Literati is excited to host a panel discussion of the new book #exstrange: A Curatorial Intervention on Ebay
#exstrange: a curatorial intervention on eBay presents the #exstrange exhibition project, which transformed one of the largest marketplaces on the web -- eBay -- into a site of artistic production. This book documents artworks, reveals the aftermath of auctions and correspondences between artists and bidders, and features essays by lead curators Marialaura Ghidini and Rebekah Modrak, cultural critic Mark Dery, journalist Rob Walker, media and material culture scholar Padma Chirumamilla, guest curator Gaia Tedone, and artist and writer Renee Carmichael.
Over 80 contemporary artists and designers created "artworks as auctions" for #exstrange between January 15 and April 15, 2017, each using the elements of the auction listing--descriptive text, images, pricing, and categories--as tools of production.
Works include artist Lucy Pawlak's collaboration with the Beat Officer to sell a series of clay objects as missing evidence from unexplained events in Mexico; IOCOSE's sale of instant protests in the category "Specialty Services" where buyers chose the protest mantras, and outsourced performers demonstrated; and Susanne Cockrell & Ted Purves' offering of a stick-gun with the memory of their son's play in "Entertainment Memorabilia."
Rebekah Modrak, Co-curator of #exstrange, and Associate Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.
Sophia Brueckner, #exstrange artist, and Assistant Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.
Masimba Hwati, #exstrange artist, and MFA candidate, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan.
Fred Feinberg, #exstrange guest curator, and Professor of Marketing and Statistics, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.
Padma Chirumamilla, wrote the essay "Guarantees and Ghosts: Breakdowns in Everyday Life" for the #exstrange book, and PhD candidate, School of Information, University of Michigan.