Eternal September: Exhibition, Catalogue and Side Event at Link Cabinet

Eternal September: Exhibition, Catalogue and Side Event at Link Cabinet

The Link Art Center is proud to announce Eternal September. The Rise of Amateur Culture, a group exhibition curated by Valentina Tanni for Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana (2 – 26 September 2014). Produced by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, in collaboration with Škuc Gallery and Link Center for the Arts of the Information Age, Brescia, the show features a rich accompanying programme, including the launch of a new online project on Link Cabinet, the Link Art Center online gallery, and the publication of a catalogue that will be made available by Link Editions shortly after the show’s opening.

 

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Eternal September is a group exhibition that aims to explore the relationship between professional art making and the rising tide of amateur cultural movements throughout the Web, a historical event that has triggered a huge, fascinating shift in every field of culture, especially the visual one. The exhibition includes works by 15 authors and artistic groups (professionals and amateurs alike) and a series of special projects and accompanying events that will take place both offline and online.

 

Featuring: Anonymous (The Game Pro), Tymek Borowski & Pawel Sysiak, Mauro Ceolin, Paolo Cirio, Paul Destieu, Electroboutique, Matthias Fritsch, Colin Guillemet, David Horvitz, Maskull Lasserre, Aled Lewis, Dennis Logan (Spatula007), Valeria Mancinelli & Roberto Fassone, Mark McEvoy, Casey Pugh et al., Steve Roggenbuck, Smetnjak Collective, Helmut Smits, Phil Thompson, Wendy Vainity (madcatlady). For more information, please visit www.aksioma.org/eternal.september/ or download the press folder.

 

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From September 2 to 26, Link Cabinet will put on display the web project The Importance Of Being Context, the result of a collaboration between curator Valeria Mancinelli and artist Roberto Fassone. The Importance of Being Context is an online archive that collects a series of well known art performances, mainly from the 60’s and the 70’s. In the archive video documentation of the works by Marina Abramovic,Vito Acconci, Bruce Nauman and others is replaced by YouTube videos in which different individuals perform actions unwittingly similar to the ones of the original performance. The work is an open invitation to think about performance, its proximity to daily life, the importance of the artistic context in turning a simple action into an art work, the uncanny valley between art performance’s protocols and popular games.

 

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Finally, in mid September the catalogue of the show will be made available by Link Editions as a paperback and a freely downloadable pdf. Published in collaboration with Aksioma, the catalogue will feature a curatorial text by Valentina Tanni offering an insight on the topics of the exhibition; an interview with artist Matthias Fritsch, the man beyond the Teknoviking meme; and an essay by the Slovenian artist group Smetnjak on practicing critical theory in the form of internet memes, together with all the works on show, extensive documentation of the exhibition, and visual documentation of Tanni’s ongoing curatorial project The Great Wall of Memes, an ongoing image archive of art-related internet memes.

 

Eternal September is realized in the framework of Masters & Servers, a joint project by Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Abandon Normal Devices (UK), Link Art Center (IT) and d-i-n-a / The Influencers (ES) that was recently awarded with a Creative Europe 2014 – 2020 grant. For 24 months from now, Masters & Servers will explore networked culture in the post-digital age.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

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