About Lanfranco Aceti

Lanfranco Aceti is known for his social activism and extensive career as an artist, curator, and academic. He is a visiting professor and research affiliate at ACT @ Massachusetts Institute of Technology and professor and director of the Arts Administration Program at Boston University. He is the founder of The Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc., the founder and Director of OCR (Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology), and founder and Director of MoCC (Museum of Contemporary Cuts).


"Silence does not mean surrender!" Lanfranco Aceti, Athens, 2018. Performance. Curated by Artemis Potamianou. Peripheral but not Irrelevant: Peripheries' Contribution to the Centrality of the Globalized Cities (Periferico ma non Irrilevante: Il contributo delle Periferie alla Centralità delle Città Globalizzate) is the talk that I will give to discuss some of my recent artworks installed at and performed as part of the Italian Pavilion, Resilient

PERIPHERAL BUT NOT IRRELEVANT2021-05-22T23:32:25+00:00


"Even if you encounter opposition, have conviction and finish what you start. People in the end will understand." Kotoko Wamura Living After the Apocalypse is a curatorial proposal I conceived and developed when I was invited to submit a conceptual framework for an art and architectural biennial in 2011. While I was writing and preparing the proposal an earthquake happened in Japan and the

LIVING AFTER THE APOCALYPSE2021-11-25T16:24:13+00:00


Digital Media and Democracy, aka From Democracy to Post-Citizenship is a panel I am organizing at MIT for the Media in Transition 10 conference entitled Democracy and Digital Media with the assistance of Rob Halperin. The panel was developed following the encouragement of Professor William Uricchio, Department of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. The panel seeks to engage with and discuss issues related to contemporary

DIGITAL MEDIA AND DEMOCRACY2020-05-27T17:21:09+00:00


Reduced: Uninfluential, Disintegrated, and Bent is a new exhibition and sculptural installation by Lanfranco Aceti. With a series of writings on paper, paintings, photocopies of stones, foliage, and grass, rolled out fax paper, videos, and vinyl cutouts the exhibition explores the meaning of reduced forms of democracy and citizenships. The consumption of what is left, the remainder to use Baudrillardian terminology, is a hypermarketed but



But I Can't Help Myself: Against the Resurgence of the Millennial Issues of Ignorance and Idiocy is Lanfranco Aceti's inaugural lecture at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM). The lecture focuses on the role of contemporary politics in reshaping our understanding of society and the modalities for practicing art. Professor Aceti introduces a series of concepts and frameworks to define his aesthetic approaches

BUT I CAN’T HELP MYSELF2020-05-27T17:22:22+00:00


The Museum of Contemporary Cuts presents Anatomy of a Dream, a new solo exhibition by Lanfranco Aceti, curated by Artemis Potamianou for Platforms Project, Athens, Greece. This body of new works of art is made of three painting diptychs with acrylic paint on raw linen canvas. One of the diptychs features spent matches embedded in the paint itself. The diptychs are juxtaposed with a sculptural

ANATOMY OF A DREAM2020-03-16T20:26:05+00:00


Looking Straight is a new series of self-portraits by Lanfranco Aceti realized for International Women's Day 2018 as part of a performance in Barcelona at MACBA. The artworks are inspired by Piero della Francesca's iconic profile portraits of the Duke Federigo da Montefeltro and Duchess Battista Sforza of Urbino (1465-1472). The original Renaissance portraits are a diptych while the new series realized are triptychs.

LOOKING STRAIGHT2020-05-27T17:25:52+00:00


Where Is Space? is a conversation between Professor Vincent Brown (Harvard) and Professor Lanfranco Aceti (MIT and BU) on issues of space and its relationship to the construction of contemporary visual, literary, and historical contexts and narratives. Professor Brown will talk about space, time, and slavery in the context of contemporary digital media and discuss these topics with professor Aceti. The lecture will take

WHERE IS SPACE?2020-03-23T22:42:16+00:00


Can You Feel It? I Can Feel It is a new installation work by Lanfranco Aceti created for the exhibition, When All is Said… and Done, curated by Artemis Potamianou for the Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes gallery in London. Participating artists include: Lanfranco Aceti, Aggelos Antonopoulos, Bill Balaskas, Jackie Berridge, Jimi Efthimiou-Dimitris Mitsopoulos-Vivi Papanikola, George Harvalias, Lady Michelle, Frini Mouzakitou, Giorgos Papadatos, Artemis Potamianou, Clay Smith, and Mark

CAN YOU FEEL IT?2020-03-23T22:43:33+00:00


  Annunciation is the latest performance and sculptural installation by Lanfranco Aceti. As part of the exhibition nEUROsis, the artwork was realized in Limassol, Cyprus, with the support of the non-profit organization NeMe. Curated by Yiannis Colakides, the project was developed as part of a year long residency in which the artist explored via thorough research themes and concepts related to apocalypse, post-democracy, post-citizenship, activism,

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