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Wednesday Web Artist of the Week: Elizabeth Mputu   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/5/16

Orlando-based Elizabeth Mputu is part of a rising wave of new media artists using digital platforms to express powerful political and social ideas through their work. Her art deals thoughtfully and forcefully with issues of feminism, gender, sexuality, inequality, and race, all projected through the lens of someone who has grown up saturated in all aspects of digital culture. Mputu’s work combines abstract conceptualism, experimental video, performance, poetry, found digital ephemera, selfies, m... [more]

In New Artwork, Wafaa Bilal Enlists the Public to Rebuild a Destroyed Baghdad Library   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Wafaa Bilal at Art Gallery of Windsor January 30th - April 10th
Posted 1/12/16

During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the College of Fine Arts at the University of Baghdad lost its entire library collection—some 70,000 books—when it was burned by looters. Today, 13 years later, faculty and students are still affected by this loss. The devastation of this and other libraries in 2003 recalls the destruction of another library: the Bayt al-Hikma, or House of Wisdom, a Baghdad institution that, at the height of the Islamic Golden Age, contained the largest collecti... [more]

Frieze Week London 2015: The Instagrammies   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/16/15

We love a big city art week because it's like taking your mind to a theme park. If ever there's a time for critical thinkers to kick back and allow themselves to not take things too seriously, it's Frieze Week. From your relegated position at the bottom of the art hierarchy, you laugh as the art PR attempt to placate the elite with the deftness of a headless chicken. Meanwhile, artists pretend to be sociable creatures and woo museum people and curators do their best impression of being unpretenti... [more]

Jerry Saltz: The Conscience of the Critic   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 7/8/15

What does the conscience of a profession look like? Physicians and futurists have ethics councils. This or that Board or Agency marks the boundaries of most fields and enterprises to better direct cooperative human energy in mutually agreed upon trajectories. Sometimes it doesn’t matter, but overall, it’s a system that has worked well for the past century. Arts writers don’t have a sanctioned conscience as such. Instead, we have a much more free-market approach, a loose band o... [more]

Robin Hood in Times of Digitally Induced Relativism   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Constant Dullaart at Art Space of the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) May 6th, 2015 - May 29th, 2015
Posted 5/18/15

In the fall of 1987 John Knoll and his girlfriend Jennifer flew to Tahiti. For months they’d been working on the computer graphics of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and they needed a well-earned rest. It was at the pristine Bora-Bora beach that Knoll took a photograph which in the decades ahead became an icon of international geekdom: Jennifer, seen from the back, sitting topless on the white sand with the almost fluorescent blue ocean as backdrop. The picture would have remained just an... [more]

#FriezeNY: The #Instagrammies 2015   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 5/13/15

We all like to be a bitch once in a while. After all, gossip, as many historians will tell you, is one of the things that binds our society together and ensures our survival... plus, the art world just makes it a little too easy for us to make fun. If you're fed up with reading about the fair, here's our visual round-up of what's been going down on Randall's Island: from fashion misadventures to absurd aspirational art, here are the 2015 Instagrammies, selected from what you've all been posting... [more]

Is "Selling Out" Still Relevant in a Post-Digital World?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 4/17/15

This week we're publishing a series of teaser articles on the theme of "Brand" leading up to our "Brand" themed second issue of Editions, our new inbox magazine—which will be sent to ArtSlant subscribers this Thursday. Today, Paul Hanford asks whether selling out is outdated. Selling out. To some, it appears as a pious and fiery Martin Luther-style preacher, spitting out commandments into the bohemian mind, who, while scraping together enough bronze to buy milk and cigarettes, is comfort... [more]

Typing Syria: Whatsapp as Performance Art or Awareness Campaign?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 4/10/15

Typing Syria is a social experiment and performance piece running in a Whatsapp group through the month of April. Subscribers are not allowed to engage with the characters, and are encouraged to eavesdrop but not act. This voyeuristic relationship echoes the international community’s attitude to the Syrian situation four years on, which can be likened to the screen saver that comes onto the iPhone after 30 seconds of inattention. Throughout the performance, two old friends, fictional char... [more]

