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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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.


Car Park

Sat Jun 07, 2014 11:00 - Thu Jun 12, 2014

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Museum of Contemporary Cuts in collaboration with the Internet of Cars presents Car Park, a new public space intervention and participatory performance by Lanfranco Aceti to be held in Southampton from the 7th to the 11th of June, 2014. We are looking for people to model 'like cars' in Southampton's public square. You will have to stand in the parking lot and showcase your body at its best.

What car are you? A Bugatti, a Lamborghini, or a Mini? We look forward to showcase all makes, models and body types. We are selecting performers and look forward to hearing from you. Pay is at 8 pounds an hour.

You can post a picture of yourself on the event page on Facebook (, tell us why you want to be a car and choose the day/s that you will be available 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 of June, 2014. Or you can email us at, subject heading Car Park Performers.

If you wish to rent our car-people to transport weights for you, you can contact the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) via email:


Making Visible the Invisible: Media, Art, Democracy and Protest

Fri Nov 15, 2013 17:00 - Fri Nov 15, 2013


Making Visible the Invisible: Media, Art, Democracy and Protest is the title of a panel at Kasa Gallery, Friday November 15, 2013, at 5pm that precedes the opening of the exhibition I Occupy. The panel and the exhibition are inspired by “Why I Occupy,” a text by Nicholas Mirzoeff – Professor at NYU -, and analyze the inheritance of the Occupy Wall Street movement and the contemporary relationship between community, art, politics and economics. Prof. Mirzoeff has produced a video reading of his seminal essay with a new updated commentary, exclusively for Kasa Gallery.

Making Visible the Invisible: Media, Art, Democracy and Protest and I Occupy follow the curated artistic intervention at the Contemporary Istanbul art fair titled YOU CANNOT AFFORD THIS! This series of events coincide with the opening of a new distributed exhibition Jackpot, by the Museum of Contemporary Cuts. There are also a series of Augmented Reality public installations in the city of Istanbul. Why I Occupy is the title of the public AR installation over Gezi Park by Will Pappenheimer with handwriting by Prof. Mirzoeff.

Other installations are: Welcome Plutocrats by John Craig Freeman, Toads of Money by Will Pappenheimer, You Will Be Swept Away by Money by Mark Skwarek and May Gold Fall Upon You by Tamiko Thiel.

The panel will question what is left of the Occupy movement and its worldwide distribution and redistribution as well as the importance of mass participation in the democratic processes. In this context of juxtaposed ideologies of mass exploitation and mass participation stand contemporary democracies, unable to respond to social instances and demands.

What is the role that art should play in this socio-political scenario? Is that of engaging the community and voice criticism through a new series of visual interventions and critical imageries?

Chair: Lanfranco Aceti

Co-chair: Jussi Parikka

Panelists: Ryan Bishop, Burçe Çelik, Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş, Stephen Foster and Peter Lewis

Text and video contribution: Nicholas Mirzoeff

Skype intervention: Marquard Smith

Biographies of the speakers

Ryan Bishop is Professor of Global Art and Politics at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. He co-edits Cultural Politics (Duke University Press) with John Armitage and Doug Kellner, the Theory Now series for Polity Press and serves on the editorial board of Theory Culture & Society. He also co-edits a new series, Technicities, for the Philosophy line at Edinburgh University Press. His most recent books include Comedy and Cultural Critique in American Film (Edinburgh University Press 2013) and Virilio and Visual Culture (co-edited with John Armitage, Edinburgh University Press 2013).

Burçe Çelik received her doctoral degree from McGill University, Communications and teaches at Bahçeşehir University in New Media Department. She has authored a book called Technology and National Identity in Turkey: Mobile Communications and the Evolution of a Post-Ottoman Nation (I.BTauris, 2011) and number of articles in varying journals including Birikim, Toplum ve Bilim, European Journal of Cultural Studies, New Perspectives on Turkey etc.

Nazım Hikmet Richard Dikbaş is an artist, lecturer and translator based in Istanbul. He studied sociology at Istanbul University, and completed his MA in philosophy at the University of Warwick. A member of the groups Zen and Hafriyat, he has also written on art. His own work focuses on concepts such as denial, concealment and violence on individual and social planes, and their theoretical and practical impact across historical and geographical matrices. His work also explores the emergence, design, ownership, dissemination, hybridization and censorship of ‘social’ knowledge.

