''Are we now in a moment of artists without art?''

–  Brad Troemel

Showroom MAMA proudly presents The Internetional, a two-day symposium focusing on one of the most important areas of visual culture today: the internet. Curators, artists, and theorists discuss this topic with each other and the public in a diverse program of panel discussions, dialogues, lectures, and workshops.

Constant Dullaart, Brad Troemel and Amalia Ulman discuss how social media influence the significance of the artist, the artwork and the public. Social media plays a role in all their practices. For example, Constant Dullaart, as part of a new work, provided thousands of additional followers to the Instagram account of Amalia Ulman. Petra Heck moderates the conversation in which questions are discussed as, what is the impact of social media on the status of the artist, the artwork and the role of the viewer? and are we now, as Brad Troemel puts it, ‘in a moment of artists without art?’.

Petra Heck (NL) is a freelance curator (including for TAAK and TodaysArt) and focuses on contemporary (media) art, performances, and (online) public space. She specializes in video, internet and other ephemeral forms – such as performances. Her practice questions the consequences of technological and other societal developments for contemporary art, the artwork itself, and the artistic process. Between 2006 and 2012, she worked as curator and head of exhibitions at the Dutch Media Art Institute (NIMk/Montevideo). Her exhibitions there included solo exhibitions by Cory Arcangel and Omer Fast, numerous group exhibitions, and performance evenings with Dutch and international artists, including Mark Leckey, Yael Bartana, Constant Dullaart, JODI, Mounira Al Solh, Oliver Laric, Metahaven, Ola Vasiljeva, and Jon Rafman. Petra Heck has an academic background in Art History and Museum Studies, graduating in Cultural Studies in 2000 from the University of Amsterdam. In 2015, she became a committee member at the Creative Industry Fund, and was a committee member of the Mondriaan Fund from 2012 to 2014.

Brad Troemel (US) is a New York based artist and writer. His work is contextually responsive to the economies he participates in, thematically focusing on topics ranging from environmentalism to art collecting to digital black markets. He is the co-founder of Jogging, a group project, known for its accelerative production pace and consistent creation of viral images online. As a writer, Troemel’s work focuses on contemporary modes of artistic production and the flow of images through social media.

Amalia Ulman (AR) is an Argentinean-born, predominantly Spanish-raised artist based between the cities of Los Angeles, London, and Gijon. A self-described transatlantic expat, a spirit of national nomadism and outsider cultural inquisitiveness inform her practice. Her works are primarily voiced in the first person, often blurring the distinction between the artist and object of study. In a multidisciplinary manner, she charts a soft-toned exploration of the relationships between consumerism and identity, class imitation and social deception, and altruism and orientalism, with a particular focus on the idea of ‘cute’ and ‘pretty’. She uses the aesthetic languages of the middle, its ‘sublime ordinariness’, as a mechanism to explore the intersection of class and aesthetics at its most salient point: taste. Her work asks how aesthetic consumption aligns one to a particular class position and how a position of criticality is itself a space of privilege. She is a feminist.

Constant Dullaart (NL) works primarily with the internet as an alternative space of presentation and (mis)representation. His often-political approach is critical of the control that corporate systems have upon our perception of the world and the way in which we passively adopt their languages. Dullaart’s practice includes websites, performances, installations, and manipulated found images, presented both offline and in the public space of the internet.

In collaboration with:
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art

Film & editor: Marel Jap-Sam

Sponsored by:
Creative Industries Fund NL & Promotion of Popular Power Foundation

Linked exhibition:
The Internetional House of Cozy