Posts for October 2008

Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries' "Morning of the Mongoloids" currently screening on Visual Foreign Correspondents

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Visual Foreign Correspondents is a "monthly series of audio-visual artworks for a number of screen-based platforms" which invites an international selection of artists to provide a local visual view onto their location. The platform is currently showing Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries' remake of their work Morning of the Mongoloids. Formed in 1999, Young-hae Chang and Marc Voge of Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries make dramatic text movies in a standard Monaco font. High-paced and set to an upbeat soundtrack, the works demand the full attention of the viewer/reader. Morning of the Mongoloids follows a white man as he wakes up after a night of heavy drinking to discover that he looks Korean, speaks Korean and lives in Seoul. The work is accompanied by an interview with the artists, conducted by Petra Heck.

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Glowlab Opens New Gallery Space in Manhattan

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Glowlab has moved! Last week they opened a new gallery in a storefront on Grand Street in Manhattan. Founded by Christina Ray, also behind the psychogeographic festival Conflux, Glowlab's mission is to serve as a space for "the convergence of art, technology and the urban environment." Their inaugural show "Thirty Grand" is a sneak peak into what's to come, with new works and projects by Jason Cantoro, CutUp, Beka Goedde, David Hamill, Alice Jarry, Heather L. Johnson, David Kesting, Roberto Mollá, Marisa Olson, Mark Price and Sal Randolph.

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For the Guggenheim (2008) - Jenny Holzer

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The Guggenheim Museum, in celebration of their renovation and as a tribute to their former chairman Peter B. Lewis, commissioned the above work from Jenny Holzer, For the Guggenheim. Text from seven poems -- "The End and the Beginning," "Could Have," "Children of Our Age," "In Praise of Feeling Bad about Yourself," "The Joy of Writing," "Tortures," and "Parting with a View" -- by Nobel Prize-winning poet Wislawa Szymborska are slowly projected across the exterior facade of the building. For the Guggenheim will screen from dusk to 11 pm every Friday through December 31 (with the exception of October 24). Vernissage TV shot the above footage.

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New Media Cowboy (2008) - Justin Kemp

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tank.tv 1st International Call for Submissions - Solo Shows on www.tank.tv

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Online gallery space tank.tv is currently inviting submissions from established and emerging artists working with the moving image for consideration in a series of two week solo exhibitions in 2009. The first deadline is December 10th 2008.

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Paul Virilio on the Financial Crisis

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Image: Josephine Meckseper, Bankrupt, 2008.

Last week Le Monde published an interview with philosopher Paul Virilio, conducted by Gérard Courtois and Michel Guerrin, where he discusses his viewpoints on the recent global financial crisis within the greater framework of his theories concerning speed, technological progress, and accidents. A translation of this interview is now available in English. See below for a few excerpts.

For thirty years now, the phenomenon of History accelerating has been negated, together with the fact that this acceleration has been the prime cause of the proliferation of major accidents. Freud said it, speaking of death: "accumulation snuffs out the perception of contingency". Contingency is the key word here. These accidents are not contingent occurrences. For the time being, the prevalent opinion is that researching the crash of the stock exchange as a political and economic issue and in terms of its social consequences is adequate enough. But it is impossible to understand what is going on if one does not implement a (policy based on the) political economy of speed, the speed that technological progress engenders, and if one does not link (this policy) to the 'accidental' character of History...

Let's take just one example: the dictum "time is money". I add to this, and the stock exchange testify to it: "speed is power". We have moved from the stage of the acceleration of History to that of the acceleration of the Real. This is what 'the progress' is: a consensual sacrifice.

The crash is not the Black Death, there haven't been millions of victims, and it's not the 11th of September either. We are not talking death here, save maybe a few suicides. The victims are somewhere else to be found.

Where did the current crisis stem from? the answer is: subprime ...

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Analogos 12 at Diapason October 29th at 8pm

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On October 29th at 8pm, Brooklyn-based sound art gallery Diapason will host the twelfth installment of the series Analogos which is an evening specifically dedicated to "vintage" analog synthesis performances and informal discussions. Participating artists include Kabir Carter, James Fei David Galbraith, Kato Hideki, Michael J. Schumacher, Sergei Tcherepnin, Stefan Tcherepnin, and Ed Tomney.

Image: Photo by Nisi Jacobs

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Blue (one second brainwave transmitted to the star Rigel) (1993) - Spencer Finch

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Brainwave generated while looking at Hawaii Five-O, transmitted at the speed of light to the bluest star in the night sky, where it will arrive in about 960 years.

microwave signal at 44mHz, 1 inch x 186,000 miles

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Introducing (2008) - More Soon

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Three people trapped in infinite politeness.

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Superflex FREE SHOP in Haugesund, Norway

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Over the course of the next few weeks, Danish art collective Superflex (Rasmus Nielsen, Jakob Fenger and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen) will stage FREE SHOP in different stores around Haugesund, Norway as part of the arts festival Dynamo-Haugesund 08. Superflex experiment with alternative systems of distribution and economic production in their work, such as their Creative Commons-licensed beer franchise FREE BEER and their free photocopy shop and intellectual property discussion forum COPYSHOP. As the name implies, shops participating in FREE SHOP allow purchases free of charge. The stores do not advertise their involvement with the project and often customers are surprised when they attempt to purchase their merchandise. The project plays with customer expectation as well as accepted systems of exchange.

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