EX NUNC is a research-driven curatorial and editorial platform. It occupies both an on-line and off-line dimension; the former represented by this website, the latter consisting in a programme of interventions held in collaboration with partnering institutions.
At its inception in 2016, EX NUNC intended to contribute to contemporary discourse on art making and thinking beyond dominant Western/Euro-centric canons and frameworks, by looking at ways gestures, movements, vibrations, sound and the-non-written intervene in knowledges' construction, transmission and transformation. In its initial phase, EX NUNC placed a distinct curatorial emphasis on the expansive realm of performance arts.
In late 2019, EX NUNC resumes its activities with a renovated frame of work, and a thematic focus on the topics of the Mediterranean(s), which are explored throughout the three sections composing EXN’s online platform –Atlas, Journal, Curatorial/EXN Lagoon.
('from now on' in Latin)... EX NUNC is a space for experimentation, open to practitioners, curators, writers, thinkers and everyone in between.
EXN Lagoon is EX NUNC's digital exhibition space. Invited artists are called to engage with the virtual space of EX NUNC's website, conceiving original pieces, or rethinking/reshaping already published works for the un-physical stage of the internet. Contributors are encouraged to play with multimediality, interaction and clash of images, sounds and spoken/written words, in order to contribute to EX NUNC curatorial and theoretical pathways.
The name of this section is inspired by Aby Warburg’s unfinished work Bilderatlas Mnemosyne. EX NUNC borrows the idea of an anti-linear catalogue, to build up its own ever-changing, ever-partial archive. Atlas adopts a fluid and mutable form, to showcase scattered collections of suggestions, echoing contributing artists' research. EXN Atlas currently hosts and intervention by Invernomuto.
EX NUNC's space of choice for broader critical survey. This section is periodically updated with the publication of material produced either by internal and external contributors, responding to a specific area of investigation. We are currently engaging in a research around the Mediterranean(s), which unfolds in EXN Journal - On Mediterranean.
EX NUNC expands its activity beyond the digital world, in collaboration with partner institutions.
In 2023 EX NUNC is engaged in a collaboration with TBA21, for the curation and development of the Spring Semester of OCEAN / UNI.
Under the title 'Imagine the Ocean Dry as Lavender' - second cycle- The Mediterranean Beyond Aridity, the programme enquires into the connections between climate politics and processes of coloniality in the Mediterraneans.
The work of EX NUNC has been supported by cultural and academic institutions such as Goldsmiths College, The Showroom, Goethe-Institut, British Council and Danish Art Foundation, among others.
EX NUNC was founded in 2016 by Chiara Cartuccia and Celeste Ricci, and it is directed by Chiara Cartuccia. For the years 2022/23, Chiara's curatorial work within EX NUNC is supported by fundings from Arts Council England.