⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

all images © Isaac Pereira. Courtesy of the artist. This conversation took place in July 2014, over the virtual space that unites Macau and Lisboa. The original, portuguese version, of this conversation, can be seen HERE. Sofia: We’re having this … Continue reading ⁞ The complex task of seeing through Photography: a conversation with Isaac Pereira ⁞

٠ Susan Hiller & the transformative potential of investigation ٠

Susan Hiller, Sisters of Menon, 1972 -79. 4 L-shaped panels of automatic writing, blue pencil on A4 paper with typed labels Susan Hiller, Dedicated to the Unknown Artists, 1972-76. Installation view, Tate Britain, London. «In fact, Hiller herself has commented that what her archive includes are moments missed, fleeting encounters with a movement that never registered in consciousness (and that is, as such, homologous with trauma): “We love these pictures because they freeze a movement which otherwise we never realize we see.” It is this element in Hiller’s archive that interests me most, a moment of missing out that is … Continue reading ٠ Susan Hiller & the transformative potential of investigation ٠

٠ Making Things Public: political dimensions of art practice ٠

Michel Jaffrennou and Thierry Coduys, Demon Demos: The Phantom Public, 2005. The work tracks and creates schematic representations of the behavior of visitors to a given space, in this case the Making Things Public galleries. “Katti: Bruno Latour recently cocurated his second show at the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, or Center for Art and Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany), under the title Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy. The wide-ranging thematic exhibition asks a simple question: “Are we well represented?” Some of the basic problems of politics are addressed in this tour d’horizon that, according to Latour, is itself … Continue reading ٠ Making Things Public: political dimensions of art practice ٠

┐ Endre Tót – 0000000 – Tót Endre └

© Endre Tót, ZEROPOST, Stamps, signed and dated, 1976 © Endre Tót, in the spirit of Marcel Duchamp, 1987 © Endre Tót, if I look to the right: right rain / if I look to the left: left rain, 1973 © Endre Tót, Outdoor Texts, 1980 © Endre Tót, Hopes in the Nothing (Six outdoor Photos), 1993 After works spanning from pop art collage and gesture painting all the way to minimal art object-pictures Endre Tót took a radical decision in 1971 and started his work completely from scratch. His collage paintings had already contained aspects of installation and his … Continue reading ┐ Endre Tót – 0000000 – Tót Endre └

┐ Irena Lagator, responsible resistance └

© Irena Lagator Pejović, Resistence Reservoir, 2012. Equation in english, montenegrin and german written on an ex Mazut (fuel oil) reservoir @ garden of the Ministry of Culture, public project for Cetinje, Montenegro © Irena Lagator Pejović, Knowledge of the Limited Responsibility Society (extended), 2012. Ongoing series of original customer receipts bound in 18 books. © Irena Lagator Pejović, Limited Responsibility Society, 2012. Copies of customers’ original receipts, dimensions vary. © Irena Lagator Pejović, The Society of Peaceful Co-existence, 2012. 28 algraphy prints, 100 x 70 each, overall dimensions vary according to space. © Irena Lagator Pejović, The Society of … Continue reading ┐ Irena Lagator, responsible resistance └

┐ Augustin Rebetez, from joy to colera └

“Augustin Rebetez breathes energy in his works. He has developed a very ownable style over a very short period of time, even though this is not easy to put in a box. With a combination of free and staged photography using his immediate surroundings, he constantly surprises with his work. Augustin is not afraid to cross over with sculpture, film, photography and even drawings. He is one of the rare new and raw talents that the world of photography is waiting for. The fact that he studied in Vevey and lives in the region came as a pleasant surprise for … Continue reading ┐ Augustin Rebetez, from joy to colera └

┐ Ahmet Ögüt, Mind the System └

“I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.” -Malcolm X © Ahmet Ögüt, from the project Stones to throw, 2011 © Ahmet Ögüt, from the project Stones to throw, 2011 © Ahmet Ögüt,Strategic Diagram for Non-hierarchical Participatory Radical Democracy, 2011. In: Mind the System, Find the Gap More of Ahmet’s work here Continue reading ┐ Ahmet Ögüt, Mind the System └

┐ Andrea Polli, memories as possessions in virtual space └

© Andrea Polli, Appetite 4, installation detail, Here Space, NY, 1995 © Andrea Polli, Appetite 4, detail from installation WWW site showing a studio photograph of objects on a plate, 1995 © Andrea Polli, Fetish, screen shot of detail of installation at the Ctrl show, Name Gallery, Chicago, 1996 “Research into the concept of appetite led me to consider my personal appetite for possessions. It became clear to me that I (like many others) have multiple layers of possessions. We have possessions that exist in physical space, as well as possessions in virtual space: images, sounds and texts stored in … Continue reading ┐ Andrea Polli, memories as possessions in virtual space └

