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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Body of Evidence by Tom Corby

Thu Mar 21, 2013 18:00 - Sat Apr 20, 2013

Istanbul, Turkey

Body of Evidence by British artist Tom Corby, in collaboration with Gavin Baily, is taking place at Kasa Galeri, Istanbul from March 21 to April 20, 2013.

Opening Cocktail: March 21, 2013 at 18:00

The exhibition initiates a series of new artworks and installations designed to blur the boundaries between medicine, data, documentation, economics and art. Conceived as a complex autoportrait of the body undergoing advanced treatment for cancer, the exhibition serves as the primary site where the possibilities, visibilities and public manifestations of the body at its most vulnerable are tested to their limits.

The exhibition Body of Evidence charts the artist’s expedition inside his own body and across his own soul, exploring the existential data of a body/object subjected to medical intervention; the body as a system that while in the process of shutting down, continues to produce data.

In equal parts heroic and obsessive, this project touches on attitudes to death and disease in a wider sense, namely a desire to find ways, processes and forms to transcend the act of termination and come to an accord with our feelings about it.

Produced in collaboration with MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts), Goldsmiths College, Sabanci University and the University of Westminster.

Senior Curator: Lanfranco Aceti
Associate Curator: Vince Dziekan
Curator: Ozden Sahin
Junior Curator: Jonathan Munro


The Market Will Save The World

Fri Jan 25, 2013 18:00 - Fri Mar 08, 2013

Istanbul, Turkey

This year opens with two major international exhibitions and a series of art events by Bill Balaskas. The press release below provides information on the exhibitions and events.

The Market Will Save The World at Kasa Galeri opens January 25, 2013 with a cocktail reception at 18:00 and runs through March 8, 2013.

The Vision of the Market at the Museum of Contemporary Cuts January 25 to March 8, 2013

Is it possible to understand what is the image that the Market has of the world? And what is the image that we consume every day? What is the image that the Market portrays of itself, the world, and us?

Kasa Galeri and the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) present two international exhibitions The Market Will Save The World and The Vision of the Market by London-based Greek artist Bill Balaskas.

The Market Will Save the World will present a survey of Balaskas’ practice that spans from the analysis of the economic crisis in Greece to the artist’s latest work, Monopoly (2013), a site-specific installation for Kasa Galeri.

The exhibition at Kasa Galeri follows Bill Balaskas’ intervention on the facade of the Royal College of Art in London, one of the most renowned art schools in the world.

The Vision of the Market will present images, video, or text by the artist every day on MoCC’s twitter and Facebook from January 25 to March 8, 2013. The images will then be collated and archived online.

We thank for their gracious support: Sabanci University, the Royal College of Art and Kalfayan Galleries (Athens – Thessaloniki).

Curatorial team: Lanfranco Aceti (Senior Curator)
Ozden Sahin (Curator)
Jonathan Munro (Curatorial Assistant)


Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Sat Dec 15, 2012 23:59

Without Sin: Taboo and Freedom within Digital Media, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

This special edition will explore the notion of the moral economy of human activity and how this is translates (or not) within digital media. John Turner (1982), a key figure in social identity theory, discussed how vital being a member within a social group is in developing a concept of self. A current hypothesis (Turkle 2011) is that technology has introduced mechanisms that bypass traditional concepts of both community and identity. If we consider that contemporary social technologies have significantly changed our practical reality, a reality where human experience and technical artifact have become beyond intertwined, but for many interwoven, inseparable – then the media anxiety over the usage of social networking websites (Greenfield 2009) is predictable, an indicator of the maturity and pervasive nature of the media in question.

Moral panics have peppered popular culture throughout the ages, however the nature of human activity facilitated by digital media remains difficult to witness, describe or evidence given the rate of technological change and the volumes of ‘dark’ Net (Bergman 2001). This (current) unchartable characteristic provides rich opportunity to exercise freedom, desire and explore the taboo. Do a priori regulative rules govern social behavior online? If not what/whom guides our behavior? These questions are especially pertinent to the fields of Law, Sociology, Media Theory, Ethics and Philosophy. Using a multidisciplinary perspective, this edition will provide a critical impression/description of contemporary human activity within digital media, an analysis of the media ‘fears’ and explore any implications for existing concepts of social identity.

Proposals are invited from the humanities, social scientists, artists and any researchers or professionals that work with issues related to media law and ethics. Proposals that utilize primary experience from a ‘born digital’ perspective, critical practice or papers that cite new empirical data would be particularly welcome. We also welcome proposals that contain provocative, radical or ‘taboo’ propositions.

The articles can take the form of traditional academic papers that will be refereed or more creative approaches to the proposed theme.


From Digital Design to Material Artworks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Fri Nov 30, 2012 23:59

From Digital Design to Material Artworks, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

The rise of affordable and accessible design and production tools such as Computer Numerically Controlled machines and open hardware micro-controllers is giving new life to crafting, producing new spaces and practices where material production is inherently connected with digital design.

Such contexts are marked by a strong interdisciplinarity: artists, engineers, designers and hackers work together experimenting creative development paths for the future. This issue explores new theories, methodologies and methods related to the materialization of
digital arts.

We would like to welcome papers relevant to the following themes:

- digital crafting, digital manufacturing and art;
- the role of fablabs as spaces for contemporary art practices;
- makers communities engaged in interdisciplinary art activities;
- open hardware and software facing contemporary art;
- aesthetic challenges given by digital design.

What are the main challenges for digital arts in the age of distributed manufacturing? Is ingenuous D.I.Y. design going to re-define the boundaries between art and other disciplines? What are the chances to go beyond the abused generative aesthetic seen in these first years?

This special issue of LEA aims to answer some of these questions, analyzing the complexity of the relationships between art and innovation in digital fabrication.

Senior Editors Lanfranco Aceti and Bertram Niessen (Digicult).


Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:00

Art, in a State of Revolution: Egypt One Year after Tahrir, Leonardo Electronic Almanac

This issue investigates the relationship between activism, electronic and digital avant-garde, the role of the social media, cultural production and artistic experiments in the pre-Revolutionary and post Mubarak Egypt, one year after the so-called Arab Spring which upset Egyptian (and Arabic at large) politics and society.

The central role of social media in the 2011 Egyptian revolution (and in the uprisings of Tunisia, Bahrain, Libya, Syria and the Arab world at large) has been strongly emphasized by Western media, highlighting how Twitter, for instance, supported the occupation of Tahrir Square, the cohesion of the movement and the ideological solidarity of the Mediascape.

Additionally, the strategic role of electronic devices has been elevated to agent of the immediate success of Egyptian revolution. According to most social and cultural analysis about the now famous 18 days disseminated by global media, the circulation of digital media sanctioned the success of the demonstrators and the fall of Mubarak regime.

It is not surprising that on June 2012 the work of media artist Ahmed Bassiouny killed by police snipers in Tahrir Square was chosen to represent the country at Venice Biennial with a video installation that mixed the documentation of one of his performance pieces and the footage of the artist shot in Tahrir Square. It is probably the first time that a young artist not affiliated with the official Fine Arts sector has been granted such a prestigious solo presentation.

Senior Editors for this issue of LEA: Lanfranco Aceti and Digicult (with Lucrezia Cippitelli and Tarek Abou el Fetouh).