٠ featuring: ‘Finder and Keeper: a Conversation Between Rotem Rozental and Yaron Lapid’ ٠

This is not one of my usual posts. In conversation with Rotem Rozental, the editor of the Shpilman Institute for Photography blog, she suggested I should take a look at a couple of her posts and that’s how I came … Continue reading ٠ featuring: ‘Finder and Keeper: a Conversation Between Rotem Rozental and Yaron Lapid’ ٠

٠ Gaspar Noë’s appropriation of Paul Sharits’ or the love for ‘formal processes and psychedelic modifications’ ٠

“[…] What I am calling “vulgar appropriationism” is this: the way in which pop/commercial media today often appropriate formal structures from more-or-less “high art,” or even avant-garde art, of the 20th century, and use them in ways that negates the … Continue reading ٠ Gaspar Noë’s appropriation of Paul Sharits’ or the love for ‘formal processes and psychedelic modifications’ ٠

٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

© Sandro Ferreira, Não lhe digas para onde vais amanhã (Don’t tell her where you’ll be tomorrow), from the project “6174” Set of a hundred booklets, with dimensions identical to those with speeches of some dignitaries of the Portuguese dictatorial regime: “Estado Novo”. © Sandro Ferreira, from the project 6174. The left card reads The useless, the right card reads The miserableA series of 126 “lobby cards”, corresponding to the 126 films that the soldier Manuel Rosa Simões had seen since his arrival in Angola until his departure for the Metropolis. Ironically, the first film was “Les Miserables” and the … Continue reading ٠ Sandro Ferreira, memory code: 6174 ٠

┐ Michael Snow and the Photobook that can truely be called an Artist’s Book └

“The book — the first mass-produced object — raises a number of questions concerning its conception and distribution. What do we mean by the expression « artist’s book » ? Is Cover to Cover a book of reproductions of an artist’s « originals » or a hand-crafted book containing illustrations of texts, printed on quality paper, published in voluntarily limited édition ? Like many contemporary artists’ books, Snow’s volume doesn’t really correspond to either of thèse catégories, since the reproduction itself is the « original » art work. […] Thèse considérations are somewhat tempered by the fact that, in the … Continue reading ┐ Michael Snow and the Photobook that can truely be called an Artist’s Book └

┐ Shira Klasmer – Walk the Line └

© Shira Klasmer, Walking the Line, 2012. 10’34” in loop “The ‘painting’ is performed by the artist holding a ‘brush’ made up of a line of LED lights. The act (of painting) is photographed by two still digital cameras creating a single still frame of long exposure, capturing the traces of the action on to the camera’s sensor. A sequence of frames is edited to a video format, where each frame is the recording of one act of ‘painting’. Transforming the still frames into a video format was done by exposing; scanning each frame from left to right, similar to … Continue reading ┐ Shira Klasmer – Walk the Line └

┐ Terike Haapoja – mind over matter over mind └

© Terike Haapoja, Anatomy of Landscape, Durational images, 2 parts, 2008 Glass, plywood, live plants, light, electronic, water, 150 cm x 90 cm x 20 cm When one stands before a landscape, two lines of thought appear. One treats the landscape as a framed fragment of our field of vision, distanced plane of forms and tones, structured by our viewpoint. The other, in contrast, follows the grass from underneath our feet to the distance, hears the resonance of the wind in our ears, smells the soil, synchronizes the pulses of the body with the life inside the view. Abstractions, mathematization … Continue reading ┐ Terike Haapoja – mind over matter over mind └

┐ 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 Jankowski – The matrix effect └

detail from installation by Christian Jankowski – The Matrix Effect. Photo by Berenice Berlin-based Christian Jankowski is a problem artist. His problems are not, however, of the kind familiar to, say, formalist painting, with its “problems” of color and composition. Rather, he is interested in the creative potential of life’s awkward moments, embarrassing situations, mistakes, confusions and unexpected events. Jankowski’s work involves creating problems -which is, in fact, the title of a 1999 piece. Create Problems involved five real-life couples who were invited to act out on video a series of scripted sexual fantasies in a pornographic film studio. Before … Continue reading ┐ Christian Jankowski – The matrix effect └

┐ 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└

┐ 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 └

┐ Mary Stark – Searching for Celluloid └

Abandoned, discarded, unwanted film is woven into handmade artefacts and photographic prints are created in the darkroom from constructed negatives. Time becomes an integral element, with each print or object measuring a duration of film. This recent work explores the materiality of photography and film in the digital age and creates a dialogue between the still frame and the moving image. Mary Stark is searching for celluloid. It’s an exploration that, paradoxically, began in the digital space. “I was interested in working digitally with video,” says Stark, who recently completed an MA in Photography at MMU. “Then I realised that, … Continue reading ┐ Mary Stark – Searching for Celluloid └

┐ Lars von Trier is calling └

It is actually quit simple. Look into the six artworks, get inspired, grab a camera, film max five minutes of material and submit it to gesamt.org. The material can be raw and unedited, animated and polished, with audio, without audio, consist of still images, be in black and white or in color – only your imagination and the six art works set the limits. Read about the project here Continue reading ┐ Lars von Trier is calling └

