento nell’ambito di “Generazione critica”, il ciclo curato da Luca Panaro per Metronom. Fischieranno le orecchie a Eva & Franco Mattes, Constant Dullaart e James Bridle. A seguire l’abstract del mio intervento, intitolato: Un’opzione del menù. Appunti sulla fotografia post digitale.

“Sarà una banalità, ma vale la pena enunciarla: chiunque si confronti, oggi, con la fotografia deve prendere atto che quest’ultima non è più, ormai da qualche anno, un artefatto con una materialità sua propria, ma è, prima di qualsiasi altra cosa, un file su un computer. Questo apre la strada a innumerevoli conseguenze, una delle quali è che la fotografia non è più un linguaggio autonomo, ma un’opzione fra le tante all’interno del confuso “metamedium” digitale. Preso atto di questo, si può anche accantonare l’argomento e continuare a fotografare, ma in questo intervento vorrei soffermarmi su alcuni artisti che, partendo da questo punto di svolta, provano a interrogarsi su cosa sia la fotografia oggi e su come si relazioni con il reale. I lavori di alcuni artisti offriranno lo spunto per riflettere su questioni chiave della fotografia contemporanea: la postproduzione, la sovrabbondanza del fotografico, la fotografia come dispositivo sociale.”

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Art Post-Internet

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Back in August, I’ve been invited by Karen Archey to reply to a questionnaire for the upcoming Art Post Internet exhibition catalogue, to be released as a free download pdf. The book is out, available on a website that automatically adds notes about the owner (location, ip address, time of the download) to the first page of the book. I own copy #19 and, for the sake of e-book collecting, copy #99 and #100 :-) My replies are also available here in full.

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A testa in giù


Sabato 4 ottobre, nella cornice del festival Supernova, si tiene al cinema Nuovo Eden di Brescia una mostra dei lavori degli studenti del corso di Fotografia digitale che ho tenuto presso l’Accademia Santa Giulia con Alessandro Mancassola. Partecipano Milena Berta, Viviana Bertanza, Lidia Borella, Angelica Consoli, Rita Duchi, Nicola Fornoni, Annalisa Gregorio, Arianna Zannoni, Elisa Rachele Zanotti e Giulia Zappa, e i loro lavori non sono affatto male. Se siete a Brescia, fateci un salto. Qui il comunicato stampa

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The MINI Museum has a new website and accepts submissions!


Remember the MINI Museum? The museum in a box with a digital frame as display and a USB pen drive as storage launched in 2010, when I handed it over to London based artist Paul B. Davis; and since then it traveled from node to node around a network of artists, collecting and displaying 13 artworks. It is still around, traveling sometimes fast, more often slowly, disappearing for months and resurrecting unexpectedly, as happened recently in Mainland China. A behavior inherent in the idea of the traveling physical object, but that doesn’t match with the expectations of an increasing number of artists interested in dealing with it. To respond to these expectations, the Link Art Center launched a new website, inviting artist from all over the world to donate works to the MINI Museum collection. If you want to know more, just follow the link…

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Credo che la condivisione sia un diritto. Intervista a Matthias Fritsch


Esce oggi su Doppiozero la versione italiana dell’intervista che feci qualche tempo fa per Rhizome a Matthias Fritsch, l’artista tedesco che girò il video responsabile di aver portato il Technoviking al mondo. L’intervista originale è ripubblicata nel catalogo di Eternal September, da qualche giorno disponibile per l’acquisto e il download gratuito su Link Editions. Nell’intervista parliamo di memi, diritti e responsabilità, condivisione ed elaborazione collettiva delle idee. Fateci un salto!

Domenico Quaranta, “Credo che la condivisione sia un diritto. Intervista a Matthias Fritsch”, in Doppiozero, September 19, 2014

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Link Editions announces three new books


Link Editions, the publishing initiative I’m working on for the Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age, just released 3 new books. As always, they are all available as paperbacks on – with a 20% discount if you buy them within 30 days – and as free download pdf. One Per Year by Curt Cloninger is also available as a cheap epub. I wrote a short intro for Addie Wagenknecht‘s beautiful artist book, and I have something for you also in the Eternal September exhibition catalogue. Check them out on Link Editions’ website!

AAVV, Eternal September. The Rise of Amateur Culture, September 2014. Color, English, 82 pages, ISBN 978-1-291-98060-8. Co-published with Aksioma, Ljubljana

Curt Cloninger, One Per Year, September 2014. 212 pages, black and white, English, ISBN 978-1-291-92372-8

Addie Wagenknecht, Technological Selection of Fate, September 2014. English, color, 112 pages, ISBN 9781291936513


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Mainsqueeze on DIS Magazine

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In July 2014, DIS Magazine offered an online preview of Jon Rafman‘s recent video Mainsqueeze, the second chapter in a trilogy that also includes Still Life (Betamale). They asked me to write an intro text.

Domenico Quaranta, “Mainsqueeze”, in DIS Magazine, July 2014

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