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$3,298
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
32
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Mar 4 2019

About

The Current is a mobile museum and salon series that promotes digital artworks. Our members spend time with artists, learn from curators, and meet other people interested in technology's impact on culture. After each salon, we vote on pieces to acquire as a group. The Current preserves those in our permanent collection, and members get access to see them at home.

Members discussing works at our first salon
Members discussing works at our first salon

The Current is raising funds on Kickstarter for our next salon exhibition, exploring art and AI, in NYC.

Opening Reception on Wednesday, March 6th from 6-9PM

Private Member's Salon on Thursday, March 21st

For the past year, The Current Museum has brought together founders, artists, technologists, curators, young professionals, and new collectors to get acquainted with boundary-pushing media artworks — from emerging artists as well as established pioneers — at participatory salon exhibitions curated around topics like identity, digital permanence, fake news, and artificial intelligence. We want you to help build our collection!

We take care of the preservation, you get to enjoy the works in your home, and the artists benefit from our collective support. 

Some of the works we've already collectively purchased for The Current Museum's collection
Some of the works we've already collectively purchased for The Current Museum's collection

 Back us on Kickstarter to join Neural Plasticity, a NYC-based salon about Artificial Intelligence, curated by Julia Kaganskiy and hosted by Wallplay for the ON CANAL project 

Neural Plasticity 

Statement from the curator, Julia Kaganskiy

"The definition of artificial intelligence (AI) is always in flux—as soon as a technical breakthrough is achieved, it is no longer considered AI—prompting some theorists to proclaim that “AI is whatever hasn’t been done yet.” Yet the narratives and mythologies we have around AI have hardly evolved since the time of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, calling to mind images of sentient machines that threaten to rise up against humanity.

Many artists today choose to question and subvert popular narratives of AI, which are typically located in some dystopian future, in order to help us better see and understand the AI that is already here, embedded in everyday mundane interactions and bureaucratic systems. These counter-narratives lend some intelligibility to otherwise opaque and incomprehensible processes that are ultimately far more insidious, and present a greater threat, than a robot uprising."

Still image from 'VecTorBel' by NonCoreProjector – Artificial Intelligence Algorithm (2018) Image courtesy of False Flag Gallery
Still image from 'VecTorBel' by NonCoreProjector – Artificial Intelligence Algorithm (2018) Image courtesy of False Flag Gallery

Wednesday March 6th, 2019 – Private Salon Opening from 6-9PM with the Artists and Curator during Armory Arts Week. Become a backer at $75+ for two tickets to the cocktail party (drinks included)

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 – Private Member's Salon from 6-9PM with a Tour from the Curator. Become a backer at $250+ to participate in the vote and access the works at home (dinner + drinks included)

Why is this Important? 

The Current's Cooperative Storage for preservation, developed by Small Data Industries
The Current's Cooperative Storage for preservation, developed by Small Data Industries

Contemporary art has evolved beyond traditional canvases and sculpture. New formats can be shared easily in original form, preservation is iterative, and the medium is constantly changing and evolving. What that means today is that traditional institutions aren’t equipped to support this form of art and many collectors find digital art too risky for their taste (i.e., what are you actually buying?)

 The Current Museum is taking a digitally native approach with the perspective that value isn’t in the physical form, it’s in the time of attention and acquisition, the group of people who discuss and select what works are important, and the conversation around technology’s impact on our society.


  We’re de-risking the purchase of these works by asking for small amounts from many individuals and applying those funds not only to support the artists themselves (and encouraging them to make more non-physical works) but also funding in-depth preservation so works will exist in the far future when technology is almost certainly going to change dramatically. 

 
  What will your contribution support?


  All proceeds go to building the collection and hosting the member's salon – the more we raise, the more artwork we can collect and preserve at our next participatory exhibition. The works we curate range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars, and selections are made entirely based on committee votes. You can learn more about some recent acquisitions, from artists like Rafaël Rozendaal, Eva and Franco Mattes, and Michael Mandiberg, here
 

Risks and challenges

The Current is experimenting with making our museum acquisition budget fully transparent through Kickstarter. The salon exhibition depends on successfully hitting our goal.

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    Virtual Visitor

    You'll receive an enamel pin 'Visitor Badge' and a 'Map' of the museum, which includes information about the works in our permanent collection.

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    Salon Visitor

    Admission for two to our private salon preview event during Armory Arts Week in NYC, March 2019. View the works in our latest salon and meet the curator and artists.

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    Salon Contributor

    You're invited to attend our Member's Salon to vote on which works should become a part of the collection, and you get access to the works at home. If you aren't located in NYC, no worries, you can participate remotely! You also get an invitation to the private salon preview event during Armory Arts Week and a museum 'Visitor Pack'

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    Annual Member

    You get access to all the works we collected in 2018, and help kickstart our programming in 2019. Annual Membership gets you a vote in all the salons in 2019, access to artworks we collect, and invites to all our private member events for the year.

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    Institutional Support

    Bring your team (up to 12 people) to our next salon and/or set up a private walk-through. Get a shoutout for your organization at the event and on our website, plus dedicated support setting up artworks we vote on to show in your space.

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