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

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


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.


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

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


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.



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


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.


Cloud & Molecular Aesthetics

Sat Dec 14, 2013 00:00


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.


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]

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.


Sound Art Curating / Curating Sound

Mon Aug 19, 2013 00:00 - Wed Aug 21, 2013


Sound Curating at ZKM

The second of the conference series titled Sound Curating will take place at ZKM.

Over the last decade, many interesting new methodologies have emerged within the field of sound art curating / curating sound. These methodologies are tied up with the creative use of digital technologies and computational techniques such as physical and tangible computing. More specifically, interactive art and design seem to offer a promising new potential for letting an audience experience and interact with sound objects (tangibly, bodily, etc.) and in that way acquire insight and knowledge about them.

The international seminar at the ZKM focuses on the methodologies, histories, theories and practices of sound art curating. This is part of a larger conference that will see other events taking place in London at Goldsmiths and the Courtauld, followed by another conference event in New York. The events will be paralleled by sound art exhibitions.

The conference events, which take place in 2013 and 2014, will present an opportunity to focus on the increasing use of interactive art and design for curatorial purposes, which is transforming the curator’s role into a hybrid function placed between art, science and social technology.

Conference Chairs: Lanfranco Aceti and Morten Søndergaard.

Conference Co-Chairs: Thomas Markussen and Bente Larssen.