Blouin Artinfo | Wednesday, November 13th 2013
The Sky Room at the New Museum was the site of Art Gala. But this wasn't a gala filled with coattails and floor length dresses. It was a carefully curated and directed event with actors and performers. The man behind "New York New York Happy Happy (NY NY HP HP)," presented by Rhizome andPerforma, as it was called was British artist Ed Fornieles. Fornieles, who says the evening was about being a hyper version of yourself– doing things you wouldn't normally do, and interacting with people you wouldn't normally talk to. Fornieles is known for creating works that are hard to distinguish between real life and performance.
Interview | Monday, November 11th 2013
This past Thursday, The Sky Room at The New Museum staged Ed Fornieles' high-concept comedy of errors New York New York Happy Happy, a semi-fictional benefit and art gala put on by performance art biennial Performa 13 in conjunction with Rhizome, an online art database working alongside The New Museum on a wide range of multimedia art projects. Fornieles (the art world's high-fashion Richard Ashcroft) moved effortlessly through the crowd in knee-high black leather boots and a crisp white suit swashed head to toe with cascading purple Yves Klein paint gashes, echoing one of the night's most prevalent themes: the body as a living canvas.
Wall Street Journal | Friday, November 8th 2013
Curious about the culture of charity galas, Mr. Fornieles staged a party that mixed performers-as-guests with paying guests, to create an amplified version of an art-world benefit. Before the event, he assigned personas and back stories to 50 actors. He gave each of the attendees "key words" that they could "filter their reality through." "Everyone is playing extensions of themselves. It's modeled after reality TV," said Mr. Fornieles, a British performance and installation artist whose investigations include awards shows and fraternity parties. "I'm interested in tapping into the cult of the extrovert—how characteristics of the extrovert are like the characteristics of success, essentially."
Blackbook | Wednesday, November 6th 2013
British artist Ed Fornieles first made his mark on the art world with a certain type of performative party: 2011’s Animal House , which added a highbrow bent to fraternity clichés. Tomorrow night, he’s staging a very different social gathering at the New Museum; one geared a bit more toward the 1% than the keg-standing masses. NY NY HP HP is both a faux-gala and a real fundraiser (for Rhizome’s 2013-14 programming season.) As with the typical black-tie charity event, there’s a fee structure that rewards generosity: $50 gets admission plus “a conversation with the artist,”; $500 nets three tickets plus “dedicated arm candy for the event, any gender,”; and a solid $5,000 contribution ensures the donor is the official honoree of the entire event. (You can buy your tickets here.) I asked Fornieles a bit more about this very, very, very V.I.P. occasion.
a-n | Thursday, October 31st 2013
Seven on Seven is all about reaching beyond the protracted, often messy and indirect means of production and collaboration to get to the very heart of what it is these artists and technologists do; to create something new which says something about what we are, and what we are experiencing right now. It’s this intention that lies behind the whole concept of the event – an atypical mode of questioning and working that can often reveal the most exciting, unexpected and experimental projects and processes.
DIGI-ANARCHY AT THE SEVEN ON SEVEN SUMMIT The start-up and art worlds collided at Rhizome's first ever conference in London
Dazed Digital | Wednesday, October 30th 2013
Huddled away in a network of loft-style workspaces scattered across east London, as the autumn sun shines weakly outside, fourteen creatives sit deep in conversation, surrounded by post-it notes and discarded coffee cups. It’s day one of the Rhizome Seven on Seven, the first international edition of Rhizome's Seven on Seven Conference, the meeting-of-minds summit that pairs seven visionary artists with seven leading technologists and challenges them to create something new – whether that's an app, a product, a piece of art or social media.
Time Magazine | Monday, October 21st 2013
Rafaël Rozendaal, a 33-year-old New Yorker with Internet tattooed on his inner lip, has a knack for turning screensavers into art. As the online king of digital art, he builds interactive websites that draw as many as 40 million viewers a year. And unlike a gallery with paintings or sculpture, his websites allow you to play with works like ifnoyes.com changing the way they look by moving your cursor across the screen.
The Verge | Friday, October 11th 2013
What happens when you take an already complex song and increase the complexity by an order of 50? Black MIDI happens. It's a form of music that counts the number of notes in a song in millions, when a typical pop song counts notes in the thousands, and it's a trip. The music was recently detailed by Rhizome, an organization that is dedicated to the creation, presentation, and critique of tech-based artistic practices.
Wall Street Journal | Monday, September 23rd 2013
The brick-and-mortar auction house Phillips is going down the rabbit hole of digital art. At its first-ever digital-art auction on Oct. 10, Phillips will offer up, among other things, a website, a YouTube video and digital files that could be displayed on a range of devices at the discretion of the buyer, from smartphones to wall-mounted screens.
Gawker | Monday, September 23rd 2013
Imagine a robotic squid with thousands of high-powered servo arms pounding a 360 degree piano inside the center of the sun. That's what Black midi is. Or, more accurately, according to Rhizome: a group of musicians who use MIDI files (which store musical notes and timings, not unlike player piano rolls) to create compositions that feature staggering numbers of notes. They're calling this kind of music "black MIDI," which basically means that when you look at the music in the form of standard notation, it looks like almost solid black.
New York Times | Sunday, August 11th 2013
A rescue mission is under way at the New Museum. Artists, editors and the occasional MTV producer are making pilgrimages to its fifth-floor gallery, where the museum’s XFR STN project helps them preserve, and in some cases, excavate, artworks stored on floppy disks, videocassettes and other obsolete media.
Archetype | Thursday, June 27th 2013
Last Saturday a swarm of well-groomed, artfully casual young New Yorkers armed with smartphones descended on Rhizome’s Seven on Seven conference, which is dedicated to exploring what happens when you collide art and technology. Rhizome paired seven prominent artists with seven big-name “technologists” and gave each two-person team 24 hours to come up with a new viable idea or product, which they then presented at the conference.
AQNB | Saturday, June 22nd 2013
From Friend Fracker to Constant Update, Dabit and Giphnosis, the focus of yesterday’s sold out Rhizome ‘Seven on Seven’ conference was on social media and its power for both good and evil. Simulating what they define as the “data dread” of media bombardment, Fatima Al Qadiri and Dalton Caldwell simulate the anxiety and overload of Constant Update, while Paul Pfeiffer and Alex Chung harnessed the mesmerising powers and bizarre juxtapositions of gif-sharing culture with Giphnosis.
Baibakov Art Projects | Sunday, June 16th 2013
One the key highlights of Rhizome‘s programming is the Seven-on-Seven conference, which will be held for the fourth time this Saturday, April 20, 2013. The event pairs seven artists with seven “influential technologists,” creating teams of two which it then “and challenges them to develop something new—be it an application, social media, artwork, product, or whatever they imagine—over the course of a single day.”
Art21 | Thursday, April 25th 2013
100 Artists is a yearlong celebration of the 100 artists who have appeared to date in Art21′s award-winning film series Art in the Twenty-First Century. Throughout 2013, we are dedicating two to three days to each artist on our social media platforms—Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and here on the Art21 Blog. Our current featured artist is Paul Pfeiffer.