Lanfranco Aceti
Since 2003
Works in London United States of America

BIO
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.

http://www.lanfrancoaceti.com
http://www.museumofcontemporarycuts.org
http://kasagaleri.sabanciuniv.edu/
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EVENT

Cloud Banks, the new exhibition by Mark Amerika at Kasa Gallery


Dates:
Fri Sep 27, 2013 00:00 - Thu Oct 31, 2013

Location:
Istanbul, Turkey

Cloud Banks, the new exhibition by Mark Amerika at Kasa Gallery, will coincide with another of Mark Amerika’s exhibitions titled Precipitations at the Museum of Contemporary Cuts, continuing the aesthetic analysis of the theme of Art and Economics.

Cloud Banks at Kasa Gallery will explore the way artists, political and economic theorists, metaphysical philosophers, and businessmen use language as a tool to construct their vision of the world as they see it.

As with much of Amerika’s conceptual net art, the title is a pun, one that refers to both a weather phenomenon – a layer of clouds seen from a distance – and the recent rise of both cloud computing and too-big-to-fail banking systems.

Amerika has taken numerous texts from authors such as Immanuel Kant, John Ruskin, P. T. Barnum, Andy Warhol, Raoul Vaneigem, Karl Marx, John Stuart Mill, and various documents produced by Conceptual artists of the 1960s, to produce experimental tag clouds that reveal both the writer’s use of language and the thematic subjects they obsessed over.

Amerika then cleverly manipulates the tag clouds by mashing up some of the texts for aesthetic and political effect. For example, in the show at Kasa Gallery, two of the works on exhibit mashup Conceptual art documents with John Stuart Mill’s Principles of Political Economy out of which emerge a subset of tag clouds titled Conceptual Art Mill.

This post-structuralist and postmodern approach to contemporary art introduces multilayered issues on the blending of image and text that create a series of relationships indicative of the current struggle to preserve old definitions and hierarchies, which are increasingly unable to explain the current socio-political upheavals in an economic context that is increasingly deteriorating.

Senior Curator: Lanfranco Aceti. Curator: Ozden Sahin.

Exhibition Dates: September 27 – October 31, 2013.

Address: Kasa Galeri Bankalar Cad. No: 2, Karakoy, Istanbul.

Visiting hours: 10:00 – 17:00 every day except Sunday.

Notes on the Artist and the Artworks

Mark Amerika’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 — remixthebook.com) and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics [glitchmuseum.com], was commissioned by Abandon Normal Devices in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics.

Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at La Trobe University.

More information can found at his website, markamerika.com and at his twitter feed @markamerika.


EVENT

I Am Occupied Occupying: Rhetoric and Realities of Artistic Interventions from Performance to Augmented Reality Art


Dates:
Mon Sep 09, 2013 16:55 - Mon Sep 09, 2013

I AM OCCUPIED OCCUPYING

I Am Occupied Occupying: Rhetoric and Realities of Artistic Interventions from Performance to Augmented Reality Art is a talk at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, Monday September 9, 2013 at 16:55.

The discussion, convened by Prof. Robert Rowe, will see curators Lanfranco Aceti and Pat Badani analyze together with AR artist Mark Skwarek, the meaning, possibilities and limitations of contemporary AR political interventions as art form. AR artworks have invaded the air bringing into the limelight the medium itself, and the new artistic interventions that deploy said medium.

Yet, considering the ‘end’ of the Occupy Wall Street movement, can we now quantify the political and aesthetic impact of AR interventions? And, what have these artworks contributed to art history’s aesthetic debates on performance and on politically engaged practices as ’bearers’ of change?

In 2010, Mark Skwarek initiated the AR occupation of Wall Street project, bringing together numerous artists from all over the world. In hindsight, and in light of the political phenomenon of new global Occupy movements, can we now gage the success and the failures of these art interventions? More importantly, what has this practice contributed anew to the debate on “public art”?

The panel’s exchange will take the form of a discussion modeled after a trial, with Mark Skwarek presenting his case, with Pat Badani acting as defense attorney and with Lanfranco Aceti as prosecutor. Prof. Robert Rowe, as the convenor, will moderate the debate.

The talk follows the publication of a seminal issue on Augmented Reality Art titled “Not Here Not There” Volume 1 and Volume 2, published by the Leonardo Electronic Almanac and edited by Lanfranco Aceti and Richard Rinehart.

