Posts for August 2008

Trashconnection (2000) by Roman Minaev

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  • This Life by Amelia Jones (from Frieze Magazine)- Lengthy review of Lynn Hershman Leeson's exhibit "Autonomous Agents: The Art and Films of Lynn Hershman Leeson" at the Whitworth Art Gallery, from the September 08 issue.

  • David Byrne bike racks, NYC (from Wallpaper*)- David Byrne collaborates with the NYC Department of Transportation to create nine original bike racks around the city.

  • anna lundh (from i heart photograph)- "swedish artist anna lundh's 'hollywood internet.' as she explains about the project, "a collage of footage from various hollywood movies from mid-90s and on, where internet is portrayed. what is shown is obviously not the real internet, but rather a meta internet, fabricated to work in favor of a certain plot or narrative. the imagery isn't necessarily very authentic, yet we have no difficulty interpreting this imaginary aesthetic."

  • Air Quality Case Study: Echo Park (from machine project)- "On Saturday, August 30, at 8pm, the Black Cloud Citizen Science League will present the results of a week-long air quality study of Echo Park. For the study, the League positioned environmental sensors in 12 distinct locations along Sunset Boulevard -- everywhere from the League's Machine Project home base to a corner gas station to a nail salon."
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    Walking on Coals, er...Sunshine

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    Video, performance, and installation artist Kate Gilmore often draws on pop culture and musical lyrics to frame her work. We think, then, that she might not mind our saying that the elaborate, yet beautifully and sophisticatedly straightforward challenges she designs for herself might best be described by reciting the first words of the theme song for perpetually syndicated sitcom, Cheers: "Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got." This melancholy refrain is the perfect truism against which to witness Gilmore's physical testimony to the facts that life is hard, the life of an artist is hard, and the life of a female artist is, well... hard. But of course, Gilmore manages to make clear--in a way that channels Valie Export as much as Charlie Chaplin--that there's no reason that one can't have fun climbing whatever furniture piles life may throw in one's way. In fact, if one dolls themselves up in slick satins and slathers themselves in the lipstick befitting a lady, then snaking one's way through the kinds of trap doors and tumultuous tunnels the artist creates in her work is nearly a piece of cake--not that she doesn't put a pot of elbow grease into conquering every such obstacle. On September 5th, Philadelphia's Institute for Contemporary Art will open a solo exhibition of Gilmore's work. It will survey previous projects and present a new entry to this trademark series in which installation, performance, and video documentation commingle. - Marisa Olson


    Image: Kate Gilmore, Every Girl Loves Pink, 2006, Video

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    Location="Yes"

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    "Here we've collected links to some of the artworks and online projects which are not complete if they exist only in "inwindow" and lose their meaning if location="No"."

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  • Back from Beijing: James Powderly of Graffiti Research Lab (from Rocketboom)- Joanne from Rocketboom interviews James Powderly of Graffiti Research Lab regarding his recent arrest and detainment in Beijing.

  • Mare Tralla Performances (from Art Research Communication)-"Mare Tralla will undertake a series of live easel painting performances, 'tracking the movements' of CCTV cameras throughout Edinburgh. The artist evokes this 16th century tradition, which set painters free from the constraints of working on walls or fixed, architectural schemes and increased the social and intellectual status of the individual artist."

  • Saturday, September 6, 8 pm Panel Discussion: Differences in Attitudes about Performance from the 1970s to Today with Marina Abramovic, Amanda Coogan, and Chrissie Iles (from Artists Space)

  • Matt Shlian - Everything, Everything (from dataisnature)- "Matt Shlian's large ballpoint pen drawings are refined outputs of personal human computation system."

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    Tools of the Trade: Albert Hwang's WireMap

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    In this installment of Tools of the Trade, tech writer Melody Chamlee describes Albert Hwang's project Wiremap. - Ceci Moss

    In a combination of software development and 3D interface design, Albert Hwang's Wiremap is a multi-view map created with strands of fishing wire that refract 3D projector scenes and bounce back the revolving imagery to viewers - producing a representation of an object in 3D space.

    According to Hwang, from the projector's single-point perspective (at the very front of the installation) all the wires appear evenly spaced. Move off to the left or right however, and by degrees the randomized dimension of depth settles on the wires at different angles to create a topographical form.

    Hwang says he would like to explore wire displays in a broad range of new installations and is already working on expanded tweaks on the current design to have a bigger, more detailed display framework. In his Wiremap installation at the the 2008 Last Hope Conference in Midtown Manhattan, he was able to produce a green and blue globe with topography and directional changes according to keyboard and mouse input.

