Work by Stamps Professor Rebekah Modrak is featured in distant.gallery, a social platform and sustainable art initiative that links actors from different parts of the (art)world. International and local at the same time, it creates the opportunity to discover artists and shows that one would usually never be able to see because they happen at places that are too far from home. Visitors get the chance to see shows from all over the world, Dehli, Kinshasa, Brooklyn, Mexico, or Amsterdam, without having to transgress borders. Every exhibition is curated from a ‘host’ city where local artists from that host city exhibit in the same (online and social) conditions and context as artists from the other side of the globe.
distant.gallery runs on common.garden — an artist-run platform that offers a wide spectrum of tools to display artworks from different media, ranging from more traditional ones like the painting to new media like the video but also specifically online-only art. Therefore distant.gallery does not just replace the physical museum or extend it, but creates a unique curatorial concept.
For this show, which begins on April 18, 2022, The Broken Timeline (TBT) — based in Amsterdam curated by Annet Dekker, Marialaura Ghidini, and Gaia Tedone in collaboration with Valiz — presents a lineage of web-based curatorial projects to give insight into the discourse on digital art and its curation today. For common.garden, the TBT made a small selection of our favorite projects that highlight the intricate socio-technicalities of the web. Following and subverting technical trends, and despite being often short-lived and thus lacking a historical memory, these projects present new ways of audience engagement, question the value of authorship, and open the possibility to reconfigure traditional models and methods for presenting, accessing, and distributing art. Thereby they are challenging established museum values and advancing alternative ways of understanding art stewardship, curatorial authority, and public access.
Participating artists: Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith, Damjanski, Emmanuel Guez and Zombectro, Sabine Hochrieser, Michael Kargl, Mary Meixner, Rebekah Modrak, Martine Neddam, Chiara Passa, Nina Roehrs, Sakrowski, Sebastian Schmieg and Silvio Lorusso, Guido Segni and Matìas Ezequiel Reyes, Krystal South, Franz Thalmair, and Miyö Van Stenis.