Posts for October 2008

olafur eliasson vs sprinkler lady (2008) - Zach Shipko

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  • The Living Room Candidate - An online archive of more than 300 campaign commercials, from every presidential election since 1952, hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image. "In a media-saturated environment in which news, opinions, and entertainment surround us all day on our television sets, computers, and cell phones, the television commercial remains the one area where presidential candidates have complete control over their images. Television commercials use all the tools of fiction filmmaking, including script, visuals, editing, and performance, to distill a candidate's major campaign themes into a few powerful images. Ads elicit emotional reactions, inspiring support for a candidate or raising doubts about his opponent. While commercials reflect the styles and techniques of the times in which they were made, the fundamental strategies and messages have tended to remain the same over the years."
  • Monday October 6: Two events organized by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies - Tonight, in conjunction with the exhibition "Red Lines, Death Vows, Foreclosures, Risk Structures," CAVS will present a tour with designer Damon Rich at 5:30 followed by a "Roundtable on the Mortgage Crisis" at 7:30 with Margaret Crawford (Harvard Graduate School of Design), Lynn Fisher (MIT Center for Real Estate), Richard Healey (Grassroots Policy Project), Phil Thompson (MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning), moderated by Damon Rich.
  • >>www.coldvoid.com<<, 2008 by Rafaël Rozendaal- Nice new work by Rafaël Rozendaal on vvork.
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    Questions, Comments, Reactions?

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    When the cinematic masterpiece Wayne's World was released in 1992, their tag line was, "You'll Laugh, You'll Cry...You'll Hurl!" Who among us couldn't say the same about the media blunders we've seen recently, in connection with the U.S. presidential elections? Brooklyn-based artistic duo MTAA dramatize this sort of overwhelming desire to emote in their newest project, Our Political Work, which they describe as Beckett-like. The "Waiting For Godot" playwright might well approve of their creation, which features 141 clips of the artists screaming, laughing, and yelling as they wait in vain for something to change. The clips are randomly strung together using generative software, not unlike the clips in their One Year Performance Video, thus locking them in a state of perpetual indignity. The longer one watches, though, the more they are called upon to consider the roles of the artists and the very nature of their "political work." Are they political agents or spectators? Are their blurts and indiscretions responses to the behavior of political actors, or are they themselves enacting politics? Take a look for yourself, online. The piece is hosted by Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea, whose LX 2.0 Project commissioned the work. - Marisa Olson

    Image: MTAA, Our Political Work, 2008 (Screenshot)

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    the joy of painting (2008) - Max Kotelchuck and Peter Nowogrodzki

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  • Difference Tones: Cory Arcangel on the San Francisco Tape Music Center- Cory Arcangels reviews The San Francisco Tape Music Center: 1960s Counterculture and the Avant-Garde, edited by David W. Bernstein, in the October issue of ArtForum.
  • Border-Crossing: Passage Oublié- Interactive artwork Passage Oublié on Space & Culture. The piece allows "the public to send messages to a touchscreen kiosk located in Pearson's International Airport. Messages received are animated along flight trajectories on a map featuring airports involved in rendition flights. A rendition flight is a detainee-transfer practice where people, currently mostly Muslim men, are transported in rented commercial jets to interrogation sites around the world known as black sites. Although there exists a legal form of rendition to hand suspects over to another country, the procedure is also conducted outside any legal system, hence offering no protection for the detainees."
  • "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt" by Caryn Heilman- New commission by Turbulence. "Touching Gravity 2/Tilt is an interactive, aerial videodance superimposed on a composited image of two rivers in the towns of North Adams and Adams, Massachusetts. Part of the Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses project, the two New England towns are (re)connected through a colorful, fluid, multilayered dance that incorporates the movement of the natural landscape from each town, seen through the "difference" blend mode of the Flash interface."
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    Worlds of Wonder

