Oproep 3: Digitaal werken in de kunsten

The New frontier : Online Curatorship in a Digital environment

Naar welke uitdagingen voor digitaal werken in de kunsten gaat je interesse uit?

Our project seeks to focus on the untapped potential inherent in digital curatorial practices. By defining curatorship as the practice of artistically arranging the space of an exhibition, this project aims to explore the potential of tools and platforms, such as Unity Engine, to produce radically alternative online spatialities that transcend the constraints of the physical space.

Waarom wil je graag deelnemen aan deze oproep?

Several artists have already produced exciting pieces that take advantage of the new possibilities of the Internet as a medium. However, this mediatic revolution has yet to affect not only the way art is produced, but also how it is presented and interacted with. For Digital Arts to fully develop it is necessary to explore the way digital artifacts are collected, organized and presented. As long as most online exhibitions are constituted not of transformative digital spaces, but of simple emulations of physical exhibitions, the digital arts will not be able to fully assert their autonomy from their traditional counterparts. During our studies we have approached the issue of digital curatorship from two different perspectives: practical-artistic (Lakaaysha) and theoretical-analytical (Edoardo). We are thus convinced of possessing the necessary tools to further develop this Idea as the starting point of a new way of understanding curatorship in the Digital Era.

Hoe kan jouw werk met deze uitdagingen een impact hebben op de fairness en duurzaamheid van de kunsten van Vlaanderen en Brussel?

The notion of fairness in the Arts is inherently connected to their accessibility in the current Media environment. In the Contemporary Era inequalities have an intrinsic spatial dimension. This is particularly clear in the art circuit, which is sharply divided between few global art Metropoles and a global art periphery that does not share the same access to both art consumption and production. By focusing our effort in developing a new language for digital exhibition, we create the potential for regional art realities to be appreciated on the global stage, while eroding the inherently elitist dimension of contemporary art fruition. To fully explore the potential of the digitalscapes also has an inherently sustainable dimension. If digital exhibitions were to become a credible alternative to museums, we would be able to reduce the resources and material space required for the reproduction of the contemporary art system. Instead of using art to teach sustainability, this project seeks to make the art world itself more sustainable.


Edoardo Lorenzo Cumitini (ecumitini@gmail.com) & Lakaaysha van Ewijk (lakaaysha@gmail.com)