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2019/05

The book Museums at the Post-Digital Turn, edited by Lorenzo Giusti and Nicola Ricciardi and published by Mousse Publishing, is now available! The reader is a curated collection of essays by art critics, philosophers, curators, designers, researchers and conservators, whose considerations address the transformations in the contemporary landscape of fruition and production of art. Featured authors: Sara Abram, Claire Bishop, Gail Cochrane and Pier Paolo Peruccio, Lauren Cornell and Ed Halter, Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Cecile B. Evans and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Claudio Germak and Stefano Gabbatore, Lorenzo Giusti, Boris Groys, Michael Grugl, Cecilia Hurley, Massimo Lapucci, Gianfranco Maraniello, Christiane Paul, Domenico Quaranta, Sanneke Stiger, Hélène Vassal, Malene Vest Hansen.

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May 2: “Digital Dramatica Class”, workshop by JODI, introduced by Domenico Quaranta. Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara (I). Part of the series “Cloud Workers”.

May 3: “Carlo Zanni: Art In the Age of the Cloud”, moderated by Domenico Quaranta. Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara (I). Part of the series “Cloud Workers”.

May 10: Data Driven Innovation Conference, Università di Roma 3, Rome. Round table. Presentation “Data Is Not Enough”

May 26: L'arte contemporanea tra cicli dell'hype e shock del presente, lecture. Macro Asilo, Rome.

2019/04

April 3: "Valerio Mattioli: NOT. Essere la catastrofe", moderated by Domenico Quaranta. Accademia di Belle Arti, Carrara (I). Part of the series “Cloud Workers”.

April 26: Quarterbacks and Cheerleaders #1. Past and Future Archeologies, Domenico Quaranta & Kamilia Kard. Pinacoteca di Arte Contemporanea, Ruvo di Puglia, as part of the Linea Festival, Apulia Center for Arts and Technology. Presentation

quarterbacks and Cheerleaders

is a curatorial format, that can be applied to exhibitions, lectures and other projects, in which two curators, one male and one female, select and present projects by male and female artists, in equal numbers. The project ironically thematizes the schizophrenia of contemporary mass culture, especially from the US, that in a time of resurgent feminism and attention to gender issues, has seen a massive relaunch of college movies, promoting the values of a traditional, patriarchal and machist distinction of genres among younger generations. While forcing the participating artists to fit within one of these two gender stereotypes, the format exploits this distinction to apply gender equity to any curatorial project. The format, conceived by Kamilia Kard, has been first tested for this lecture delivered at Linea Festival, in Ruvo di Puglia.

2019/03

March 6: New Media Art. Un'introduzione, lecture, CAMEC, La Spezia (I).

March 16: Digital arts festival: esperienze di curatela a confronto. Domenico Quaranta in conversation with Valentino Catricalà, Oriol Pastor, Federica Patti. Base, Milan, in the frame of the Digital Art Week.

March 17: Low Form. Immaginari e visioni nell'era dell'Intelligenza Artificiale. Round table (Eleonora Farina, Federico Ferrazza, Domenico Quaranta, Luca Trevisani), Triennale, Milan, in the frame of the Digital Art Week.

2019/02

February 14: Bits & Bites: Il viaggiatore mentale: l'arte post-internet di Jon Rafman. Domenico Quaranta and Jon Rafman in conversation. Galleria Civica, Modena (I).

February 28: Link Editions + HEAD–Genève co-published LapTopRadio. La radio siamo noi, a book edited by Laurent Schmid, Ceel Mogami de Haas and Jonathan Frigeri about online and independent radio. Featured authors include Delphine Bedel, Francesco Bernardelli, Donatella Bernardi, Yann Chateigné, Alfredo Cramerotti, Nadia EL-Imam, Jonathan Frigeri, Kenneth Goldsmith, Lars Bang Larsen, Quinn Latimer, Andrea Marioni with Franco "Bifo" Berardi, Federica Martini, Ceel Mogami de Haas, Angelo Plessas, Laurent Schmid, Joël Vacheron with Tex Royale and Alexis Milne, Willem van Weelden, Giovanna Zapperi. Check it out!

2018/12

December 9: Lecture Deep Dreams. Navigating the Digital Unconscious at PAF, Olomouc (Czech Republic), an attempt to sketch the background history of artworks dealing with the impact of technologies on consciousness, affect and the unconscious. Presentation here

2018/11

Vincenzo Merola, "Versus. Il dibattito tra naturale e artificiale", in Artribune, November 28, 2018. Doppia intervista, con Andrea Lerda

My text “Digital Art: A Contemporary Art” is out as part of Documents – Collecting digital art – Volume 2 – 2007-2018, the second tome of the Espace Multimedia Gantner impressive collection catalogue, published by Les Presses du Réel. Check it out! - Read the online version on Medium!

On November 20, I will present the new Italian edition of my book Media, New Media, Postmedia (Postmedia Books, Milan 2010; 2nd ed. 2018) at Careof, Milan. Have a look here for more details!

