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Complete Schedule

6:00–7:00 — Walking Into the Dashboard exhibition opens, featuring work by Cloaque, Hyper Geography, Friendster Friday, Thirozumi, and many others.

7:00–7:40  — Panel: Past, Present, Future: Why Should I Reblog This?

Featuring artist GH Hovagimyan, curator Christiane Paul, artists Cary Peppermint and Leila Nadir (Eco Art Tech), and curator Lindsay Howard

7:40–7:55  — Presentation: sociologist Tricia Wang, “Tumblring Our Elastic Selves”

7:55–8:25  — Q&A: Featuring artists Jennifer Chan and Brad Troemel, both of whom have numerous Tumblr-related art projects

8:25–8:40 — Presentation: architect Christoph a. Kumpusch, “You Own Nothing Here: The Removal of Power through Ubiquity”

8:40–9:15 — Panel: Open Session: Audience Questions and Presenter Commentary

Featuring Christoph a. Kumpusch, Tricia Wang, curator/artist Ben Valentine, information architect Ian Aleksander Adams

9:15–1am — Exhibition viewing and reception with DJ Mursi Layne

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Hyperallergic and Tumblr have joined forces to present “The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium.” This project, which is part discussion and part exhibition, explores the fast evolving artistic landscape of Tumblr, one of the world’s leading social media and blogging platforms.

“Over the last few years, artists have been gravitating to Tumblr as an open and welcoming platform for artists and the art community,” says Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of the Brooklyn-based Hyperallergic art blogazine. “The types of art projects being created on Tumblr are diverse and growing by the day, so we felt it was time to have a discussion about the art community on Tumblr and how they are impacting art making today.”

“This is an exciting context for art on Tumblr,” says Tumblr Arts Evangelist Annie Werner, “what was once floating out into the ether is now constructed in an official, curatorial format. It’s an amazing experience for artists using the platform as a medium — we hope to see only more of it.”

The one-day event on Saturday, March 9, which coincides with Armory Art Week in New York, will feature an exhibition and function as a forum for work to be discussed, shared, liked, uploaded, and critiqued.

The World’s First Art Symposium builds on Hyperallergic’s active public discussion about the relationship of social media and art that began with its landmark 2010 exhibition #TheSocialGraph (, which broke new ground in its exploration of art on social media.

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The hashtag for the event will be #TumblrArt. (twitter / tumblr)


(essays will be added as they are published)

  1. Revisiting Tumblr as Art” by Ben Valentine
  2. The Social Ties that Unbind” by An Xiao
  3. Tell Me About Your Mother’s Tumblr” by G.H. Hovagimyan
  4. Selling Out: The Impact of Corporate Social Media Space on Art” by Kyle Chayka
  5. The Teen-Girl Tumblr Aesthetic” by Alicia Eler and Kate Durbin
  6. On Coffee Houses, Salons, and the Post Arts” by Man Bartlett
  7. The Problem with Tumblr and Photography” by Jörg Colberg
  8. The Measure Of Success: Making Art in the ‘Like’ Economy” by Julia Kaganskiy
  9. Our Reblogs, Ourselves” by Jillian Steinhauer
  10. Organizing the World” by Giampaolo Bianconi
  11. Tumblr, Art, and Web 2.0 Ecologies: The Medium Is Still the Message” by Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint
  12. The Way We Share: Transparency in Curatorial Practice” by Lindsay Howard

Hyperallergic would like to thank Pernod Absinthe for their support of the World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium essay series.



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Hyperallergic & Tumblr Present
“The World’s First Art Symposium”

March 9, 2013, 6PM
319 Scholes Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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