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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Tue Mar 31, 2015 23:50

New York City, New York
United States of America

The Digital Queers Conference will take place June 25, 26 and 27, 2015 at The New School in collaboration with OCR and Goldsmiths' Department of Media and Communications. The dates of the conference will coincide with the Gay Pride in New York. During the month of June is also expected a sentence of the American Supreme Court on Equality and hopefully this will be another reason to celebrate.

The call for abstract is available at this link:

The conference website can be found here:

Digital Queers is a conference that will focus on issues related to social justice for the gay community at large. The evolution of society has led to an increased acceptance of the LGBTQA world – in part due to more open and vociferous stances of the multiple communities of gender minorities and in part to the role that contemporary digital media have played in reshaping communication and advocacy. Unfortunately we are far from achieving that social justice necessary to avoid discrimination in the work place or to avoid persecutions of individuals and communities across the world. What are then the new practices that should be pursued in order to achieve and ensure social justice for all?

The conference will analyze the following themes, but will be open to a wide range of proposals in the field that tackle the issues from a variety of perspectives.

Equality, now!
Social Justice for Gender Minorities
Digital Guerrilla for Social Justice?
Digital Media and Gender Stories
Exporting Gender Equality?
Social Justice in the Workplace
Gender Communities and Strife
Practical Steps for Social Justice
Multiple Definitions of Gender
Digital Queers’ Revolution

The aim of the conference is to bring together social justice advocates, contemporary theoreticians, gender hacktivists, scholars, anthropologists, visual culture experts, curators and ‘LGBTQA revolutionaries.’ The conference speakers will present papers that respond to the themes of social justice and the role of digital media in reshaping the public image of the queer community. In particular the conference is looking at recording and developing new practices for social justice and public engagement that face up to the still looming problems of discrimination that the gay community at large faces nationally and internationally.

Chairs: Lanfranco Aceti and Sven Travis

300 to 500 words abstract submissions and a short bio (no more than 300 words).
Please send your submissions to:

Email Subject Header: Digital Queers 2015.

Deadline: Extended April 17, 2015.

The conference is free of charge.

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The best conference papers will be selected for a special volume with the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.

This conference is part of a series of events on gender and social justice organized and chaired by Lanfranco Aceti as part of the OCR research projects.

We acknowledge the kind support of The New School and the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Sounds, Images and Data (SID)

Fri Mar 20, 2015 00:00

New York City, New York
United States of America

Sounds, Images and Data 2015 is a conference that analyzes the role of the artists and curators in creating new experiences and aesthetics in the 21st century. By mixing a series of contemporary technologies, social media practices and innovative approaches both to curating and artistic practices, contemporary creators and commentators are envisaging and constructing a different world where different strands collide. These practices could be defined as convergent, but they actually bring a complexity to the field of studies that cannot be subsumed under an homologating system, rather it appears to produce multiple and sometimes contradictory aesthetics.

The conference will analyze the following themes, but will be open to a wide range of proposals in the field that tackle the issues from a variety of perspectives.

Curating Sounds, Images and Data
Artistic Practices in Sounds, Images and Data
Theories of Sounds, Images and Data
Aesthetics of Sounds, Images and Data
Convergence or Divergence?
Experimental Practices of Sounds, Images and Data
Sounds, Images and Data in Relation to Traditional Practices

The conference is a collaboration between New York University, Steinhardt School and Goldsmiths, University of London.

Chairs: Lanfranco Aceti and Tae Hong Park.

More information on:

300 to 500 words abstract submissions. Please send your submissions to:

Email Subject Header: SID 2015

Deadline: March 20, 2015.

Peer Reviewing: the abstracts will be peer reviewed by an international panel of experts in the field. All information with instructions will be provided via the newsletter



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
Museum of Contemporary Cuts: http:/

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
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.