2018/10

The book From Bits to Paper, edited by Felipe Pais, is finally out for Les Presses du Réel. The book follows the eponymous exhibition at Shadok, Strasbourg, from March 8 to June 5, 2016 and features, among other things, my text Solid State (2016). Find out more and buy it here!

From October 13, 2018 to January 19, 2019, the exhibition Sortir du désenchantement du numérique will be on view at Espace Multimédia Gantner, Bourogne (France). Curated by Domenico Quaranta, Raffaël Dörig and Fabio Paris, the exhibition is a new version of Escaping the Digital Unease, produced in 2017 by Kunsthaus Langenthal (Switzerland). With works by Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, James Bridle, F.A.T. Lab († 2015), Elisa Giardina Papa, Félicien Goguey, Benjamin Grosser, Hackteria, JODI, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Olia Lialina, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, DISNOVATION.ORG, Joana Moll & Cédric Parizot, Trevor Paglen, Tabita Rezaire, RYBN, Gordan Savičić & Bengt Sjölén, Lasse Scherffig, Erica Scourti, Yinan Song, Peter Sunde, Maddy Varner, Amy Suo Wu.

2018/08

On August 2 - 4, I will be reviewing portfolios in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, as part of the Fotopub Festival.

2018/07

On July 25, 2018 i will be in Turin to take part in the panel discussion "20 Years of Game Art: Reflections, Transformations, and New Directions", chaired by Eddo Stern, with Lea Schonfelder, Matteo Bittanti, Domenico Quaranta, Friedrich Kirschner. The panel is part of DiGRA 2018 - Digital Games Research Association Conference, hosted by the University of Turin.

2018/05

First published by Postmediabooks in 2010, Media, New Media, Postmedia will be available soon in a shiny second edition, featuring a new introduction. Stay tuned!

2018/04

April 20: “Ways Beyond the Post-internet”, a round table at Art Brussels, moderated by Josephine Bosma, with: Yves Bernard (curator), Peter Beyls (artist), Constant Dullaart (artist), Valérie Hasson-Benillouche (Gallery Charlot), Hampus Lindwall (art collector), Fabio Paris (curator), Domenico Quaranta (curator, art critic and theorist), Carlo Zanni (artist). More info

April 16 - 18: Imaginaction is my curatorial contribution to the online collaborative project Unleashing Screensaver, inviting educators from all around the world to develop with their classes projects reflecting on the concept of “aesthetics education”, and with the format of the screensaver as an online exhibition space. More info about Unleashing Screensaver (curated by Mary Meixner) are available at the Screensaver Gallery website. Imaginaction is a small online exhibition including works by Lorenzo Fiduccia, Giacomo Ghiri, Kevin Piccioli, Matias E. Reyes - MA students at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara.

April 9: Another interview is available on Juliet Magazine, in Italian and English: Luciano Marucci, “Domenico Quaranta and the Future of New Technologies”. We speak about technologies andimagination, post digital, and display formats.

2018/03

Researcher and philosopher Davide del Sasso interviewed me for his regular “Dialoghi di Estetica” on Artribune. The interview is now available online (in Italian). We discuss about art and new technologies, recent art history, the postmedia condition, the strange death of photography and other topics.

2018/01

My essay “A Menu Option. Notes on Post-digital Photography” is available in English as part of the book Searching for a New Way. Critical Engagement in contemporary Art Since 2000, edited by Marcella Manni and published by Metronom Books (Modena 2017). The book will be available soon on metronom.it. DOWNLOAD PDF

The catalogue of the exhibition JANEZ JANŠA® at +MSUM – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana is now available for free download and as a print on demand paperback, in full color or in a cheaper black and white edition. Check it out! The show will be on view up to February 18, 2018, and on January 10 - 11, it will host the symposium “What's in a Name”. I will be there to chair a session and have a guided visit to the show (January 11, 3.30 PM).

2017/12

December 6, 2017: Biennale d'art numérique de la BnF. Journée d'étude, Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Here you can find my speaker notes.

2017/11

My short essay / open letter to collectors, "Dear Collector", has been included in the amazing free e-book Investigations on the Cultural Economy of Media Art, edited by Alessio Chierico and published by Digicult Editions. Check it out! Authors included: Paolo Cirio, Annette Doms, Vincenzo Estremo, Steve Fletcher, Marialaura Ghidini, Wolf Lieser, Jonas Lund, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Marco Mancuso, Rebekah Modrak, Christiane Paul, Domenico Quaranta, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau, Gerfried Stocker, Pau Waelder.

November 3 - 4: Museum Twenty-One: Museums at The 'Post-Digital' Turn, a two days symposium conceived by AMACI (the Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums) and hosted by OGR (Officine Grandi Riparazioni), Turin. Speakers include Claire Bishop, Cécile B. Evans Lauren Cornell, Liam Gillick, Boris Groys, Christiane Paul and Domenico Quaranta among others, and it's curated by Lorenzo Giusti and Nicola Ricciardi More info and tickets

2017/10

Domenico Quaranta, "Natália Trejbalová, Umelé raje", in Flash Art Czech and Slovak Edition, Issue 45, September - November 2017, pp. 18 - 20.

