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20150619115758-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Daniel Keller   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/19/15

Welcome to the third installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Two | Daniel Keller: Party of Five "Good" art (2:15) Stacking stones and negentropy (4:00) Spirulina Spir... [more]

20150619081441-freckmann-en-govers-fremdhaus-300 Basel 2015 Trends: Irony Rules at the New Rhy Art Fair   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Rhy Basel June 18th - June 21st
Posted 6/19/15

In the early hours of opening day at Rhypark, a gentle rain falls upon Basel. While the sun tries to break through the overcast clouds, the weather cannot squash the fact that the city is already illuminated by art and global attention. The Rhy Art Fair is the newest addition to the fair circuit, making its Basel debut this year. Presented by the Swiss organizer Contemporary Art International Zurich (founded in 1999 and now celebrating its 17th year) Rhy Art Fair showcases emerging talent in B... [more]

20150618103517-artbasel2015_meg_09_596 Why Crowdfunding Is the Most Art Basel Can Do in Terms of Social Responsibility   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/18/15

When you walk onto Basel’s Messeplatz this week you can’t miss it: the temporary Gesamtkunstwerk with the rhetorical title Do We Dream Under The Same Sky. It consists of a bamboo structure designed by architects Nicholaus Hirsch and Michel Müller. Inside, chef Antto Melasniemi manages his personally designed solar kitchen, working with locally grown spices and herbs. Besides unusual fusion snacks such as fish ice cream and "bastard pad Thai," invented by Melasniemi and artist Rirkrit... [more]

20150618201602-contact_la-8 This Must Be the Place   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/18/15

The art bar has an amorphous history, beginning perhaps with Cabaret Voltaire and reaching critical mass with those pilot program Starbucks that serve wine and put out incomplete chess sets after sunset. My own baptism into this genre of space was descending into the speakeasy underneath China Art Objects’ original Chung King Road location seven or eight years ago. Cramped, hot, definitely not up to code—nonetheless, I felt insanely glamorous, tucked into an odoriferous red-lit corner, s... [more]

20150616143130-hassan_hajjaj_karima_a_day_in_the_life_of_a_henna_girl Can Critical Moving Images Exist in the Art Fair Model? In Conversation with Maxa Zoller   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Julieta Aranda, Katie Armstrong, Will Benedict, Hassan Hajjaj, Kimsooja, Oliver Laric, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Karolin Meunier, Takashi Murakami, Laure Provost, Michael Snow, Mounira Al Solh, David Leonard TV, Agnès Varda, Kan Xuan at Art Basel June 18th - June 21st
Posted 6/16/15

Basel, June 2015: Maxa Zoller is the new curator of this year’s Film Sector at Art Basel. Leading up to her film programme this week, Olga Stefan spoke with the Cairo-based curator and lecturer about the blurred lines between film and video art and their implications on modes of viewing; how film can be commodified; political films and their impact at art fairs; and the spaces of free expression in Cairo. Olga Stefan: Could you describe for us what this all-encompassing category of... [more]

20150616211517-artbasel2015_meg_04_092 Art Basel 2015: Your Guide to Basel Fairs and Art Institutions   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/16/15

Art Basel turns 46 this year. There’s little new to say about the original mega-fair, which had 90 exhibitors at its very first 1970 edition, and 281 exhibitors just three years later. With a maturing satellite scene—Liste celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, Design Miami hits double digits, and Volta enters its pre-teens—we know what to expect from much of the week’s establishment lineup. But as the art world grows, so too does the number of fairs and events stra... [more]

20150616180620-dowedreamunderthesameskycourtesyrirkrittiravanijanikolaushirschmichelmllerandanttomelasniemi The Best of Basel's Free Events   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/16/15

It's said that there is “no free lunch,”—but what about some free art events in Basel? Yes, it's June, and it's time for Art Basel again. It may not as exotic a location as Miami or Hong Kong, but the old European continent offers a deep-rooted history and relatively compact scale of events (at least compared to its Miami mega-offshoot) in the cozy Swiss town at the corner of three nations. Audiences are increasingly interested in attending openings, museum shows, and art fairs and it... [more]

20150615195556-marta-thisner-300dpi__1280x914_ Momentum 8: The Narcissist Biennial?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/15/15

