December 1, 2012
Keynote 2014


4:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
MFA Art Criticism & Writing School of Visual Arts
132 West 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York City
Reception to Follow

Free and open to the public

Boris Groys

At least since the beginning of the 20th century, art of the historical avant-garde tried to reveal the factual, material, non-fictional dimension of art. Through the Internet this avant-garde impulse finds its realization, its telos. The Internet user is informed about art as a specific kind of reality: as a working process or even life process taking place in the real, off-line world. This does not mean that the aesthetic criteria do not play any role in the presentation of data on the Internet. However, in this case we have to do not with art but with the data design–with the aesthetic presentation of documentation about real art events.

BORIS GROYS is Distinguished Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University and Senior Research Fellow at the Karlsruhe University of Arts. An essayist, art critic, curator, media theorist, and Kulturfilosof (philosopher of culture), he is the author of many books on art, including Art Power, The Total Art of Stalinism, Medium Religion (with Peter Weibel), The Communist Postscript, and a number of books on the works of, and in dialogue with, Ilya Kabakov.

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