Curator in Residence:
18th Street Arts Center is pleased to recognize Yael Lipschutz as its second annual Curator in Residence. This yearlong residency is designed to support curatorial research and to promote the development of critical discourse in the field of contemporary art. Through this initiative, 18th Street Arts Center rewards innovative curators with time, space and a $10,000 prize to investigate and develop ideas within a thematic framework fundamental to his or her practice.
During her residency, Lipschutz will explore ideas centering on technological singularity as it relates to shifting levels of consciousness and creative production. In addition to research, Lipschutz will generate programs and texts related to this topic between July 2013 and July 2014. Lipschutz states, “Technological progress is now approaching what some futurists and scientists call the technological singularity. This singularity is the foreseeable moment at some future date when the division between computer thought and human thought gets blurry. According to such thinking, we are currently living in the early years of the singularity. The signs of the singularity are everywhere…Operating as an experimental art workshop/think-tank we will ask questions such as, how will consciousness change in the technological singularity?”
Yael Lipschutz is a Los Angeles and Joshua Tree-based curator and critic. As the archivist of the Noah Purifoy Foundation, she is currently co-organizing a Purifoy retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with Franklin Sirmans. A Ph.D Candidate in Art History at the University of Southern California, her doctoral training specializes in Postwar and Contemporary Art, Critical Theory, Avant-Garde Film and the Black Arts Movement. She also teaches Modern Art at Loyola Marymount University and contributes to Flash Art, Art in America and Art US.