┐ Death Valley and the economy of masturbation └

stills from Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Death Valley”, Destricted, 2006 (…) In a society based on the separation and isolation of atomised individuals who are precariously chained together on the basis of a set of neurotic projections (nation, religion, family, etc.) and the practices and institutions that undergird them, it seems unsurprising that Tweedledee will occasionally, perhaps increasingly, have sex without the involvement of Tweedledum, or even of another Tweedledee. This has made society’s defenders vilify masturbation as an antisocial form of subject-object identity that bypasses heterosexuality and the holy cow of sexual dimorphism. Apparently it threatens the healthy measure of neurosis … Continue reading ┐ Death Valley and the economy of masturbation └

┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

A must see! Full video here This is a trailer for our upcoming feature length documentary based in Chile and the Mapuche indigenous territory of Wallmapu. The concept for the film was born with the death of a former military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. His regime murdered thousands and tortured tens of thousands after the military coup on September 11, 1973. The Chicago Conspiracy takes its name from the approximately 25 Chilean economists who attended the University of Chicago and other prestigious universities beginning in the 1960s to study under the neoliberal economists Milton Friedman and Arnold Harberger. After embracing Friedman’s … Continue reading ┐ The Chicago Conspiracy └

┐ The noise we can └

Protest in Montreal against the rise of tuition fees in Quebec and the new law 78. Every evening at 8pm people meet in the street with their pots and pans and make all the noise they can. The song (INTUITION #1 – Avec pas d’casque / avecpasdcasque.bandcamp.com/album/astronomietranslated) reads something like this: You will say, you will say that it is instinct that guided you here, the intuition of a feeling that will never return You will say, you will say all your senses were betting on the same side, for the same cause, moved by a strange force And this … Continue reading ┐ The noise we can └

┐ Prinzhorn Dance School └

@Gabriel Green All their videos very much worth seeing! They named themselves after Dr Hans Prinzhorn, a German psychiatrist whose book, Artistry of the Mentally Ill, led to the coining of the phrase Art Brut. After positive feedback from friends, they mailed CDs to five labels, all of whom, they say, wanted to sign them. Not everybody has given them such a warm reception. “Some bands have slagged us off in the press,” snorts Prinz, adding: “If we come backstage at one of your gigs and smack you in the face, you haven’t really got any cause to complain.” Horn … Continue reading ┐ Prinzhorn Dance School └

┐ Cabello / Carceller, II └

© Cabello / Carceller, Off Escena: If I were…, Madrid 2011 Gender Issues1 “How can we explain a term which is in itself so complicated, but which most of society is determined to simplify? How can we explain that the majority prefer to appear not to understand its diversity? And what is it that makes this pretense possible? Why do gender differences still exist as bipolarized and insurmountable categories? Who benefits from the continuation of this binary split? Why is it indispensable to pathologize those who transgress gender boundaries? Why do most of the transgender representations existing in the collective … Continue reading ┐ Cabello / Carceller, II └

┐ Chen Qiulin └

© Chen Qiulin, Ellisis’s Series No. 3, 2002 (photograph) © Chen Qiulin, Peach Blossom, 2009 (dvd still) At a time when her understanding of contemporary art was still limited, Chen was unexpectedly invited to partake in Parabola, a satellite show of the First Chengdu Biennale (2001). On this occasion she created Ellisis (. . . . . .), a performance piece that she documented in film and photographs. The work is based on a Chinese expression that roughly translates as “sweet harm” and refers to all the enticing things that modern society throws at young women. In Ellisis, Chen sits … Continue reading ┐ Chen Qiulin └

┐ Gillian Mairi Alexander └

© Gillian Mairi Alexander, Woman with Strawberry Laces for Hair, 2011 © Gillian Mairi Alexander, Of This Earth, 2011 © Gillian Mairi Alexander, Dusting, 2011 Installation view: The Icing Table, Dusting, The Crowning of The Cake Princess and Of This Earth, Glasgow School of Art Degree Show 2011 “Long has been my adoration for cake. Our relationship formed through its habitual presence at joyous celebrations and its pacifying attributes called upon in the hour of need. Our affiliation has evolved. It has become my “right side man”, a building material allowing me to sculpt in the most honest and sincere … Continue reading ┐ Gillian Mairi Alexander └

║ Katherine Oggier Chanda ║

© Katherine Oggier Chanda, Totem,photograph of a performance, Scotland 2009 © Katherine Oggier Chanda, Bench Hike, photograph of the performance,  Scotland 2009 “My work revoles around the subject of repetitive actions in terms 0f physical, space as well as movement. (…) I would say art in this way allows me to take a position that enables me to look at the codes of our societies in a different cpntext in a world in which our propositions of our realities may not necessarily be the real but at times become the unreal. And this is possible when viewed trtough the window … Continue reading ║ Katherine Oggier Chanda ║