Throughout the summer, the Curator Machine, an initiative of Ghent native Bjornus van der Borght, will be a guest in the hallway at the Old House. Bjornus van der Borght writes about the project:
The artworks are intentionally presented for sale by Curator Machine in a blind manner, symbolizing the dominance of a dictatorial system. The artists purposefully infiltrate this covert mechanism by producing artworks that cleverly masquerade as products. Utilizing new media tools, they initiate a dialogue that examines the presence of corporate dictatorship within our online culture. Curator Machine, operating as a non-profit entity, allocates its own budget to support this collective effort, effectively infiltrating a consumer-oriented context with artistic interventions.
For this edition, six media artists active within the new media arts in Belgium were selected. They designed 3D artworks, each limited to 18 pieces per artist.
Curator Machine stems from the curatorial research project, C U R A T O R. Artist-run exhibitions are hereby developed into a cooperative project: Curator Machine. You purchase a work for €50 euros, 70 percent of which goes to the artist. Curator Machine provides the full production this per module is at €42. Thus, the project is nonprofit. The public is encouraged to invest in an original work of art at a democratic price. You can think of it as a public space hack, where the consumer is inspired rather than exploited.
Curator Machine was made possible by the support of City of Ghent. 3D product design development and production support by Elias Heuninck, Formlab Gent and 3D printing by Arne Cattoir of 3D4ALL.BE. In collaboration with artist Jerry Galle. A concept by Bjornus Van der Borght.