[-empyre-] Welcome to Week 2 on empyre: Rethinking Curatorial Options, Globally

Aram Bartholl bartholl at datenform.de
Tue Apr 10 03:15:04 EST 2012

hi everyone!

thx to renate for the introduction and invitation. it is my pleasure to
be guest on this list with ellen and all the others on the 2nd week
discussing curatorial adventures. i am a german, berlin based artist
(please excuse any typos and my plain non academic de-nglish ;) you can
find out everything about me and my work at www.datenform.de . in my
first post below i am referring to my own work as well as recent shows
or links a came across which fit the discussion i think. there is a
couple links inline but also a more detailed list again below. feel free
to ask me any questions or to comment on this 1st speed-post ;)

Artist curators and SPEED SHOWS

i mostly work as an artist, more than a curator i guess. but yes true,
in the last couple years i enjoyed a lot curating a series of shows,
mainly SPEED SHOWS ( which is an exhibit format i initiated in 2010
www.speedshow.net ) as well as events like the TELE-INTERNET mini
conference/hackerspace at ars electronica 2009
www.datenform.de/teleinternet . i know there is a long ongoing
discussion about artist being curators and vise versa. i don t know much
of the details here but i guess often shows curated by artists turn out
more as a sort of gesamtkunstwerk/meta-art-piece than a multi angle,
thoroughly curated show. still, i like these artist curated shows a lot,
i.e. the john bock show at temporäre kunsthalle in berlin 2010
http://www.kunsthalle-berlin.com/en/exhibitions/John-Bock (the best show
i ve ever seen there!) or the currently running hennessy youngman show
in chelsea (which i think is aweseome!).
the speedshow idea didn t start the way 'oh, i want to curate a show' it
was more like 'let s use internet cafes as exhibtion space! ... ähm do i
need a curator? ah ok, i just gonna curate this myself. everyone just
can do it! ..' and i just did it. it was more about testing the format
to see if it would work. and being fast doing it. setting up a speed
show is possible to do in one day! and in the end i also consider this
as a meta art project. (the whole thing developed from the speed project
format http://datenform.de/speed-project-eng.html i came up with a year
earlier.) but in the end i think it is important to still have curators
with a wide angle overview, being able to setup diverse and well crafted
shows. (and not just invite their friends like artist-curators usually do ;)

'Curatorship After Social Media'

Probably some of you have already seen this talk/text by brad troeml
'Art After Social Media'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1PgicoEFe1o . i
think he has some very interesting points, how the internet and social
media affects the artist practice nowadays. it would be interesting to
discuss the same questions under the title "curatorship after social
media". i can t really frame it but speed shows or shows like the
hennessy show seem to have a lot to do with these questions. but i
assume there has been a lot discussion going on about this in the recent
years... the curated web, everyone is a curator etc ...


Stephan Heidenreich http://www.stefanheidenreich.de/ , a berlin based
theorist and friend recently posted these 2 tweets below. it made a lot
of sense to me, maybe not new? ... (it seems genuine but i am not 100%
sure if he s quoting someone else)

"When and why did the #curator appear? When the modern idea of progress
was over. When the temporary exhibition prevailed over the archive.

When artists ceased forming groups, and strategies of distinction
dominated. Then, the intermediate figure called #curator was needed."


at last i want to share a new project with you which fits perfectly :) i
recently wrote an essay for TAXI art magazin which will be published in
may. along with it i made a design for their center fold. everyone will
be invited to make their own gallery :) check the video below which is
still not public for more insight :)

password: online (PLEASE DO NOT SHARE! projects is gonna be public in may)

best ARAM



The SPEED SHOW exhibition format:

Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on
them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to
be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser
with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use
pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video
chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files
are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe
itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal
opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to
join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)

First Speed Show, june 11 2010, Berlin



docu videos of the show
artist list


Art After Social Media

by Brad Troemel


Stefan Heidenreich ‏ @h8nr8 http://www.stefanheidenreich.de/

When and why did the #curator appear? When the modern idea of progress
was over. When the temporary exhibition prevailed over the archive.

