Gallery Spaces Panel I: Beyond Patronage: Artists and Experimental Monetization

How do artists get paid? Digital art has always run counter to traditional institutional models, and sought direct engagement with audiences. From the collaborations between artists and engineers at Bell Labs in the 1950s to the browser-based artworks from the 1990s through today, digital art has positioned itself as an underdog, a laboratory, and a space for creative experimentation. Digital artworks have explored some of the most urgent concerns of our time, while the artists who create them have often struggled to find consistent funding and support. This panel will ask: How are artists experimenting with payment and distribution models in ways that are both creative and practical? In keeping with the medium’s alternative traditions, what are artists doing to subvert existing models and create new ones, drawing inspiration from things like e-commerce, software piracy, and crowdfunding?

This panel discussion is organized by Kickstarter PBC.

Moderation: Lindsay Howard (US)
Speakers: Kevin McCoy (US), Estela Oliva (UK), Stefanie Wuschitz (AT), Christoph de Jaeger (BE), Christoph Nagel (UK)


Lindsay Howard (US), Credit: tom mesic

Lindsay Howard (US)

Independent Curator

Lindsay Howard is an independent curator specializing in how internet is shaping art & culture. She curated the first and second digital art auctions Phillips in New York and London which were called an “art breakthrough” by WIRED magazine. Previously, she served as Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam, the leading art and technology center in the United States, and founded the exhibition program at 319 Scholes. Lindsay has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, University of Oregon, PNCA, Oberlin College, Frieze New York, Art Basel Miami Beach and the School of Art Institute of Chicago. In 2016, she served on the selection committee for Creative Capital’s Emerging Field award. Lindsay has also served on juries for the Mozilla Foundation, The New School and Eyebeam. She has been profiled by Cultured Magazine and The Observer, and her writing has appeared in Hyperallergic, Rhizome and SFAQ. Lately, she was producing an artist residency between Bell Labs and the New Museum in New York and is currently Manager of Creator Initiatives at Kickstarter.

Christophe De Jaeger (BE), Credit: Gregor Tatschl

Christoph de Jaeger (BE)

Christophe De Jaeger is responsible for the programme of media arts and the relation between arts and industry in the Center for Fine Arts. On a freelance basis he curated exhibitions in Belgium and abroad (USA, China) with international media artists. Most recent international exhibitions were hosted by MAC – Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói in Rio de Janeiro in Brazilië (2013) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai (2009). In 2014 he founded the Belgian organization Gluon that stimulates creative partnerships between artists, researchers and industrialists. Currently Christophe De Jaeger is working on a phd at King’s College London where he researches the history and methodology of organisations stimulating collaborative practice with artists in the 1960s and 1970s.

Kevin McCoy (US), Credit: tom mesic

Kevin McCoy (US)

Co-Founder & CEO of Monegraph + Artist

Kevin is the co-founder and CEO of Monegraph. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU where he oversees the department’s digital art practices. He has had a long studio art career working collaboratively with his partner Jennifer McCoy. In New York, their artworks are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art and dozens of other museums and collections worldwide.

Christoph Nagel (UK), Credit: tom mesic

Christoph Nagel (UK)

Christoph Nagel has been crafting sustainable communities for as long as he can remember. First by launching his own sneaker company “Jojo Project” at the age of 23, then by launching the recommendation website Yelp in his hometown Brussels as first and unique employee. Today, Christoph is fully devoted to help creative people around Europe bring their ideas and projects to life as International Manager Europe for Kickstarter.

Estela Oliva (UK), Credit: tom mesic

Estela Oliva (UK)

Director and Curator

Estela Oliva’s work explores the impact of technology and the internet in human behaviour, society and our surroundings. She creates immersive hybrid environments in which the physical and the virtual blend, unfolding narratives and cerebral experiences. These projects come to life in experimental formats such as exhibitions, experiential events, installations, web experiments, apps and films.

With a background in the digital world, Estela has curated and directed festivals, exhibitions and events around the world including Alpha-ville Festival of Digital Arts, Into The Wild for Markerversity, The Garden of Virtual Utopias for Art Night London and Nocturnal City for Somerset House Studios. She has also worked with brands and institutions such as Barbican, Somerset House, Instagram, Sedition and Google to develop innovative projects.

Last year, Estela launched her new project Clon, a hybrid adventure to explore speculative scenarios and future worlds using technology and new media such as simulations and virtual reality.

Stefanie Wuschitz (AT), Credit: tom mesic

Stefanie Wuschitz (AT)

Founder & Artist

Stefanie Wuschitz works at the intersection of research, art and technology, with a particular focus on Critical Media Practices (feminist hacking, open source technology, peer production). She graduated with an MFA in Transmedia Art in 2006. 2008 she completed her Masters at TISCH School of the Arts at New York University and became Digital Art Fellow at Umeå University in Sweden. 2009 she founded the feminist hackerspace and art collective Mz* Baltazar’s Laboratory in Vienna, encouraging technology and art that is developed from a female perspective. In 2014 she finished her PhD on ‘Feminist Hackerspaces’ at the Vienna University of Technology. She held Post-Doc positions at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology and collaborates with scholars at Michigan University (Ann Arbor). Currently she is teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and exhibiting her art work in international venues.