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art > 17th Edition of GIORNATA DEL CONTEMPORANEO | NFT Politics and Poetics



art > 17th Edition of GIORNATA DEL CONTEMPORANEO | NFT Politics and Poetics


NFT Politics and Poetics
December, 7th 2021


Panel discussion on Zoom with curators Valentino Catricalà, Domenico Quaranta and digital sculptor Auriea Harvey

The conversation will focus on the impact of NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) on both the forms, contents and aesthetics of the artwork, as well as on the structures and biases of the art world. Some relevant questions that will be raised are: do NFTs force the production of easy pieces and short looping animations, or more complex forms are possible? Are there dominant or emerging aesthetics? What's the influence of platform and collectors? Is this emerging market sustainable? What is it doing in terms of access, racial and gender equity? How are DAOs and collective ownership shaping the field?

This presentation is in English
A cooperation between IIC Chicago & IIC San Francisco. Co-presented by THE GRID.




Valentino Catricalà
Valentino Catricalà is a scholar and contemporary art curator. Currently curator of SODA Gallery in Manchester and lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, promoting the relationship between art and technology through the direction of the Art Section of the Maker Faire-The European Edition, the biggest Faire on creativity and innovation in Europe and as Art Consultant at Paris Sony CS Lab; former artistic director of the Rome Media Art Festival (MAXXI Museum), Art Project coordinator at Fondazione Mondo Digitale. Valentino Catricalà has curated exhibitions in important museum and private Galleries such as Hermitage (San Petersburg), Minnesota Street Project (San Francisco), New York Media Center, Stelline (Milano), MAXXI Museum (Rome), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome), Ca’ Foscari (Venice), New Dheli Italian Cultural Institute (India), among others. Among his writings: Media Art. Prospettive delle arti verso il XXI secolo. Storie, teorie, preservazione (Mimesis, 2016) and the book The Artist as Inventor (Rowman & Littlefiled, 2021).


Domenico Quaranta
Domenico Quaranta is an art critic, curator and teacher interested in the ways in which the ongoing technological changes affect contemporary artistic practices. His texts have appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and catalogs. He is the author, among other things, of Beyond New Media Art (2013) and Surfing con Satoshi. Arte, blockchain e NFT (Postmedia Books, Milan 2021); and editor of several volumes, including GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames (2006, with M. Bittanti). Since 2005 he has curated several exhibitions, including Collect the WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age (Brescia 2011; Basel and New York 2012); Cyphoria (Quadriennale 2016, Rome) and Hyperemployment (MGLC, Ljubljana 2019 – 2020). He is a Professor of Interactive Systems and a co-founder of the Link Art Center (2011 – 2019). More information here.


Auriea Harvey
Auriea Harvey is an artist producing simulations and sculptures that bridge physical and digital space. After plumbing the depths of net art and video games, she has now turned her attention to digital sculpture, 3D printing, and mixed reality. The work is presented as sculptures that blend digital and handmade production. She is half of the artist duo Entropy8Zuper!/Tale of Tales/Song of Songs, known for their pioneering works in Internet art, video games, and XR. Auriea lives in Rome and is a Professor of Games at Kunsthochschule Kassel. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Walker Art Center, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the RF.C Collection, and Rhizome’s Net Art Anthology. Her video games and VR works have had international success, including exhibitions at the Tinguely Museum, Basel; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the New Museum, New York; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and ZKM, Karlsruhe. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital grant and a winner of the Independent Games Festival Nuovo Award. She is represented by bitforms gallery, NYC.


AMACI - Association of Italian Contemporary Art Museums is a non-profit association that today brings together twenty-four of the most prestigious Italian museums. Founded in 2003 with the aim of promoting the languages of contemporary art and supporting the development of institutional policy on contemporaneity, AMACI is focused on being a point of reference for the diffusion of study and research into contemporary museological practices both in Italy and abroad.



Data: Mar 7 Dic 2021

Orario: Dalle 11:00 alle 12:00

Organizzato da : Italian Cultural Institute SF

In collaborazione con : Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago

Ingresso : Libero