Gaia Tedone is a curator and researcher with an expansive interest in the technologies of image formation and online curatorial practices. She holds an MFA in Curating from Goldsmiths College, London (2008) and was a Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Programme, New York (2011). Gaia is completing her PhD at the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University with a practice-based research entitled ‘Curating The Networked Image: Circulation, Commodification, Computation’. Her project explores the increasingly hybrid understanding of the curatorial function online, as shaped by the convergence of different professional fields and in light of existing conditions of online image searching, reproduction and circulation. Her recent publications on the topic include: Networked Co-Curation: An Exploration of the Socio-Technical Specificities of Online Curation with Annet Dekker, Arts 2019, 8(3), 86; Human-Algorithmic Curation: Curating with or against the Algorithm? Conference Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Milan, Fabbrica del Vapore, July 2019; Tracing Networked Images: an Emerging Method for Online Curation, Journal of Media Practice, 2017, 18:1, 51-62.
From Spectacle to Extraction. And All Over Again.
I met with Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen on the press preview of their exhibition Training Humans in Milan at Osservatorio Prada. It was the morning of September 11th –not a neutral day to unthink photography and the power operations of vast populations of images. On the contrary, it was the most apt one to seriously consider Crawford and Paglen’s proposition that "images are no longer spectacle but they are in fact looking back at us, being actors in a process of massive value extraction".