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    The Tokyo Game Show, Japan's massive video game expo, traditionally serves as a major convention for the commercial gaming industry, but this year launches a sidebar delicately named Sense of Wonder Night, which embraces work created from the international indie gaming world. Inspired by the Experimental Gameplay Sessions, which began at the Game Developers' Conference six years ago, Sense of Wonder Night focuses on innovative games that, in the words of the organizers, evoke "a feeling that something will change in their world and make them gasp at the moment they lay eyes on the games or hear the game concepts." For those who can't be in Japan on October 10th for the presentation, many of the finalists' games can be downloaded or have trailers posted online. Among them are Depict, by Jesús Cuauhtémoc Moreno Ramos, which promises to be a shape-recognition game played with phone cameras; Daniel Benmergui's Moon Stories, a love story with multiple narrative outcomes and an ingenious Polaroid-snapshot gameplay structure; an optical-illusion 3D shooter called The Unfinished Swan by Ian Dallas; and Mark Essen's druggy hypercolor trip Randy Balma: Municipal Abortionist. Opening stateside concurrent with Sense of Wonder Night is the Bellevue, Washington edition of IndieCade, which will include a preview of fl0wer, the new title from the makers of indie success story fl0w, and an exhibit of thirteen indie games including Eddo Stern's sensory-deprivation experiment Darkgame, Jason Rohrer's gently allegorical Gravitation, and Faith Denham's Block H, which takes on the history of political conflict in Northern Ireland. Both positioned on the overlap of art and industry, these two showcases are testament to the wide variety of endeavors that currently fall under the "indie" label, which includes everything from browser-based games to politically-minded gallery installations to (possibly) next year ...

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    SSSSSSSWWWRRRRLLL (2008) - Petra Cortright

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    Viva Svetlana!

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    Opening this weekend at S1 Artspace, in Sheffield, "Svetlana" is the second project by Pil and Galia Kollectiv to draw inspiration from a work by Waw Pierogi. While Pierogi is best known as the founder of 1980s New Jersey-based synth outfit xex (and was only then known to a handful of obscurantists), he also concocted an unrealized, audio-visual homage to the asparagus ("Asparagus: A Horticultural Ballet") and an operatic account of Stalin's daughter, Svetlana, who twice defected from the Soviet Union. The scarce information available about each work lends particularly well to the Kollectiv's method of post-historical assemblage, predicated less on faithful recreation than on "the possibilities opened up by marrying the ideas left by yesterday's art movements." For "Svetlana," the Kollectiv strikes a Kittleresque pose, weaving its protagonist's life into an espionage epic involving Leon Theremin, the eponymous instrument's inventor later kidnapped by the KGB, and a plot to create sound weapons from the acoustic locators that preceded radar technology, but were subsequently used, as props, to conceal radar from the Germans. These elements visually coalesce in the form of fictional photo documentation of rehearsals for the opera, as well as location shots, all resembling a Bauhaus drama class and reminding viewers of one of many historical intersections between aesthetics and military technology. - Tyler Coburn

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  • Annie Abrahams - The Big Kiss at OTO Oct 10- Artist Annie Abrahams will perform at Over the Opening on October 10th from 7pm to 10 pm. "The Big Kiss" will ask "What's contact in a machine mediated world? What's the power of the image? How does it feel to kiss without touching? Does the act change because we see it? What does it mean to construct an image with your tongue? And is there still desire? Does the act provoke it? What's contact in a machine mediated world?"
  • Untethered at Eyebeam- Nice review of "Untethered" at Eyebeam from We Make Money Not Art. Read our interview with the exhibition's curator Sarah Cook.
  • Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)- Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) will be an "online, trans-disciplinary book that will address recent artistic developments made possible by computers, networks, and mobile connectivity." Turbulence is currently seeking five writers to develop chapters for this book. Click the above link for more details about the project and submission guidelines.
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    You Fell Asleep Watching a DVD (2008) - Ginger Anyhow

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