New Reviews/Interviews on Furtherfield.org (July 06).
The Ultrasound of Therapy by Staalplaat Soundsystem.
One of a number of pieces reclaiming the body from a post-material world. A therapeutic process including anything in the range from homeopathy to electroshock therapy brings the bodies back to life. Staalplaat Soundsystem, the audio art collective based in Amsterdam, celebrates the physical power of sound in an installation, which is currently shown at Manchester’s Cornerhouse. Reviewer: Mathias Fuchs.
An Interview with Jeanie Finlay about Homemaker.
Entering the domestic spaces of seven people living in Tokyo or Derbyshire, Finlay centres in on the household as a way of uncovering individual interaction with public and private selves. Telling personal stories with the aid of house-hold objects, fragments of narrative, and new media technologies is a new way of thinking about portraiture.
Interview by Jess Laccetti.
Handmade Electronic Music.
A review of The Art of Hardware Hacking by Nicolas Collins. In Nicolas Collins’ book, we shake off the bounds of mass produced software, of expensive consumer electronics and re-enter the exploratory worlds of early electronic experimentalists such as David Tudor & Alvin Lucier, riding the pulsating waves of sonic history through to contemporary hardware hackers & instrument builders such as Xentos ‘Fray’ Bentos, Phil Archer, John Bowers & of course Nicolas Collins
himself. What an enlightening journey it is too. Reviewer: Liam Wells.
Tijuana Calling: an exercise on virtual coyote tactics.
Mark Tribe, founder of Rhizome.org and the man behind Tijuana Calling, defines the net-based works as “playful disruptions” that address urgent issues such as migration flows, cultural translation, surveillance and hybridity. Indeed, the common thread that connects Turista Fronterizo (Ricardo Dominguez and Coco Fusco), Tj Cybercholos (Fran Illich), LowDrone (Angel Nevarez and Alex Rivera), Corridos (Anne-Marie Schleiner and Luis Hernandez) and DENTIMUNDO (Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga) is the commitment to pollute cyberspace through an intermittent translation of the borderland experience. An insight into border-crossing in a borderless space, Tijuana Calling, an on-line exhibition features five commissioned projects by artists living on both sides of the border Mexico-U.S. Presented in October 2005, the exhibition is one of the “scenarios” of inSite_05, a network of art practices exploring the cultural and sociological nature of the Tijuana-San Diego borderland.
Reviewer: Maria Guglietti.