Curator Machine

until 23.Jan.22

Curator Machine is a contemporary group exhibition presented in a product dispenser machine. This first edition is a reaction to art that is merely seen as a product and to the possible stagnation of art as a result of financial centralism. The machine is on display until 23 January in the entrance hall of S.M.A.K.

The artists behind the Curator Machine use the art world as a catalyst to criticise contemporary issues such as monetary lobbying over social relevance.

In their words: "It is becoming increasingly difficult to communicate new ideas to a wider audience because of the perceived dominance of celebrated financial successes. For this reason, even the art scene risks becoming a simulacrum of the past instead of a manifestation of the future. To criticise this astigmatic capitalist mentality, we like to turn things around by offering a work of art disguised as a product."

For Curator Machine, 17 artists were selected who are active in Belgium within the new media arts. They were asked to print a digital 3D object at Formlab, a department of the KASK art academy. To protect the artistic integrity, the artists were left completely free in their design.

The biodegradable 3D artworks are each limited to 10 pieces per artist. The packaged objects were then randomly placed in the Curator Machine. The capitalist system and its effects on art are thus questioned.

Curator Machine is a follow-up to the C U R A T O R project, an artist-organised exhibition concept that examines the role of the artist in contemporary society. Curator Machine is a work of art that deliberately introduces other artists to criticise the competition in modern society.

The sponsors of this project are the City of Ghent, Formlab of KASK Ghent and S.M.A.K. This project was created in close cooperation with artist Jerry Galle. A concept by Bjornus Van der Borght.

Practical Information
  • Until 23.Jan.2022.
  • In the entrance of S.M.A.K.
  • For 20 euros you receive an art work + a voucher for S.M.A.K.
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