Digital PTSD: The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma 

Digital PTSD: The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma 

Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art
Digital PTSD: The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma 
December 12, 2020, 4pm–12am

Digital PTSD
The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma 
Part I: online program: December 12, 4pm–midnight (GMT +1) 
Part II: online program: May 20, 2021

The Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea presents a two-part online program of talks, conversations, and artworks between 2020–2021, entitled Digital PTSD: The Practice of Art and Its Impact on Digital Trauma developed in the framework of the exhibition Espressioni. The Proposition. 

Digital PTSD. Part I is live streamed in partnership with e-flux both on this page and Castello di Rivoli website. The event is free, please register here.

It is counterintuitive, but Digital PTSD presents through an online platform a critique of the potential misuse of technologies. What are the traumatic consequences of the sudden increase in virtual activities in a period when spaces of aggregation, such as museums, are in lockdown? Digital PTSD invites to reflect on screen-based experience, the physical erosion of living matter, the transformation of life into big data and the new digital epistemic regime.

Participants in Part I include: Tabita Rezaire, artist; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, museum director, exhibition maker, writer; Beatriz Colomina & Mark Wigley, architectural historians, theorists, curators; Cécile B. Evans, artist; Matteo Pasquinelli, cognitive sciences, digital economy, machine intelligence theorist; Hito Steyerl, filmmaker, visual artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary; Grada Kilomba, artist and writer; Anne Imhof, artist musician; Bracha L. Ettinger, painter, theorist, psychoanalyst; Éric Sadin, writer and philosopher; Vittorio Gallese, cognitive neuroscientist; Ophelia Deroy, philosopher and cognitive neuroscientist; Griselda Pollock, feminist-postcolonial-queer-international art historian and cultural analyst; Agnieszka Kurant, artist; Cally Spooner, artist; Chus Martínez, curator and writer; Stuart Ringholt, artist; Marcos Lutyens, artist and hypnotist

The event runs from 4pm–midnight (GMT +1). 

For further information, the full program, and participants’ biographies please visit the Castello di Rivoli website.

Participants in Digital PTSD - Part II, taking place on May 20, 2021, include: Devra DavisIrene DionisioCatherine MalabouOtobong Nkangaamongst others.

The programs of Castello di Rivoli are supported primarily by Regione Piemonte. This program is also supported  by Compagnia di San Paolo. Institutional funders and partners  of Castello di Rivoli are Città di Torino, Città di Rivoli, Fondazione CRT and Intesa San Paolo.

Technology, Contemporary Art

Beatriz Colomina is an architecture historian, theorist, and curator. She is the founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture, and Director of Graduate studies in the School of Architecture.

Mark Wigley is Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia GSAPP. His most recent book is Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press, 2020).

Matteo Pasquinelli is Associate Professor in Philosophy of Science at the Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, where he coordinates the ERC project AIMODELS. His latest book is The Eye of the Master: A Social History of Artificial Intelligence (Verso, 2023).

Hito Steyerl is a filmmaker, moving-image artist, writer, and innovator of the essay documentary. Her principal topics of interest are media, technology, and the global circulation of images. Through her writing practice, films, and performative lectures, Steyerl considers the status of the image in an increasingly global and technological world.

Grada Kilomba is a interdisciplinary artist and writer, born in Lisbon and living in Berlin. Her work draws on memory, trauma, race, gender, and the decolonization of knowledge. She is the author of Plantation Memories (2008) a compilation of episodes of everyday racism written in the form of short psychoanalytical stories; and the coeditor of Mythen, Masken und Subjekte (2005), an anthology on Critical Whiteness Studies. Her artworks have been presented internationally at the 10th Berlin Biennale; Documenta 14; the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo; Rauma Biennal Balticum; Art Basel; Frieze London; Cape Town Art Fair; and the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech, among others.

Bracha L. Ettinger is an Israeli painter, writer, psychoanalyst, and philosopher living and working in Paris and Tel Aviv.

Agnieszka Kurant is a conceptual artist from Poland investigating collective and nonhuman intelligences and the exploitations present in digital surveillance capitalism. She is the recipient of the 2020 LACMA A+T Award and the 2019 Frontier Art Prize. She has had numerous solo exhibitions, including “Crowd Crystal” at Castello di Rivoli (2021–22), “Uncomputables” at Hannover Kunstverein (2023), “Exformation” at Sculpture Center (2013), and “Errorism” at Kunsthal Gent and Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland (2021).

Chus Martínez is Head of the Institute Art Gender Nature of the Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW and Associate Curator of the Ocean Space, Venice, a collaborative platform spearheaded by TBA21–Academy, as well as Curator at Large at the Vuslat Foundation in Istanbul. She is a board member of CIMAM (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art) and serves on the advisory boards of numerous international art institutions, including Castello di Rivoli, Turin; de Appel, Amsterdam; and Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin.

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