Cultural Matter: Michael Connor (Rhizome) on online curating

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Cultural Matter: Michael Connor (Rhizome) on online curating
Wednesday 13 May, 20h00 CET
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Two invited experts, Christiane Paul (Pt.I) and Michael Connor (Pt.II), will shed their light on the work and reflect on the past, present and future of making, presenting and curating work online.

Michael Connor

Michael Connor is Artistic Director of Rhizome, where he oversaw the Net Art Anthology initiative, a web-based exhibition, gallery exhibition, and book that retold the history of online art through 100 artworks from the 1980s to the present. He has curated exhibitions and projects for Yarat, Baku, Cornerhouse, Manchester (HOMEmcr), Museum of the Moving Image, New York, ACMI, Melbourne, Bell Lightbox TIFF, Toronto, FACT Liverpool, and BFI, London. His writing has appeared in 'You Are Here: Art After the Internet' (Cornerhouse), Digital Video Abstraction (UCPress), and 'MBCBFTW' (Hatje Cantz).

In this talk, Connor will argue for the online exhibition as a cultural practice that is distinct from but connected to traditional gallery exhibition. He will draw on Rhizome’s work and other examples to discuss the concepts of variability, performance, objecthood, and spatial practice in online exhibition.

Cultural Matter: Rafaël Rozendaal

Rafaël Rozendaal is an artist who works with the materiality of the Internet. Many of his artworks are at home on the web, and deal with the context that this specific environment offers. Since 2000, Rozendaal has created dozens of generative websites, characterized by an abstract and colorful visual language. This online edition of Cultural Matter 2019-20, will present a selection of ten websites by Rozendaal that gives a broad overview of his online practice and demonstrates his interest in art history, geometric abstraction and animation. With shapes that are reminiscent of Kazimir Malevich's early abstract experiments and animations that bring to mind Suprematist compositions in motion, some of the websites seem indebted to the early experiments with abstraction of the Russian avant-garde. A number of websites reflect the tension between the manifestation of digital and physical reality, or contain a pronounced degree of suppressed emotion: a work like seems to be about endlessness and loss.

Cultural Matter

Cultural Matter is a series of exhibitions and events that provide a platform for the international discussion of digital art and highlights the enduring expressive power of digital artworks: works in which art and technology and the past and the future come together in a way that is as logical as it is groundbreaking.

Also part of this series: JODI, Jonas Lund, Martine Neddam, Thomson & Graighead, Amalia Ulman
Curated by: Sanneke Huisman and Jan Robert Leegte.

Exhibition Cultural Matter: Rafaël Rozendaal
May 6 - June 27, 2020
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Design by Lisa Arkhangelskaya

This programme is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and Stichting Niemeijer Fonds.