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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Made in U.S.A. -Party On (part 2)

Charles Beronio the new director of VertexList with Glomag
*Show Extended by appointment only through Feb. 28th call 917.301.6680 0r 646.5735837

Mary Baronne and Tom Moody who writes first review
Marcin Ramocki: Founder of VertexList
Aron Namenwirth, Jay Davis, Kelly, and Dan Kopp the next Julian Schnabel
John Best (left) Jillian Mcdonald (right)
Photography: John Bailey- Thanks!
Due to some editing via blogger half initial post was edited.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Made in U.S.A. -Party On

*Show Extended by appointment only through Feb. 28th call 917.301.6680 0r 646.5735837

Photography: John Bailey

Mary Alpern, John Illig, me, Sakurako Shimizu

John Berens, Bin Laden
Nancy Horowitz, John Illig

Zoe Sheehan Saldana with cellphone

Sunday, December 07, 2008

1981 Atari Ring by Sakurako Shimizu

Sakurako Shimizu: 1981 ATARI Ring, 2008

"1981 ATARI Ring", 18 K Gold, hand fabricated, edition of 7.

This man's ring features a precise cast of the original Atari computer chip out of 18 karat gold.

detail views


Bit Shifter @ Blip

Managed to make it to one evening of the 2008 Blip festival! I checked out the new stuff by Role Model, Glomag and Bit Shifter. The ambiance was super, as always: i also liked the Brooklyn location.

I remember people were worried back in 2005 that chiptunes would be shamelessly incorporated into mainstream pop... well, seems to me like they are doing just fine on their own. It is good to see how much this scene grew! I literally knew nobody in the (rather large) audience, which is a sign that micromusic is no longer an insider playground...

Also, for the record, chiptunes have never been the same since the Scandinavian scene collided with Blip last year. Both local artists and Europeans took their music to a whole new level thanks to this rare cross pollination.

Check out an awesome bit of Bit Shifter below, and come to see Glomag next Saturday at vertexList!

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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Notes from ZKM

I finally got around to post some images from "What Was Old is New Again", a fabulous event/conference organized by Henry Zemel (Caeno Foundation) and hosted by ZKM, Karlsruhe. This most unique gathering brought together assyriologists, architects, anthropologists, art historians, new media artists and dealers.

The most memorable presentations included the short history of "computer user" by Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied, a lecture on transformation of Nam Jun Paik's work from minimalism to maximalism by Barbara London, Luke Murphy's demonstration of uranium decay driven Geiger counter-perfect-randomness generator, a 3 thousand years old Babylonian song reconstructed and performed by Theo J.H. Krispijn and a very strange lecture by Bazon Brock, which made no sense at all, but everyone thoroughly enjoyed .

Olia Lialina & Dragan Espenschied

The full list of participants: Mel Alexenberg / Netanel Anor / Michael Bielicky / Bazon Brock / Yiyi Chen / Michael Cohn / Brian Dillon / Dragan Espenschied / Dmitry Gutov / Jenia Gutova / Wayne Horowitz / Th. J. H. Krispijn / Bo Lawergren / Olia Lialina / Barbara London / Naomi May / Luke Murphy / Muzaffer Ozgules / Marcin Ramocki / Morty Schiff / Irene Sibbing / Joey Skaggs / Peter Weibel / Martin Williams / Jocelyn Wolff / Henry Zemel.

The conference opened symultaneously with "Medium Religion", a huge and quite interesting exhibition curated by Boris Groys and Peter Weibel, which "aims at demonstrating the medial aspect of religion using current examples of religious video propaganda and the work of contemporary artists".

Fore some moving images of the symposium/exhibition check out the short video below.


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Review: Indirect Articles

Les Lettres Tristes, an exhibition by Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth at Foxy Production, does not ask for your focus, but for your distraction. It could take weeks to wade through the tide of information presented. In addition to four floor sculptures, a series of diptychs, two video projections screening several short vignettes, a directional audio piece of the artists reading statements, and, in the back room, a fetish to the creative process, the artists are distributing an eponymous weekly newspaper, Les Lettres Tristes.

The title’s reference to Lettrism, Isidore Isou’s proto-Situationist movement, seems to end at the amusing play on words. Although, to see this show one must not look straight at the work. All references are oblique, jumping-off points. The cacophony of sound and conflation of visual-textual elements are best observed askance in distracted snatches. The guiding motif of the exhibition is an unfinished feature-length film starring people-size signs of the letters of the French alphabet carried about New York City.

Entering the gallery one is met by the Set Pieces, four chroma-key green, powder-coated, steel floor sculptures, each accompanied by a two-channel video projection. On perpendicular walls, the eight fugue-like vignettes play through two projectors in a discombobulated call-and-response.

Opposite the projections, are four nearly identical diptychs each titled A Hole in Copenhagen, which include a collaged New York Times image of the World Trade Center pit, another guest appearance of the color chroma-key green, and act II, scene III of an unfinished play. The directional audio piece, Les Lettres Tristes—a work which also encompasses the weekly newspapers—is directly beamed at A Hole in Copenhagen. With so much emphasis on the spoken and written word, reading/listening is a trial of concentration, as every artwork draws the viewer’s attention away from the others.

The installation is an informational hall of mirrors. Though it poses as an exhibition of discreet artworks, everything overlaps and is the subject of reinterpretations. Described by the artists as “reportage on the road to an idea,” the exhibition rushes past the observer, and then loops behind to the beginning. If you stick around long enough you will eventually see the whole show, but it will never appear complete.

Les Lettres Tristes
Lucas Ajemian and Julien Bismuth
Foxy Production
21 November 2008 – 10 January 2009