"The translation process from analogue to digital and from digital back to analogue produces a whole series of abbreviations, variations and mistakes."
"A museum of modern art like ours should actually be in the position of collecting anything. Anything that an artist would come up with, whether it's a chip or something that gets generated in various platforms, whether it has an analogue or digital component, whether it is performative, processual or variable, we should be in the position of collecting it and we should be able to live with change and variability, which is kind of a though call for a museum and for registrars and conservators, but it's literally our future."
Rudolf Frieling is Curator of Media Arts at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Adjunct Professor at the California College of Art and the San Francisco Art Institute. He was born 1956 in Münster, Germany. He graduated in Humanities from the Free University of Berlin and earned a Ph.D. from the University of Hildesheim.
Prior to his appointment at SFMOMA in 2006, he was curator of the International VideoFest Berlin from 1988 to 1994 and curator and researcher at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany, until 2006. He has lectured internationally since 1990 and has taught at the Academy of Art and Design Zurich, University of Art Berlin and at the Media Centre d'Art y Disseny (MECAD), Barcelona, and he was guest professor at the Media Faculty, University of Applied Sciences, Mainz. From 2001 to 2005 he was head of the Internet portal “Media Art Net” at ZKM and from 2004 to 2006 he headed the restoration and exhibition project “40yearsvideoart.de”, funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Besides monographic shows with Sylvie Blocher, Candice Breitz, Bruce Conner, Douglas Gordon, Yves Netzhammer/Alexander Hahn, Anthony McCall/Imi Knoebel, Jane and Louise Wilson/Fikret Atay at SFMOMA, he has curated thematic shows for Biennale Sao Paulo 2002 (Net Art section) and Laboratorio Alameda, “Sound-Image”, Mexico City 2003. More recently, he curated “In Collaboration” and “The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now” at SFMOMA in 2008/2009. In 2009 he also organized the SFMOMA presentation of “William Kentridge: Five Themes”. In 2010 he has co-curated “The More Things Change” and commissioned a new site-specific work by Bill Fontana for SFMOMA.
Rudolf Frieling has published and co-edited with Dieter Daniels for Springer Vienna/New York a series of volumes on the history and current contexts of media art: Media Art Action (1997), Media Art Interaction (2000) and Media Art Net 1/2 (2004/2005). His most recent publications are 40yearsvideoart.de – part 1, Hatje-Cantz: Ostfildern, 2006 (co-edited with Wulf Herzogenrath) and The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now, Thames and Hudson: London/New York, 2008.
◆ Rudolf Frieling's Website
◆ Rudolf Frieling: "Reality/Mediality. Hybrid processes between art and life" - article on Media Art Net
◆ Rudolf Frieling: "Form Follows Format. Tensions, museums, media technology and media art" - article on Media Art Net
◆ Rudolf Frieling, Boris Groys, Robert Atkins and Lev Manovich: The Art of Participation: 1950 to Now. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in association with London and New York, Thames and Hudson, 2008