Art Tech and Media Curation: From the “Never-Was” to American Medium

Art Tech and Media Curation: From the “Never-Was” to American Medium

Installation view of Zack Davis’s Vivo Vitro Silico Situ at American Medium, New York, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and American Medium.

Art Tech and Media Curation: From the “Never-Was” to American Medium
Launch of e-flux journal #143 with Elizaveta Shneyderman, Travis Fitzgerald, and Evan Calder Williams

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March 26, 2024, 7pm
172 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux, on Tuesday, March 26 at 7pm for Art Tech and Media Curation: From the “Never-Was” to American Medium, a talk with Elizaveta Shneyderman, Travis Fitzgerald, and Evan Calder Williams organized in the context of e-flux journal #143 (March 2024).

The talk will focus on author Elizaveta Shneyderman’s analysis in her forthcoming essay on operational images and specialized institutions of new media art. Moderated by e-flux journal contributing editor Evan Calder Williams, the talk provides two presentations—one theoretical and the other practice-oriented—concerned with the spectralizing of digital ecosystems within the art world. Shneyderman theorizes on fringe or “glitch” art worlds, such as videogame speedrunning communities, as well as on curatorial “already-seenness”, among other terms, to describe the complicated and enmeshed digital and/or art-tech art world, while Travis Fitzgerald offers an account of American Medium gallery, which operated from 2012 through the end of 2018 in New York, as one of the notable galleries that focused on new media art.

Editor Kaye Cain-Nielsen will introduce the event.

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Galleries, Technology, Contemporary Art
Publications, USA, Curating, Media theory, Video Games

Elizaveta Alexandrovna Shneyderman is a Belarusian-American curator, writer, and publisher. She is Curator at the Riga Technoculture Research Unit and Curator-at-Large at Kim? Contemporary Art Center (Riga, Latvia). Shneyderman’s interdisciplinary research focuses on the history and philosophy of media materialities and the techniques that emerge from them, including their influence on contemporary art. Her essays on contemporary art and visual culture have been published in Artforum, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Hyundai Artlab, PIN-UP Magazine, Rhizome, and White Cube, among others. Shneyderman has previously held curatorial positions and contributed research to exhibitions at the Hessel Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, EMPAC, PARTICIPANT INC, Hunter East Harlem Gallery, KAJE, Kunsthalle.Ost, and Mana Contemporary, among others. She holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from Bard College and is Adjunct Professor of Art History at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is a psychoanalyst in formation at Pulsion: The International Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychosomatics.

Travis Fitzgerald is an artist, curator, and former gallerist based in Brooklyn. He is the co-founder of American Medium, which operated from 2012-2019 in Bed-Stuy and Chelsea. Before opening American Medium, he served as co-director of Appendix Project Space, a short-term residency and exhibition space in Portland, Oregon from 2010 until its closing in 2014. His work has been shown at Interstate Projects, Ditch Projects, 12128 Boatspace, Portland State University, and the 2014 Portland Biennial. Press for his work and the galleries can be found in The New York Times, ArtForum, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and VICE.

Evan Calder Williams is an associate professor at the Center for Curatorial Studies for Bard College, where he also teaches in the Human Rights program. He is the author of the books Combined and Uneven Apocalypse; Roman Letters; Shard Cinema; and, forthcoming with Sternberg Press in 2024, Inhuman Resources. He is the translator, with David Fernbach, of Mario Mieli’s Towards a Gay Communism and is a Contributing Editor to e-flux journal, as well as a former member of the editorial collective of Viewpoint Magazine.

Serubiri Moses is a curator and author based in New York City. He currently serves as adjunct faculty in art history at Hunter College, and is a member of the editorial team of e-flux journal. He is the author of a poetry book THE MOON IS READING US A BOOK (Pântano Books, 2023) and the lead curator of an upcoming mid-career retrospective of Taryn Simon.

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