Through his curatorial practice, Baruch Gottlieb experiments with the social purpose of contemporary arts institutions. To him, artworks, exhibitions, and events are occurrences; things which happen in the world, which burst out of the possible into the actual, facts. He believes that these extraordinary things, which interrupt patterns, produce experiences allowing people to exchange on topics which might otherwise be hard to broach or even hard to grasp. If lucky, they might even allow meaningful exchanges to take place between people who ordinarily would never have cause to converse. An exhibition is of course an opportunity for artists to exchange with each other but also to get to know institutions, for institutions to better know its public and to rearticulate its purpose.
Born in Montreal, Dr. phil. Baruch Gottlieb is a Berlin-Based writer, curator and media artist Trained as a filmmaker at Concordia University Montreal, Gottlieb holds a PhD in digital aesthetics from the University of Arts Berlin. Working in electronic art with professional specialization in public art since 1999, Baruch Gottlieb is curator at the West Den Haag, a contemporary arts institution in The Hague. He curated the touring exhibition series Flusser & the Arts based on the philosophical writings of Vilém Flusser, and FEEDBACK: Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, based on the experimental publishing practice of Marshall McLuhan. Gottlieb co-founded The Sound Art festival SFX Seoul and Flusser Club, an association dedicated to the work of Vilém Flusser, and is currently director of the Research Institute for Technical Aesthetics (RITA) in Berlin. Aside from his curatorial practice, he was professor of Media Art at Yonsei University Graduate School for Communication and Arts in Seoul, Korea (2005-2008), and currently lectures in digital aesthetics at the University of Arts Berlin. Author of "Gratitude for Technology" (ATROPOS 2009), "A Political Economy of the Smallest Things" (ATROPOS 2016), and “Digital Materialism” (Emerald 2018), Gottlieb writes extensively on digital media, digital archiving, generative and interactive processes, digital media for public space and on social and political aspects of networked media.
Paul Robeson:Artist as Revolutionary, West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Thick Present : Donna Haraway and the Arts, West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Global Warning: Feedback #5 Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, Frankfurt Museum, Germany
Free Emoji, West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Repair Atelier, Museum of Applied Arts Berlin, Germany
Passionate Reason, Spinoza and the Arts, West Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands
Edgy Media: Feedback #4 Marshall McLuhan and the Arts, University of Windsor School of Creative Arts and the College for Creative Studies, Ontario, Canada