Car Park is a new artwork by Lanfranco Aceti curated by Helen Sloan as part of the exhibition Internet of Cars in association with the John Hansard Gallery. The artwork is inspired by notions of hard labor and economic exploitation, which will provide the conceptual underpinning for an exhibition and a public performance in Southampton from June 7 to June 12, 2014.
Can people be reduced in an extreme process of commodification to objects? What is the process that numbering and data mining generates within a societal context? Is the extreme consequence of unchecked ideological forms of contemporary capitalism driving illogical syllogisms to their ultimate destination?
The processes of extreme contemporary commodification together with systems of data collections that are neatly boxing within pre-conceived frameworks a wide range of human activities are embedded within capitalistic ideological frameworks of exploitation of society and the masses within it. This conjunction is re-introducing within contemporary post-society Medieval concepts of abuse that marketed as ‘necessary’ or ’empowering’ create new categories: neo-serfs, micro-thievery on global scale or legal unethical exploitations.
By reducing people to ‘Cars,’ literally and setting up a Car Dealership – part of a new business venture called Lanfranco Aceti Inc. – the artwork will re-introduce to Britain neo-serfs labor conditions in order to sustain economic growth and create new jobs.
Buy a Car-Man. Help the world.
Be a Car-Man 7-11 June
Job Opportunities: To be considered as a Car-Man or Car-Woman please send us a selfie and describe in 100 words or less: 1) why would you like to be part of our Car-Park, 2) what would you bring to the job and 3) what your aspirations are.
You can post the information directly on our FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/internetofcars
Lanfranco Aceti works as an academic, artist and curator and is the founder of The Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc. He is the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology) and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts). He has also founded the Media Exhibition Platform (MEP) that has operated from 2010 presenting a range of international exhibitions both online and in physical spaces with an international curatoriate (Lanfranco Aceti, Vince Dziekan, Christiane Paul).
He is Visiting Professor at Goldsmiths College, department of Art and Computing, London; teaches Contemporary Art and Digital Culture at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul; and is Editor in Chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (The MIT Press, Leonardo journal and ISAST). He was the Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul and works as gallery director at Kasa Gallery in Istanbul. He has a Ph.D. from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London. His work has been published in Leonardo, Routledge and Art Inquiry and his interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between digital arts, visual culture and new media technologies.
Lanfranco Aceti is specialized in contemporary art, visual culture, inter-semiotic translations between classic media and new media, contemporary digital hybridization processes, Avant-garde film and new media studies and their practice-based applications in the field of fine arts.
He has worked as an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science, Virtual Reality Environments at University College London. He has exhibited works at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and done digital interventions at TATE Modern, The Venice Biennale, MoMA, Neue Nationalgalerie, the ICA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art and participated in numerous festivals and biennials.
Previously an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, Dr. Aceti has also worked as an AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck College, University of London, School of History of Art, Film & Visual Media and as Visiting Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum.