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Carlo Zanni – Boil the ocean. Cook the books. Eat your own dog food

Sep 12, 2018

The Link Art Center is proud to present Boil the ocean. Cook the books. Eat your own dog food, a work by Carlo Zanni. The show will be online at Link Cabinet from September 12 to October 28, 2018.
 
A large part of Carlo Zanni reserach has been focused on contemporary art market questioning whether it is possible, in the age of the cloud and crypto currencies, to update the way to buy sell and give value to the works of art. The work created on the occasion of the exhibition at Link Cabinet is the second installment of a trilogy about the crypto coin ZANNI (Ẓ), named after the artist (coin.zanni.org).
Boil the ocean. Cook the books. Eat your own dog food is an automatic chat where the owners/collectors of the ZANNI (Ẓ) comment on their shares, making jokes and ranting against each other like rats. The names of the rats, the % they own and other info are gathered in real time from Ethereum, the blockchain that runs the smart contract powering the coin. The title, forged out of some financial slang that makes use of the culinary metaphor, is an homage to the Herzog’s Conquest of the Useless, and to the words of Fitzcarraldo that appear, edited, in the dialogues. The title is also a reference to the art making, a concept that Zanni extend to include the wasting money activity by those visionary collectors who get involved in utopian and apparently meaningless projects.

 

 
Since the early 2000’s Carlo Zanni’s practice has explored the use of Internet data to create time-based works that combine a pronounced social consciousness and a focus on identity and the self. He researches alternative selling models for digital art and he is the author of the book “Art in the Age of the Cloud”. In many ways Carlo Zanni’s research finds its roots in Sol Lewitt’s statement, “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art”, updated to a more contemporary version: “The idea becomes the code that renders the art.” Zanni (born in La Spezia Italy, 1975) has been the recipient of a Rhizome.org commission and he has shown in galleries and museums worldwide including: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Marsèlleria, Milan; Tent, Rotterdam; MAXXI, Rome; P.S.1, New York; Borusan Center, Istanbul; PERFORMA 09, NY and ICA, London.
 
 

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VADA01: Proxy Lovers out now with Link Editions

Jun 24, 2018

The Link Art Center is proud to announce the publication of Proxy Lovers, the first issue of a series of books realized in collaboration with the Master in Visual Arts for the Digital Age, Istituto Europeo di Design (IED), Milan. The book – 104 color pages, Italian only – is available as a print on demand paperback and a free download PDF. (more…)

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Dominique Moulon: Art Beyond Digital

May 22, 2018

The Link Art Center is proud to announce that the book Art Beyond Digital, by French art critic and curator Dominique Moulon, is now available on our bookshelves: to buy as a print on demand paperback or downloadable for free in digital form. The English translation of L’art au-delà du digital (Nouvelles éditions Scala, 2018), the book offers a rich overview of recent artistic practices mostly developed with digital means, but also going “beyond digital”. (more…)

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Sofia Braga – You Are Running Out of Battery

May 16, 2018

The Link Art Center is proud to present You Are Running Out of Battery, a work by Sofia Braga. The show will be online at Link Cabinet from May 16 to June 17, 2018.
 
Scrolling, the act of moving contents up and down on a screen, is probably the most common gesture we do within our daily interaction with computers and smartphones. The act of scrolling on a screen feeds the content bulimia that characterizes our relationship with the web, the continuous need to see something always new popping up at every scroll, generating a potentially infinite feed. With You Are Running Out of Battery, Sofia Braga focuses her attention on this very act and on the peculiar modality of browsing between contents that it fosters, namely what in web design is know as infinite scrolling. (more…)

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