Lecture | March 16 | 12:30-2 p.m. | Moffitt Undergraduate Library, 340 (BCNM Commons)
In this talk, author Dr. Ceci Moss discusses her new book Expanded Internet Art: Twenty-First-Century Artistic Practice and the Informational Milieu (New York: Bloomsbury, 2019). The publication is the first comprehensive art historical study of expanded internet art practices. Charting the rise of a multidisciplinary approach to online artistic practice in the past decade, the text discusses recent currents in contemporary artistic practice that parallel the explosion of the internet through advances such as social media, smart phones, and faster bandwidth. Internet art is no longer determined solely by its existence on the web; rather, contemporary artists are making more art about informational culture using various methods of both online and offline means. It asks how artists, such as Seth Price, Harm van den Dorpel, Kari Altmann, Artie Vierkant and Oliver Laric, create a critical language in response to the persuasive influence of informational capture on culture and expression, where the environment itself becomes reorganized to be more legible as information.
About Ceci Moss
Ceci Moss is a curator, writer and educator based in Los Angeles. She is the founder and director of Gas, a mobile, autonomous, experimental and networked platform for contemporary art located in a truck gallery and online. Launched in Fall 2017, the non-profit space has thus far shown work by seventy-eight artists, organized five exhibitions and received widespread local, national and international acclaim. Los Angeles Magazine named Gas one of LAs most interesting art galleries.
Moss has a MA and PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University, and a BA in History and Sociology from U.C. Berkeley. Her academic research addresses contemporary internet-based art practice and network culture. Her first book Expanded Internet Art: Twenty-First Century Artistic Practice and the Informational Milieu is forthcoming on the Bloomsbury series International Texts in Critical Media Aesthetics. She is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California and she has held teaching positions at Scripps College, the San Francisco Art Institute and New York University. Her writing has appeared in Rhizome, Art in America, ArtAsiaPacific, Artforum, The Wire, CURA, New Media & Society and various art catalogs.
Since 2005, Moss has worked in non-profit arts organizations in various curatorial, editorial and fundraising capacities. Previously, she was Assistant Curator of Visual Arts at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Senior Editor of the art and technology non-profit arts organization Rhizome, and Special Projects Coordinator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. Her wide-ranging curatorial projects encompass numerous exhibitions (both solo and group shows), public art commissions, public programs and publications. Highlights include the touring group exhibit Alien She co-curated with Astria Suparak on the influence of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, the group show Office Space presenting works that subverted office design, the triennial Bay Area Now, a large scale public art installation with Kota Ezawa, and several solo exhibitions involving new commissions for artists such as Samara Golden, Shana Moulton, Metahaven, Nate Boyce and Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon. Her curatorial projects have received praise from The New York Times, Artforum, The Huffington Post, LA Weekly, Flash Art, Fast Company, The Wire, and Creators Project.