[ISEA2022] Panel: Nathalia Lavigne, Giselle Beiguelman, Bruno Moreschi & Rafael Pagatini — Demusealizing the museum: audience’s digital agency and institutional critique 2.0 as possible futures for art institutions

Panel Statement 

Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 11, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Panel.

Keywords: digital archives, digital agency, artificial intelligently, museum studies, decolonial

Nathalia Lavigne will present some results of the field research at the Humboldt Forum, in Berlin, in which she analyzes some audience participation initiatives on social networks and programs led by this institution that can be seen as examples of demusealization of the museum.

This panel aims to discuss some artistic and research projects that explore new methodologies of working with digital museum archives and User Generated Content (USG) to ‘demusealize’ some established institutional practices. In a moment when the role of museums and their very definition are strictly problematized, how Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems and collaborative hashtags on social media can be used to dismantle museum discourses? In which way these digital tools are able to be explored as a new kind of institutional critique? Could these systems also be used as a way to expand poetic layers of art beyond its marketing and productivist focus? From these raised questions, the researcher and curator Nathalia Lavigne will moderate a discussion with the artists and researchers Dr. Giselle Beiguelman, Dr. Bruno Moreschi and Rafael Pagatini, whose artistic projects are questioning traditional museological narratives and problematizing the colonialist gaze in museum collections using digital tools.

  • Nathalia Lavigne. Art writer and curator, a Ph.D. Candidate at Architecture and Urbanism College, University of São Paulo, Brazil, (FAUUSP) and a former visiting scholar at The New School. She is a contributor to Artforum International Magazine, Contemporary And (C&), Folha de São Paulo, among others; and has an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck, University of London. Among the exhibitions she curated are “Against, Again: Art Under Attack in Brazil” (2020), at the Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, New York; and Disappearance Tactics (2021), at Paço das Artes, São Paulo. She is currently a visiting researcher at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, and have been awarded a DAAD scholarship in 2021.
  • Bruno Moreschi. Researcher and multidisciplinary artist. Postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP), Brazil, PhD in Arts at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), with a Capes scholarship, and exchange at the University of Arts of Helsinki (Kuva Art Academy), Finland, via CIMO Fellowship. Projects recognized by scholarships, exhibitions and institutions such as ZKM, Van Abbemuseum, 33rd Bienal de São Paulo, Rumos Award, Funarte, Capes and Fapesp. He is currently a researcher on the Histories of AI: Genealogy of Power / Mellon Sawyer Seminar (Cambridge University), senior researcher at the Center for Arts, Design and Social Research (CAD+SR) and one of the coordinators of GAIA /C4AI/Inova USP.
  • Giselle Beiguelman. Artist and Professor at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of Sao Paolo, Brazil. She is also a member of the Laboratory for OTHER Urbanisms (FAUUSP) and co-coordinator of GAIA (Grupo de Arte e Inteligência Artifical – INOVA USP. Her interests include the aesthetics of memory and contemporary nomadism. Among her recent works are the Portuguese-language Hateland, covering online reactions to violence against vulnerable groups in Brazil; a co-authored book about the storage and preservation of digital artworks; and an on-going investigation of the colonialist imagination in 20th century artworks using artificial intelligence. Author of many international award-winning projects, her artworks are part of museums collections worldwide, such as ZKM (Germany) and Pinacoteca de S. Paulo (Brazil).
  • Rafael Pagatini. Artist, researcher and assistant professor at the Federal University of Espírito Santo, Brazil. Pagatini is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the State University of Campinas, São Paulo. In 2020, he was a guest researcher at the Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Germany. He has held individual and collective exhibitions in Brazil and abroad: Shiva Gallery, New York (2020), European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berlin (2019); Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig (2019); Columbia University, New York (2018); 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo (2017); Paço das Artes, São Paulo (2016); Rumos Itaú Cultural, São Paulo (2013).