The Link Art Center is a curatorial platform promoting contemporary artistic research and critical reflections on the core issues of the information age: it organizes events, publishes books, collaborates and networks with individuals, groups, companies, institutions on a local and international level.
Founded in 2011 by Lucio Chiappa, Fabio Paris and Domenico Quaranta, the Link Art Center is Italian by birth, international and nomadic by calling. Without physical premises, it uses temporary spaces and it’s very active online, its main and true venue.
Aware to exist in a postmedia condition, the Link Art Center believes that a contemporary culture organization shall recognize, research and criticize the impact of the digital revolution on contemporary culture, society, politics and economics; and that it shouldn’t, at the same time, set any boundaries in terms of technology or media to its activity.
The Link Art Center works on two regular, ongoing projects, (Link Editions and Link Cabinet), and on the production and international circulation of exhibitions and one shot, large scale cultural events.
Events. The Link Art Center intends to complement traditional artistic education, offering professionals and non professionals high level training on contemporary arts and their relationship with technological developments. Exhibitions are a key aspect of this activity: they are the result of a research process as well as the starting point of a process of sharing with broader audiences. Among the exhibitions organized by the Link Art Center, Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Digital Age (2011 – 2012) set out to critically research the development of practices of appropriation, image collecting and reuse in the digital age.
Production. The Link Art Center is not just about education and communication; it also produces culture and cultural projects, and support the production of artworks and curatorial projects. More specifically, the MINI Museum explored the potential of archiving and display of a simple digital device; the online project Share Your Sorrow invited internet users to participate in archiving, and saving, an artist’s work; the European co-operation project Masters & Servers explored, along three years, internet culture in a post-digital age; 6PM Your Local Time is a platform for the organization and online documentation of collaborative exhibition projects distributed on a large territory; and Dadaclub.online is a creative tribute to Dada inviting artists to download and remix digital copies of original dada works.
Link Editions. A publishing initiative of the Link Art Center, Link Editions uses the print on demand (POD) approach, which allows to reduce production costs and environmental impact of publishing to the minimum, and to circulate editorial products online. Link Editions uses POD to create an accessible, dynamic series of essays and pamphlets, artist books, catalogues and conference proceedings. A keen advocate of the idea that information wants to be free, Link Editions releases its contents free of charge in .pdf format, and on paper at a price accessible to all. From 2011 to 2016, Link Editions published around forty books.
Link Cabinet is the Link Art Center’s online exhibition space: a single web page hosting solo shows where artists exhibit a single, site-specific artwork. Conceived as a white and neutral exhibition space with an essential interface, Link Cabinet is a blank page that will be transformed by the works on display. Artists featured so far include Jonas Lund, Addie Wagenknecht, Julian Oliver, Nicolas Maigret, Guido Segni, JODI, and David Horvitz.
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