Posts for July 2009

Between Spaces

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"Beam Me Up" is the ultimate call for oblivion.

From Star Trek's transporter room to the tractor beams of our most fervent UFO nightmares, the very notion of "beaming"—of dematerializing only to reappear somewhere else, somewhere potentially unknown—represents a complete relinquishment of control, as well as a pure acknowledgment of the subjective, relativistic nature of human reality. After all, if you can spontaneously "beam out" of danger, or "beam in" to the frightful recesses of an alien craft, what is there to be said about the here and now? Or the me? To beam is to temporarily cease to exist in space and time, to blink into suspension, and, invariably, to invert the accepted order.

Besides being its namesake, "Beam Me Up" is a very apt starting point for Xcult.org's ongoing global exhibition about space, recently curated by Sarah Cook of CRUMB, the Curatorial Resource for Upstart Media Bliss. "Beam Me Up" takes place online, an alternative space which, perhaps incidentally, is probably the international human headquarters for the entire "beam me up" sentiment—that fervent, and often delusional, reach toward dreams of conspiracy, government mind control, and alien visitation ("I want to believe!").

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IRL Money (2009) - Jeff Baij

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ON EVERY DOLLAR BILL (2008) - David Horvitz

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On every dollar bill that come through my hands I am stamping the back with: A small distraction interrupting you from your everyday routine.

-- FROM THE ARTIST'S WEBSITE

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Today We Don't Use the Word Dollars (2009) - SUPERFLEX

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SUPERFLEX's artwork for One Day Sculpture involves the employees of Auckland's Karangahape Road branch of the ANZ bank. For a single day, Wednesday 27 May 2009, 09.00 - 16.30 all employees of the bank cannot say or use the word 'DOLLARS.' The staff must use other words of their own choice to explain themselves to customers and co-workers. If they break this pact they must pay a fine of $1 into a staff social fund.

-- FROM THE SUPERFLEX SITE

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Printed Pages

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Image: Scan of e-flux journal ad in Afterall

From its beginnings ten years ago, e-flux has been an unconventional media model, one that aggregates and distributes announcements for contemporary art exhibitions and events for a fee and uses its profits to fund artist-directed projects. Last November e-flux introduced an online journal with essays by artists and critics. The advertisement-free publication filled a position similar to that of ads in magazines—an appendage that subscribers to the e-flux brand may or may not find useful. To increase the journal’s autonomy from the announcement service—and also to get it off the internet, which is not a favorable environment for long and complex theoretical essays—e-flux announced its plans for a “print-on-demand” feature in February (noted on Rhizome). To get the word out about this new service, e-flux put excerpts of essays from its fourth issue in the summer issues of Parkett, Artforum, Bidoun, Cabinet, Texte Zur Kunst, Afterall, Flash Art, and Frieze. Besides addressing the obstacles an online journal faces in specialized art media, where print still holds a privileged position, the use of editorial as advertising in e-flux’s summer campaign anticipates the shift that will accompany the launch of their print on-demand service this fall, when the journal’s readers can also become its publishers.

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General Web Content

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From the moment YouTube launched, viewers have developed ingenious ways to manipulate the unlimited store of videos contained on the site. See below for a few choice web-based tools-slash-art projects that allow you to do everything from crossfade to add a cascade of blood drops. Feel free to contribute additional links in the comments section.



YouCube by Aaron Meyers
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YooouuuTuuube by David Kraftsow
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TWOYOUTUBEVIDEOSANDAMOTHERFUCKINGCROSSFADER.COM by Jake Elliott
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cover this YouTube in blood by Guthrie Lonergan
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YouTube Doubler by Brian Kane
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Auto Keyboard Cat by Bobsworth Industries
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Sibling Topics (section a) (2009) and K-CoreaINC.K (section a) (2009) - Ryan Trecartin

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Sibling Topics (section a) from Ryan Trecartin on Vimeo.


K-CoreaINC.K (section a) from Ryan Trecartin on Vimeo.


Videos by Ryan Trecartin, recently featured in The Generational: Younger Than Jesus.

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