Curator, art critic and teacher, Valentina Tanni is an Italian expert in new media and digital art. For nearly two decades, she has studied the relationship between art and new technologies, dedicating special attention to online culture and the ontological status of the image in the contemporary age. Amongst other things, she works on important editorial activities and is the author of dozens of articles and essays. She is the founder of Random Magazine (one of the first online magazines entirely dedicated to net art) and was the Editorial Director of FMR (Franco Maria Ricci) online. In 2011 she was involved in the foundation of Artribune, an Italian online editorial project. She is currently part of the Board of Directors and Video Content Manager of Artribune.
Valentina also teaches Digital Art at the Politecnico di Milano and Digital Cultures at NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti) in Rome. For many years she has been investigating the universe of amateur cultures, and in particular those that are born online. Her interest in this specific field of research is reflected both in her writing and in the exhibitions that she curates. In her opinion, curating is essentially a “research methodology”. Through curating – she says – a theoretical concept is transformed into a space of “unparalleled knowledge and growth”. As she herself affirms, in the interview below, “my exhibitions are always born from a conceptual reflection that, in turn, emerges from the observation and study of the artists’ work”.
In this interview with Valentina, we address a variety of issues: from the changes unleashed in the art world by the greater availability of technology (that is becoming more and more popular and accessible), to the role that curating plays nowadays in the art system. She also reflects on the difference that exists between the Internet of the mid 1990s and the Internet of today, and goes over some of the most significant exhibitions she has curated up to now.
READ THE COMPLETE INTERVIEW HERE. By Nicola Mariani.