vrijdag 31 december 2010

James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau - Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots

With the Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots James Auger & Jimmy Loizeau and Alex Zivanovic propose a new type of domestic robot that creates a new category of object that exists somewhere between a product and predatory pet. The artists contend that if robots are ever to be welcomed into people's homes, they'll need to fit in with the rest of the furniture, and earn their keep. Their prototypes trap and digest pests like flies and mice to gain energy. Traditional fly-catchers, using sticky-tape and UV light have no method to manage the waste produced by the carcass of the pest. The Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots prototypes power themselves with special fuel cells that are able to produce electricity by processing the bodies of flies, and in one case, mice.

These unsettling apparati, including a sticky conveyor belt clock and moth-attracting death lamp are a bizarre hybrids between machine and living organism. They are an example of the emerging field of 'critical design' or 'speculative design', where designers create prototypes to stimulate debate, discussion, and in some cases controversy.

Carnivorous Domestic Entertainment Robots (04:42)
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donderdag 30 december 2010

Merlin Carpenter

Despite these shades of nostalgia, Merlin Carpenter’s gesture nonetheless seems deeply cynical; the exhibition’s title, ‘A Roaring Rampage of Revenge’, for instance, hints at the intensity and anger behind the works. Like Martin Kippenberger, whom he assisted as a young artist in Cologne, Carpenter is committed to painting as a conceptual device. And yet the fact that he relies on stretched canvases as his tool of critique demonstrates a dedication to art and its histories that transcends his acid commentary and deep distrust of a contemporary art scene defined by the next hot young artist, the indistinguishable group show and the vapid press that edifies and promotes it.

In a way Carpenter is the ultimate insider artist, creating work filled with so many internal references that it has currency only for those who already agree with him.
frieze magazine/Issue 97 March 2006 - Katie Sonnenborn


Ballard In Narnia (07:15)
event video: Heather Power, xtra stills: Nathalie Ahbeck
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mitterrand + sanz


woensdag 29 december 2010

Jonah Brucker-Cohen -!Alerting Infrastructure! – 2003

Jonah Brucker-Cohen - Alerting Infrastructure! is a physical hit counter that translates hits to the web site of an organization into interior damage of the physical building that web site or organization represents. The focus of the piece is to amplify the concern that physical spaces are slowly losing ground to their virtual counterparts. The amount of structural damage to the building directly correlates to the amount of exposure and attention the web site gets, thus exposing the physical structure’s temporal existence.

The project has been active in 9 countries (Ireland, Peru, Brazil, USA, Spain, Canada, Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands) to date.

we-make-money-not-art: Interview with Jonah Brucker-Cohen (2006)

Alerting Infrastructure! by Jonah Brucker-Cohen (01:13)
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dinsdag 28 december 2010

Dan Attoe

In Dan Attoe's work landscape plays a significant role and moreover the American landscape. Attoe seems to use landscape as a psychological backdrop that subtly reflects the actions of those who populate them. Minute individuals often appear lost inside gigantic rural stage sets whilst playing out recurring themes of sex, violence, death and religion. Through his paintings Attoe explores some of the tensions and anxieties that underlie American culture.


dailyserving: Interview with Dan Attoe (July 14, 2010)

maandag 27 december 2010

Andreas Gysin & Sidi Vanetti

Andreas Gysin & Sidi Vanetti
ES: For many years you worked in pairs. First I'd like to know what was the path that led you to come closer to art and how did your association.
SV: Maybe instead of saying that we have come closer to art, you could say it's art, in recent years, have approached our projects ... However, it all started with Sherlock Holmes and Andersen's fairy tales when both attended the University of Applied Sciences of Italian Switzerland. These two texts have accompanied us in 1999 during the thesis work on visual communication in relation to narrative thinking of children.
AG: While we have never attended school a lot, but we found during the thesis work on a project that has kept us busy for six months. After school we had a lot of work, so we had plenty of time to invest in our experiments. With the first light we had available (kindly Prestatie from school) we ended up in local clubs, but also in Zurich, to do visuals, mostly for friends who tried their way as DJs or electronic musicians. In the same year we also released our first installation, mechanical, kinetic and interactive on the doors of a public toilet. In fact, with few exceptions, have never entered our work in the official boundaries of art.
Intervista di Elio Schenini (translated)

showreel by Andreas Gysin e Sidi Vanetti (08:21)
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zondag 26 december 2010

Maya Deren - Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

Maya Derens Meshes of the Afternoon is one of the most influential works in American experimental cinema. A non-narrative work, it has been identified as a key example of the "trance film," in which a protagonist appears in a dreamlike state, and where the camera conveys his or her subjective focus. The central figure in Meshes of the Afternoon, played by Deren, is attuned to her unconscious mind and caught in a web of dream events that spill over into reality. Symbolic objects, such as a key and a knife, recur throughout the film; events are open-ended and interrupted. Deren explained that she wanted "to put on film the feeling which a human being experiences about an incident, rather than to record the incident accurately."


