dinsdag 31 mei 2011

Larissa Fassler - Teen Couples III

Larissa Fassler's series of photos are the product of an elaborate two-year project in which she asked six teenage girls to portray their own ideas of intimacy. When the girls were 14 and then 16, they posed for a series of photographs with two male actors of the same age. They preen and pout with their acting partners for Fassler's still and video camera to enact their impressions of idealized couplehood.

Fassler's psychological insight is keen on this point: teenage sexuality and dating rituals centre on giving form to the idea of what a hot young couple should look like. The result is at times awkward and entirely endearing. The girls take command, directing the gawky boy models into romantic poses from print ads and attempting to smooth their own charmingly unsettled faces into modelesque masks of cool sensuality.

Teen Couples III, 2007, Video: 4.30 minutes, Age 18
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maandag 30 mei 2011

Sara-Vide Ericson - “Liar”

Vice: Is your Liar also about relationships?
Sara-Vide Ericson: Yes. I like using relationships as a theme, especially where they go wrong. This new series is about stuff like, to give a ridiculous example, when your best friend asks you, “Did you take my sweater?” and you answer, “No, I didn’t”, but you can tell that she doesn’t believe you. And you’re like, “Damn, she thinks I’m lying!” but you can’t just go, “And I’m not lying!”

Vice: Yeah, because then it’d look like you really are lying.
Sara-Vide Ericson: Exactly. That situation creates a vacuum, and you’re powerless. You’re falsely accused of something you didn’t do and, as you haven’t done anything, how do you vindicate yourself? You have a few alternatives, you can say, “Yes, I took your sweater!” or you can do the first spontaneous thing that comes to mind, such as to strangle that person. To take back the power and control over the situation, you want to attack, to suffocate her words, to get some peace of mind. That’s how this series came about. When I first started painting these pieces, it occurred to me that the throat and stomach are the most vulnerable parts of a human being. Stab a knife into your stomach or your throat and you’re done for.
source: Kristian Bengtsson -
Vice Magazine

- utställningen Lust & Last (24 mars-14 augusti 2011)

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zondag 29 mei 2011

Anahita Razmi - How your veil can help you in the case of an earthquake 2004

The video work „How your veil can help you in the case of an earthquake (lesson 1-8)“ is linked to an event that took place just before the date of origin of the video: the big earthquake in the region of Bam, Iran in December 2003. In the video the chador, the veil, symbol of muslim women, is used as a mere functional object. Shot in clearly contrasting black and white, the video is showing a rigorous direction in eight steps on how to use your veil as a lifesaver in the case of an earthquake, a dry run, that is reminding of stewardess instructions.
Anahita Razmi

How your veil can help you in the case of an earthquake,Video (4.55 min), Februar 2004
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zaterdag 28 mei 2011

Steve Locke (tongue paintings)

Evan J. Garza: Your work features a great deal of colorful negative space. Tell me about that.
Steve Locke: The space in between is the third thing in the painting.
So, there’s you, there’s me, and then there’s the space between us. And what is that space? When you’re in love with somebody, if you’re at a party together, you don’t even have to see them to know where they are in the room because the space between the two of you is so small. And I think about that in painting, like how a color can collapse the space between two people. So, a certain pink can make people feel like they’re right next to each other even though they’re a mile apart. The way that shows up visually also has something to do with how it shows up emotionally. I love that about painting.



vrijdag 27 mei 2011

Pauline Jacquard & Igor Dewe - BALLONS 2011

Pauline Jacquard & Igor Dewe rassemble les enregistrements vidéos de la collaboration entre la performeuse bourlesque Pauline Jacquard et Igor Dewe. Le duo act dans un univers enfantin, où ils jouent avec l'érotisme. Cela donne lieu à une série de performances, lesquelles peuvent être jouées sur commande lors d'événements.

BALLONS | Pauline Jacquard et Igor Dewe | Café Carmen | Paris | Janvier 2011 (02:52)
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donderdag 26 mei 2011

Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams draws her subjects from her immediate surroundings: first-hand accounts, personal and found photos, video stills, and daily life ephemera.

The resulting work inhabits a space between anticipation and recollection, between unconsciousness and recognition. There is a free sense of historical reference in the work – a space where expressionism, youtube video captures, suburban LA interiors and cinematic intimacy can coexist. The influence of photography and a sense of the captured moment pervade the work. Both relate to Williams' ongoing fascination with memory, metaphor, mythology, and symbolism. Each work is a physical record of her conversation with a subject; some have been painted over many times with visible traces of previous stages in the thick brushwork while others are composed with delicate veils of color.

woensdag 25 mei 2011

David Blandy: Enter the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim:Origins 2007

In the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim video/performance pieces, Blandy integrates real life and virtual adventures. Donning the orange robes of a Buddhist Shaolin Monk, portable record player in hand, the Lone Pilgrim has been a hermit in an 18th Century park in Surrey, made an Amercan road trip, and searched for the places that had associations with soul songs in New York.


Enter the Barefoot Lone Pilgrim:Origins 2007 (05:53)
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dinsdag 24 mei 2011

Amir Baradaran - Frenchising Mona Lisa

Amir Baradaran:

My fascination with Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa stems from the historical process of her “naturalization,” whereby a representation of an Italian noblewoman became an icon of France. She was the decor of a despot, a refugee of war, an object of nationalist lust and locus of public protest. The painting has become a bellwether and a site of cultural projection, essentially disconnected from its own story.