┐ Hanne Darboven – Cultural History └

© Hanne Darboven, Kulturgeschichte 1880-1983 (Cultural History 1880-1983), 1980-83. Installation view at Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York. Lannan Foundation Bill Carke: You first saw Cultural History in 1996 at the Dia Art Foundation’s Chelsea space. Can you recall what your response to the work was back then and how it’s evolved since? Dan Adler: (Laughs) My initial response was of being overwhelmed! The installation took up several large galleries. And, the amount of material to look at! Over 1,600 panels containing thousands of sheets of paper and all these uncanny-looking sculptural objects punctuating the exhibition. I took notes at the time … Continue reading ┐ Hanne Darboven – Cultural History └

┐ The blind man and his visual clarity └

© João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva Terence Koh, God, 2007. View of the performance at de Pury & Luxembourg, Zurich. Courtesy Peres Projects, Berlin. Installation view of Terence Koh (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, January 19–May 27, 2007). Photograph by Sheldan C. Collins © Hiroshi Sugimoto, Self-portrait, 2003 © Hiroshi Sugimoto, from the series Theaters, 1978 “I wish to suggest that we are like philosopher-artists installed in these works, engaged in inscribing and contemplating the line between the real and representation, the trait, which continually both “draws a boundary and with draws from it.” To be this … Continue reading ┐ The blind man and his visual clarity └

┐ Micael Nussbaumer & The Weaving Factory – chaos as creative force └

© Micael Nussbaumer, from “Tempo Imprime no Espaço” (lit. translation: Time prints in Space), installation © Micael Nussbaumer, “Desfiar”, installation, several different documents from the abandoned Fábrica da Fiação de Tomar (The Weaving Factory), 2010 © Micael Nussbaumer, video stills, from “O Registador”, 2010 “Each video depicts an intervention in the abandoned space of Fábrica da Fiação. They are loops, without a beginning or an end, which brings them closer to photography rather than video.(…)” “Micael Nussbaumer’s installation, “O Registador”, explores objects and spaces from the abandoned «Fábrica da Fiação de Tomar». The choice of this weaving factory as the … Continue reading ┐ Micael Nussbaumer & The Weaving Factory – chaos as creative force └

┐ Christian Boltanski – death from within └

© Christian Boltanski, Odessa Monument, 1991. Four gelatin silver prints, lights and wiring “Since the late 1960s, Christian Boltanski (b. 1944, Paris) has worked with photographs collected from ordinary and often ephemeral sources, endowing the commonplace with significance. Rather than taking original photographs to use in his installations, he often finds and rephotographs everyday documents—passport photographs, school portraits, newspaper pictures, and family albums—to memorialize everyday people. Boltanski seeks to create an art that is indistinguishable from life and has said, The fascinating moment for me is when the spectator hasn’t registered the art connection, and the longer I can delay … Continue reading ┐ Christian Boltanski – death from within └

┐ Hélio Oiticica – Be marginal, Be a hero └

© Hélio Oiticica, Bólide Caixa  22, Mergulho no Corpo, 1966-1967 © Hélio Oiticica, Parangolé, 1964 © Hélio Oiticica, Seja Marginal, Seja Herói, 1968 © Hélio Oiticica, Tropicália PN 2 and PN3, de 1967 © Hélio Oiticica, Cosmococa 5 – Hendrix War Sorry but I couldn’t find the following text in English and it really is the one presenting the kind of analogy I wanted to call forward. It compares the work of Helio Oiticica with the work of Derek Jarman and it couldn’t be more poignant… “Caminhando pela exposição de Jarman em 97, chamou-me a atenção a fotografia de 1969 do … Continue reading ┐ Hélio Oiticica – Be marginal, Be a hero └

┐ Harmut Lerch & Claus Holtz – 36976 portraits└

“The theme of dehumanization was the subject matter of many works in a variety of media. None was clearer or more appropriate to the exhibition than Portrait, a video tape by Harmut Lerch and Claus Holtz which consists of 100,000 photographic portraits viewed consecutively at a gradually increasing rate, up to 20,000 faces per second. As the photographs (which share a common eye level) are shown more and more rapidly, they gradually blur together into one homogenized image, a sexless, expressionless face neither beautiful nor ugly. This is a straightforward work about conformity and lack of uniqueness, yet its simplicity … Continue reading ┐ Harmut Lerch & Claus Holtz – 36976 portraits└

┐ Jacinda Russell └

© Jacinda Russell, Strange Artifacts: A Photographic and Found Object @ J. Crist Gallery, installation view + details, Idaho, 2007 The wunderkammer or “room of wonder” draws heavily upon 16th century European cabinets of curiosity. I combined digital photography with found object sculpture by printing on canvas and encasing the images in weathered boxes, suitcases, drawers, and crates. Objects like false teeth, steering wheels, anonymous sculptures of naked bandits, jars of paint chips, sculpted cotton, and skull necklaces form the installation. All 50 of the objects are influential in defining my childhood and adult years, the various places I have … Continue reading ┐ Jacinda Russell └