Yes, Selfies Can Be Feminist. But...   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/6/15

I was naively unprepared for the wave of vitriol I woke up to on Twitter from Caitlin Stasey, the 24-year-old former Neighbours actress and founder of, following my article last week which attempted to discuss several interesting new art exhibitions and platforms that deal with female self-image online: "Can Selfies Be Feminist?" @onaartist @ArtSlant this article declares tht self expressions of nudity r countr productive 2 feminist agenda w no real explanation as 2 y — caitl... [more]

Can Selfies Be Feminist?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 2/4/15

Selfie culture makes me a bit queasy: they've become an easy tool for anyone to use to get validation from an image-biased society. They exacerbate a myriad of social problems and can often come from a sad place, rather than one of empowerment, posing a real dilemma: should we exploit our looks to promote ourselves? As a consequence, selfies are surfacing in a new way in the work of young digital artists. Selfies are being wilfully dragged into feminist discourse. A lot of artists are readily ap... [more]

A FB Chat with the Creator of SAIC Secret Admirers   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/21/14

SAIC Secret Admirers was started in March of 2013. The Facebook page for anonymously posting amorous yearnings quickly took off, garnering likes from over 50% of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago student body. While speculation swirled as to who was behind the page, the secret was kept until just recently when artist Anna Russett came forward as the administrator behind the page. We sat down over Facebook to chat about Secret Admirers, butt stuff, and social media as a platform for conte... [more]

The Internet Will Not Be Fooled: On Hubris and Russia's MH17 Photoshop Fail   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/19/14

On November 15th, an article titled “Kremlin Has Mastered Propaganda, But Not Photoshop: Fake MH17 Photo Lights Up RuNet” was posted on Global Voices. The article detailed an event that occurred a few days before that had since become a widespread source of mockery and digital response, first on RuNet and then beyond. RuNet, for those unfamiliar, comprises Russian-language internet domains and websites—the essential digital component of contemporary Russian culture. The RuNet se... [more]

#TerribleDecisions: #CosbyMeme Edition   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/12/14

The lack of foresight and the unwillingness to learn from recent history resulted this week in Bill Cosby tweeting a photo of himself smiling under the words “Happy Monday” with the instructions, “Go ahead, meme me! #Cosby Meme.” In his solicitation of public response, Cosby chose a medium in which he had no control or editing power over the results. The tweet has since been deleted, after it got exactly what he asked for. It's *amazing*... [more]

Ello: Is it Good for Artists?  
9/29/14 Posted 9/29/14

We hate Facebook, but we use it anyways. Its distressing “real name” policy, emotional manipulation for research and the extortion of revenue from small businesses, magazines, non-profits, etc who now must pony up in order for their posts to show in more than 10% of their own fans’ feeds has compounded to make the behemoth social network universally reviled. Unfortunately, no new social media network has come along to take its place. Along comes Ello. Last week, ironically, Twi... [more]

Social Media Contest, “POP Your Culture With The Warhol D.I.Y. Pop App” (21-31 Mar. 2013)  
3/22/13 Posted 3/22/13

(Excerpt from 'Translation and Localization Agency Acclaro, Andy Warhol Museum to Host Social Media Contest' posted by Visual Arts News Desk on BWW Art World on Mar. 21, 2013. Found here   Acclaro is an international translation and localization agency that translates websites, marketing campaigns, documents, software and apps for businesses and organizations. New York-based translation and localization agency Acclaro announces "POP Your Culture With The Warhol D.I.Y. Pop App": a social media contest in associatio... [more]

#geoff_deweaver, #Linkedin ,There are 707,803 "Artist" on LinkedIn,and why I'm ranked number 2 !  
2/22/12 Posted 2/22/12

  If your on LinkedIn ,or have come from the LinkedIn site,you'll know already that you can search from their members base of 150,000,000 people/registered users for just about any kind of Professional . I'm an Artist,so it's vital that I show up in the first few pages of the search if someone is looking for a particular type of Artist, as people nowadays are hardly likely to spend copious amounts of time doing so. If your on LinkedIn,and want to see for yourself,... [more]

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