Technostalgia explored the aesthetics of early digital technologies, their legacy and impact, as well as their fetishization and appropriation in a contemporary artistic context. Launched in March 2017, it inaugurated the Moving Museum Online Anthologies series.
“The purpose of this anthology isn’t to go back to the first chapters in the history of digital art or net.art, but to investigate the longing for the aesthetic of that era. Technostalgia functions on two levels. On a personal level, it brings us back to memories of learning and play during a more innocent period of our lives. On a collective level, it reminds us of a more candid age – a time when the spread of domestic computers and the arrival of the Internet opened up immense fields of possibilities few knew exactly what to do with."
Participating artists: Cory Arcangel, Constant Dullaart, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Peter Luining, Lorna Mills, Paper Rad, Mark Richards, Gustavo Romano, Evan Roth, Paul Slocum, Thomson & Craighead, and Ubermorgen.
Published between 2009 and 2011, Catalogue was the very first contemporary art magazine designed to act as a platform for interaction between the English and French-speaking artworlds–the UK, France, and a host of other territories internationally.
This quarterly, web-based publication aimed to play a part in the reinvention of art writing online. Working with contributors including Lisa LeFeuvre, Chris Sharp, Theresa Gleadowe and Guillaume Désanges, Catalogue’s editors commissioned written portraits, interviews, monographic essays and thematic reportage for each issue. The magazine also featured a curated showcase of artists’ portfolios and a selection of exhibitions.
Supported by the British Council and the Institut Français in London, Catalogue was conceived and edited in close collaboration with Paris-based curator Florence Ostende, and the magazine quickly built a loyal readership in Europe and beyond. Catalogue remains accessible through ‘Archive’ section of its website.
ZINEB SEDIRA, LES RÊVES N'ONT PAS DE TITRE
In 2010, Coline curated Les Rêves n’ont pas de titre, the first mid-career retrospective of the work of the London-based, French-Algerian artist Zineb Sedira. This large-scale exhibition, held at the [mac] Musée d’art Contemporain in Marseille, France, was the outcome of a three-year research project into the artist’s multi-media production, the history of French colonization in Algeria and the subsequent war of independence, as well as the impact this history has on present-day France.
The exhibition gathered over twenty artworks, including 9 videos and film installations. It ran for five months between November 2010 and March 2011, and was among the [mac]’s most popular exhibitions in recent years. An extensive essay on Sedira’s practice, informed by Coline's family experience of the war and its aftermath, was published in the monograph Zineb Sedira, Beneath the Surface, produced by the artist’s Paris gallery kamel mennour in 2011.
OTHER CURATED EXHIBITIONS
Toby Christian, Stagehands
The first solo exhibition of artist Toby Christian, held at Fold Gallery, London in May 2009. The show was accompanied by the publication New and Used Pianos, for which Coline contributed the essay "Display Case."
A group show looking at ideas of nightmare and the occult, held at Eleven Gallery, London, in June 2008. Artists: Cecilia Bonilla, Tobias Collier, Jorge de la Garza, Stephen Dunne, Rachel Goodyear and Franck Rezzak.