Stephen Foster has been the Director of the John Hansard Gallery since 1987 and in that time has established a substantial reputation for bringing rigorous research and debate along with interesting public engagement. This includes innovative exhibition programming, major international conferences and ground-breaking education and outreach work. He has been the Chair of VAGA, the British curators association, a number of times and is a Board Member of IKT, the International Association for Curators of Contemporary Art.

Peter Lewis is an artist and curator. He publishes /seconds, the online journal of research into contemporary art practices. The journal has represented a range of new developments in practice since 2004. Previously holding post at Goldsmiths, University of London, as Assistant Director of Curating, and currently as Director of MA Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. From 1999, he was Independent Curator at Kunstverein Bregenz, Austria, in 2003 as Curator of Sharjah Biennale 6. The artistic collaboration with Makiko Nagaya centres on performance and event-based collaborations, continuing his work in 1990s in London. He has recently published ‘Articulating the Event Space’ in E:vent, Archive and Related Material 2003-2011, edited by Colm Lally, Event Media Projects. He is currently invited to curate /seconds projects at Sharjah Art Foundation for 2014 in collaboration with the Director Hoor Al-Qasimi, in the production of related exhibition, performance, and installation.

Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. He works in the field of visual culture. He has been working on the genealogy of visuality, a key term in the field. Far from being a postmodern theory word, it was created to describe how Napoleonic era generals ‘visualized’ a battlefield that they could not see. Applied to the social as a whole by Thomas Carlyle, visuality was a conservative strategy to oppose all emancipations and liberations in the name of the autocratic hero. Mirzoeff’s book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality was published by Duke University Press (2011). He also produces texts and projects that support the general development of visual culture as a field of study and a methodology. The third Visual Culture Reader was published in 2012 by Routledge. The second fully revised edition of An Introduction to Visual Culture was published in 2009 by Routledge, with color illustrations throughout and new sections of Keywords and Key Images. Mirzoeff works on militant research with the global social movements that have arisen since 2011. He is currently working on a new project on the cultures of climate change in conjunction with the not-for-profit Islands First.

Jussi Parikka is Reader at Winchester School of Art. He has written extensively on biopolitics of network culture, media archaeology and cultural theory of technology. His recent books include Insect Media (2010) and What is Media Archaeology? (2012). He has edited collections such as Medianatures (2011) which focuses on materiality of media culture through electronic waste. Parikka blogs at Machinology ( From Autumn 2013 Parikka is affiliated with Bahcesehir University, Istanbul.

Marquard Smith is Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture; Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture; publishes widely on the visual and cultural study of bodies, technologies, and sexualities in Modernity; has monographs forthcoming with Yale University Press and Reaktion Books; is supervising PhD students on projects around Visual Culture Studies, the body, technology, the human and post-humanism; and is an AHRC Peer Review Panel Member. Prior to arriving at Westminster, Marq was Reader in Visual and Material Culture and Head of Public Programmes in the Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at Kingston University, London, where he was co-director of the Visual and Material Culture Research Centre, and Founding Editor of KIOSK, a magazine of art, design, and architecture. He has also taught at Birkbeck, Middlesex, Goldsmiths, Leeds Met, and University of Leeds, and spent time working in the world of commercial publishing as a Commissioning Editor for Reaktion Books. Marq was a Founder (1992) and Editor (1992-98) of the Cultural Studies journal parallax (Routledge/Taylor & Francis), and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the international peer-refereed Journal of Visual Culture (Sage, 2000-onwards). As part of this ongoing commitment to developing collaborative projects, he is currently involved in heading three arts and humanities network projects on: Visual Culture Studies in Europe; Bio-Cultures; and the Network for Editors of Interdisciplinary Journals.

Smith has programmed conferences and events at The ICA, Tate, The Whitechapel Gallery, and The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamsburgh, Mass, USA. He has made contributions to recent events at: MIT; Bilgi University, Turkey; University of Cambridge; European Humanities University, Lithuania; Hong Ik, Seoul, South Korea; Goldsmiths; ICA, London; UC Berkeley; The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; Universität Zürich, Switzerland; University of London; Victoria & Albert Museum; Centre d’Art Santa Monica, Barcelona; Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design; The London Consortium; and the Whitechapel Gallery.