Art critic Claire Bishop identified a perceived division in the art world in her 2012 essay, ‘Digital Divide’. She argued that “new media art…rarely overlaps with the mainstream art world” because of its challenge to the marketplace and its seeming lack of criticality. Its often dematerialized condition makes it difficult to collect and new media artists, in her words, “rarely confront the question of what it means to think, see, and filter affect through the digital”.
Aurora hosts Charissa Terranova in discussion with Aurora Guest Curators Tim Goossens, Julia Kaganskiy and Aja Martin around media art’s seamless position within contemporary art. Join us as we tease out connections and continuities, rather than fractures and divisions, within the horizon of art-sci-tech hybridity.
Charissa N. Terranova is Associate Professor of Aesthetic Studies in the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History at The University of Texas at Dallas. Terranova is the author of Automotive Prosthetic: Technological Mediation and the Car in Conceptual Art (2014), Art as Organism: Biology and the Evolution of the Digital Image (IB Taurus, 2016), and coeditor of the Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture (Routledge, 2016). She is on sabbatical for the 2015–2016 academic year.
Julia Kaganskiy, Director of New Inc at the New Museum in New York, is a recognized cultural producer across the art and technology fields. She previously served as Global Editor of the Creators Project, a partnership between VICE Media Group and Intel, and founded ArtsTech Meetup, a group that brings together professionals from New York City’s museums, galleries, art-related start-ups, and digital artists. She has been cited by Fast Company, 2011 and Business Insider, 2013 as one of the most influential women in technology and profiled in the 2012 AOL/PBS series Makers honoring women leaders.
Aja Martin is the director of Zhulong Gallery, and also an arts writer and curator. Her research focuses on Modern and Contemporary art, and she specializes in acculturated spaces, site-specific art, and the fluidity of art, design and technology. Aja has curated gallery exhibitions in the Dallas area and publishes on contemporary art online and in print. She currently serves as the Co-President of the Texas chapter of the national non-profit, Women’s Caucus for Art and is a member of the Public Art Committee for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
Aja has consulted with non-profits including the La Reunion TX, the Meadows Forum for Art and Urban Engagement and other public arts organizations. She has presented her research locally and nationally and has held positions at noteworthy institutions such as the Nasher Sculpture Center; Dallas Museum of Art; the Blaffer Contemporary, Houston; and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. Aja holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University, 2011.
Tim Goossens was born and raised in Belgium. He later moved to Paris and earned an MA in art history at the KULeuven and Sorbonne (Paris) and master cum laude in Museology at the Ecole du Louvre. He worked as an assistant-curator at MoMA PS1 in New York until 2010. During his tenure at the museum he collaborated – amongst many other shows – on Greater New York 2010, a Kenneth Anger retrospective and co-founded the Saturday Sessions performance series.
As an independent curator some of Goossens projects include a group exhibition at Nara Roesler in Brazil with Joan Jonas, David Wojnarowicz and Marcos Chavez; an official side project for the Berlin Biennial, a Mary Beth Edelson solo exhibition. He also co-curated the first large scale public sound exhibition in India with work from Yoko Ono and Uri Aran. Tim Goossens is currently working as an Adjunct Curator at The Clocktower, one of the oldest non-profit art spaces in the US, where he has worked with Patti Smith, Antony Hegarty, Nomi Ruiz, Nancy Holt and Joan Jonas, and the Director of envoy enterprises. Since 2014 he has been Adjunct Faculty at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.