VOTI: Union of the Imaginary
A Forum for Curators
Published by Koenig Books.
Edited with text by Susan Hapgood, Vasef Kortun, November Paynter. Text by Jordan Crandall. Conversation by Carlos Basualdo, Hans Ulrich Obrist.
VOTI was an online forum that was founded in 1998—long before such forums were common—as a digital venue for discussion among contemporary art curators, many of whom are among today’s most prominent museum professionals. Among the participants were Carlos Basualdo, Daniel Birnbaum, Francesco Bonami, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Jordan Crandall, Okwui Enwezor, Charles Esche, Bettina Funcke, Hou Hanru, Susan Hapgood, Jens Hoffmann, Cornelia Lauf, Maria Lind, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Nancy Spector.
This publication gathers hundreds of the e-mail discussions from VOTI, whose aims are just as relevant today as they were in the late 1990s. Topics include “The Museum of the 21st Century,” “The Economy of the Art World” and “Cultural Practice and War.”