What do curators think the exhibition spaces of the (near) future will look like?

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.


Michiel van Dartel talks to three curators about exhibiting Post Internet art. How does a physical exhibition space deal with art practices that operate in a network? Does the exhibition space become a node in this network, or is it an end point? Are traditional forms of exhibiting still adequate for art that comes from, or is made using the infrastructure of a network, and if not, what do the curators think the exhibition spaces of the (near) future will look like?

Michel van Dartel (NL) is a curator at V2_, where he coordinates public events and is involved in a variety of artistic R&D projects. He also works as a freelance curator, including for the Dutch Electronic Art Festival, TENT, MU, the Energize festival, and ARTICLE biennial. He is an author, tutor at Luca Brussels University College and CODARTS University for the Arts, researcher at Hanze University of Applied Science, associate editor of the Journal for Artistic Research, advisor to the Mondriaan Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL, and a professional advisory board member at the Piet Zwart institute and the Willem de Kooning Academy. Michel van Dartel holds an MSc in Cognitive Psychology and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He currently lives in Rotterdam and Brussels.

Alberto García del Castillo (ES/BE) is a Spanish-born Latina faggot, curator, and writer. He is the co-curator of Buenos Tiempos, Int., an online exhibition space on ‘faggotry as it is today’ and a col-laborative production initiative. Its most recent productions were presented in Petunia magazine and at La Loge in Brussels. His first novel, Retrospective, was published by Shelter Press in 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, he worked as a curator at Komplot and was co-editor of YEAR magazine.

Juha van ‘t Zelfde (NL) is a Dutch-Finnish researcher, developer, and exhibition maker, working across art, music, and technology. He is currently Artistic Director at Lighthouse, Brighton. He started his career as an independent organiser and experimental electronic music DJ in Rotterdam. From 2004 – 2006, he worked for Entrée, the junior associates of the Concertgebouw and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. From 2005 – 2008, he was responsible for organising the annual Amsterdam Museum Night. From 2006 – 2008, he worked as a curator of electronic music and sound art at Lantaren/Venster in Rotterdam. The events he organised resulted in the founding of Viral Radio in 2007, an independent network for new music. Juha van ‘t Zelfde co-founded Non-fiction in 2008, VURB and De Verdieping in 2009, and Shippr in 2012. Among others, as a writer, he has contributed to De Volkskrant, Metropolis M, Volume and Monu. In 2012, he won De Hallen Cu-ratorial Scholarship for his proposal ‘DREAD – The Dizziness of Freedom’.

Gerben Willers (1982) is the owner of All Together Now: Label for Contemporary Art. From 2001 – 2008, Gerben studied at the University of Groningen, obtaining his Masters degree in Modern and Contemporary Art History. While in Groningen, he worked for the art division of VERA: Club for the International Underground and founded his first initiative for contemporary art, Gallery on the Streets in 2005. GOTS combined online and physical art experience and distribution. In 2008, he started working for Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam, curating solo and group exhibitions with key contemporary art figures. In November 2014, Gerben Willers founded All Together Now, which represents and guides contemporary artists in their careers, and is committed to the production, presentation, mediation, and sale of their work. Since contemporary art production is versatile – performances, films, plays, music, and painting can be individual or multiple elements within an artist’s practice – All Together Now presents these approaches in relevant locations, including film festivals, the internet, exhibi-tion halls, theatres, and art fairs. Gerben was one of the The Internetional’s initiators.

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