Posts for September 2008

Object Study

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Familiar objects double, stretch and twist in "Manufacturing Flaws," Mexican-Japanese artist Hisae Ikenaga's current exhibition at Praxis, in New York.  Large wall sculptures of a helicopter, plane, motorcycle and car, made with brightly colored carpet felt, hang on pins throughout the gallery space.  Adopting a playful take on "the possible physical anomalies developed in mass-produced objects," Ikenaga has distorted each rendering: the helicopter sprouts two propellers, for instance; and, in a potentially sobering turn, an airplane sprouts twin heads.  Unfortunately, small, paper collage replicas of these artworks, also included in the show, detract from the novelty and material charm of their big brothers.  More interesting is Ikenaga's Aislados (Isolated) (2007), a three-dimensional island topography created within the pages of a Spanish telephone book.  The book sits open on a pedestal, its right side holding the island elevation, and its left side the relief.  The winner of the Generación 2008 prize, Aislados (Isolated) creates an interesting overlap between population and geography, in building an island out of a book of names, while also offering a funny amplification of the antisocial, labor-intensive process its creation entailed.  A similar agenda informs Siamese Book, a hardcover copy of Gabriel García Márquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude that the artist has torqued at its binding and seamed, page-by-page, at its center.  Books and solitude, it would seem, are excellent materials for self-reflexive art-making. - Tyler Coburn

Image: Hisae Ikenaga, Aislados (Isolated), 2007

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Gif Dump (2008) - Mark Brown

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The Debates In Depth

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Curated by artists Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy, Brooklyn's video_dumbo, a festival of the electronic moving image in all its various forms, debuts its 2008 edition tonight-- right up against another event that will be filling video and computer screens worldwide, the first US presidential candidate debates. Meeting that programming challenge, Stracke and Monroy have organized Hack the Debate in 3D!. Thanks to some help from sponsors Current and Twitter, the event will include an ongoing Twitterized comments feed integrated into three-dimensional projection of the live debate -- and, as the curators remind us in their program notes, "ironically, this stereoscopic system is based on the colors RED and BLUE." The rest of video_dumbo's enticing lineup includes the premiere of in complete world by Shelly Silver and two full days of new work by an intergenerational array of media artists, including Phyllis Baldino, Mike Hoolboom, Scott Pagano, Torsten Z. Burns and Darrin Martin, eteam, John Michael Boling and Javier Morales, Nicolas Provost, Sharon Hayes, PFFR and scads more. With the recent fading-away of the New York Video Festival and other like-minded Manhattan events, video_dumbo seems to carry on the necessary tradition of the smartly-organized theatrical festival. - Ed Halter

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Photoshop Toolbox (2006) - Marcin Ramocki

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Photoshop icons laser cut in silver nickel

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  • Digimag 37 September 2008- September issue of online Italian digital culture and electronic arts magazine Digimag is now available in English. There's a lot in this issue- reports from ISEA 2008 and "Machines & Souls" at Reina Sofia, lengthy interviews with Juliene Maire, Geoff Cox, Maurizio Bolognini, Bruce McClure, and much more.
  • Cape Farewell- "Cape Farewell pioneers the cultural response to climate change. Working internationally, we bring artists, scientists and communicators together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. Using creativity to innovate, we engage artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge. Cape Farewell is widely acknowledged to be the most significant sustained artistic response to climate change anywhere in the world."
  • joanne richardson talk on d media- On October 6th, mikrogalleriet in Copenhagen will host a talk by activist and artist Joanne Richardson on her involvement with the Romanian activist and digital culture organization d media.
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    Moonwalk (2008) - Pash*

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    Continually Redefining Game Art

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    No longer mere distractions cooked-up by programmers as a form of light relief in the early days of computers, video games have evolved into a variety of forms and have had a wide impact on multiple generations. To some extent, the same can now be said of art that addresses video games, the visual complexity and conceptual richness of which has grown with the medium. An exhibition guest-curated by artists Marcin Ramocki and Paul Slocum at Arthouse explores "the history, control mechanisms, political and art-historical implications of electronic games" by surveying both better-known and more emerging practitioners of game-related art, including Cory Arcangel, Michael Bell-Smith, Mike Beradino, Brody Condon, Alex Galloway, JODI, Guthrie Lonergan, Kristin Lucas, Joe McKay, Michael Smith, Eddo Stern, and Keita Takahashi. RESET/PLAY is up through November 2nd and is accompanied by a series of public events that includes a night of video game competitions and a performance by New York-based sound artists Loud Objects. - Marisa Olson

    Image: Brody Condon, Judgment Modification (After Memling), 2008 (Courtesy of the artist and Virgil de Voldère Gallery, New York, NY)

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    Credits Never Ending (2006) - Li Xin and Eirik Fatland

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    ""Credits NeverEnding" is an interactive TV program, created for Finnish television channel Dina. Credits NeverEnding is intended for television's off hours, and was developed as part of a project to produce intentionally boring TV... The names and titles on the list come from the viewers themselves. A viewer with the right mix of attentiveness and time to kill will eventually discover the URL of the website where new credits may be entered. Viewers enjoy nearly total freedom to shape the neverending credits, including promoting themselves. Nothing is true until it is on television."

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  • White House Redux at Storefront for Art and Architecture- Exhibition of results from the Storefront for Art and Architecture's "White House Redux" competition opens on Thursday. Earlier this year, the New York-based non profit put out a call for ideas and designs in response to the question, "What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today?"
  • Finishing School's "Executive Order Karaoke" at MOCA's Engagement Party- Also on Thursday, the collective Finishing School will stage "Executive Order Karaoke" as part of MOCA's ongoing series Engagement Party. "Featuring special guest host Tammy Tomahawk, Executive Order Karaoke is a public action in which participants are invited to sing their favorite mixes of George W. Bush's executive orders to popular music. Finishing School will award a cash prize for the best act."
  • Richard Dupont on NewArtTV- Studio visit with Richard Dupont on NewArtTV, "New York artist Richard Dupont believes that the processing of information in the digital age can affect the way we view the physical world. Informed by that idea, Dupont uses 3D computer scans of his own body to add a new dimension to figurative sculpture."
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    Ibis redibis non morieris in bello (2006) - Claire Fontaine

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