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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.    

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…)

Max Dovey – Mining Cards at Link Cabinet

Mar 28, 2018
The Link Art Center is proud to present Mining Cards, a work by Max Dovey. The show will be online at Link Cabinet from March 28 to April 29, 2018.   Mining Cards by Max Dovey is a collectable trading card series stored on the blockchain. Each card features a custom made mining rig together with its technical information, and like Top Trumps, they can be used to play and trade a gainst one another. The cards depict the material infrastructure of blockchain networks and show the often domestic environments where computer nodes are located. (more…)

Eva Papamargariti – Transformative Encounters at Link Cabinet

Jan 24, 2018
The Link Art Center is proud to present Transformative Encounters, a work by Eva Papamargariti. The show will be online at Link Cabinet from January 24 to February 25, 2018.   Transformative Encounters is a short visual narration including 3D animated materials, video recordings and poetic elements that refer to a multitude of bodies and their consecutive encounters with an unfamiliar organism that take place as they intersect, feed, touch, alter, discard, contain, compartmentalize and aknowledge each other's corporeality. (more…)
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