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CURATING SUPERINTELLIGENCES: SPECULATIONS ON THE FUTURE OF CURATING, A.I. AND HYBRID REALITIES

Edited by Joasia Krysa and Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver
Upcoming volume in the series, to be published in 2021 by Open Humanities Press

Outline:

The volume seeks to address a contemporary shift in curatorial practices that carries with it promises of new kinds of curating and simultaneously a demise of curating as we know it. These changes are reflected in the rapid developments in Artificial Intelligence and the ubiquitous presence of computation and information technologies that organise and manage big data as digital objects and collections, to be sourced, extracted and reused. However, new kinds of curatorial knowledges emerge from desires to reclaim categories such as nature, women, black and people of colour, indigenous people, LGBTQIA, from their usual positions in knowledge taxonomies as epistemological objects of study. The book, while accounting for increasing automation of curating and its posthuman character, poses questions about the implications for contemporary art; the limits of and possibilities for curatorial practice under these conditions, and the relevance and future of cultural institutions, and global biennials in the post-pandemic world. What are the lessons to be learnt? How can AI and curating be studied critically to question knowledges that continue to support colonialist frameworks that define what is life and how it should be managed?

Contributors include: Alexander Galloway and Eugene Thacker, Christiane Paul, Nora N. Khan, Suzanne Treister, Elvia Vasconcelos, Leonardo Impett, Gabriel Menotti, Manuela Moscoso, Murad Khan, Serpentine R&D Platform x Rival Strategy, Ben Vickers, Victoria Ivanova, Eva Jaeger (in collaboration with Mercedes Bunz and Alasdair Milne), Skawennati, Jason Edward Lewis, Nicolas Malevé, Katrina Sluis and Gaia Tedone, Ashley Lee Wong, Magdalena Tyżlik-Carver, Joasia Krysa, Nathan Jones, Sam Skinner and Tom Schofield, Winnie Soon and Helen Pritchard, a.o.