Conversations | The Underside of Connectivity: From Data Mining to Carbon Footprint
Art Basel Miami Beach 2022, December 2
From climate denial to climate activism via eco anxiety, polarizing reactions to climate change are broadcast through connectivity. Yet, the use of technology itself has a devastating ecological impact. In their work, artists Agnieszka Kurant, Joshua Citarella, João Enxuto, and Erica Love reflect on the carbon footprint of our devices, the effect of our digital footprints, and the swaying of public opinion through the algorithms supported by polluting corporations. What visions do artists have for a more meaningfully connected world? How can digital, mineral, and biological intelligences intersect?
The Art Basel Miami Beach 2022 Conversations program is curated by Emily Butler.
Curated in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami
‣ Agnieszka Kurant, artist, New York
‣ Joshua Citarella, artist and Internet culture researcher, New York
‣ João Enxuto and Erica Love, artists, New York
‣ Moderator: Makayla Bailey, Co-Executive Director, Rhizome at the New Museum, New York
‣ Agnieszka Kurant (Lódz, Poland) is an artist whose work investigates collective intelligence, nonhuman intelligences, the future of labor and creativity, and exploitation within surveillance capitalism. She is the recipient of the 2022 Google AMI Award, the 2020 LACMA Art + Technology Award, and the 2019 Frontier Art Prize. In 2021–2022, she had a solo exhibition, ‘Crowd Crystal’, at Castello di Rivoli. In 2022, her public commission, The End of Signature, was launched at the MIT List Visual Arts Center. Other exhibitions include a commission for the façade of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2015) and a solo show at the Sculpture Center (2013). Her work has featured in exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Istanbul Biennial, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Palais de Tokyo, De Young Museum, The Kitchen, Kunsthalle Wien, Witte de With, Moderna Museet, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Triennale di Milano, Cleveland Triennial, Frieze Projects, and Performa Biennial. In 2022 Kurant was an Artist Fellow at the Berggruen Institute.
‣ Joshua Citarella is an artist and internet culture researcher based in New York. He is the author of Politigram & the Post-left (2018) and 20 Interviews (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include Bas Fisher Invitational in Miami and Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University. He is the creative director of Do Not Research, an arts organization and online community that publishes writing, visual art, and more.
‣ João Enxuto and Erica Love examine the dynamics of contemporary art institutions and economies. Together, they were fellows of the Independent Study Program at the Whitney Museum of American Art. They were awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. They have given talks and exhibited at numerous venues worldwide, including: Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, Walker Art Center, Centre Pompidou, and Edith-Russ-Haus. Their writing has been published by Verso Books, Sternberg Press, Mousse Magazine, and elsewhere.
‣ Makayla Bailey is the Co-Executive Director of Rhizome at the New Museum. Bailey has held curatorial positions at MoMA and The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she co-organized the first digital exhibition at The Studio Museum. Bailey’s work has been featured in Artforum, ArtNews, Frieze, Harper’s Bazaar, Hyperallergic, PIN-UP, and i-D Magazine. Her current research explores environment and Black excess, and the creation of an equitable historical accounting of born-digital art.
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