Post-Internet & Curating

Robin Peckham lecture on post-internet (artandeducation.net is the source of longer description below. This video was originally published on Das Platforms)

In this video Peckham defines ‘post internet’ as distinct from technology. His curating practice refers to exploring a ‘thematic schema’ (around 45 min mark) which seems to be a synonym for a social network. And he also explicitly refers to the ‘strength of weak ties’, ‘network dynamics’ and ‘object oriented ontology’ (approx. 50 minute mark). “The joke in China is of course is that there is no internet there is only a Chinese intranet.” (60 minute mark).

Robin Peckham: Tracing the Post-Internet—A Case Study in Curatorial Process

Produced by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Das Platforms

Hong Kong–based writer, gallerist, and curator Robin Peckham discusses “Art Post-Internet,” the large-scale survey of “post-internet art” that he co-curated with Karen Archey at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. He begins by laying out some of the thorny historical and theoretical background of the term and goes on to describe the process of producing this complex survey exhibition.

While noting that post-internet art emerged as a constellation of related tendencies, he suggests that, at its core, the term refers to the influx of the internet and its associated technologies into the production of traditional art media such as oil painting and gallery-based sculpture. He suggests that changes such as the influence of Photoshop imaging software, machine vision as a substitute for the subjective human eye, the screen as a filter of contemporary experience, and the power of digital documentation to circulate images of physical artworks resulted in a movement of artists who focused on these very conditions as the subject of their work. As such, post-internet art tied itself into the lineage of mainstream art history as opposed to a side genre such as net art or new media art.


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