Posts for September 2008

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  • CUREDITING--TRANSLATIONAL ONLINE WORK- "Curating: The Translational Online Work," an online publication by Vague Terrain and CONT3XT.NET, went live today. "...the goal of the present project by CONT3XT.NET--kindly hosted by the online journal Vague Terrain--is to access what can be understood as translational work within the context of Internet-based Art. There is also a desire to create a 'screenshot' of actual tendencies within curatorial and editorial models: artistic creation and the processes of its re-formulation within different presentational contexts are brought together under the label CUREDITING, a hybrid between the two concepts of 'curating' and 'editing'." Contributors include: Joasia Krysa, Laboratorio 060 (Lourdes Morales, Javier Toscano, Daniela Wolf), Annette Finnsdottir, Eva Moraga, CRUMB (Beryl Graham and Verina Gfader), Greg. J. Smith & Neil Wiernik, Ela Kagel & Ursula Endlicher, Michelle Kasprzak, Furtherfield (Marc Garrett, Ruth Catlow), Geoff Cox, Jodi.org (Joan Heemskerk, Dirk Paesmans), Domenico Quaranta

  • Arctic Hysteria Onscreen- A film program, produced in conjunction with the PS1 exhibition of contemporary Finnish art "Arctic Hysteria," screens tonight at MoMA. Divided into three subsections -- Power/I/Other, Boundaries/Political Spaces, Fear/Public Spaces -- the evening will present key works of Finnish experimental film and video art from the mid-1990s to today.

  • Stefana McClure, "The Beat That My Heart Skipped" at Josée Bienvenu Gallery- Solo exhibition by Stefana McClure opens this Thursday at Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York. "Distillation of time, obliteration and reconstruction of information, characterize Stefana McClure's drawings and sculptures. The works in the exhibition negotiate film and music, text and image: translating, transposing and decoding the synesthetic structure connecting them. The exhibition includes percussion drawings, colorblind drawings and musical movies on paper, along with a sculpture integrating iPod earphones."

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    Livin' It Up When You're Going Down

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    Damon Rich would like you to remember that in Old French, "mortgage" means "death vow." This truism rings sadly ironic in the United States where financial crisis has put many people out of their homes and the implosion of the subprime mortgage market has had deeper effects upon the national economy and our international relations. In a show at the MIT Museum, commissioned by the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, called "Red Lines, Death Vows, Foreclosures, Risk Structures," Rich explores the architectural history and financial terrain of the American housing market and the continued impetus toward residential development and unsound design practices. The artist is the founder of the venerable Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) collective who work with youth and local community members to address street-level issues through research and remarkable art projects. Rich's penchant for excavating facts, figures, and ideological trends is manifest in the exhibition, which includes new video work, photos, drawings, models, and historical artifacts. Open through December 21st, the show promises to draw a big red line around "the furious circulation of finance capital." - Marisa Olson



    Image credit: Video stills from Predatory Tales, produced by Damon Rich in cooperation with Lawrence Community Works in Lawrence, Massachusetts

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    Assassination Adventure (1988)<br> - Mark Allen

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    This piece, created in 1988 with an Apple IIgs, imagines "a cheesy video game based on the assassination of John F. Kennedy"

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    Mauritian Sunset (2006) - Sandy Smith

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  • New Media Meeting 3 - NMM kicks off this week in Norrköping, Sweden. This year's festival includes around 50 international artists, hackers, DJs, VJs, researchers, media-activists, designers, movie producers, etc. from more than 10 countries. Programming will range from concerts, installations, performances, workshops, lectures and seminars. Visit the site for complete schedule information.

  • Alt_Cph: Platform for Nordic Non-profit Art Spaces- Alt_Cph takes place this weekend in Copenhagen. Proposed as a platform for collaboration and discussion between non-profit art spaces, 18 organizations from Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark will participate in the fair. Alt_Cph's organizers introduced a thematic concept this year for the first time, that of ephemeral art practices such as sound art, performance, activism and net art.

  • Intermission at Threshold artspace- New exhibition curated by Iliyana Nedkova at Threshold Artspace opens this week. "In this exhibition contemporary artists with diverse attitudes toward the cinematic approach the intermission as an opportunity to dwell upon our perceptions of abstract and conceptual art -- art which is almost embedded into the urban architecture all around us. View 11 short 22-channel artists' works showing in a cinematic loop which cycles every hour."

