Posts for October 2007

Sidewalk Screenings

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Almost as long as LCD panels have allowed advertisers to cover building facades, public transportation, and just about any other urban surface with moving images, artists have appropriated the ubiquitous technology to their own aesthetic and critical ends, inserting their work into the flow of advertising information on city streets. 'Urban Screens Manchester,' a four-day conference and screening series in the English city from October 11th-14th, examines the history and potential of these interventions with talks by noted architects, urbanists, and media theorists, along with a group of projects screening on Manchester's public screens. Some of the most ambitiously scaled have been produced in affiliation with Trampoline Platform for New Media Art, an organization based in the UK's East Midlands region that promotes an international program of media work. In conjunction with the Manchester conference, it is presenting 'Do Billboards Dream of Electric Screens,' several mostly large-scale works screening in the streets, including projects by Miles Chalcraft, George Drivas, and Corine Stübi that comment on the formation of social aggregates in public spaces, as well as work by Suzanne Moxhay, Frank Abbott, and Martha Gorzycki that take a formal look at the construction of place. - William Hanley

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Galerie West VVORK Exhibition

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Bad Beuys Entertainment, Boling, Bruno, Chrisa & Tkacova, collectif_fact, Matsoukis, Mirza, Previeux, Rungjang, Zucconi, curated by VVORK.com (06.10.2007 - 03.11.2007, Galerie West)

VVORK.com is an artlog. VVORK is Aleksandra Domanovic, Oliver Laric, Christoph Priglinger, Georg Schnitzer; a collective of artists, curators en designers. Together with a quote and a link to the artists website, they update their artlog daily from different locations with pictures of art works from all over the world. They are using very personal (often unknown) choices and only very few words. The (picture of the) art-work itself gets all the space and the enormous quantity (of mostly unknown work) published sets VVORK apart from similar initiatives.[...]

West invited VVORK for their one year anniversary to curate their first offline, physical exhibition. In West they will present a group-show with works of Bad Beuys Entertainment, John Michael Boling, Christophe Bruno, Anetta Mona Chrisa & Lucia Tkacova, collectif_fact, Katerina Matsoukis, Haroon Mirza, Julien Prévieux, Arin Rungjang en Damon Zucconi.

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errant bodies

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Errant Bodies has been publishing books and CDs on sound, auditory issues, spatial arts and design, and cultures of experimental performance and art since 1995. Since this time, it has been at the forefront of developing and supporting the diverse attitudes toward the emerging field of sound art, contemporary experimental music, and auditory culture. In addition, Errant Bodies aims to remain sensitive to the specifics of location and the co-productive details born from cultural work and its place through site-based research, actions and projects.

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THE 4TH BUSAN INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL

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THE 4TH BUSAN VIDEO FESTIVAL
CURATED BY "SPACE BANDEE"
OPENING SCREENING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5TH 2007
SCHEDULE & ARTISTS
http://www.spacebandee.com

DARRIN MARTIN AND [TORSTEN ZENAS BURNS] WILL BE SCREENING
I AM TODAY'S LESSON PLAN-9:00-STEREO-2007 VARIATION
I am today's lesson plan is a unique edit of Burn's and Martin's epic Learning Stalls: Lesson Plans, which utilizes video as a trans-disciplinary curriculum exploring diverse speculative fictions and reimagined educational practices. Psychic surgery meets physical therapy as matter and anti-matter merge under the choreographed supervision of other worldly beings. In the search for new mind/body experiences, Burns, Martin and other workshop participants enact paranormal interactions, intersexual dynamics, pseudo-testing methods, and staged quasi-therapy sessions.

