Curating Digital Art

What is the impact of technology on art and the space in which it sits?

10 Jul 2018
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall Hotel
8 Patriot Square
London, E2 9NF
United Kingdom

An evening of enquiry into the relationship between art and digital technology.

Artists have long been at the forefront of technological innovation, but over the past decade their interpretations have become increasingly critical - applying lateral interpretations to the uses of technology, the possibility of VR, A.I., algorithms, biometric data, and so on – and in turn extricating the impact of surveillance on autonomy in the digital era. 

Do galleries become ‘digital platforms’ or could they become obsolete if people don’t physically visit them? How does a gallery without material walls work? How should galleries translate ‘the spectacle of experience’ in digital form? What form does the gallery organisation take? What skills are required – how is cultural authority maintained? 

Part 1: Curator Ben Vickers and artist Jenna Sutela will discuss the way they work with digital technology. 

Part 2: Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries Hans Ulrich Obrist will discuss the future of the gallery in the digital age. The discussion will be followed by a signing of his latest anthology of writings that survey the world of contemporary art: Somewhere Totally Else (Ringier).


Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show World Soup (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows.

Jenna Sutela works with words, sounds and other living materials. Her installations and performances seek to identify and react to precarious social and material moments, often in relation to technology. Based between Berlin and Helsinki, Sutela’s artwork has been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, Serpentine Marathon in London, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.

The event will take place at Town Hall Hotel, E2. 

Image: Jenna Sutela: Holobiont, 2018, video still

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