While all eyes are on Basel, there’s a different crowd who are skipping the annual summer commercial art fair route altogether. Some of them might have been at the opening of the Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art this weekend, Momentum. The 8th edition opened its doors with live video of a performance from a Kurdish-Swedish pop songstress, Oculus Goggles, and an installation made of synthetic hair. Shoplifter's hair sculpture, Installation View. Photo: Nadja Sayej Such things are alw... [more]

20150617074519-mathieu_k_abonnenc_marcelle_alix_802 Basel Statements: Mathieu K. Abonnenc Explores the French West Indies' Colonial Past   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/15/15

Mathieu K. Abonnenc has a complicated relationship with his past. For his solo presentation in the Statements section of Art Basel, which kicks off this week, Abonnenc, an artist born in French Guiana who now lives in Paris, digs into the history and effects of colonialism and its representations within society. You might have seen Abonnenc's work in the Belgian Pavilion as part of Vincent Meessen’s project at the Venice Biennale. His most recent works, such as Forever Weak and Ungrateful... [more]

20150612114919-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Chris Lloyd   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/12/15

Welcome to the second installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman Episode Two | Chris Lloyd: Canuck Amok An audience of "Mom" (7:10) On unaware audiences (11:35) The Everyday Goal... [more]

20150611064026-1 Living Images, Digital Decay   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/11/15

A recent study conducted by psychologist Linda Henkel at Fairfield University demonstrated an unexpected relationship between memory and taking photographs. In the study, participants were lead around an art museum and directed to take photographs of various works. They were then tested on their recollection of said works. The results showed that the act of taking pictures of a scene actually inhibits our ability to remember it.[1] While the photo-taking process today isn’t inherently di... [more]

20150611133047-screen_shot_2015-06-10_at_3 Systems: Issue 4 of Editions   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/11/15

Table of Contents: Arte de Sistemas | Ionit Behar Map Art: Systems Unite | Gillian Dykeman Activating the Archive | Jessica Lynne Living Images, Digital Decay | Taylor Dafoe Systems for a Downer: on Artistic Failure | Philippa Snow Ed Fornieles, installing pole for ami, 2015. Part of a new body of work that documents the artist's apartment using a live webcam. At the same time, a cartoon dimension will be layered over the top, unfolding its own narrative. All Systems Are Go It could be said that c... [more]

20150610103457-gwen_install Map Art: Systems Unite   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/10/15

Ecology and economy (and its politics) are concurrent, intersectional systems. To consider both together fully requires an interdisciplinary approach to which art and geography (and cultural geographers or geographer-artists) are potentially well-equipped to perform. Artwork coming out of this union is often in response to research scrutinizing information pulled out of social demographics, seen from outer space, or embedded in landscapes. Both disciplines are usually nested in the humanities, but... [more]

20150608205733-image1_puente_1968 Arte de Sistemas: Conceptual Art and Politics in Argentina   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/8/15

The word system, like any other technical word taken from colloquial speech, has many meanings; it is imprecise. Though this lack of precision in a technical word might initially seem dangerous, it is, in fact, often useful because it allows ideas to flourish while they are still vague; it allows connections to be made between ideas yet to be explored; and it allows those ideas to be extended and broadened instead of circumscribed and confined by a premature definition and precision. —Al... [more]

20150605062913-freeman-lowe__the_floating_chain__video_still_1___2014_cnon_55 Loop Barcelona 2015: Poetry, Politics, and Personal Stories   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/4/15

The camera floats through a slap-dash architectural model, following a trickle of water originating from a fountain stuck through a passport picture, gargoyle-style, flowing past miniature cities consisting of slabs of transparent plastic, slipping into a next scene. Garishly colored deserts are bombarded with Jell-O and chocolate sprinkles. Fruit is hooked up to seriously scientific machines with electric cables. And TV-commercials from the eighties spin out of control. In the meantime the swinging sou... [more]

20150603144921-working-it-out-logo Working (it) Out with Gillian Dykeman: Maryse Larivière   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Posted 6/3/15

Welcome to the first installation of the Artslant podcast series, Working (it) Out. My name is Gillian Dykeman, and I'm a visual artist living in Toronto, Ontario. This summer, I am interviewing artists to ask about the role of audience in their practice. Each interview will begin with one question: "Does art require an audience?" This question came up in the Fieldwork seminar I took this year in the Masters of Visual Studies program at the University of Toronto. Initially, the answer seemed l... [more]


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