Image: Postcard sent from Hans Ulrich Obrist to Susan Hapgood, 1998.
VOTI Book Launch and Discussion
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
VOTI: Union of the Imaginary will be launched at the ICI Curatorial Hub with the VOTI platform founders Hans Ulrich Obrist, Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, and Susan Hapgood, and co-editor November Paynter.
VOTI: Union of the Imaginary is edited by Susan Hapgood, Vasif Kortun, and November Paynter with the support of SALT (Istanbul and Ankara); with contributions by Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, Hans Ulrich Obrist and many others.
VOTI was an online forum founded in 1998—long before such forums were common—as a digital venue for discussion among contemporary art curators, many of whom are among today’s most prominent museum professionals. VOTI members included Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Francesco Bonami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Jordan Crandall, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Bettina Funcke, Hou Hanru, Susan Hapgood, Jens Hoffmann, Cornelia Lauf, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Nancy Spector. This publication gathers hundreds of the e-mail discussions from VOTI, whose aims are just as relevant today as they were in the late 1990s. Topics of the book include: “The Museum of the 21st Century,” “The Economy of the Art World,” and “Cultural Practice and War,” among others.
The book launch for VOTI: Union of the Imaginary (London: Koenig Books, 2016; in collaboration with SALT) will include an introduction by Susan Hapgood and November Paynter, followed by remarks from Carlos Basualdo, Jordan Crandall, and Hans Ulrich Obrist. Books will be available for sale at the event, courtesy of Artbook and D.A.P.
There is a growing archive of materials on VOTI available at SALT.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.