Curating Immateriality
edited by Joasia Krysa

contributors:
0100101110101101.ORG & [epidemiC] | Josephine Berry Slater | Geoff Cox | Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker | Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin | Beryl Graham | Eva Grubinger | Piotr Krajewski | Jacob Lillemose | low-fi | Franziska Nori | Matteo Pasquinelli | Christiane Paul | Trebor Scholz | Grzesiek Sedek | Tiziana Terranova | Marina Vishmidt


publication date:
2006

 


The site of curatorial production has been expanded to include the space of the Internet and the focus of curatorial attention has been extended from the object to processes to dynamic network systems. As a result, curatorial work has become more widely distributed between multiple agents, including technological networks and software. This upgraded 'operating system' of art presents new possibilities of online curating that is collective and distributed - even to the extreme of a self-organising system that curates itself. The curator is part of this entire system but not central to it.

The subtitle of the book makes reference to the essay 'The Work of Culture in the Age of Cybernetic Systems' (1988), in which Bill Nichols considered how cybernetics transformed cultural production. He emphasised the shift from mechanical reproduction (symbolised by the camera) to that of cybernetic systems (symbolised by the computer) in relation to the political economy, and pointed to contradictory tendencies inherent in these systems: 'the negative, currently dominant, tendency toward control, and the positive, more latent potential toward collectivity'. The book continues this general line of inquiry in relation to curating, and extends it by considering how power relations and control are expressed in the context of network systems and immateriality.

In relation to network systems, the emphasis remains on the democratic potential of technological change but also the emergence of what appears as more intensive forms of control. Can the same be said of curating in the context of distributed forms? If so, what does this imply for software curating beyond the rhetoric of free software and open systems?


details:

Title CURATING IMMATERIALITY: THE WORK OF THE CURATOR IN THE AGE OF NETWORK SYSTEMS
Authors Various contributors (see below), edited by Joasia Krysa
Publisher Autonomedia (DATA browser 03)
Copyright 2006 (all texts released under a Creative Commons License)
ISBN 1-57027-173-9
Pages 288, Paper Perfectbound
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contents:

INTRODUCTION TO 'THE WORK OF THE CURATOR IN THE AGE OF NETWORK SYSTEMS' Joasia Krysa
OF SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: IMMATERIAL LABOUR IN OPEN SYSTEMS     Tiziana Terranova
TWILIGHT OF THE WIDGETS Marina Vishmidt
EXTRACT FROM KURATOR SOURCE CODE Grzesiek Sedek
SOFTWARE ACTIONS     Geoff Cox
FLEXIBLE CONTEXTS, DEMOCRATIC FILTERING AND COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING     Christiane Paul
'C@C': COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING (1993-1995) REVISITED     Eva Grubinger
CONCEPTUAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF ART     Jacob Lillemose
UNASSIGNABLE LEAKAGE     Josephine Berry Slater
BIENNALE.PY     0100101110101101.ORG & [epidemiC]
ON MISANTHROPY     Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker
ANNOTATIONS ON 'I LOVE YOU' BY DIGITALCRAFT.ORG     Franziska Nori
NET ART LOCATOR     low-fi
THE PARTICIPATORY CHALLENGE     Trebor Scholz
EDITS FROM A CRUMB DISCUSSION LIST THEME     Beryl Graham
AN INVENTORY OF MEDIA ART FESTIVALS     Piotr Krajewski
FROM ART ON NETWORKS TO ART ON PLATFORMS     Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin
CULTURAL LABOUR AND IMMATERIAL MACHINES     Matteo Pasquinelli
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS    

The DATA browser series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of culture and technology. This volume is produced in association with Arts Council England and University of Plymouth.