Presentation / performance by Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky
The contemporary art world has an ambivalent relationship with the market forces that define it. The art community bemoans the evils of commercialization yet celebrates the prices at the art fairs and auctions. The result is a marketplace of scarcity where the works by a tiny group of artists are carefully groomed through limits on production, unhealthy education and geographical access in order to yield ever increasing prices. This marketplace is absolutely incongruent with the digital technologies that have come to define progressively larger parts of our lives. Within the digital space, visit an object is infinitely reproducible and geographies are constantly re-imagined based on our I/O capabilities. Acknowledging this rift, how can we create a marketplace that will point towards a set of new possibilities rather than reinforce the same old patterns?
About Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky:
Dmitry “Dima” Strakovsky is an artist working on the issues of branding and distribution in the contemporary culture. His newest project Infinite Industries (http://infinite.industries/) is a nonprofit with a mission to imagine and produce an alternative to the current contemporary art marketplace. At the core of this project is an online platform designed for digital first art distribution. Dima’s creative output is quite diverse: collaborative performances, media installations, drawing and sculptural works are just some examples. His work has been included in a variety of exhibitions and events at venues such as Tokyo National University of Fine Arts, Music Moscow Biennale, MCA (Chicago) and Mediations Biennale (Poznan).