Lanfranco Aceti
Since 2003
Works in London United States of America

Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator. He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, Department of Media and Communications, and at the Steinhardt School, at NYU; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Cultures at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (the MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST); and is currently Director of Kasa Gallery, Istanbul. He is the Founder of Director of the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) and of Operational and Curatorial Research in Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR). He was Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul.

He has a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London and has published, lectured and exhibited internationally.
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Mon Dec 01, 2014 00:00 - Wed Dec 31, 2014

The Situation is an exhibition by Oliver Ressler for the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC). Curated by Lanfranco Aceti in collaboration with Jonathan Munro the exhibition presents a series of artworks by Oliver Ressler that engage with the contemporary social crisis. Ressler has worked on the theme of the contemporary post-postcapitalistic society and its crises both as an artist and as a curator. It’s the Political Economy, Stupid, is a show that Ressler has curated that engages with the contemporary prolonged economic crisis and brings together a series of international artists to discuss both the political and economic implications of the dismantling of democracy in favor of oligarchic corporate systems of governance.

As an artist and filmmaker Ressler produces installations, projects in public space, performances and films that challenge the viewer to engage with ‘that distant world’ that appears to be the contemporary economic.

The Situation collects Ressler’s recent artworks and displays them as a social media practice – questioning the consumption of the images as well as modalities of constructions of engagements in increasingly disconnected societies within which the political element is no longer represented as a direct consequence of economic and social actions. Both the artworks and the curatorial framework question contemporary structures through a visual analysis of our times as a byproduct of complex philosophical traditions and interpretations.

“What is the relationship between history and revolution? What is revolutionary transformation? How is it possible to sustain and carry out the consequences of a revolutionary transformation? And how do revolutions connect with one another to produce a new form of worldwide solidarity?” [1]

The artworks are not an exegesis – which often plagues contemporary political artworks – but an exploration of humanity and its lack of solidarity. Hence all of the questions asked in the artworks and the exhibit can be reduced to one about human nature and political power: why do we continue to fail in the realization of a fairer society?

Thomas Nail, Returning to Revolution: Deleuze, Guattari and Zapatismo (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012), 2.

Senior curator: Lanfranco Aceti. Curator: Jonathan Munro.
01 December 2014 to 31 December 2014
Museum of Contemporary Cuts: http:/

Image: Oliver Ressler. Courtesy of the artist.


The Small Infinite

Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:00 - Sat Sep 20, 2014

Southampton, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Small Infinite is a new exhibition conceived and curated by Lanfranco Aceti at the John Hansard Gallery together with Vince Dziekan. The preview is August 4, 2014 from 6pm to 8pm. The featured artists are: Mark Amerika, Elif Ayiter, Bill Balaskas, Bronwen Buckeridge, Sophie Clements, Susan Collins, Max Eastley, Tim Head, Henriette Heise, Chris Henschke, John Latham, Mark Lewis, Karl Lemieux, Patrick Pound, Charlie Sofo and Paul Thomas.

The world of today functions at the most extreme of scales, from big data and the endless expanse of the digital realm to global capital and consumption. In stark contrast, The Small Infinite celebrates the strength and endurance of the minuscule. Rejecting the current trend for grandiose gestures, the show reflects upon a world where worth and value are often represented through the most disproportionate of terms.

The Small Infinite unites a diverse collection of international artists whose work focuses on more intimate perceptions of reality, ranging from photography and works on paper to sculpture, video installation and digital interventions. The exhibition explores the theme of the infinitesimally small through a range of fine art practices as diverse as particle physics, the economic crisis, utopianism, hacking, virtual worlds and the materiality of film. A key feature is the inclusion of works from the series One Second Drawings by British artist John Latham (1921-2006), which act as the exhibition’s gravitational centre.

The Small Infinite returns us to a sense of humanity through discrete perceptual experiences that reject the spectacular, revealing profundity within the unseen, the intimate and the fragile. The exhibition serves to remind us that, under the hammer-blows of life and time, what endures is the small.

The Small Infinite is a John Hansard Gallery exhibition curated by Lanfranco Aceti with Vince Dziekan, in partnership with Winchester School of Art.


