Rebekah Modrak + Marialaura Ghidini

Essays by contributing writers will be posted in late March 2017.

Rebekah and Marialaura curated the #exstrange exhibition.

Marialaura is a contemporary art curator and writer. She has commissioned and produced work for online exhibition, public sites, mobile phones, radio broadcasts and publications, and was the founder director of or-bits.com (2009-2015) a curatorial web-based platform that supported the development, production and distribution of contemporary artworks and writing online and offline.

Rebekah is an artist and writer. She is the creator of the artwork Re Made Co., parodying the appropriation of working class identities. She authored the article “Bougie Crap,” analyzing the appropriation of symbols of Detroit by luxury producers and the book Reframing Photography, an expansive rethinking of photographic practice within contemporary art.

Essays will take into consideration the changes brought about by digital technology, and the web as a source of information, a space for exchanges, and a site of power dynamics. They will explore commodity culture, provide analysis of how ordinary objects live out their lives through design, redesign, and critical design. They will reflect upon the challenges of intellectual property, public domain, culture sharing, and the electronic frontier. They will discuss #exstrange’s advocacy for borrowing platforms such as eBay (intended for the purpose of person-to-person trade and money exchange) and will consider the role of the stranger as a mobile figure, circulating goods and ideas, as well as the connection between this mobility, online commerce and social media.