Lanfranco ACETI works across the borders of academia, art and curatorial practice and currently is the Director of Arts Administration at Boston University. His extensive interdisciplinary research focuses on a variety of subjects such as transmedia, inter-semiotic translations between traditional and new media and digital hybridization processes and digital activism. He has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London and created digital art interventions internationally at venues such as TATE Modern, MOMA, ICA and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, was Artistic Director and Conference Chair for ISEA2011 Istanbul, and held lectures at numerous international conferences and institutions (Visual Culture Biennial, Boston University; Goldsmiths University; Victoria and Albert Museum; NYU). Furthermore, he is editor-in-chief and author of the Leonardo Electronic Almanach Series. Aceti is currently based at Boston University as Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Arts Administration.
Both as an artist and curator, Aceti is known for his interest in politicized art media practices that bring new critical perspectives and alternative forms of engagement. During his time at Sabanci University in Istanbul, he was director of Kasa Gallery, where he exhibited a range of innovative artworks like 75Watts by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen from the MoMA collection, or Paolo Cirio’s Loophole for all.
In 2012, he founded the Operational and Curatorial Research in Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR) and the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC), which develop artistic and curatorial commissions, projects, publications, and academic events for international biennials, museums, and festivals. As lead artist and curator, he has developed a series of international projects over the past twenty years and continues to do so by creating synergies between institutions and cultural operators internationally.
Jonathan MUNRO: “Through his artworks, installations, performances and activism, Aceti explores the incongruity of contemporary times and the dissolution of social space. Absurdity, folly and a dark irony characterize his artworks which explore the Kafkian relationship between the individual, the body and the power of personified corporations and institutions.“
Dalia BOLOTNIKOV: “One of Aceti’s fundamental goals as an artist is to justly represent the multitude of personal recollections, realities, and reflections during times of war and immense violence. He sees great potential in digital art for ‘merg[ing] the narratives of the military and those of the civilians’ and constructing ‘the locus of a compromise, where the images, by layering a shared past, wage war against each other in the attempt to reconcile the irreconcilable nature of the event that they represent. “
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