┐ Adad Hannah └

© Adad Hannah, Safari #2, from the project Safari, 2011 “Safari is a collaboration between film director Denys Arcand and artist Adad Hannah produced for the exhibition Big Bang, which celebrates the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ 150th Anniversary and the opening of a new pavilion. The set for Safari is the Safari Seating Environment designed by the Florence based Archizoom Associati in 1968 and produced by Poltronova. Archizoom was founded by a group of architects and designers in 1966 and dissolved in 1974. Arcand and Hannah developed a 7-minute scene that takes place in the back of a nightclub … Continue reading ┐ Adad Hannah └

┐ Sabrina Gschwandtner └

© Sabrina Gschwandtner, Hula Hoop, 16 mm film, polyamide thread, 2010. Watch & See exhibition, Gustavsbergs Konsthall, Sweden, 2009. © Sabrina Gschwandtner, Quilts in Women’s Lives (left) and What is a Dress (right), 16 mm film, polyamide thread, cotton thread, 2009 “My quilts utilize film footage from early Feminist documentaries. I re-work these narratives by sewing them into new configurations and adding in my own footage. The source of the historical footage is the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), which recently de-accessioned the 16 mm films in their library. Anthology Film Archives took some of FIT’s films into their archives … Continue reading ┐ Sabrina Gschwandtner └

┐ Lock, Stock and Teardrops by Ali Kepenek & Max Snow └

© Ali Kepenek, Jackee Gun Dance, from the project Lock, Stock and Teardrops, 2011 © Maxwell Snow, Untitled, from the project Lock, Stock and Teardrops, 2011 “A constant duality exists in Ali Kepenek and Max Snow’s recent work of photography, installation, sculpture and collage. Under the theme of pain, both artists address their life experiences from physical existence, through installation and sculpture, as well as the internal and emotional realm, as depicted in their portrait photographs and collages. Kepenek’s photographs are the personal recordings of his world experience, depicting distorted scenes of self-destruction, substance abuse and sexual dissipation from the … Continue reading ┐ Lock, Stock and Teardrops by Ali Kepenek & Max Snow └

┐ Xaviera Simmons └

© Xaviera Simmons, One Day and Back Then, 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, Landscape (2 Women), 2007 © Xaviera Simmons, If We Believe In Theory, 2009 “Simmons, as an artist, doubles down. She captures the fiction/truth dialectic as well as anyone, disarticulating assumptions about the quietly composed and staged images she makes. She’s a Brecht of the photographic endeavor. In her work, Simmons is not so much documenting the performance before the camera, but the performance itself. In one image from the series If We Believe in Theory, Simmons captures a young girl in the woods dressed like Little Red Riding … Continue reading ┐ Xaviera Simmons └

┐ Minna Pöllänen └

© Minna Pöllänen, Hiltop, from the project Attempts, 2010 © Minna Pöllänen, Water, from the project Attempts, 2011 © Minna Pöllänen, Ice, from the project Attempts, 2010 “Made on an undeveloped 0.75-hectare piece of family land, Attempts maps out a survey into the notion of landownership. Through collecting, containing and marking different pieces of the landscape the project explores the various geographical and topographical elements found within the lot. The apparently futile constructions depicted in the photographs aim to visualise and question the often illogical commodification of nature and the ownership of something that exists in a constant state of … Continue reading ┐ Minna Pöllänen └

┐ Sharon Kivland └

@ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils @ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils @ Sharon Kivland, from Mes Fils Sharon Kivland investigates how our lives are governed by systems of order that complement, overlap and contradict one other while undergoing continual periods of change. Spheres such as language, time, philosophy, politics, nature and history are involved. The focus of this approach is represented by the identity of a woman and her body. The site where sense is made of it all is palpable in the titles of the work as the presence of an individual speaker, in the possessive pronoun ‘mes’. … Continue reading ┐ Sharon Kivland └

┐ Chen Wei └

© Chen Wei, Broken Aquarium, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 © Chen Wei, Idol behind the curtains, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 “The photography/installation works of 31-year old artist Chen Wei illustrate an intricate imagination fascinated with the eccentric and fanciful pursuits of early science, mathematics, alchemy, philosophers and madmen. Taxidermy, broken mirrors, melted wax, bats, bees, deserted bedrooms, and found objects become the artist’s tableau. With a meticulous attention to details, Chen Wei creates mesmerizing scenes that leave the viewer puzzled by their intricate narrative, fantastic visual impact and odd beauty. In some … Continue reading ┐ Chen Wei └

┐ Oliver Ressler └

© Oliver Ressler, from the series We have a situation here, 2011 © Oliver Ressler, from the series We have a situation here, 2011 “We have a situation here” is a standard line in disaster films when an actor faces a challenging situation. The three photographs show people lying on top of each other and recognizably dressed as managers, police and soldiers. The piles of managers, police officers and soldiers give the impression that these central players in the exercise of power are no longer necessary. Their game is over. Managers of large corporations have for decades used their influence … Continue reading ┐ Oliver Ressler └