    To create Wiremap, Hwang used the open source programming language Processing, and says it was an ideal platform for the project:

    "When I began...I had very little computer programming experience. Knowing what I needed, I waded through Java GUI tutorials only to be continually faced with frustratingly confusing Java jargon - I needed a programming environment designed to give graphic feedback instead of visual feedback. Processing, an open source programming environment built on top of Java turned out to be a perfect fit for the project."

    Since this is open source, Hwang provides his downloadable source files on his site and encourages others to develop their own Wiremaps and contribute to the evolution of ...

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    Colors Preceding Photographs (2008) by Damon Zucconi

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    More work by Damon Zucconi

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    Northwesterly

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    Vanessa Renwick, who produces video under the rubric of The Oregon Department of Kick Ass, is one of the cornerstones of Portland's remarkably fecund scene for moving-image art. Her video Portrait #2: Trojan (2006) documents the last days of the locally-maligned Trojan Nuclear Power Plant, which once rose like a toxic concrete toadstool above the lush temperate rainforests that cover the area's rolling landscape; at the video's end, the plant explodes under planned detonations, sending a quiet plume of smoke into the sky. The strange marriage Renwick chronicles between nature and technology is one familiar to the culture of the region, as captured in the Seattle Art Museum's current show "Thermostat: Video and the Pacific Northwest." In addition to Renwick's piece, Ron Tran's The Peckers (2004) records an experiment in which the artist covered electric guitars and drum kits with birdseed and set them in a park, then recorded the ensuing avian orchestra. Further north, Kevin Schmidt's Long Beach Led Zep (2002) depicts Schmidt on a beach in British Columbia, performing a rendition of "Stairway to Heaven" on a generator-powered electric guitar. The Canadian-American lineup rounds out with short works by Jeremy Shaw, Miranda July, Will Rogan, and Jack Daws. - Ed Halter

    Image: Kevin Schmidt, Long Beach Led Zep, 2002

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  • View of Barack Obama's Speech at Invesco Field in Denver (from the New York Times)- I don't think the television broadcast of Obama's speech last night accurately captured the sheer immensity of the crowd. This interactive feature (a QuickTime VR file) by the New York Times provides a 360 degree view of the Invesco Field from the perspective of an attendee.

  • 2008 Presidential Election in the Blogosphere- information aesthetics discuss perspctv "an online information dashboard that summarizes & graphs the Internet activity relating to the 2008 presidential elections, in an attempt to compare the similarities & the disparities between the mainstream media & user-generated content."

  • EcoArtTech's "Externalities: Wilderness and its Others"- On September 5 from 7pm to 10pm at OTO, EcoArtTech (Christine Nadir & Cary Peppermint) will "continue to rethink relations between humans, technics, technology, and the environment with Externalities: Wilderness and its Others a networked, video-based performance piece."

  • Michael Snow: So Is This / Manifesta 7, Fortezza / Franzensfeste- Video documentation of Michael Snow's So Is This by VernissageTV from Manifesta 7. So Is This is "a silent film of 45 minutes consisting of single words of this script or score placed on the screen one by one, one after another, for specific lengths of time."

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    CBS Outdoor Pull Suzanne Opton's "Soldier" Billboards During the Republican National Convention

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    The Republican National Convention is still a handful of days away, but controversy is already being courted in Minneapolis-St. Paul over CBS Outdoor's decision to cancel its contract with artist Suzanne Opton due to the politically-sensitive nature of her photographs. Working with local organization Forecast Public Art and curator Susan Reynolds, Opton aimed to display several billboards depicting active-duty American soldiers, whom she photographed at Fort Drum, New York in 2004 and 2005. Like Rineke Dijkstra's series of photographs of young soldiers serving in the French Foreign Legion and Israeli Army, Opton's works offer empathetic portraits of her subjects, at a time when American military action in Iraq and Afghanistan elicits increasing national dissent. Her striking, monumental images find their subjects stripped of body armor and military dress and leaning their heads against a table. The photographs are vertically-scaled and cropped to only show each subject's head and neck, a visual decision Opton has suggested lends vulnerability to these unarmed soldiers, but which also, in light of past Al Qaeda videos, carries a far more disturbing undertone. On the project's website -- now the most significant record of the billboards -- Opton accompanies each of the nine photographs with the length of time served, by a given subject, in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a sense, because of the ambivalent mix of emotions these images conjure, Opton's choice to exhibit them in equally ambivalent public spaces seemed very appropriate. Yet that ambiguity, the artist claimed, was precisely the cause of CBS Outdoor's concern. Worry about possible misinterpretation of the images -- and the lack of explicit indication that they were artworks, as opposed to advertisements -- contributed, she said, to the organization's decision to discontinue her contract. If nothing else, Opton's proposal will serve as an ...

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