Lanfranco Aceti

Lanfranco AcetiAssociate Professor of the Practice and Director of Arts Administration

PhD, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, University of the Arts, London
MA, Bournemouth University, UK
Diploma, University of Urbino, Italy

Dr. Aceti is an academic, artist, and curator whose interdisciplinary research focuses on the intersection between video and expanded cinema, digital arts, visual culture, and new media technologies. As a practitioner, his interests lie in contemporary art, curatorial studies, transmedia, inter-semiotic translations between classic media and new media, contemporary digital hybridization processes, and new media studies and their practice-based applications in the field of fine arts. His doctorate was in fine art, new media, and film; his master’s was in film and video production; and his diploma was in journalism, film, and media studies.

Prior to his appointment at Metropolitan College, Aceti served as a visiting scholar at Goldsmiths, University of London, and at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has taught contemporary art and digital culture with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University, Istanbul, and was director of the Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, where he exhibited a range of innovative artworks like 75Watts by Revital Cohen and Tuur Van Balen from the MoMA collection, or Paolo Cirio’s Loophole4all, which was awarded the 2014 Golden Nica at Ars Electronica. In 2011, he curated the exhibition Uncontainable for ISEA2011 Istanbul as part of the parallel program of the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and he exhibited artworks on the media façade of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb. In August 2014, he curated The Small Infinite at the John Hansard Gallery, in Southampton, with never-previously exhibited artworks from the estate of John Latham. He is founder and director of both the Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) and Operational and Curatorial Research in Contemporary Art, Design, Science and Technology (OCR)—including the Media Exhibition Platform (MEP), which has presented a range of international, peer-reviewed exhibitions both online and in physical spaces since 2010.

Aceti is editor-in-chief of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (MIT Press/Leonardo Journal Series). His work has been published extensively, and he has exhibited internationally as an artist at venues such as the John Hansard Gallery, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, Art-Athina, Supermarket in Stockholm, Contemporary Istanbul, and other international venues.

Aceti is the founder, lead artist, and curator for the Studium: Lanfranco Aceti Inc., a studio that develops artistic and curatorial commissions, projects, publications, and academic events for international biennials, museums, and festivals.


Editor-in-Chief for the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) in collaboration with the MIT Press, Leonardo Journal, and ISAST.

Reviewer for the Leonardo Journal (MIT Press).

Reviewer for the journal Information, Communication & Society (Routledge).

Reviewer for the Austrian Research Council.

Book Chapters

“Reactions, Inheritance and Memories: Genetic Transmission of Trauma through Blood and Neurons.” In The Cultural Reader, edited by Denise Robinson (NeMe, Cyprus, 2015).

“The Precarious State of Italian Film: Between Nostalgia and Aesthetic Failures.” In Italian Film Directors in the New Millennium, edited by William Hope (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010): 147–160. ISBN: 978-1-4438-2075-2

“The War Shaped Identities: Destruction as Cultural Inheritance.” In In Transition: Cultural Identities in the Age of Transnational and Transcultural Flux (NeMe, Cyprus, 2009). ISBN: 978-9963-9695-1-7

Refereed and Peer Reviewed Articles, Journal Contributions

“Eternally present and eternally absent: the cultural politics of a thanatophobic Internet and its visual representations of artificial existences.” Mortality: Promoting the Interdisciplinary Study of Death and Dying 20, no. 4 (Taylor & Francis, November 2015): 319–333.

“The Cultural Body’s Death by a Thousand Cuts: Why Society Is No Longer a Body and Why It Can Be Cut to Pieces.” Journal Of Visual Culture 14 No. 2 (August 2015): 137-154.

“When Aesthetics Is Not Just a Pretty Picture: Paolo Cirio’s Social Actions.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 20, no. 1 (January, 2014): 232-249. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-28-4

“Explorations, Structures, Observations, Analyses, Canons: Who Can Say That Contemporary Art Is All About Unchecked Freedoms?” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18, no. 1 (January, 2012): 8-13. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-15-4

“Interview with Darko Fritz.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17, no. 1 (August, 2011): 42-49. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-11-6

“Inverse Embodiment: An Interview with Stelarc.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17, no. 1 (August, 2011): 128-137. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-11-6

“Transcultural Electronic Negotiations: The Redefinition of Public Art Across Cultures and Media.” In Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art,  ISEA2010 Ruhr, Ruhr, Germany (August 20-29, 2010). ISBN: 978-86895-103-5

“A Web of Pixelated Textures and Intricate Behaviors.” Réel-Virtuel no. 1, Textures du Numérique. Edited by Anaïs Lelièvre (Février 2010). ISSN: 2108-6494

Conference Papers

“Reactions, Inheritances and Memories: Genetic Transmission of Trauma Through Blood and Neurons.” Keynote. Through the Roadblocks: Realities in Raw Motion – Conference Reader, a selection of texts from the Through the Roadblocks conference held November 23–25, 2012, Cyprus University of Technology. Edited by Denise Robinson (NeMe, Cyprus: May 22, 2015): 104–118.