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Originally posted on HOLYOKERESEARCHER by Rhizome


Notes on "Gaming"

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Ed. Note: Click-through for Alex Galloway's eloquent response to the reviews of his new book, Gaming: Essays on Algorithmic Culture, posted at the University of San Francisco's Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies. Together, they continue an important discussion on game theory. ~mo

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Originally posted on Rhizome.org Raw by alex galloway


Rakett & the open archive

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The Curating Degree Zero Archive arrives in Bergen, Norway. Housed in a truck developed by the organization Rakett, the archive presents books, videos, documents and other materials related to public art and critical art practices. During the next few weeks it will be parked in various locations in the city of Bergen, positioning the truck and archive to converse with given historical locations in the city. Screenings of selected videoworks and artists presentations will also take place in the truck, along with cooking actions. More information: http://www.rakett.biz/

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Originally posted on Surface Tension by Rhizome


Potato Perspective, by Asa Sonjasdotter

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[...]In the long-term project Potato Perspective Asa Sonjasdotter investigates notions on biological diversity, migration and normalisation by looking into the role of potato as colonial loot, global trade goods and as a carrier of regulated, sometimes patented or criminalized breeding knowledge. When the potato came to Scandinavia hundreds of years ago it was farmers who developed varieties adapted to the Nordic climate. Today breeding is a highly specialized and regulated activity that very few farmers have knowledge of.

For the exhibition at Konsthall C, Sonjasdotter has bred new potato varieties with help from Breeder Kerstin Olsson at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Alnarp. With the project Sonjasdotter wants to discuss the juridical destination of this new genetic material. Who has the right to use it and how? Plants which have been growing at Konsthall C during the summer will be harvested on Saturday 7th, together with old variety potatoes that have been growing in the allotment "Loken" in Hokarangen. The latter will be baked and served at the opening on Saturday 4-8 pm. [More....]

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Originally posted on Temporary Services by Rhizome


The Projection of Space

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Five projected works by Belgian artist David Claerbout come to Paris' Centre Pompidou on October 2nd. Known for his process that creates moving digital images from analog still photography, he works from architectural photos of modern urban and suburban buildings, using carefully-paced pixilation and other types of manipulation to allow multiple senses of each space to slowly unfold over the course of the work. He describes the slowness with which his places take shape as a resistance to the immediacy of digital production, saying, 'In a mode of production where photographic reality is increasingly preconceived, filmic duration seems to be the last man standing from an 'analogue' past.' With that motivation in mind, his more recent work has become increasingly narrative, including one of the exhibition's highlights, the 2004 project 'Bordeaux Piece.' Shot in a villa outside the French city, the disjointed revelation of the structure through images framed around two figures evokes both the temporality of spatial experience and the manipulative potential of cinema. On view through January 7th, the exhibition travels to the MIT List Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in Spring 2008 as a part of a two-year international tour.

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Dog Park

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Dog watching is often one of the most amusing activities during a trip to the park, and this fall at New York City's Madison Square Park the four legged beasts aren't only frolicking in the dog run, but also on video screens set up around Danny Meyer's famed Shake Shack (another very good reason to visit said park). These dogs are the cast of William Wegman's latest video installation Around the Park. Taking on the persona of various people seen in the park--business man, tourist, and park maintenece worker--Wegman and his consummate collaborators force the viewer to observe the park and its inhabitants in a different light. Always crowd pleasers, the artist's canine-centric videos transcend their initial appearance (and constant criticism) of kitch, and consistently manage to impart a deeper sense of human frailty and humor. For thirty years Wegman and his Weimaraners (who always play the straight man) have created unique videos that sit along side the work of Bruce Nauman and John Baldessari, conceptually and visually (early works by Wegman as well as Nauman and Baldessari are available through EAI). Running concurrently at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery on Madison Square Park is 'Wegman Outdoors', an exhibition of the artist's landscape photographs (which coincidently also include the dogs) dating from 1981 through 2007.

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Eyes on the Prize

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In the 1940s, Walt Disney teamed up with Salvador Dali to create the animated film Destino, but according to legend the film was never finished because executives at Disney thought it couldn't possibly make money (although the short 6 minute version was compiled a few years ago). Loukia Alavanou, this year's winner of the DESTE Prize (an award given to up and coming Greek artists) appears to be the progeny of this unlikely collaboration. Using Disney cartoons, other found footage, and photographs, Alavanou's discomforting animations may draw from Disney sources like 'Snow White,' but seem aesthetically far closer to Dali's surrealist ouevre. Through the use of such iconic footage, as well as old Hollywood cinema, Alavanou subverts the fantasies of true love, romance and gendered power structures that these genres served to instill. The DESTE Prize, founded by Greek collector Dakis Joannou, is juried by an international panel of artists and curators

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