The World of Images
Every year, curators from all over the world meet at a different attractive hotspot of the art world for an international congress. In 2020 the IKT will take place in Westphalia, and the Marta Herford is host and organizer of an integrated symposium on the subject of digitality and image production.
Images are everywhere. They determine our daily lives in a diversity and intensity as never before. Their simple digital production, availability and manipulability make every individual a producer, curator of his or her own life. Digital images determine how we present ourselves and how we remember. They are part of a social self-insurance which has already extended to the museums. What does it mean when the digitalization of the image plays a central role both in the public exhibition sector and in one’s private everyday life? How can or must the roles of artists, institutions and visitors change if the relevant image production is no longer exclusively in professionals hand but can be assumed perspectively by anyone?
These questions are illuminated from three different perspectives. Glenn Cantave (New York), Anika Meier (Hamburg) and Kay Watson (London) are invited as speakers. With three theoretical impulses they will talk about digital image and art production and its effects on exhibitions, artists and the audience.
Place and time
The symposium takes place on 17.10.2020 at 3 pm in the Forum of the Museum Marta Herford.
The symposium is organized in collaboration with the Kultursekretariat NRW Gütersloh so that the circle of IKT members is already extended by numerous representatives of the member cities. The symposium is open to the public. Anyone who is interested is warmly invited to attend.
Ticket: Regular 13 Euros, Concession 6 Euros, without registration
The symposium will take place in English.
Glenn Cantave: “Redefining Monuments with Augmented Reality”
Supported by NEW INC, an incubator for art, design, and technology with the New Museum of Contemporary Art, “Movers and Shakers” are prototyping an augmented reality monuments exhibition for various sites in New York City. The idea is to empower New York City residents to see digital monuments of women and people of color in the streets in the form of a tour – a possibility to highlight these narratives without permission and bring their content to communities that lack access to museums. The AR monuments will exist in public spaces and in school curricula.
Glenn Cantave is an activist, performance artist and social entrepreneur who uses immersive technology to highlight the narratives of the oppressed. He leads “Movers & Shakers”, a non-profit collective of artists, activists, educators, and technologists, and started hosting teach-ins/ pop-up augmented reality exhibits in an effort to advocate for the removal of the statue of Christopher Columbus at Columbus Circle. The group recently won the Verizon 5G Ed Tech Challenge, where they are creating an AR workbook that teaches middle school English students about underrepresented icons. Verizon has committed to releasing the workbook in 100 middle schools nationwide by September 2021.
Anika Meier: “Link in Bio. Artists in the Age of Social Media”
Signe Pierce and Thomas Webb in Conversation with Anika Meier
The use of social media has become an everyday activity, one that established and emerging artists cannot, and indeed do not want to, do without. They work with it. Signe Pierce (New York) and Thomas Webb (London) are at the forefront of a young generation of artists that reflect the current digital age. In conversation with Anika Meier, starting with a brief introduc-tion to the general aspects of the topic, Pierce and Webb will speak about their artistic practice and why social media for them is a tool.
Anika Meier, is an independent writer and curator, and writes a column on art and social media for Monopol. Her texts have appeared in Die Zeit, FAZ, Die Welt, Spiegel Online, and many others. Most recent exhibition projects include “Link in Bio. Art after Social Media” (2019/20) and “Virtual Normality. Women Net Artists 2.0” (2018) at Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, or “On the Internet Nobody Knows You Are a Performance Artist. Andy Kassier & Signe Pierce live” at NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf (2018). Signe Pierce describes herself as a reality artist: “I am pop and I am art. I am digital and I am physical. I am virtual and I am real”. Thomas Webb is a London based new media artist. He uses electrical engineering, AI, machine learning and computer programming to portrait his views on contemporary post-internet life.
Kay Watson: “Building Worlds: Contemporary Art, Immersive Technologies and Video Games”
In her short lecture, Watson examines current artistic and curatorial practices at the intersec-tion of art and advanced technology, in particular CGI, video games and immersive technolo-gies. She uses the Serpentine Galleries Digital Programme for commissions, exhibitions and research in 2013–20 as a framework, focusing on the impact of recent technological develop-ments on curatorial and operational modes, and on methods of supporting experimental practices.
Kay Watson is a researcher, curator and archivist specializing in art and advanced technologies, photography and feminist, curatorial and institutional histories of art. She is currently Digital Curator at Serpentine Galleries, London, and a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. Recent projects include Jakob Kudsk Steensen, The Deep Listener (2019) and Catharsis (2020); Hito Steyerl, Actual Reality OS (2019); Suzanne Treister, From SURVIVOR (F) to The Escapist BHST (Black Hole Spacetime) (2019); Jenna Sutela, I Magma (2019); Ian Cheng, BOB and Emissar-ies (2018) and The Serpentine Podcast (2018-20). She has worked at The Photographers’ Gallery, Art Night at the ICA and the Contemporary Art Society.
What is the IKT?
More than 700 curators from all over the world are today part of the IKT network (International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art, www.ikt-site.org). It was founded in 1973 in Germany by, among others, Harald Szeemann, Eberhard Roters and Eddy de Wilde (at the time under the name of “Internationaler Kuratoren-Tag” – IKT). Once every year this association meets in a different country for the IKT congress including an accompanying program of visits. The congress is organized by the office in collaboration with local partners. Stops up to now have included Brussels 2016, Oslo 2017, Danzig 2018 and Miami 2019. For the year 2020, the Kunsthalle Osnabrück, the Marta Herford and the art association “hase29” in Osnabrück were successful with their (quite extraordinary) joint application “Westphalia 2020”.
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