Interventions, Volume 01, Issue 02: Framing the Internet

As a web-based platform, Interventions Journal is predicated on the gathering and circulation of immaterial text and art. It takes the Internet as its site and, in this case, as its very subject. This issue, “Framing the Internet,” looks precisely to the implications of an increasingly web-centric world in which artistic and curatorial practice inevitably finds itself negotiating this virtual space. In the first section of “Framing the Internet,” we have gathered reflections on how the Internet and digital technologies have been mobilized as productive tools for curatorial, artistic and pedagogical inquiry, from round tables and critical texts to exhibition reviews and artist projects. We are especially pleased to debut Nostalgia for the Future by artist Jeremy Coulliard, a special project for this issue that aptly demonstrates the hybrid potentialities between the virtual and the concrete available to artists today. We have also included here a video of an eponymous round table that took place on October 4, 2011 at Columbia University and that was developed in tandem with this issue. Drawing perspectives from artists, theorists and curators, the panel featured Bettina Funcke, Alexander Galloway, and Anton Vidokle and was moderated by Professor Alexander Alberro.

Brought together at the time of the PERFORMA’11 Biennial, this issue also highlights several performance-related reviews and artist projects. Not unlike the Internet, performance art represents an emergent presence in the art world, the terms of which are constantly being negotiated. Additionally, we are introducing what will be an ongoing section, the Curatorial Questionnaire, which invites responses from emerging curators in a forum devoted exclusively to contemporary curatorial practice. This section takes it’s inspiration from October’s 2009 “Questionnaire on ‘The Contemporary’” and poses the related question: “Why curate now?”

Lastly, this issue’s Unlimited Edition features Ernst Fischer’s Collateral Resignation Agreement, a work that resonates with the themes of financial inequality as initially posed by its protagonists, Marx and Engels, as well as with this fall’s Occupy movement. The work, which currently exists digitally, is available for universal download. We encourage you to print this one out as your own small intervention between the virtual and the real.

Ceren Erdem, Jaime Schwartz, and Lisa Williams
Founding Editors
New York; January, 2012