Daria Mille

Exhibition “Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly” Politics as a hybrid museum experience

15 Oct 2021, 6pm

Part of the lecture series »Shifting conditions – working in critical times«
in Cooperation with Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg.

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The lecture will investigate how to “translate” an art exhibition and its activation program from the physical into the digital space, creating a hybrid museum experience. Co-curated by Bruno Latour, the exhibition “Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics” was supposed to open in May 2020 at ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and engages in depth with the critical state of the Earth in times of dramatic ecological transformations. The physical exhibition “Critical Zones” had to be re-imagined during the lockdown time. Using all the resources, tools, expertise, and knowledge an art and media center might have at its disposal, the exhibition project was translated into a livestreaming festival, a digital exhibition platform, a physical exhibition space and a community based hybrid activation program, taking place both online and offline, in the digital and the physical realm.

Daria Mille is currently a curator and research associate at the ZKM | Center Art and Media Karlsruhe, Germany. Her research interests focus especially on the topics related to the intersection of art, science and technology (also from a historical perspective), cultural and artistic implications of digitization, artistic positions of the 1960s, and the contemporary art. Most recently she has been a member of the curatorial committee of the “Critical Zones. Observatories for Earthly Politics” exhibition and among others curated   and co-curated the following exhibitions: “Negative Space. Trajectories of Sculpture“ (2019), „Art in Motion. 100 Masterpieces With and Through Media“ (2018), „Hybrid Layers“ (2017/2018) etc. She has been giving lectures internationally, is an author of several scientific essays and participates in various juries.

Shifting Conditions

During the corona-induced lockdown period over the past months, the structural imbalances in the art field (and beyond) have become more apparent than ever. In this sense, there can hardly be a return to normality before Covid19. The complex situation we live in, with the overlapping of climate crisis, precarity, social ‘radicalisation’ will also have manifold effects on the art field.

What does this mean for artistic production and exhibiting? How does the work of artists, curators and mediators change in these crisis-ridden times? How do institutions deal with this? What alternative concepts of presentation and mediation do we need and what can a sustainable artistic and institutional practice in the digital present look like?
The series »Shifting conditions – working in critical times« discusses different practical approaches, ideas and theories by inviting artists, curators and researchers for discussion.
A Cooperation between MAS Curating, ZHdK and Kunstbüro der Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg.