Digital Muddy V2.0, Official Juror: Michele Thursz

In the position of Juror, I thought about the terms of curatorial process, here I found conflict in the duty of these titles Juror, and Curator vs. Exhibition and Festival.

I thought of creating an open call for a thematic online exhibition, but then I thought, why a festival If an online exhibition?

Digital Muddy festival was born out of The Muddy Film Festival. I asked myself what happened that there was a need for a new entity rather than just adding a new category to the existing festival. Basically it was because of presentation. Traditionally film festivals are screened in a cinematic setting; here the new category Digital was just to broad a category and many of the works were not made for just presentation. This all sounds very simple, but really not.

I see as a publication. The publication is user friendly, and the information can be viewed, individually or collectively. The festival will continue to expand adding dimension to the terms, perspectives, and most definitely positions where these works, practices can be seen and further explored. One could also refer to the site as instructional for installation or presentation.

My objective as a curator is to pursue information as a survey; that can be structured as theme or narrative. It is my sincere intention for you to expand upon my findings. My criteria for these selected works were based on artist objective, craft, and experimentation with the uses of both new and traditional mediums, concept, and process.

Michele Thursz born in Lexington, Kentucky. She was raised and now lives in New York City. Her current project is Seek-Art, A cultural production company.

Thursz co-founded and directed Moving Image Gallery [MIG], NYC, one of the first galleries to show contemporary artists using electronic and computer-based mediums. MIG gave first exhibitions to artists such as Cory Arcangel, Yael Kanerak, Golan Levin, Carlo Zanni. Thursz co-produced events such as, Miltos Manetes, Blip (a monthly event devoted to the celebration of the birth of video games and their effects on artist practice, subculture and society) w/ DJ Unknown aka Hillary Synder; and Floppy 1.44 w/ Cory Arcangel(an exhibition on a floppy for Rhizome with all works to be equal to or less than 150K).

MIG evolved into The Post Media Network, dedicated to the continuous evolution of media and its effect on artists and cultural practitioners.

Thursz’s Post Media Network cultural productions include: Bulletin Board cafe, 193 Institute, KY; Meme: Romanticism, EFA Gallery, NY; Thread, Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburgh; Pattern: Modernism as Mediator, Borusan Gallery, Istanbul; Prints and Chips, Bitforms, NYC; Cine-O-matic, The New Museum; public.exe: Public Execution, Exit Art, NYC w/ Anne Ellegood and Defne Ayas; and Democracy is Fun, White Box w/ Defne Ayas, NYC; Copy, Steal and Share it, Istanbul, Turkey w/ Anne Barlow, Carlo Zanni, My Temporary Visiting Position from the Sunset Terrace Bar, Sandroni Rey Project Space; w/ Julia Fryett “They Always Say That Time Changes Things…” w. Julia Fryett Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, LA, CA; and Chico MacMurtrie, Inflatable Architectural Body, NY.

These exhibitions introduced a cross section of artists, including Ellen Gallagher, Space Invaders [FR], Carlo Zanni [IT], Claudia Hart, Scott Hug, Kelley Walker, Reynold Reynolds, Robert Lazarini, Rafael Lorenzo-Hemmer [MX], Tobias Bernstrup [SWD], Marina Zurkow, Michelle Handelman, Siebreen Versteeg, Tal Hadad [FR], Andy Warhol, Soundlab ,Serkan Ozkaya [TRK], Kendall Geers and more.

Michele Thursz has written and lead public conversations about contemporary art and related professional issues pertaining to contemporary art, including: public.exe: Redefinition of public in relationship to artistic practice, and the institution; New Media Projects, New Museum; Curating In and Outside the Institution, NYC; Collecting the Un-collectable, Guggenheim, NYC; Dealers GO to School: P2P_. EDU: Peer-To-Peer Educational For Art Dealers P2P. She has been a guest cultural producer as critic, LIST, Belgium, Creative Capital, Brown University, Carnegie Mellon.

Thursz’s actions and exhibits have been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and Art Forum, Art in America, Frieze, LA Times, Asia Art Pacific, and Timeout New York and many international periodicals and web publications.