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 aesthetic or conceptual radicality of those structures. […] Another example is Gaspar Noë’s recent video…

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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…

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┐ 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…

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┐ 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,…

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┐ 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…

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┐ 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…

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┐ 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…

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┐ 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.…

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┐ 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…

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┐ 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 (. . .…

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┐ 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.…

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║ Mika Rottenberg ║

© Mika Rottenberg, Performance Still (PJ & Cheryl), from the series Performance Stills, 2008 © Mika Rottenberg, Performance Still (Raqui on Pete), from the series Performance Stills, 2008  © Mika Rottenberg, Performance Still (Kat legs & Torso), from the series Performance Stills, 2008 “Bodies, at once repulsive and sensual, larger-than-life and ever-so-ordinary, are vital to factories: their products appropriated;…

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