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). 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 and the Director of Kasa Gallery, Istanbul. He has done digital art interventions and exhibited widely in Museums, Art Fairs, Festivals and Biennials. Recently he has exhibited Who the People? at the Chetams' Library and Museum. His artworks are in private and public collections.

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 Jan 19, 2015 17:00 - Thu Feb 19, 2015

London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Executed, the new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Cuts, runs parallel to Executive Chair by artists Haydn Jones, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, and Jonathan Munro at Guest Projects in London. The exhibition, themed around issues related to the corporate world and corporate discourses, offers different perspectives on the nature of contemporary production, work place and workers’ rights.

The workplace is the space where desires are crushed by the realities of contemporary politics and the erosion of worker’s rights. It is the place where people and their hopes are executed.

The works of art featured in the exhibition fluctuate between a dark reiteration of office discourses and hierarchical forms of exploitation and abuse which are decontextualized and represented in an art setting, a repurposing of the drama of financial data which are willfully replayed by the artist within a contemporary aesthetizing and anesthetizing agenda, and the invitation to playful interactions with the audience dismissing the misery and reality of contemporary labour interactions.

The title Executed refers to the execution of a particular task, as a means and end in itself, as well as an exaggerated description of the realities of contemporary work culture. The concept also openly winks to the idea of execution as a dramatic and final moment in people’s lives in which the execution of a task is also the execution of one’s dignity and life.

The artworks featured in Executed have been the outcome of a collaborative process by artists Haydn Jones, Fabio Lattanzi Antinori, and Jonathan Munro, with the curatorial contribution of Ozden Sahin.

Throughout the exhibition, the artists question the production of spaces, discourses, and bodies within a corporate setting, referring to the role of larger economic and political structures that shape them as well as the people that work in them.

Senior curator: Lanfranco Aceti. Curator: Ozden Sahin
19 January 2015 to 19 February 2015
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Image: Jonathan Munro, Proposition, 2014. Photo Credit: Fabio Lattanzi Antinori.

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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
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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.