The links will be launched on 10 July on this website in collaboration with Chalton Gallery’s week of openings and events.
This exhibition relies on the curatorial method to stake some claims about online exhibitions spaces, the role of the curator, and the amount of content that exists online. The online exhibition is a format that can work in ways which a physical exhibition cannot. Works by different artists can come together in online archives that might never exist side-by-side otherwise. The role of the curator in an online space is undefined and unrestricted. Unlike the physical restrictions of gallery spaces and practical monetary issues of exhibition production, online space is relatively limitless. Responding to this condition as well as the distracted, incongruous, and unrelated streams of information with which we are regularly provided by online platforms, the curator decided to respond with an open invitation to 500 artists via a Facebook event to which about 1/5 of the artists replied. The ways in which the internet connects people, the blend between professional and personal life, and the massive amounts of available online content are brought together to question the role of the online exhibition, the online curator, and the impact of social media in our lives.
Online I can feature everything and anything together in a potentially infinite space. Haven’t you ever been on Tumblr? Online exhibitions are good for bringing content together, making an event without spending resources. Some excellent online exhibitions have been produced but I am not a programmer, a developer, a net artist – I cannot bring you a super exciting new format for which these works can be presented. Instead, I will do what I am best at: making enormous lists and archives & organising information. Online exhibitions are great places to bring together works of different artists that might never share a space otherwise.
Online Curators are only second best to a developed and potentially infinite Artificial Intelligence. Only a bot can sift through endless amounts of data organising and reorganising content in a mathematical and formulaic user experience. Instead I developed a system in reaction to the conditions of the online exhibition.
The system is a reaction to the preconception that an online exhibition is an easy way to avert the spatial and monetary requirements of exhibitions in general, as well as a paean to the most influential content curator in many of our lives – the Facebook feed. Three months ago I built an artwork for an artist entirely through conversations over Facebook Messenger. In order to accelerate this fragmentation between professional and personal life I wanted one of the rules of this exhibition that it has to all be made over Facebook. One platform to rule them all.
In order to further evolve into the perfect online curator I then needed to erase my own subjectivity and decision making in favour of an algorithm. I developed a text to be copy and pasted into each friend’s messenger. This is where I began to run into problems. I was immediately recognised as a Spammer by Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence. My links were broken down, then I was blocked from sending or receiving messages.
I retaliated by creating an event and inviting everybody to attend. The super-developed AI again blocked me from inviting more than 500 people. I have no doubt that Artificial Intelligence will one day turn against us.
I developed this concept of non-curating in response to these ideas about the Bots and the Feed. It was once used in a text by Boris Groys but he does not develop the concept. I thought about how the prefix “non” might relate to the Laruellian concept of non-philosophy. The basic idea is that Philosophy cannot be grasped from within the discipline because it already assumes a transcendence based on the roots of the discipline itself. Applied to curating, maybe only as a Bot may I know the true point of my mission. I don’t wanna curate anymore, I just wanna accumulate content.
Feed (imperative) is one of my favourite words in the English language. Scary to think about that on which we feed and who supplies it to us. 💀
List of Participants:
Ragnhild Aamås, Avantika Agarwal, Alex Anderson, Rosana Antoli, Saelia Aparicio, Uliana Apatina, Louise Atkinson, Emma Bäcklund, Gaby Bila-Günther, David Blandy, Anne de Boer, Eloise Bonneviot, Lucy Boyle, Luke Burton, Shane Butler, Ana Cârlan, Lauren Cohen, Cristina Cojanu, Adam Curse, Elizabeth De Witt, Andrew Deem, Débora Delmar Corp., Luci Eldridge, Paige Emery, Mark Essen, Debra Fear, Yvonne Feng, Jack Fisher, Grant Foster, Isabella Fürnkäs, Gabriele Garavaglia, Ludovica Gioscia, Justin John Greene, Aurelia Guo, Felicity Hammond, David Hanes, Katrin Hanusch, Byzantia Harlow, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Robbin Heyker, Joey Holder, Krzysztof Honowski, Marie Jacotey, Jeanaej, Perce Jerrom, Stelios Karamanolis, Nina Kettiger, Meeyoung Kim, Franziska Klötzler, Jana Koelmel, Vikenti Komitski, Ignas Krunglevicius, Gonçalo Lamas, Kathrin Landa, Clair Le Couteur, Lisa Lee, August LeGrand, Mauricio Limon, George Little, Omri Sebastien Livne, Sophie Mackfall, Emiliano Maggi, Michela de Mattei, Lucie McLaughlin, Anastasia Mina, Diego Miguel Mirabella, Gorka Mohamed, Simone Monsi, Alice Morey, Campbell Morgan, Garrett Nelson, Renana Neuman, Tristan Daniel Nicolas, Guy Oliver, Matan Oren, Chrischa Venus Oswald, Duncan Paré, Yuri Pattison, Valentina Pini, Frederique Pisuisse, Lucia Pizzani, Gianandrea Poletta, Xandra Popescu, Oscar Ramos, Faron Ray, Ilona Sagar, Karl Sims, Sisters From Another Mister, Paul Sochacki, Marco Strappato, Michaël Borras A.K.A Systaime, Viktor Timofeev, UBIQ, J. Andrée de León Urcuyo, Alain Urrutia, Julia Varela, Nikhil Vettukattil, Andrea Williamson, Keef Winter, Isobel Wohl, Jennifer Leigh Wright, Thomas Yeomans, Jaeyeon Yoo, Yorkson, Guimi You, Madalina Zaharia, Rafal Zajko, Ben Zawalich, Richard Zeiss, Vivien Zhang
Curatorial project by Angels Miralda.
Special thanks to: Javier Calderon and Chalton Gallery for the initial idea and hosting, Daniel Valencia Ferra for design help, and Saemundur Thor Helgason and Frederique Pisuisse of Cosmos Carl, GOLDSMITHSGALLERY, and Hard-Core, and others for conversations and development.