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Book Launch. Expo-Facto: Into the Algorithm of Exhibition

Expo-Facto: Into the Algorithm of Exhibition

Editors: Henk Slager and Mick Wilson

Publisher: Metropolis M Books, Utrecht

Design: Joris Kritis and Giselle Dahm


The ascendancy within the contemporary art system of e-flux announcements, social media posting, art-blogging, website mediation of exhibition, and jpeg-enabled art sales has been in place for some time. However, there has been, in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, an intensification of the relays between exhibition protocols and the culture of digital networks. In what seems like a global institutional convergence – similar in ways to the pervasive distribution of the white cube though much more accelerated – there has been a widespread adoption of the exhibition-online as the immediate solution to the demands of physical distancing, lock-down and travel restriction in the context of the global pandemic. This would seem to warrant some critical reflection and analysis in its own right. What is at stake in this drive to online exhibition? What are the operative presumptions about exhibition that inform this imperative?

This volume contains a series of responses by contributors to the task of thinking the question of exhibition in response to the extensive digitization of culture in general, and the intensive mobilisation of exhibition via digital network infrastructures in particular.


Table of Contents

Editorial: Henk Slager and Mick Wilson

Rethinking Curating in an Age of Artificial Intelligence. The Next Biennial Should be Curated by a Machine: Joasia Krysa and Leonardo Impett

The Aesthetics of Digital Display During the Pandemic: The Aesthetics Group

Exhibition as Operation on, not just by, Institution: Elvira Dyangani Ose             

Notes Towards the Question of the Exhibition Online: Mick Wilson

In Different Places: Imagining the Biennial Form: Margarita Gonzalez Lorente, Bige Örer, Ioana Leca

Long Distance Curating: Henk Slager                          

Questions concerning the Screen in a time of Curatorial Pandemic: Noel Fitzpatrick

Tarrying with the Alien. Preliminary Notes on Curating and Algorithmic Realism: Bassam El Baroni 


Book Launch: October 27, 14-15.30 Uniarts Helsinki

The EARN Curatorial Studies Working Group will present this new publication in the context of the EARN Gathering Making Artistic Research Public. Uniarts, Academy of Fine Arts, Sörnäisten Ranratie 19 Helsinki. At this launch, the editors (Henk Slager, Mick Wilson) and two authors (Bassam El Baroni, Joasia Krysia) are present.

More information about the Making Artistic Research Public Programme (Helsinki October 27-28)

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Publication also made possible by HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, and TU Dublin. This project has received funding from the MSCA-RISE programme under grant agreement No. 101007915.




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