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Florida's The Wolfsonian Appoints Yucef Merhi as Inaugural Curator of Digital Collections

MIAMI, FLORIDAYucef Merhi has joined the Wolfsonian at Florida International University as the museum’s first-ever curator of digital collections. The newly created role is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The foundation is also supporting the Wolfsonian’s efforts to digitize its collection.

“A large part of a museum’s success in the digital era depends on its ability to leverage technology to take risks and engage audiences,” Victoria Rogers, the foundation’s vice president for the arts, said in a statement. “The Wolfsonian has always presented its permanent collection and special exhibitions in thought-provoking ways. For The Wolf, integrating digital technology into the design of future exhibitions is another example of its innovative approach.”

Merhi is a new media artist whose practice lies at the intersection of language and technology. His past projects include a multiplayer poetry game built with vintage Atari consoles and a forty-thousand-foot electronic sound visualization that translates real-time sounds into colorful geometric patterns. He is also the founder of Canal, a technology-oriented cultural space in Caracas. His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Sofía Ímber Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, as well as in international exhibitions, including the tenth Istanbul Biennial, the thirtieth Ljubljana Biennial, and the XIII Cuenca Biennial.

Commenting on the appointment, the Wolfsonian’s director, Tim Rodgers, said: “With Yucef’s impressive background and expertise, we are well poised to explore the endless possibilities now open to us thanks to the generous support of Knight Foundation. He has a proven track record of visionary innovation that feels incredibly Wolfsonian—thoughtful and smart, but also playful. We look forward to collaborating with him.” 

October 10, 2018