An Opera of Labour and Revolution

Thu Jun 26, 2014 18:00 - Wed Jul 30, 2014

Istanbul, Turkey

The exhibition An Opera of Labour and Revolution takes an unsentimental look at the collective and its expressions both today and in the past, juxtaposing artworks based on the iconography of heroic, revolutionary gestures or collaborative, unified action. The artists selected for this exhibition are Bill Balaskas, Paolo Cirio, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Felix Gmelin and Taus Makhacheva. The exhibition reminds of the need for alteration and redesign of the socio-economic realities that surround us. Proposing collective action as a cornerstone of change, it provokingly questions the individual, “who considers himself the legitimate basis of truth by virtue of what is supposed to be immediately given for him, obeys the web of delusion of a society that falsely but necessarily thinks of itself as individualistic.” [1]

At the same time, the presented artworks also address the manifold risks of the collective such as loss of origin and identity, of self-determination and personal freedom. Creating an ambiguous balance between utopia and dystopia, the artworks speak for themselves through their strong performative quality.

[1] Theodor W. Adorno, Hegel: Three Studies, trans. Shierry Weber Nicholsen (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993), 63.

Image courtesy of Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen.

Senior Curators: Lanfranco Aceti and Susanne Jaschko.
Exhibition Manager: Caglar Cetin.


Cloud and Molecular Aesthetics Conference

Thu Jun 26, 2014 09:00 - Sat Jun 28, 2014

Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Turkey

Lanfranco Aceti, the founder of OCR; Edward Colless Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies and Paul Thomas, Program Director of Fine Art at COFA, are the lead chairs and organizers of the conference Cloud & Molecular Aesthetics from June 26 to 28, 2014, at the Pera Museum. We invite you to three stimulating days that explores new perspectives and evolutions in contemporary art were acclaimed professionals including curators,historians, creative arts practitioners, critics and theorists consider transdisciplinary imaging relating to the theme of cloud, dispersal, infinitesimally small and molecular aesthetics.

The conference keynotes are Professor Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School, Dr. Ljiljana Fruk co-author of Molecular Aesthetics, Dr. Jussi Parikka who authored Insect Media: An Archaeology of Animals and Technology; and Prof. Darren Tofts author of Alephbet: Essays on Ghost-writing, Nutshells & Infinite Space.

Highly regarded international speakers will present their current artistic, curatorial and critical practices that exist across various transdisciplinary fields.

OCR, Operational and Curatorial Research, as the organizing research center wishes to acknowledge the support of a range of prestigious institutional partners that include Sabanci University; Kasa Gallery; the Pera Museum; College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales; the National Institute for Experimental Arts; the University of Melbourne; the Victorian College of the Arts; Goldsmiths College; and Leonardo/MIT Press.

The conference Cloud & Molecular Aesthetics is part of a series of international conference on Transdisciplinary Imaging

The conference is free and open to all.


Suggestions for Art that Could Be Called Red

Thu Jun 26, 2014 13:35

New York / London / Istanbul, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) would like to bring to your attention a call for artworks for an exhibition project that is loosely connected to the recently launched Leonardo Electronic Almanac edition RED ART New Utopias in Data Capitalism.

In 2012, Lanfranco Aceti, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths and NYU and Editor in Chief of LEA, founded in 2012 an online platform called 'Museum of Contemporary Cuts' (MoCC) which works in tandem with physical spaces of international galleries.

Next month Lanfranco Aceti and Susanne Jaschko (Senior Curators) will present an online exhibition at MoCC called provokingly 'Suggestions for Art that Could Be Called Red,' which will coincide with a show at Kasa Gallery titled 'An Opera of Labour and Revolution.' The show 'Suggestions for Art that Could Be Called Red' will be announced on e-flux and through other channels to generate maximum attention.

We would like to invite you to contribute work to this show in the form of images or videos. For examples, please have a look at the previous exhibitions on MoCC.

We would like to present a wide and controversial range of work, that could inspire a debate of what 'red art' could be today, and expand the predominantly scholarly discourse initiated in Leonardo through examples of artistic practice.

The artworks will be selected through a careful review process by the curators.

If you want to contribute to the show -- which we very much hope -- please send us a download link for video-based works and/or 3 images at 2000px wide and 1200px for web and device. Please don't forget the credits and captions for each.

The files must arrive by June 25, but we would be glad to receive any material before this date and can be emailed to with subject heading “Red Art.”

If you are interested to participate or have any questions, please let us know at the email contact above.