When artists ceased forming groups, and strategies of distinction
dominated. Then, the intermediate figure called #curator was needed.




Aram Bartholl
Ackerstr. 38
10115 Berlin
landline: +493060980161
mobile: +491791036178
skype: agoasi
bartholl at datenform.de

Am 9.4.12 15:57, schrieb Renate Ferro:
> Welcome to Week 2 on empyre: Rethinking Curatorial Options, Globally
> Thank you Jennifer Fisher and Jim Drobnick for launching our first
> week of discussion on Rethinking Curatorial Options, Globally.  Thank
> you for sharing your
> curatorial project Nightsense at Toronto's Nuit Blanche as well as the
> premiere issue of the Journal of Curatorial Studies. Most of the
> discussion prompted
> by Jennifer and Jim this past week has revolved around their interests
> in the simultaneous tasks of their curatorial practices where
> criticality and ludic playful participation coexist. Fisher and
> Drobnick expressed a desire to work with artists in actualizing their
> projects through "fluid" curatorial framing.
> Thanks to Ashley, Brian, Pedro, Ana and Susan for responding to our
> guests.  Their collective discussions revolved around the potential of
> the curatorial space as being a revolutionary
> one where  “cracks” allowing opening and closing could present
> alternatives or where curatorial tensions that attempted to exist
> “outside the box” allowed for liminal mobile curatorial practice.
> While the concrete examples of Nightsense in Toronto and documenta in
> Germany were discussed among others,  most of the posts involved the
> conceptual spaces of the curatorial model. Tim and I would like to
> welcome Aram Bartholl (GE) and Ellen Pau (HK) to empyre with Jennifer
> Fisher (CA) and Jim Drobnick (CA) continuing on.  We have a very long
> list of curators who will be joining us during Week 3 and 4.  Tim and
> I are looking forward to capturing the essence of curating as well as
> how new media gets included in these curatorial models.
> Biographies:
> Aram Bartholl (GE)
> Aram Bartholl's work creates an interplay between internet, culture
> and reality. The versatile communication channels are taken for
> granted these
> days, but how do they influence us? According to the paradigm change
> of media research Bartholl not just asks what man is doing with the
> media, but what
> media does with man. The tension between public and private, online
> and offline, technology infatuation and everyday life creates the core
> of his producing. In public interventions and public installations
> Bartholl examines which and how parts of the digital world can reach
> back into reality.
>  Aram Bartholl is a member of the Internet based artist group Free,
> Art&Technology Lab - F.A.T. Lab. Net politics, the DIY movement and
> the Internet development in general do play an important role in his
> work. Beside numerous lectures, workshops and performances he
> exhibited at MoMA Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Pace Gallery NY und
> [DAM] Berlin. Aram Bartholl is represented by [DAM] Berlin|Cologne. He
> lives and works in Berlin.
> Ellen Pau (HK)
> Ellen Pau is a filmmaker, media artist and curator. Her video works
> have traveled widely to numerous International Festivals and
> Biennials, such as Kwangju Biennial, Video Brazil, City On the Move,
> Johannesburg Biennial, Venice Biennale and Shanghai Biennial. In 1986,
> Ellen Pau founded Asia"s first media artists" collective, "Videotage"
> and the Microwave International New Media Arts Festival in Hong Kong.
> She is adviser to HK Museum of Art, HK Art Development Council and a
> number of festivals. She teaches part time in the Visual Art Centre
> and is a full time medical image technologist
> --
> Renate Ferro
> Visiting Assistant Professor of Art
> Cornell University
> Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office #420
> Ithaca, NY  14853
> Email:   <rtf9 at cornell.edu>
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Aram Bartholl
Ackerstr. 38
10115 Berlin
landline: +493060980161
mobile: +491791036178
skype: agoasi
bartholl at datenform.de

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