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            A Musée Imaginaire

            A juried competition organized by KAPSUL and Curating.info

            Jury's Choice & Crowd Favorite

            Curated by Antonella Croci and Federico Florian

            KAPSUL and Curating.info are pleased to announce the winner of the Musée Imaginaire Concours: I CLOSE MY EYES IN ORDER TO SEE, curated by Antonella Croci and Federico Florian.

            Proposing that "the new work of art lives in the mind", the curators have gathered a sensitive collection of works which are imaginary, incomplete, invisible. Juror Margriet Schavemaker called the selection of works for the KAPSUL "surprising and inspiring", and juror Ceci Moss felt that the KAPSUL addressed the call in "a very creative way". From juror David Teh: "The works selected and the dialogue emerging amongst them show that the 'cross-cultural' potential of network-enabled curating may be about the realisation of new temporal proximities, or a new expansiveness of thought."

            I CLOSE MY EYES IN ORDER TO SEE won both the titles of Jury's Choice and Crowd Favorite, as judged by votes, visits and visitor engagement.

            Honorable Mention

            Curated by Katherine Bull

            For our honorable mention, Data Capture_Altered States curated by Katherine Bull was selected. Using searches as a point of departure, the KAPSUL takes viewers on a journey through the immense image content of the web. Juror Kati Kivinen stated: "What I found interesting was also the fact that it truly was intended as an open project inviting comments and proposals by others — using the tool in a manner it serves well and offering a possibility for the curator to get feedback and comments all the way... you never know where the path aided by online searches takes you next."

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            A Musée Imaginaire

            Like André Malraux’s “musée imaginaire,” which imagined the tearing down of museum walls to open its holdings to a broader public, the Internet has enabled unprecedented global access to major works of art. With billions of images only clicks away, the role of the curator as an intelligent filter and writer of cultural narratives has never been more essential. The first tools to locate, collect and sort images of art on the web are now being developed, facilitating this great task at hand. The potential of these new technologies is enormous, and they will undoubtedly shift the practice of curators, within the museum and beyond. KAPSUL, a project of Kadist Art Foundation, is one of them, and was designed by and for curators and other art professionals.

            To advance the practice of contemporary art curating for the world online, Curating.info and KAPSUL are jointly organizing a contest highlighting the global expansion of access to creative media, predicted by Malraux and made possible by a new generation of technology.

            Participants are invited to use KAPSUL to create their own musée imaginaire, culling together artworks from digital sources, and emphasizing global reach and cross-cultural conversations. A jury of internationally recognized curators will review submissions. They will assess the strength of the curatorial proposition, but also how each participant has been able to leverage technology and the web to assemble artworks and concepts that reach beyond the practical limits of the “real world” exhibition.

            The jury’s top choice will receive a $1,000 prize. Honorary mentions will be made for the Crowd Favorites as judged by a combination of votes, views and visitor response. To enter, create your Kapsul and email a ‘share link’ to contest@kapsul.org. Please keep your Kapsul private until all entires are published.

            Deadline for submissions is January 29th, 2013. All entries will be made visible to the public for voting on February 5th. Winners will be announced on March 5th.

            About the Jurors

            Kati Kivinen is a Helsinki-based art historian and curator who has been working as curator for temporary exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA in Helsinki since 2003. Before this she was working as coordinator for the Finnish Fund for Art Exchange FRAME. In July 2010 Kivinen was appointed Artistic Director of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art. She received her MA at the University of Helsinki in 2000 and her work as a freelance curator started in 1999. Her freelance projects include the touring exhibition ‘Don't Worry - Be Curious!’ The 4th Ars Baltica Triennial of Photographic Art (together with Dorothee Bienert and Enrico Lunghi, 2007-2008), and ‘Touching from a Distance’ at the Crawford Municipal Art Gallery in Cork, Ireland, 2002. She has been a member of the IKT - International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art since 2006.

            Ceci Moss is the assistant curator of visual arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California. Her research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice, digital technology and perception, the materiality of media, postmodernism and digital art preservation. From 2007-2011 she was Senior Editor of Rhizome. For the past ten years, she’s programmed a weekly radio show on KALX and East Village Radio. She studied Sociology, History and French at UC Berkeley, and Critical Theory in Paris, France at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III/Centre parisien d’études critiques.

            Margriet Schavemaker is art historian, philosopher and media specialist. After a career as lecturer and assistant professor at the art history and media studies departments at the University of Amsterdam, she currently holds the position of head of collections and research at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Schavemaker has written extensively on contemporary art and theory, (co)edited several edited volumes (for example Now is the Time: Art and Theory in the 21st Century (2009) en Vincent Everywhere: Van Gogh’s (Inter) National Identities (2010)) and is an acclaimed curator of discursive events and public programs. Over the past few years new media have been high on Schavemaker’s agenda resulting in for example. the ARtours project; the creation of an augmented reality platform for smartphones which can be used by museums to present their collection in innovative and interactive ways both inside and outside the museum.

            David Teh is a writer, curator, art advisor and researcher based at the National University of Singapore, specializing in Southeast Asian contemporary art. He's also a curator at Future Perfect, a gallery and project platform in Singapore. Before moving to Singapore, he worked as an independent curator and critic in Bangkok (2005-09), and has since realised projects in Germany, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. His writings have appeared in Third Text, AFTERALL Journal, LEAP Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, artforum.com and The Bangkok Post.

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