“Art Post-Internet” was an exhibition curated by Karen Archey and Robin Peckham for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in spring 2014. This is the specially designed pdf catalogue whose with the front page is created each time with the IP and quite approximated location of the user. It includes tentatively definition of “post-internet” by Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, and Bunny Rogers, art critics Ben Davis and Paddy Johnson, academics Mark Tribe and Esther Choi, and museum professionals Christiane Paul, Raffael Dörig, Jamillah James, Ben Vickers, Omar Kholeif and Gene McHugh.
Baltan Laboratories, English, 144 pages, 2013, The Netherlands
Establishing an effective formal relationship between digital art and physical art spaces such as museums and galleries – one of the missing links in contemporary art – was the aim of “Collecting and Presenting Born-Digital Art”, an international conference involving many international professionals from both worlds, curated by Annet Dekker. Dekker has edited this book, which brilliantly captures the spirit of the conference and it is rich with enlightening thoughts and problematic debates. Written with an overarching “sampling” attitude and isolated quotes from different participants, the main sections (Aesthetics, Future Scenarios, Archive & Memory, CD-ROM Cabinet) benefit from texts, interviews and online conversations, archiving a number of important ideas that may inspire future initiatives and novel institutional dialogue. The interview with Christiane Paul, one of the few curators who have expertise in new media and who work institutional spaces (the Whitney museum) is very worthwhile. The book is formally connected to the event, but it manages to bring in a number of wider issues. Beautifully designed in the tradition of Baltan (now Natlab again) publications it extensively uses quotes and page folding to structure content that was liquidly generated and can now be liquidly distributed (the book is free offline and online), hopefully advancing the scene towards the (near) future. Alessandro Ludovico