It’s hard to believe, but the Internet was a representative space for art and culture even before the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why we didn’t want to withhold Paula Thomaka’s second list of online exhibitions, web residencies and platforms from virtual space, despite the upcoming reopenings.
We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces
How to deal with exhibitions when an international pandemic suddenly breaks out? We=Link: Ten Easy Pieces is a concept-based online show in cooperation with the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai, the Art Center Nabi in Seoul, and Rhizome of the New Museum in New York. As a response to the current period of insecurity, the exhibition presents an international network of empowerment for the media art community. It addresses the ways of exhibiting in the digital sphere, critically questioning the potential of mobile technologies. Within this, you can ask an AI doctor to solve your problems or find out more about an archive that would be better off not existing.
Press the refresh button and gain access to a perceived continuum of digital art. Curated by David Quiles Guilló, this online exhibition is based on an open call and has collected over a hundred works to date. It is part of the platform The Wrong and a counter-model to institutions or galleries. Without a curated framework and without knowing what happens next, visitors can simply click through the show and create their own narrative within it. PS: Press refresh is still open for submissions.
Well now WTF
Paying homage to the early field of net art, Well now WTF collects gifs and video screening rooms, creates space on its own terms with its own tools and reconnects communities separated by time, distance and filter bubbles. Worth reading thoughts on (post-)pandemic net art can be read in the accompanying exhibition essay by Wade Wallerstein.
Who is behind the algorithms? What are the limits of computable reality? The browser show curated by Hernán Borisonik scrutinizes the patterns of our everyday technology and thus the structural dilemmas of the Internet. Confirm Humanity combines writings, video works, and other digital investigations, always keen to outline the implications of ubiquitous computing. For example, Kim Albrecht’s »Distinction Machine« explores the boundaries between artificial intelligence and society, while Flavia Visconte challenges the posthuman body within her work »Deflesh«.
The West Asian and North African Woman’s Art Library
Evar Hussayni continuously updates her personal archive and library The West Asian and North African Woman’s Art Library, collecting and storing artworks and curatorial projects by women from the WANA region. This public archive reflects both the position and the representation of the colonized body in the art world. In contrast to the homogeneity of archives across the UK, the WANAWAL aims for emancipation from a patriarchal as well as a white gaze and reminds us to deconstruct our binaries and our Western value system.
Inter:archive is part of zürich moves! 2020, an intersectional festival for performance art, which had to develop a new form of presentation due to COVID-19. It has been transferred into a freely accessible archive as an ongoing experimental research project that, with works such as works such as Shu Lea Cheang’s »3X3X6« or Audre Lorde’s essay »Age, Race, Class and Sex: Women Redefining Difference«, uncovers and rethinks the varieties of intersectional feminism.
Founded by Andrea Lissoni, Edoardo Bonaspetti, Jens Hoffmann and Filipa Ramos, the platform Vdrome offers regular screenings between contemporary art and cinema. Twice a month a new film is selected and presented by a different critic or curator. Currently, Danaya Chulphuthiphong’s video »Demos« is being shown, in which the artist collapses notions of species, time and space.