The Department of Digital + Media
Rhode Island School of Design

CTC Visiting Lecturer: Kerry Doran

Please join us for “Circulation Aesthetics”, a lecture by Kerry Doran on March 5 at 7pm in Prov Wash, 20 Washington Place

In Circulation Aesthetics, Kerry Doran considers the distinct relationship between Conceptual art and internet art, especially their infrastructures of economic exchange. While internet art finds continuities in Dada, Fluxus, and Russian Constructivism, as well as Conceptual art, Circulation Aesthetics is an in-depth analysis specific to the conceptual, theoretical, material, and political commonalities between internet art and Conceptual art. Their most crucial connection, and the primary area of inquiry, is their shared relationship to economic circulation and corporate entities. Internet art’s early anti-market, anti-institutional ideology inherited two misconceptions about Conceptualism – decommodification and dematerialization – that were complicated by the commercial and corporate interests of the public internet. Such conflict has been advantageously leveraged by contemporary practitioners, whose methods of circulation and image creation closely align with strategies originating in Conceptual art, with both strains of practice intent on market success. Turning instead to memes, online subcultures, and reality TV, Doran proposes that our most ardent critique of the liberally veiled, yet financially and politically conservative art world may lay outside of art making altogether, or its internet practitioners must adopt new strategies from these forms of media to engage in effective counter-critiques.

Kerry Doran is a writer and curator living in New York, with projects based out of New York, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong. She contributes to exhibition catalogs, artist books, and independent publications, including Artforum, BOMB, Flash Art, Foam Magazine, Rhizome, Terremoto, and SFMOMA’s Open Space. The exhibitions she has curated have been featured in Artforum, ARTnews, Modern Painters, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Página/12, Rhizome, and The Village Voice, among others. Doran has presented her research at the British Computer Society, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the International Center of Photography Museum, Goldsmiths, M+ Museum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute. From 2015 to 2018, she was the director of bitforms and Postmasters, respectively. In 2014, she was a member of the inaugural team at NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for art and technology. Doran received her master’s with distinction from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she was also an Associate Scholar at The Sackler Research Forum.