Summer and Fall 2016 - News

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                                  Dennis de Bel and Roel Roscam Abbing - Feline Filesharing (2014)

At the end of summer it is time for another news update. There is a major revival of interest for all things art and Internet related. I was unexpectedly in a discussion panel about net art at the Spike Magazine headquarters in Berlin. A transcript of the discussion is to appear in the next issue of Spike. It was surprising to find myself in a packed room and with many great artists in the audience, some of whom stepped in to make it a very lively debate. After this I went to Sri Lanka to take part in the young Colomboscope festival. I was impressed by the exhibition curator Susanne Jaschko put together, with many local artists making work which sometimes caused fierce debate in local blogs. Next up is the GOGBOT festival (8-11 Sept), for which I act as co-curator this year. I have curated a small tribute to Dutch generative art pioneer Remko Scha at Tetem, including a concert by composer and poet Samuel Vriezen. Next to this there will be the first installation by Cold Void (collaboration of filmmaker Luuk Bouwman and net artist Rafaƫl Rozendaal) and a symposium about the Post-Singularity theme with Florian Cramer, Vanessa Evers, Vesna Manojlovic, and Jochem van der Spek. More things in the pipeline are a lecture I give on October 22nd at the upcoming Wifi, Connectivity and Digital Utopianism exhibiton at the Nieuwe Vide (9 Sept-23 Oct) in Haarlem, which among others includes the work of Dennis de Bel and Roel Roscam Abbing. Plus Kunstforum's Post-Digital edition is finally, after much delay, appearing this November. There will be two Kunstforum editions dedicated to the theme of Post-Digital, for which I wrote an essay and made an interview with artist Jonas Lund. There are vague plans to visit the NEoN festival, curated by Sarah Cook, in Dundee in November. After this hopefully there will be time to get back to some necessary writing.