Curating Immateriality

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Curating Immateriality
The Work of the Curator in the Age of Network Systems
Joasia Krysa, editor

This is the third book in the DATA Browser series of critical texts that explore issues at the
intersection of culture and technology.
The site of curatorial production has been expanded to include the space of the Internet and the focus of curatorial attention has been extended from the object to processes to dynamic network systems. As a result, curatorial work has become more widely distributed between multiple agents, including technological networks and software. This upgraded ‘operating system’ of art presents new possibilities of online curating that is collective and distributed — even to the extreme of a self-organising system that curates itself. The curator is part of this entire system but not central to it.

The subtitle of the book makes reference to the essay ‘The Work of Culture in the Age of Cybernetic Systems’ (1988), in which Bill Nichols considered how cybernetics transformed cultural production. He emphasised the shift from mechanical reproduction (symbolised by the camera) to that of cybernetic systems (symbolised by the computer) in relation to the political economy, and pointed to contradictory tendencies inherent in these systems: ‘the negative, currently dominant, tendency toward control, and the positive, more latent potential toward collectivity’. The book continues this general line of inquiry in relation to curating, and extends it by considering how power relations and control are expressed in the context of network systems and immateriality.

In relation to network systems, the emphasis remains on the democratic potential of technological change but also the emergence of what appears as more intensive forms of control. Can the same be said of curating in the context of distributed forms? If so, what does this imply for software curating beyond the rhetoric of free software and open systems?

Contributors:
0100101110101101.ORG & [epidemiC] | Josephine Berry Slater | Geoff Cox | Alexander
R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker | Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin | Beryl Graham | Eva
Grubinger | Piotr Krajewski | Jacob Lillemose | low-fi | Franziska Nori | Matteo Pasquinelli
| Christiane Paul | Trebor Scholz | Grzesiek Sedek | Tiziana Terranova | Marina
Vishmidt
Contents:
INTRODUCTION TO ‘THE WORK OF THE CURATOR IN THE AGE OF NETWORK SYSTEMS’ Joasia Krysa
OF SENSE AND SENSIBILITY: IMMATERIAL LABOUR IN OPEN SYSTEMS Tiziana Terranova
TWILIGHT OF THE WIDGETS Marina Vishmidt
EXTRACT FROM KURATOR SOURCE CODE Grzesiek Sedek
SOFTWARE ACTIONS Geoff Cox
FLEXIBLE CONTEXTS, DEMOCRATIC FILTERING AND COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING Christiane Paul
‘C@C’: COMPUTER-AIDED CURATING (1993-1995) REVISITED Eva Grubinger
CONCEPTUAL TRANSFORMATIONS OF ART Jacob Lillemose
UNASSIGNABLE LEAKAGE Josephine Berry Slater
BIENNALE.PY 0100101110101101.ORG & [epidemiC]
ON MISANTHROPY Alexander R. Galloway & Eugene Thacker
ANNOTATIONS ON ‘I LOVE YOU’ BY DIGITALCRAFT.ORG Franziska Nori
NET ART LOCATOR low-fi
THE PARTICIPATORY CHALLENGE Trebor Scholz
EDITS FROM A CRUMB DISCUSSION LIST THEME Beryl Graham
AN INVENTORY OF MEDIA ART FESTIVALS Piotr Krajewski
FROM ART ON NETWORKS TO ART ON PLATFORMS Olga Goriunova & Alexei Shulgin
CULTURAL LABOUR AND IMMATERIAL MACHINES Matteo Pasquinelli
NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

The DATA browser series presents critical texts that explore issues at the intersection of culture and technology. The editorial group are Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa, Anya Lewin, Malcolm Miles, Mike Punt & Hugo de Rijke. This volume is produced in association with Arts Council England and University of Plymouth.

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