I Am Occupied Occupying: Rhetoric and Realities of Artistic Interventions from Performance to Augmented Reality Art will become the foundation for future research and projects on interventionist political and aesthetic strategies at OCR.

Image credit: Jackpot, 2012, Mark Skwarek. Location-based Augmented Reality iPhone screenshot. This work was located over Wall Street during the events of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, in 2012.


EVENT

Something in the Air - Artists Talk About Interventionist Strategies in Augmented Reality Art


Dates:
Sat Sep 07, 2013 18:30 - Sat Sep 07, 2013

SOMETHING IN THE AIR

Please join us at the Kellen Auditorium - The New School, on Saturday, September 7, from 6:30pm to 8:00pm – for a screening of artworks and a conversation between curators/editors Lanfranco Aceti and Pat Badani, Convenor Prof. Sven Travis, and “ManifestAR” founding artists on the subject of Augmented Reality.

This emerging technology engages the public sphere in social and political critique by placing – in specific virtual spaces – artworks viewable through ubiquitous, smart mobile devices that integrate sensors, processors, access to networks, and visual/audio displays.

The screening of AR works will promote a debate about this new type of mediation as well as engage questions on the disruptive relevance of contemporary performance and site-specific interventions.

The artists and curators will discuss the related aesthetic contributions, and furthermore question the political and social impact of the artworks in light of increasingly globalized socio-economic complexities.


EVENT

MATHEMATICAL RHYMES


Dates:
Thu Sep 05, 2013 00:00 - Sun Oct 06, 2013

MATHEMATICAL RHYMES

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 6pm to 9pm. Exhibition: September 6 to October 6.

Leonardo Electronic Almanac – in conjunction with Operational and Curatorial Research – and Boston Cyberarts are pleased to present Mathematical Rhymes – an exploration of art-making practices based in algorithmic and mathematical systems that translate into generative forms of moving image media.

The exhibition pairs some of the earliest artworks dealing with the aesthetics of code and the structure of the computer screen with contemporary artists working with the visual and aural effects of computer data and networked technologies.

By showcasing influential historical predecessors identified with the beginnings of computer art (Stephen Beck, Manfred Mohr, Lillian Schwartz and Stan VanDerBeek) alongside leading contemporary experimental media artists (Ryoichi Kurokawa, Yoshi Sodeoka and Casey Reas), Mathematical Rhymes promotes an expansive view of the procedural logic and imaginary that characterizes the aesthetic program of generative art.


OPPORTUNITY

Cloud & Molecular Aesthetics


Deadline:
Sat Dec 14, 2013 00:00

TRANSDISCIPLINARY IMAGING CONFERENCE

The Transdisciplinary Imaging Conference at the intersections of art, science and culture seeks papers that explore the theme of the cloud and molecular aesthetics.

The third international conference on transdisciplinary imaging at the intersections of art, science and culture will focus on:

~ What is the new objectification of the imaged world around?

~ What are the aesthetic and artistic – the theoretical and the practical – implications of this new topography of data?

~ What alternative idioms exist to critically consider imagery and image making?

~ What is our contemporary understanding of clouding, assembly and camouflage in a post material age?

~ How does the cloud phenomenon precipitate thinking about new ways of curating, publishing and configuring modes of engagement?

The aim of the conference is to bring together artists, theorists, scholars, scientists, historians and curators.

The conference invites papers that respond to the above provocation in areas related to: Painting, Drawing, Curating, Installation, Film, Video, Photography, Computer Visualization, Real-time Imaging, Intelligent Systems and Image Science.

Proposals

You are invited to submit an abstract for an individual paper relevant to the conference theme as described above. The deadline for abstracts is Dec 14th 2013. Abstracts for individual papers should be no longer than 250 words. Please provide full contact details with your abstract.

Refereeing of papers will be done by members of an expert review panel (to Australian DEST refereed conference paper standards). All selected peer reviewed papers will be published in the online conference proceedings.

Please submit by email to conference organizer: transimageconf [at] gmail.com

Conference will be held from 26th to 28th June 2014.

Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey.

Conference Chairs: Associate Professor Lanfranco Aceti, Dr. Edward Colless, and Associate Professor Paul Thomas.