October 18: JANEZ JANŠA, JANEZ JANŠA, JANEZ JANŠA: JANEZ JANŠA®, exhibition opening, +MSUM – Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana. Facebook event

Curated by Domenico Quaranta, from 19 October 2017 to 18 February 2018 Janez Janša® presents a comprehensive selection of works and projects produced by Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša over the last ten years – most of them arising as collateral effects of the name change or other life events related to it. As an action pursued with no explicit artistic or political agenda, the name change sparked a series of consequences, reactions and interpretations that were either political or artistic. From an artistic perspective, the name change was perceived as either a performance or provocation. From a political perspective, it was perceived as either an act of political affiliation or resistance. These interpretations were often reflected in public statements and media stories. From a plain administrative perspective, the name change was seen as a regular procedure that – automatically or upon request – produced the related documents, such as ID cards and passports, birth and marriage certificates, and so on.

2017/08

August 30: Escaping the Digital Unease, exhibition opening, Kunsthaus Langenthal, Switzerland

Curated by Raffael Dörig, Director Kunsthaus Langenthal, with Domenico Quaranta and Fabio Paris. Featured artists: Aram Bartholl, Zach Blas & Jemima Wyman, James Bridle, Harm van den Dorpel, F.A.T. Lab († 2015), Olga Fedorova, Cao Fei, Elisa Giardina Papa, Félicien Goguey, Benjamin Grosser, Hackteria, Adam Harvey, JODI, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Olia Lialina, Silvio Lorusso & Sebastian Schmieg, DISNOVATION.ORG, Joana Moll & Cédric Parizot, The Mycological Twist – Leslie Kulesh / Eloïse Bonneviot / Anne de Boer, Julian Oliver, Trevor Paglen, Tabita Rezaire, RYBN, Gordan Savičić & Bengt Sjölén, Lasse Scherffig, Erica Scourti, Yinan Song, Peter Sunde, Maddy Varner, Angela Washko, Amy Suo Wu. From August 31 to November 12, 2017

2017/07

July 31: Giulia Beatrice, "Cyphoria, il nuovo canale dell'arte", in Roma Italia Lab. Interview (italian)

July 30: birthday ;-)

July 26: Domenico Quaranta, "Living (in) the Archive", lecture, GEM Summer Institute, Salemi, Sicily. View presentation

2017/06

June 29: Domenico Quaranta, "When Art Met Screens. Neen and net art", in Rhizome, published as part of the online exhibition Net Art Anthology

June 18: How to Play Eddo Stern book launch at HeK, Basel

June 1: Im/materiale conference at Università degli Studi, Genova, IT (with Francesca Gallo)

Domenico Quaranta, “Solid State”, in Kamilia Kard (Ed.), Alpha Plus. Anthology of Digital Art, Editorial Vortex 2017. More info and buy

Domenico Quaranta, "Situating Post Internet", in Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Armin Medosch (Eds), RENEWABLE FUTURES. Art, Science and Society in the Post-Media Age, Volume No: 16, 2017. More info and buy

2017/04

April 24: Lecture Beyond New Media Art, Updated at Interface Culture, Kunstuniversität Linz, AT.

Net Based Award 2017 awarded to RYBN.ORG for the project ADM XI. I was part of a jury including Annette Dekker, Regine Debatty and Raffael Doerig.

2017/03

"Tips for artists who want to sell". Curatorial selection for #exstrange, featuring Elisa Giardina Papa, Guido Segni, Kamilia Kard, Carlo Zanni.

The catalogue of the exhibition Dadaclub.online. The Exhibition is available online as a free download pdf and a gorgeus color paperback, thanks to Link Editions! Featuring a text of many and many amazing artworks!

2017/02

Interview for Metronom Blog about Cyphoria (thanks Federica Cavazzuti!)

2017/01

"Opera Aperta. Dall'arte cinetica alla New Media Art", in LUK. Studi e Attività della Fondazione Ragghianti, Issue 22, 2016, pp. 16 - 20.

2016/12

"Arte contemporanea e distribuzione digitale", in Sketchbook 1, Postmediabooks, Milano, 2016

2016/12

AFK. Texts on Artists 2011 - 2016, Link Editions, December 2016. Black and white paperback, 180 pages, English, ISBN 9781326892920

AFK - an acronym for "away of keyboard" widely used online - is an anthology of texts written for catalogues and exhibition brochures along the last five years, featuring twelve texts about eleven artists and an artist duo: Rosa Menkman, Jon Rafman, Gazira Babeli, Martin Kohout, Maurizio Cattelan, Enrico Boccioletti, Constant Dullaart, Jill Magid, Aram Bartholl, Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion, Evan Roth and Addie Wagenknecht. In different ways, these artists experienced the impact of digital means of production and dissemination, they experimented with them, they thought about them, and all this is reflected in their work. As Peter Sunde, the co-founder of the Pirate Bay, they think the internet is real, and they spend a lot of time in this real space of life, communication, love, hate, surveillance, sharing, and copying. Most of the works discussed here are made to be experienced in a brick and mortar space, away of keyboard; but reflect the current way of living, communicating, loving, hating, spying, sharing, copying, on and away of keyboard.