Latitudes presented a paper entitled MyLife/SecondSpace: A “Web 2.0” paradigm for artistic and curatorial practice? at 'Qui. Enter Atlas – International Symposium of Young Curators' under the theme 'Art in the Landscape of the Media' coordinated by artist Dara Birnbaum 3–5 June 2007, at the GAMeC, Bergamo.
Since as recently as 2005, there has been an unprecedented surge of entrepreneurship and innovation – fuelled by vast speculative venture capital investments largely in Silicon Valley – concerning so-called Web 2.0 applications. We’ve all heard of, and probably use, facilities such as YouTube, eBay, Wikipedia, del.icio.us, Skype, MySpace, flickr, Facebook, Second Life and so on – but what are some of their common attributes? How might they be reflected in artistic practice, curatorial practice – and the art industry? Sidestepping Nicolas Bourriaud’s Relational Aesthetics (1998 – a long time ago in the wide world of the web) we looked at projects such as Allora and Calzadilla’s Radio Re-volt (2004); Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (the air between the chain-link fence and the broken bicycle wheel) (2005); the exhibition Spinning the Web – the eBay Connection; and CAC TV, the initiative of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Vilnius, through the behavioural and terminological tropes of web 2.0. As a conclusion, we addressed the technosocial definition of objects and users developed by Bruce Sterling in his book Shaping Things (2005).
The invited curators were: Binna Choi, Sebastian Cichocki, Tom Morton, Nina Zimmer, Sarah Carrington, Ovul Durmusoglu, Manuela Moscoso, Huib Haye Van Der Werf, Cecilia Alemani, Craig Buckley, Ana Vejzovic Sharp, Elena Filipovic, Nav Haq, Latitudes.
Jury for the Lorenzo Bonaldi – Enter Prize: Giacinto Di Pietrantonio, Dan Cameron and Ralph Rugoff.