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Friday, April 20, 2007

Rhizome voting has begun

Attention all Rhizome members:
VOTE for the 2007-08 Rhizome web commissions now! Your vote counts. Click on any project proposal and begin your voting. You will be taken to the next project once you have voted on the first.
Do it!

click to start your voting! you know you want to

"In the first round, Rhizome members are invited to vote on each proposal to help determine whether it will progress to the second and final round. Members and a jury then rank the finalists to determine the eleven commission recipients.

This year we have made a couple changes to the voting process:

+ The actual voting tool is now integrated into the proposal web pages. This should expedite the process of reviewing the full proposals.

+ We're allowing an option for comments, so that artists can open up a discussion with the voters. Please note that the artist will be able to moderate the comments on their proposal." ~from Patrick May

LMCC Open Studios, April 27 - 29

Circle the date on your calendar and come on down(town) - last chance to see what I and 29 other artists have been up to since September 06. There's a party, a screening, and three days of open studios.
I'm in the 120 Broadway space.

30 artists. 2 spaces. 1 weekend.

April 27-29, 2007
120 Broadway, 8th Fl + 200 Hudson St, 4th Fl

All events are free and open to the public. RSVP is required.
click to RSVP and for more info

Friday, April 27
6-10PM Opening parties at both spaces.

Saturday, April 28
1-6PM Both spaces open to the public.
3-4PM An Offbeat Walking Tour with Robert Jay Kaufman
5-6PM Moving Pictures: Screening @ 120 Broadway, 8th Fl

Sunday, April 29
1-6PM Both spaces open to the public.
4-5:30PM Open Texts: Poetry, Fiction and Performance from writers-in-residence Jill Magi (with Jonny Farrow, musician/sound artist) and Ranbir Sidhu @ 200 Hudson St, 4th Fl

Monday, April 09, 2007

JODI: NYC Solo at VertexList coming in May

VertexList space has the pleasure to announce “Composite club”, a solo exhibition by the legendary new media collaborative JODI.

A reception will take place on Friday, May 4th 2007 from 7pm - 10pm, with the
artists in attendance. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, June 10th, 2007.

JODI, or, are unanimously considered pioneers of new media art. It is a collective of two artists: Joan Heemskerk (the Netherlands) and Dirk Paesmans (Belgium). Their background is in photography and video art; and in the mid-1990s they were the first to create Internet based artworks. In more recent works, they modified video games such as Wolfenstein 3D, Quake, Jet Set Willy, and Max Payne 2.

Works on display at VertexList include brand new projects including “Composite Club” (an installation Involving Playstation camera games triggered by prerecorded video clips), “” (live online browser limited to the .us domain), and RSS based mailinglist "Wordstar". They will also feature JODI classic Wolfenstein modification S.O.D Bcd etc (

“Composite club” will be presented in conjunction with and/or gallery in Dallas, TX, which will features JODI game hacks and work of Arcangel Constantini. Life video feed will be set up between the galleries during the opening reception.
JODI’'s work has been included in many international exhibitions and festivals, including Documenta X in 1997. They received a Webby Award in the Arts category in 1999 (UCSOB) and were featured in “Digital Art” by Christiane Paul and “Internet Art” by Rachel Greene.

JODI project url:
Live demo by Jodi @ the opening reception.

Monday, April 02, 2007

"Two Keystoned Projectors" by Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel's new piece exhibited at Galerie Guy Bartschi in Geneva is perhaps my second favorite of Cory's work (after the Nintendo Clouds). It is basically two projectors used as light sources, keystoned and partially superimposed.

Somehow Cory manages to reference the "materiality" of a projection, and produce an image which exists both as light and picture... The image projected originates from the inner workings of the gear itself, but the gesture of mixing light areas goes beyond modernist "structural", medium-self-referential work and becomes poetry at its best.. The fact of placing the projectors in the path of gallery visitors declares that it is the light beam which is the content of the installation.

This work is about the projector as medium, its technological limits, spatial geometry and light as a sculptural material. And of course the fine memory of minimalist art from the 60's;)

I would put the "Screen Burn" piece into the same category of sculptures about the presence and impact of light filtered through technological devices. These pieces are different from all previous works, a shift from punk DIY to definite philosophical exercises, much more sophisticated than Nintendo hacks and way more interesting than the "subtractions, modifications, addenda, and other recent contributions to participatory culture"

It is fun to see an artist open up a whole new area of thinking and research in his work... there has been a lot of discussion about Cory's post video-game work both on and off-line, lots of (sometimes loving and sometimes harsh) peer scrutiny ... as far as I am concerned "Two Keystoned Projectors" is FUCKING awesome (and this is the official art-critical terminology).


Sunday, April 01, 2007

Jude Tallichet @ Sarah Meltzer

Jude Tallichet opened a solo show last night at Sarah Meltzer Gallery. The installation consists mostly of cast bronze baked goods and a wall print of butterfly images. "Save it for Me" is an opulent dream-scape, where preciousness and gravity of bronze are contradicted by prosaic subject matter.

What I found most interesting is the tension between sacred and profane: the altar- like table, bread, the shining decorative metal make one think of religious worship. On the other hand the pile-ups, random groupings of objects and rough details speak of disorder, abandonment and chaos. I think this absurd duality is what gives the show its dream like, disturbing presence. The installation is really strong, a must see...

a fragment from the press release:

Laden with anxiety,
Save it for me depicts a feast, a ritual celebration of uninhibited self-indulgence and wonder. A bronze table yields to the weight of an excessive pile of bread. Cakes, muffins and champagne bottles are scattered throughout and candles drip incessantly into puddles of wax. Feasts punctuate the cultural moment of all societies, providing sustenance and pleasure on the one hand while reinforcing inequality, indifference and excess on the other. Thanksgiving, Passover Seder and Roman Bacchanals, to name a few, are social phenomenon that elucidate this dialectic and ultimately perform a demonstration of power.

Bronze has a long history of use in the creation of monuments and is itself a challenging signifier of value and prominence. The tactility of the objects caste and their temporality as sources of sustenance or of light, generate an aura. Part tombstone and part monument, the components of Tallichet's installation conjure a still life of decadent proportions and ominous connotations. Punctuating the stillness of the moment is the suggested buzz of swarms of insects that are represented in repeating columns on wallpaper.

Tallichet pays lavish attention to the symbolism of inanimate subject matter. Save it for me continues an exploration of tropes and iconography in preserved objects, referring to the banquet or feast, to the act of hording or stockpiling, dueling systems, and ultimately, excess. Save it for me borders on Memento mori, a symbolic reminder of our impermanence.

Image below: Matt Freedman's embroidered shoes (not a part of the installation ;)