Aceti, L., and O. Sahin. “Crossing the Line: Rituals and Realities of Life and Death in the Contemporary Mediterranean.” In Spaces, Scales, and Routes: Region Formation in History and Anthropology, Harvard University (April 30-May 2, 2015).

“Who Terminated the Cyborg? The Normalization of Cybernetics, the Loss of Revolutionary Power and the Rise of the Bureaucrat.” Keynote. In Cybernetics Revisited – Towards a Third Order? Proceedings of the Re-New Interactive Media and Art Conference (IMAC 2012), Copenhagen, Denmark (November 19, 2012).

“Transmediation of Content and People across Disciplines: The Challenges for Hybrid Teaching and Hybrid Students.” Leonardo @ Ars Electronica, University of Art and Industrial Design, Linz, Austria (September 2-11, 2010).

“In Between Public and Private Spaces: The Wireless Space as the Artistic Space for a Re-found Freedom?” NECS 2010 Conference: Urban Mediations, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), Istanbul, Turkey (June 24-27, 2010).

“To Erode or Not to Erode: The Opposite Poles of Environmental Cultural Engagements.” Panelist, Far Field: Digital Culture, Climate Change, and the Poles, CAA New Media Caucus, Chicago, Ill. (February 13, 2010). Published in Media-N: Journal of the New Media Caucus 6, no. 1 (Summer 2010).

Invited Lectures, Talks, and Panels

“The Cuts Have Been Made: Welcome to the Aesthetic of Capitalistic Vampirism.” Goldsmiths, University of London, England (November 2015).

“Economical Aesthetics: Realities and Allegories of Art Production, Curation and Commercialization in the Twenty-first Century.” Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark (January 2014).

“Experimenting, Curating and Commissioning: LEA, a Case for Art Experimentation in the Age of Social Media.” Chelsea College, University of the Arts London (September 27, 2012).

“Texting Art as Social Action: Blurring the Boundaries of Art and Media in Political, National and Cultural Contexts.” Cultural Literacy in Contemporary Europe—4th Workshop: Electronic Textuality.  COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) and ESF (The European Science Foundation), Istanbul, Turkey (June 15-16, 2010).

“LEAP: The Next Step for Art and Science Research.” ELEKTRA—International Digital Arts Festival, Montreal, Canada (May 5-9, 2010).

“No Fake Flowers: Just Fake Tears for My Multiple Digital Deaths.” Keynote, Afterlife & Death in a Digital Age. National University of Singapore (April 16-17, 2010).


“Artistic Fears in the Age of Religious Fundamentalism.” monochrom (Winter/Spring 2009/2010).

“New Media, Old Censors: The Turkish Case.” Bant Mag, Istanbul Biennale issue (October 2009).

“The Disappearance of Signs in a Landscape of Deceptions.” NeMe (September 28, 2009).

“Artistic Squatting as a Response to Socio-Political Censorship?” Nictoglobe: Friction Research—Investigating Ruptures in the Art-political Grid issue 1 (2009).


“Commonist Red Art: Blood, Bones, Utopia and Kittens.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 20, no. 1 (May 2014). 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-28-4

“The Global Play of Nam June Paik: The Artist That Embraced and Transformed Marshall McLuhan’s Dreams into Reality.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 5 (December 2013): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-21-5

“Post-Society: Data Capture and Erasure One Click at a Time.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 4 (September 2013): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-26-0

“When Moving Images Become Alive!” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 3 (July 2013): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-22-2

“Not Here, Not There: An Analysis Of An International Collaboration To Survey Augmented Reality Art.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 19, no. 1 and 2 (January 2013 and April 2013): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-23-9

“Watermans International Festival of Digital Art, 2012.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18, no. 3 (August 2012): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-18-5

“Introduction: The Physical and Virtual Structures of the Landscapes of Contemporary Art.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 18, no. 1 (February 2012): 6-7. ISSN: 1071-4391;ISBN: 978-1-906897-15-4

“Making Inroads: Promoting Quality and Excellency of Contemporary Digital Cultural Practices and Interdisciplinarity.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17, no. 2 (January 2012): 8-11. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-16-1

“Transmediation as Betrayal: The Case of the Leonardo Electronic Almanac.” Leonardo Electronic Almanac 17, no. 1 (August 2011): 4-5. ISSN: 1071-4391; ISBN: 978-1-906897-11-6