Art in the digital during and after COVID: aura and apparatus of online exhibitions

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The public health measures that were put in place to contain COVID-19 impacted the lives of people and institutions alike. For its global impact and transformation, the pandemic has the potential to be classified as a mega-event. Such radical events have become great opportunities to the testing of new technologies and forms of organisation, (Masi, 2016) that might in the future become prevalent. The impact of the pandemic was particularly felt in the contemporary art world, as the entire cultural activity was suspended. During this period, art institutions and collectives around the world reacted by adapting and providing alternative materials online. This paper aims at reflecting upon the challenges facing the exhibition of contemporary art online. Following Boris Groys' (2016) actualisation of Walter Benjamin, we problematise how the digital reproduction of art affects the aura of an artwork. Proposing a critique of the apparatus of digital platforms, we analyse how the digital reproduces and enhances ideological structures that overpass the whole of society. For that purpose we analyse how four different organisations (an artist-run space, an art gallery, a museum and an art biennale) have migrated their activity to online platforms. The casestudies will allow a broad understanding of the different approaches available - with some radically taking advantage of the digital environment, and others merely digitising the role taken henceforth by printed catalogues.

Idioma originalEnglish
Páginas (de-até)1-8
Número de páginas8
RevistaRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Número de emissão5
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 2021

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