This two-part symposium addresses the transformation of the museum in the age of social media. How does the presence of networked digital devices affect our experience of art in the museum’s galleries? In what ways do these historical shifts in the mediation of our perception reflect our beliefs about the function of the museum in our society? How can we understand the role that the numerous corporate digital platforms utilized by museums and their publics play in the presentation of art? We will explore the ways in which rapid public sharing from within the museum transforms our attitudes toward works of art and the spaces that house them, seeking to assess the stakes of this affective digital economy.
Distinguished scholars, curators, and artists discuss these questions in two sections—a panel of long-form presentations followed by a fast-paced series of short creative lecture propositions, followed by discussion among audience and participants.
Part I: Long-form Panel
Opening remarks and discussion moderated by Christiane Paul.
Edward A. Shanken
Donna De Salvo
Part II: Micro-lectures
Discussion (moderated by Christiane Paul and Gordon Hall).
Ben Thorp Brown
João Enxuto and Erica Love
Mendi and Keith Obadike
Shared Spaces is organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art and Gordon Hall, Director of the Center for Experimental Lectures, and João Enxuto and Erica Love, Whitney Independent Study Program, 2012–2013.
This event will be utilizing a site-specific network developed by programmer and activist Dan Phiffer. Please bring your laptop or device for use.
$8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students.
Developed by programmer and activist Dan Phiffer, Occupy.here is a site-speciﬁc network which offers a shared virtual space for people to communicate with others nearby. Originally created during the time of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park, the Occupy.here project is building an archipelago of locally hosted websites not accessible from the global Internet. One of these networks was available during the Shared Spaces symposium, enabling attendees to connect with one another during and after the event. A record of the resulting conversation can be accessed here.View now