Maya Deren - Meshes of the afternoon (1943) (13:28)
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zaterdag 25 december 2010

Amber Hawk Swanson - "To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll”

Amber Hawk Swanson commissioned the production of a life-like sex doll, a RealDoll, made of a posable PVC skeleton and silicone flesh, in her exact likeness. For her exhibition, "To Have, To Hold, and To Violate: Amber and Doll”, together with Amber Doll, Hawk Swanson disrupts the social codes of ritualized spaces by inserting her sexually available silicone replica into wedding receptions, tailgating parties, sorority houses, and theme parks


To Have, To Hold, and To Violate, Amber and Doll: 7 Minute Compilation (Wedding Reception, Tailgate, Girls Gone Wild)2008 (07:08)
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Vimeo: Amber Hawk Swanson's videos

vrijdag 24 december 2010

Atsushi Kaga

Behind the playful and surreal facade of Atsushi Kaga’s misleadingly simple and faux-crude works lurks much darker territory wherein the artist confronts (through the eyes of a self-proclaimed ‘Otaku’) serious issues of cultural politics, paranoia, the complex search for personal identity and the daily philosophical crises of the harsh realities of the world. Influenced by the Japanese story-telling cultures of Manga and Anime, his sharp humour and extraordinary imagination takes the viewer, willingly, on a journey of exploration through a complex and often brutal, but very funny, alternative world.
Irish Museum of Modern Art



donderdag 23 december 2010

Christine Borland

Christine Borland’s practice negotiates territories in art, ethics, medical humanities and bio-politics. She gathers her source material as a result of research time spent in medical and forensic institutions, observing and participating in their practices. Borland does not merely expose her findings within the gallery but creates deeply poetic works that reinvest the clinical data with a human dimension, introducing aesthetics and ambiguity to an arena dominated by function and objectivity. Her observations often raise unsettling questions simply by making visible an arena usually inaccessible to the public. Given the sensitive nature of her work, Borland has devised a personal moral framework, analogous to the Code of Medical Ethics, which serves to inform her practice and her choice of materials.
gsaevents - SimBodies, NoBodies & Me

Sean Kelly Gallery

sleeping next to Sim Man (02:14)
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Designer Bodies

Christine Borland breathes new life into dead bodies

woensdag 22 december 2010

Jon Campbell

Paintings, cut-outs, banners, neons and placards demonstrate his love of suburbia and its vernacular, popular music and its attendant culture, printing, design and advertising, sport and youth culture. His works define not only the look of the world in which he lives, but the accent and humour of its language and how signs can articulate its culture and history. These signs are sometimes loud and boisterous but never offensively so. They have a beauty about them that encourages belief.

“I grew up in Altona in Melbourne’s western suburbs and this has had a big effect on my work,” explains
Jon Campbell. “I think a kind of ‘westie’, working class feel still influences my work. It’s had an effect on what I think is important and what needs to be the subject of my work. And has actually made me have a more tolerant, open view of the world.”


dinsdag 21 december 2010

Travis Somerville

In ArtForum Annie Buckley highly recommends Travis Somerville's show at Otis College of Art & Design. "Somerville’s work addresses the tangled knot of issues surrounding the history of race in America. Using such loaded images as a noose, hooded clansmen, and the Confederate flag in a self-consciously liberal way is laced with difficulties, yet Somerville takes such challenges on with gusto in a new exhibition, 'Dedicated to the Proposition.' Conceptualized as a contemporary response to Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Gettysburg Address, the exhibition is fraught with aggressive images, including a sculpture of Lincoln’s head on a ball and chain, and assorted representations of people in blackface....

"The detail and care with which Somerville constructs each work, alongside the artist’s insistence that viewers consider complex and unresolved issues—including prejudice, post-Katrina New Orleans, urban blight, the conditions of migrant workers, and the treatment of Muslims in America after 9/11—create a charged and vital body of work." To check out a slide show of the exhibition, click
source: twocoatsofpaint - 11 Nov 2009


Otis Ben Maltz Gallery: Travis Somerville: Dedicated to the Proposition (11:40)
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maandag 20 december 2010

Josh Finkle

Josh Finkle is an Industrial Design major from Carnegie Mellon University. He is recently graduated and currently looking for employment.

School of Design Merit Award 2008 / Carnegie Mellon Awarded by faculty for a year of excellent work

turn and burn (02:08)
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zondag 19 december 2010

Kowloon Walled City

The Kowloon Walled City Park occupies one of the most historic sites in the territory.
After the war, high-rise tenements built without authority and completely lacking proper foundations mushroomed cheek by jowl over almost the whole site, and the Walled City with its dank alleyways became a notorious nest of drug divans, criminal hide-outs, vice dens and even cheap, unlicensed dentists.

In 1987, with the agreement of the Chinese authorities, the decision was taken to clear the area and build a park on the site which would incorporate as many remaining features as possible of the original buildings and other features.

Demolition was completed in April 1994 and despite decades of neglect and mis-use of the site, a rewarding number of relics was unearthed, nearly all of which were incorporated in the design or preserved as exhibits.
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