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    Giving 'Em the Old Razzle Dazzle

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    There is an approach, within military strategy, known as "Razzle Dazzle." The idea is to stand out with such visual intensity so as to perplex your target. This might be a good point of comparison with the work of Meredyth Sparks, which addresses political issues by dialetically fusing stills from the halls of rock music history, a constructivist visual vocabulary, and bling...lots of bling! Her current show at New York's Elizabeth Dee gallery, entitled "We were strangers for too long," employs images and sculpture heavy on silver foil, vinyl, and glitter, as ammo in launching an argument about intersections of "radical chic" and the culture wars. Her digitally-processed collages layer not only images from the mid-1970s that she argues chart a rise in rebellion against conservative culture, but also splice together art historical references to perspectivalism, the history of photographic media, and modernism's love affair with the grid. Her work both pushes and critiques the ideology of loud, glam, in your face activism, looking particularly at how strains of punk rock became (either through their own design or by a process of co-opting) part of the capitalist system they sought to tear down, thus raising the question of how we might come to fight fire with fire by once again making protest hot. - Marisa Olson


    Image credit: Meredyth Sparks, Kraftwerk III, 2008

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    9 Fans (Super Bowl XLI Kickoff) (2007) - Fernando Sanchez

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    A Question of Form

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    Conceptual formalism receives a contemporary appraisal in "The Form Itself," a group show currently on display at New York's Priska C. Jushka Fine Art.  Curated by artist Michael Bühler-Rose, the exhibition finds nine predominantly emerging artists conducting "a self-reflective dialogue on the potential and purity" of their mediums, be they painting, photography, video or sculpture.  This broad and somewhat undercooked curatorial conceit results in an elegant but uneven show, where self-reflectivity is often manifest in a tautological affirmation of an object or discipline's constituent parts, as with Talia Chetrit's Grotjahn-esque color investigations or the Lewitt-meets-readymade sculpture Possible Form (from "100 Variations") (2008) by Roula Partheniou, made from one-hundred monochrome Rubik's Cubes.  The strongest works end up being the least discursively entrenched, mining the formal qualities and social and economic connotations of contemporary objects.  Joy Drury Cox's spare, precise graphite drawings of employment applications of chains like Starbucks and Wendy's, stripped of all textual content, expose the common structural parameters within which applicants render their professional self-portraits.  Another standout is Adrian Crabbs' Shipping Pallet 2 (2008), one in a larger series of paintings the artist made by pressing one side of a paint-covered pallet onto linen.  Given the pallet's paradoxical role in contemporary trade -- a sub-structure so ubiquitous as to be practically invisible to consumers -- Crabbs' concrete utilization of the object to generate its own trace-like representation is appropriate and evocative. - Tyler Coburn


    Image: Roula Partheniou, "Possible Form" (from "100 Variations"), 2008

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  • ARTIST TALK: Wednesday, September 17, 7PM Jane Philbrick in conversation with MASS MoCA curator Denise Markonish- Jane Philbrick will discuss her installation PULL, which explores themes of security, fear and war, tonight at Location One.

  • mediateletipos Ars Electronica 2008 (Vimeo)- mediateletipos posted a selection of short videos documenting this year's Ars Electronica. Check the album for clips of Optical Tone by Tsutomu Mutoh, INSIDE / OUT by Ivan Marusic Klif, the European Sound Delta, and many more.

  • View Basket: Art Bought Online at the Hayward Project Space- "A range of images and objects have been selected by Hayward Curatorial Associate Tom Morton and purchased from the auction site eBay.co.uk over a two-week period in August 2008. The chosen pieces reflect Britain's 'hidden' art - works that have occupied people's homes rather than the public space of a gallery, offered for sale through the democratic marketplace of the internet...An ever-expanding selection of works fill the gallery as new items arrive during the run of the exhibition, reflecting the project's open-ended nature."
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    My Favourite Landscape (2007) - Paul Destieu

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    "My Favourite Landscape is made of 500 70 x 50 cm offset prints. It is a reappropriation of the well known Windows XP desktop : Green Hill. Taking advantage of the weakness of the computer, it sets the common bug out of its context, on a wall, expending it to a much bigger scale. The famous picture finds a new landscape shape out of its usual frame."

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