In the 21st century, art has become a weird thing, weirder, even, than it was before. The Internet, new technologies and social media have stormed our visual universe with gifs, photoshopping and all kinds of appropriation practices. Trolls, YouTubers and Instagrammers are leaving an aesthetic legacy that recalls the precepts of the historical avant-gardes, cheerfully distorted in a bizarre and wild way. How do the arts that we find in museums react to such retaliation? What if the art history books of the future would list not only works of art made by those formally recognised artist-geniuses, but also all memes made by anonymous users hidden behind all those absurd pseudonyms? This book is the first to draft a comprehensive cartography of the relationship between visual arts and digital culture from the early 2000s–on, where Valentina Tanni traces back the path “from Duchamp to TikTok”, defining the contours of one of the most interesting landscapes of our present.
Valentina Tanni: MemesteticA – The Eternal September of Art*
Published by: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Format: 11 x 17 cm
Release date: 20 May 2021
Published in the framework of Tactics & Practice #11: MemesteticA
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia,
the Municipality of Ljubljana and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Slovenia .
*Originally published in Italian by NERO Editions
Valentina Tanni et al.
Tactics & Practice #11: MemesteticA
19 May–2 July 2021