January 22, 2018
Neural magazine, a journal of new media art, electronic music and hacktivism, published a review of Rebekah Modrak and co-editor Marialaura Ghidini’s book #exstrange: a Curatorial Intervention on eBay.
Writer Aurielio Cianciotta describes #exstrange “one of the most significant net art initiatives of the last few years, developing critical online artworks and creating a whole updated symbolic system.”
The full review can be read at: http://neural.it/2018/01/edited-by-rebekah-modrak-and-marialaura-ghidini-exstrange-a-curatorial-intervention-on-ebay/
The #exstrange project began with a curatorial invitation to 21 artists to launch a 7-day artwork-as-auction on eBay. This was followed by a series of interventions by 11 guest curators based across the world who, in turn, invited three artists each according to their own interpretation of the project. Other participants joined along the way through the open call or by coming across the project. Connected by the tag #exstrange in the listing title, the works could be found in that vast archive of commodities online that is eBay, while this website aggregated them in real time on the home page and now functions as an archive. 102 artworks-as-auctions were created during #exstrange, and 91 artists, designers, collectives, researchers, and also students participated in the project. #exstrange launched on the 15 January 2017, and ended on the 13 April 2017, with the last auction posted on the 8 April.
View #exstrange at http://exstrange.com/