In its own way, so is the hijab. Roughly translated as “modesty,” its ancient origins transcend Muslim norms. Whether intended as a sign of freedom for some or seen as a sign of repression for others, the cultures of the hijab are as complex as the contexts in which they are practiced. In contemporary France, the hijab has become a lightning rod about “Frenchness,” a visual threat to the ideals of the so-called secular state.

artinamericamagazine - Amir Baradaran Gives Tourists a Reason to Photograph Famous Art

Amir Baradaran - Frenchising Mona Lisa 2011(00:49)
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maandag 23 mei 2011

Sylvain Lefebvre (Sylef)

Au vu de ses multiples paysages de coins de rues latines, on pourrait croire que Sylef est un habitué des basses latitudes. Eh bien non. Contrairement à un Titouan Lamazou, lui serait davantage un peintre du voyage qu’un peintre voyageur. Après avoir vécu pendant plus de quinze ans du côté de Fécamp, Sylef est installé à présent à Biarritz. « On me prend pour quelqu’un qui ne tient pas en place mais mes peintures voyagent plus que moi ! » Tout en couleurs et en contrastes, ses oeuvres sont de petites mises en scène narratives, des anecdotes de la vie courante qui s’ancrent à la fois dans le réel et l’imaginaire. « Chaque parcelle de mes tableaux est composite : je m’appuie sur des documents trouvés dans des livres, des croquis réalisés à partir de photos, ma mémoire des lieux où je suis passé, etc. »
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zondag 22 mei 2011

Groupies (1970)

Also known as "backstage Betties," those sexy young thangs who hang out in the back of the tour bus and try to bed their favorite rock 'n' roll stars are an integral part of the decadent rock lifestyle. GROUPIES is an entertaining documentary which explores such legendary groupies as Cynthia Plaster Caster. Music from Joe Cocker, Spooky Tooth, Terry Reid, and Ten Years After is included.
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Groupies (1970) (1:25:04)
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zaterdag 21 mei 2011

Jean Rollin - La Vampire Nue (1970)

In a strange laboratory men in weird masks take the blood of a naked young woman. Another woman in an orange night-gown is wandering the streets and is followed by a group of people also in weird masks, the woman comes across a man named Pierre who tries to help her but the masked men corner them and shoot the woman, Pierre escapes unharmed. The masked men take the woman into a building and the man follows, guests then arrive for some sort of party, but Pierre can't get into the building. His father is behind it.


Jean Rollin-interview

Jean Rollin - La Vampire Nue (1970) (excerpt 07:05)
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vrijdag 20 mei 2011

Rebar - PARKcycle

The PARKcycle is a human-powered open space distribution system designed for agile movement within the existing auto-centric urban infrastructure.

While its physical dimensions synchronize with the automotive “softscape” of lane stripes and metered stalls, the PARKcycle effectively re-programs the urban hardscape by delivering massive quantities of green open space—up to 4,320 square-foot-minutes of park per stop—thus temporarily reframing the right-of-way as green space, not just a car space.
Using a plug-and-play approach, the PARKcycle provides open space benefits to neighborhoods that need it, when they need it, as soon as it is parked.


Rebar - PARKcycle (05:41)
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donderdag 19 mei 2011

Michail Vanis - Acoustic Poetry 2011

Acoustic Poetry is a conceptual object through which profoundly deaf individuals can explore soundscapes in everyday situations or special occasions. This is to enrich the connection with their environment, a rare intention in medical sound awareness devices. Acoustic poetry seeks to spark a conversation about how designing for deaf culture could be more exploratory and emotional.
Michail Vanis

Michail Vanis - Acoustic Poetry - An Interaction Design Project (01:20)
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woensdag 18 mei 2011

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo - Vindictive Printer 2008

Vindictive Printer is an installation based on the idea of anthropomorphism. This particular printer is upset by the idea of being used simply for printing. The installation calls for five printers engaged in a dinner table conversation.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo - Vindictive Printer 2008 (01:52)
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dinsdag 17 mei 2011

Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG - My Generation 2010

My Generation consists of found footage of players who freak out over lost games. “It’s just a game” – yet there is considerable emotional involvement. But is the found footage from the web real or fake?

My Generation by Eva and Franco Mattes aka 01.ORG (13:26)
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maandag 16 mei 2011

Dasha Shishkin

Dasha Shishkin eschews any definitive narrative in her work in favor of presenting questions with "maybe" for an answer. The plaintive, calm faces of the figures who populate her compositions belie the intense activities in which they are engaged. Each individual executes a particular task that informs a larger activity, but individual identities or actions disappear, intentionally or mistakenly, in a sea of activity or service.
Shishkin's complex compositions are executed using her characteristic economy of line, coupled with her use of bright blocks of color and elaborate patterning. Often using found materials, the artist employs the existing imperfections, such as the folds or creases in a canvas, to give shape to her work.
absolutearts - Desaparecido


Interview: Dasha Shishkin 2010

zondag 15 mei 2011

Copyright Cops - Julio Secchin

"This is a short film about teenagers who are growing up in an environment with tons of information per second, being treated as criminals as they download a couple of songs from the internet, while trying to chat with their friends. The main goal here is make a reflection on subjects like freedom of information, online relationships and how all of this blends inside the head of a teenager, no matter where he lives"

Copyright Cops - Director / Writer: Julio Secchin (09:36) - !do go full screen!
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zaterdag 14 mei 2011

Karl Haendel

Karl Haendel is an artist who makes drawings, installations, and billboards. As Haendel describes his own practice, he "tries to make honest work about contradiction and hypocrisy." He bases his drawings on found and self-made photographs, constructing a liminal reality with the artist’s very personal reference points. His work engages the role of drawing as performance and record, executed with a coherence of narrative and subject as journey. Haendel thematically investigates time, romantic exploration, and failure.
California College of the Arts



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