dinsdag 30 november 2010

Nabawia El-Soudani

Nabawia El-Soudani received a Master of Fine Arts Degree at the California Institute of the Arts in the program of Film and Video (May 2006). She has independently produced, directed, and edited film/videos that screened nationally and internationally in festivals and galleries including a feature length documentary, entitled My Father My Friend that complements the research in this book. Her work critiques patriarchal power and the military-industrial-media complex. Having both Western and Eastern heritage, she works to bridge the gap between East and West finding a common ground in the humanity, history, and spirituality that they have in common.
In the Beginning: Hijacking of the Religion of God


Hal Tara 2003 (06:31)
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American Harem 2005 - Nabawia El-Soudani (CalArts) (03:40)
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maandag 29 november 2010

Khosrow Hassanzadeh

Die Werke Khosrow Hassanzadehs, der sich – anders als viele seiner in der Diaspora lebenden Kollegen – entschieden hat, seinen Beruf als Maler in der Heimat auszuüben, sind tief in der eigenen Kultur verwurzelt. In formaler Hinsicht schöpfen sie vor allem aus der iranischen Populärkultur. So dienen ihm billige Lebensmittelverpackungen als Malgrund und gebrauchte Gegenstände vom Bazar als Material für seine Assemblagen. Motive, die er Schallplattencovern oder Wandmalereien in Teehäusern entlehnt, kombiniert er mit islamischer Kalligrafie sowie religiösen Artefakten und Bildmotiven. Inhaltlich setzen sich seine Arbeiten mit gesellschaftlich relevanten Fragen und der jüngeren Geschichte Irans auseinander. Dabei scheut Hassanzadeh nicht vor heiklen Themen, wie etwa dem Iran-Irak Krieg, in dem er selbst gedient hat, der Stellung der Frau in der Gesellschaft, Prostitution oder Terrorismus, zurück.


rose issa projects

Modern Orientalism - Khosrow Hassanzadeh

zondag 28 november 2010

Ai Weiwei - Without Fear or Favour

Architect, photographer, curator and blogger, Ai Weiwei is China's most famous and politically outspoken contemporary artist. As Ai Weiwei's latest work is unveiled in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, Alan Yentob reveals how this most courageous and determined of artists continues to fight for artistic freedom of expression while living under the restrictive shadows of authoritarian rule.

The Unilever Series: Ai Weiwei


zaterdag 27 november 2010

Mustafa Maluka

Mustafa Maluka (b. 1976) cites various art historical and cultural sources in his work. His interests range from design and fashion to art history, cultural analysis, philosophy and psychology. Maluka’s working method is the process of selecting and assembling portraits. He collects images of faces that have a particular look, that project a particular energy and pride. He liberates the images from their original context and recreates them in a new form on canvas with many layers of paint.

vrijdag 26 november 2010

Ignas Krunglevicius

Ignas Krunglevicius investigates power and violence through installation, video, and sound works, which often times directly confront the viewers by questioning the deceptiveness of perceptions. Krunglevicius poignantly examines the psychology of power play, mind control mechanisms and the Game theory that generates meaning within the context of social-political orders and cognitive codes.
Krunglevicius deliberately brings original references, such as documented crime plots or police interrogations into his works and displays in a highly minimalist, yet interactive manner of sound and text synchronized and pushing the viewer’s psychology into an extreme level of emotional involvement and frustration.
artrabbit - Dissonance


– Video installation & performance (dur. 13 min.)– 2009
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TV-Love (2008)
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donderdag 25 november 2010

Liz Markus

Recollecting a sequence of youthful inspirations with images gleaned from such wide-ranging sources as Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Johnny Rotten, Christopher Wool and Jean Michael Basquiat, Liz Markuss third solo exhibition at ZieherSmith, Are You Punk or New Wave? pulls together a disparate cast of characters that have re-invigorated her studio practice with a new immediacy. Always reinforced by a phalanx of art historical referents, Markus offers a postmodern blitz of glamour and glitz in art, fashion, music and culture, subtly referencing contemporary politics, as well.
source: ziehersmith - Are You Punk Or New Wave? November 18 - December 18, 2010

huffingtonpost: America Still Screams: The Art of Liz Markus


woensdag 24 november 2010

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

By 2021, the World War had killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remained coveted any living creature, and for people who couldn't afford one, companies built incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep. . . They even built humans.

Emigrees to Mars received androids so sophisticated it was impossible to tell them from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans could wreak, the government banned them from Earth. But when androids didn't want to be identified, they just blended in.

anabenlloch: Empathy Test (2005) (02:40)
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Samuel J. Umland: Philip K. Dick: contemporary critical interpretations - Pagina 16 (please left click or scroll!!)
Towards a Theory of Paranoia

Marie Morelle: Do androids dream of electric sheep, by Philip K Dick (03:23)
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Electric Sheep is a collaborative abstract artwork founded by Scott Draves. It's run by thousands of people all over the world, and can be installed on any ordinary PC or Mac. When these computers "sleep", the Electric Sheep comes on and the computers communicate with each other by the internet to share the work of creating morphing abstract animations known as "sheep". The result is a collective "android dream", an homage to Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

dinsdag 23 november 2010

Chris Oakley

An artist working with video and digital imaging, Chris Oakley's concerns are focused on mediated experience in its many forms, including mainstream media, amateur photography, mass communications and augmented reality. In a critical analogy to the methods employed by the mass media, he utilises processes of fictionalising material captured from life in an attempt to define a space between actuality and representation; the point at which the white noise of lived experience is made to conform to strict linear narrative.

