João Enxuto, Erica Love

Theme: Curating Public Knowledge

From an Institution of Critique to an Administration
of Disruption

With the rise of performativity and social networking, the public is seen as a researcher contributing to the creation of knowledge within the museum. Our paper will show how digital platforms have favored the participation audiences in museums’ activities, and we will present various digital museum strategies in Europe and America that operate on emancipatory claims couched in tech rhetoric. Among these, we will report on our participation in MuseumCamp at the Santa Cruz Museum, California, and discuss whether and how the museum, which brands itself as a social hub, can produce knowledge and what kind of knowledge that is. 

João Enxuto and Erica Love collaborate on projects that focus on the art field, its systems of valuation and museology. They have given talks, written essays and made work for at the Whitney Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, Pratt Institute and the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City.

Enxuto and Love were fellows at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program from 2012-13 and, recently, at the New Museum’s R&D Seminar on Speculation. Their writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, XTRA Contemporary Art Quarterly, Initiales and Rhizome’s forth- coming 20th Anniversary Anthology. They have taught at the Cooper Union School of Visual Arts and New York University and are currently Welch Visiting Artists at Georgia State University for the fall 2015 semester. João Enxuto received an MFA in Photography from RISD and Erica Love received an MFA in New Genres from UCLA. To view their work and writing, visit http://www.theoriginalcopy.net