The Artist Online

The series ”Art Online” continues with the fifth episode and a focus on the role of the artist in the increasing digitalisation of the art scene. Art critic and curator Pontus Kyander will discuss the topic together with the artists Jonas Lund and Juha van Ingen.


What’s the impact of the digital tools on contemporary art and how do they affect the concept of art and the actual art practice? Is the digitalisation giving rise to completely new opportunities, ideas, purposes and expressions? And are there any new and progressive online platforms that are equally important for building a career as the traditional physical institutions?


Jonas Lund is a swedish artist who works in a wide range of media. He investigates the latest issues generated by the increasing digitalisation of contemporary society like authorship, participation and distribution of agency. At the same time, Lund questions the mechanisms of the art world; he challenges the production process, authoritative power and art market practices. Amongst his many soloshows are the König Galerie, Berlin (2021), The Photographers’ Gallery (2019) and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2016) and his works has also been part of numerous group exhibitions including at Centre Pompidou, Paris and Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin.


Juha van Ingen. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen

Juha van Ingen is a Finnish visual artist who employs several different techniques and media in his art, including digital animations and the internet. Van Ingen’s best-known work is the 1,000-year-long animated GIF loop AS Long As Possible (ASLAP) which premiered at the opening ceremony of the ARS17 exhibition and will be played continuously in the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma through to 3017.


Pontus Kyander is a writer, art critic and curator based in Finland. He was previously a Museum Director (Kristiansand and Trondheim, Norway), Public Art Manager (Auckland, New Zealand), and a University Professor (Seoul, South Korea). He has written art critique since the mid-1990s, and made contemporary art features for SVT Sveriges Television 1996-2005. Kyander has curated internationally since 1998 and his current exhibition is  Subterranean in Amos Rex, Helsinki (opening April 2022).

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