Nuclear: Art & Radioactivity
Chris Oakley, Simon Hollington, Kypros KyprianouMore information
...Nuclear power is re-emerging as a concern for our times ...


Half-Life, 2009 (14:36)
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maandag 22 november 2010

Shibu Natesan

In large-scale paintings, Shibu Natesan combines media images with natural vistas that typically include wild animals. Using unexpected combinations and sources, Natesan confronts the viewer with symbols that are vaguely familiar on their own, yet in juxtaposition to each other evade direct connections to the real world. Familiar images are combined with bold, colorful palettes to enhance Natesan’s unique, collage-like compilations – the result is a mixture of hyper-realism and fantasy.

After studying at the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum, India, in the 1980s (a period marked by a visual rebellion against the art establishment), Natesan’s first series, entitled “The Futility of Device,” was based on photographs of archaeological remains. Later, during a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, he created the “Missing” series, rendered in the painstaking photo-realist style that would become his trademark. In his most recent works, Natesan continues to challenge preconceived notions of recognition and memory by expertly displacing and recontextualizing familiar symbols.
jackshainman - EACH ONE TEACH ONE



zondag 21 november 2010

"art is (Speaking Portraits)" created by George Quasha

art is … what? George Quashas ongoing video work of “speaking portraits” puts this impossible, but inevitable, question before artists themselves, who let us in on their private space of art definition. Some 450 artists (all kinds of artists, including sculptors, painters, filmmakers, video artists, poets, composers, performance artists, and so on) have been filmed in seven countries and seventeen languages in the first four years. The result is an ongoing and constantly changing work called art is, which has been exhibited primarily as installations, screened either on projection screen or on one or more monitors.


61 ARTISTS IN VOL. I (1:03:45):
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44 ARTISTS IN VOL. II(1:02:48):
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zaterdag 20 november 2010


In 1990 PURE EVIL left the Poll Tax Riots of London behind and went to live in California where he spent 10 years ingesting weapons grade psychedelics , thinking about stuff , making electronic music and printing t-shirts . Inspired by skateboard culture and the west coast character graffiti of Twist he returned to London and inexplicably picked up a spraycan and started painting weird fanged vampire bunnies everywhere. After having spent the past year working on new canvasses and prints inspired by 'the wreckage of utopian dreams and an apocalyptic vision of the end of time' , PE is now launching his vision of darkness on an unsuspecting world, trying to look at the BIG PICTURE... asking the tricky questions like :

· 'what does evil look like?'
· 'why do humans seem to like conflict and explosions so much?'
· 'are penguins naturally psychopathic and can they use nunchuks effectively?
· 'is earth actually a deep space battle station created millions of years ago by an evil galactic empire?'
ATM Gallery Berlin

vrijdag 19 november 2010

Trick & Signal. Catherine Street. 2010.

Catherine Streets practice stems from drawing but includes writing, performance, installation and video. Much of the work depends upon the relationships between different elements presented together, whether they be drawings; found or original texts; videos or live actions. The work often focuses on the tension between language-based and visceral elements, and is underpinned by the themes of disaster and illusion. Interpretations are left open whilst the objects remain highly suggestive and it is often the comparative level of meaning that words, objects or actions may seem to carry that is exploited.

Trick & Signal. Catherine Street. 2010. (06:42)
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In the video Trick & Signal, two people attempt to have a conversation where each has to say exactly what the other says, simultaneously and without having planned what they will say in advance – an action which is, of course, impossible. The result is a video that focuses on the tension and absurdity of the situation where each person is cautiously trying to guess or influence what the other is about to say.

donderdag 18 november 2010

Cathy Lomax

Cathy Lomaxs practice is rooted in the romance of popular culture, assimilating media fictions and mythologies of fame into a seductive story- telling process. Photography is the source material through which she re-invents her wish-list of popular icons- particularly from English history and contemporary culture. Varied personas appear on her canvases- Marina Duchess of Kent, Kim Marsh, Mary Bell, even Chechen terrorists; revealing a process of self-interrogation and the degree to which the self is structured and formed through shared popular and cultural fictions.

SPACE Interview with Cathy Lomax (24:12)

woensdag 17 november 2010

Kelly Mark

Kelly Mark's video, drawings, installations and sculptures have centered on her awareness of time, its passing, wasting, marking, keeping, through the recording of repetitive tasks and ordinary unnoticed moments. Of her interest in the mundane and everyday, the artist says, "I have always had an intense preoccupation with the differing shades of pathos and humour found in the repetitive mundane tasks, routines and rituals of everyday life. Hidden within these spans of time can be found startling moments of poetic individuation, and an imprint of the individual within the commonplace rituals of society. Individuation, especially within this uniformity, although subtle and frequently paradoxical, is something I find myself returning to again and again. Through my will to order and my frequently inane sense of humour my objective is the investigation, documentation and validation of these singular marked and unmarked moments of our lives..."


Horridor - Nuit Blanche 2008 (04:04)
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