João Enxuto and Erica Love are artists living in New York City. Enxuto received an MFA in Photography from the RISD. Love received her MFA in New Genres from UCLA. They have collaborated since 2009 on work that examines the effects of new technologies on aesthetic categories, institutions, and labor. Enxuto and Love have performed and exhibited at the Whitney Museum of Art, Pratt Institute, Vox Populi, Yossi Milo Gallery, carriage trade, and the Tamayo Museum in Mexico City. They were Studio Art fellows at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program for 2012-2013 and participants in the Art & Law Program in 2014. Their writing has appeared in Wired Magazine, Mousse Contemporary Art Magazine, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly.
Art, Art Workers, and Cloud Platforms
João Enxuto and Erica Love will deliver a talk about the impact of cloud-based platforms on institutions and individuals within the art field. As Silicon Valley ventures in the art market museums franchise across the globe on the backs of underpaid workers. These networked conditions have produced new points of struggle. The talk will interrogate the emergence of online platforms, like Artsy, that calculate for disruption and strain already-shaky labor relations in the art field. Of particular interest is Artsy’s assimilation of distinctions like cultural taste and scholarship into a database for their “Art Genome Project.” This project is being carried out by freelance art professionals, many with advanced degrees. Once entire art-historical periods are cataloged for algorithmic calculation, the distinct contributions of art workers will be de-valorized. When a debt-stricken art history Ph.D. submits to the extractive wage labor of search engine optimization, they are participating in the process of their own obsolescence. Under this order, the only option is to strike — to throw a wrench in the streamlining of art to the flow of networked global capital.