Collecting the Impossible

Sunday, September 19, 2:00pm- 4:00pm.  Location: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

Cost: $12 | $10 YBCA Members, students, teachers, seniors  (tickets go on sale August 2)

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The history of computer-based art practice goes back to at least the 1968 Cybernetic Serendipity exhibition at the ICA in London, yet digital art is only now starting to attract the attention of collectors in greater numbers. Digital art milestones such as; Listening Post by Ben Rubin and Mark Hansen, the thrilling public spectacles of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and the break-through LED works of Jim Campbell have been collected by a few pioneer institutions and brave individuals, but these works and others like them can be daunting to collectors. They present new and unusual technical, legal, and maintenance obstacles that can inhibit collectors and thus the market and thus support for a whole class of artists.

Prominent collectors, critics, and artists on this panel will explore the historical dynamics of collecting digital art and building an art market for challenging work. They will discuss their personal experiences and professional opinions about the lessons to be learned to effect a robust collecting environment for the kind of remarkable work seen at the 01SJ Biennial and a very few other venues around the world.

All ticket holders are invited to join us for a reception following the discussion.


Richard Rinehart, Digital Media Director & Adjunct Curator Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive


Dennis Scholl, Miami, FL

Jeff Dauber, San Francisco, CA


Katie Clark, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco


Lynn Hershman Leeson


Jason Kaufman, Chief US Correspondent, The Art Newspaper

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