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Closed Circuits and Bodies Electric   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 11/17/15

For Maize Mantis at The Kitchen this past October, Sergei Tcherepnin created an amalgam of dance performance, musical composition, and theatre. In this project drawing partly from Sergei Diaghilev’s production of Feu d’Artifice and incorporating paintings by Lucy Dodd and Kerstin Brätsch, the audience witnessed a host of characters—including wolves, jellyfish, and basketball players—whimsically navigate a landscape of light and sound. At the sonic height of the work... [more]

With New Paintings Adel Abidin Questions the Perception of Arabic-Speaking Media   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Adel Abidin at Lawrie Shabibi September 14th - November 10th
Posted 11/3/15

Iraqi-Finnish artist Adel Abidin returns to his painterly roots for the first time in six years with Immortals, a solo exhibition running at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai. The show, which challenges society’s perceptions of Arabic-speaking media, gives visitors the feeling of watching live news on television, with some irony added in. The outstretched hand of a cleric appears from behind a microphone-strewn podium, while his body is obscured in black. The artist seems to suggest that figures o... [more]

A Flâneur’s Guide to FIAC’s Hors Les Murs   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at FIAC October 22nd - October 25th
Posted 10/20/15

With its annual Hors Les Murs programming, FIAC is once more transforming Paris into a tableau vivant with art spread citywide, well beyond the glass domes of the Grand Palais. Here you’ll find a suggested promenade replete with the best artful stops outside the fair’s walls. Follow my itinerary, or in the true spirit of Baudelaire’s flâneur, go ahead and wander, get lost, and see what you find—you’re sure to stumble upon some art! Dan Graham, Passa... [more]

Can an Art Fair Actually Transform a City? In Paris, Yes   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/20/15

It’s kind of an obvious thing to say that Paris is different from London and New York, and no doubt many other cities that I haven’t had the opportunity to visit or live in, but still it is. Specifically this is in the sense that it isn’t—no matter what any Parisien will tell you—a huge, teaming, hyper-megapolis. It’s actually a small and crowded city of only two million inhabitants (yes, in cultural terms the banlieue is only beginning to maybe exist [see “... [more]

What Should the Accelerationist Fantasy Look Like?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/17/15

A crowd of chic young things stands on the balcony of a 13th century palace in the heart of Bologna, mingling as if their lives depended on it. On three sides, the sounds of different stages of electronic music are wafting into the night, while projected beams light up the masonry, young technology showing off the old building in a chiaroscuro of centuries. The 8th edition of Bologna’s music and art festival, Robot08, took place from October 7 to 10, 2015. Focused on sounds from the elect... [more]

Trying Out Utopia: La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 10/14/15

Something tells me you’ll want to sit for this. You may even want to lie down, as your brain pulsates and heartbeat shifts. Your thoughts are sucked into a vortex of sound; your sense of self absorbed into vibrating air molecules. The more you focus on perception, the more unmoored your mind becomes. And that’s just the first ten minutes. La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House intends to reorient you: mind, body, and spirit. Currently at Dia:Chelsea, this sonic and visual... [more]

America Is Hard to See, But Could Performance Offer the Clearest Lens?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Matana Roberts at Whitney Museum of American Art August 5th - August 9th
Posted 8/13/15

For five days New York-based saxophonist and multimedia artist Matana Roberts took over the Whitney’s third-floor theater for the latest installment of i call america, her “extended research residency”-cum-performance, situated as a response to the Whitney’s inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See. “America is hard to see” compels us to look, to try to understand the complexities of America’s visual history; “I call America,” meanwhile, establishes an agent, compelling us to act. Understan... [more]

Sonic Acts: This Is What the Anthropocene Sounds Like   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 3/10/15

As Caroline Picard pointed out earlier this year on ArtSlant, we’ve been living in the anthropocene our whole lives, but never before have we talked quite so much about it. Despite all the “age of man” chatter, “images of the anthropocene are missing,” argues one of two articles explicitly addressing the anthropocene in the latest e-flux journal. Irmgard Emmelhainz’s “Conditions of Visuality Under the Anthropocene and Images of the Anthropocene to Come” argues that the anthropocene “announces its own extinction... [more]

What Does Christian Marclay's Glass Harp Sound Like?   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Christian Marclay at White Cube, Bermondsey January 28th - April 12th
Posted 2/16/15

There is a certain subset of art that sustains the moment prior to critical thinking: that place before or beyond thought. Aesthetically attuned, the spectator is an empty glass resonating with vibrations, an orange pricked by a thumbnail, but not yet peeled. It’s a sweet pleasure to immerse myself in visual and aural sensations without probing them, questioning them, demanding the things of them that we must demand, as the socially responsible culture consumers that we are. Biweekly perfo... [more]

Happy Birthday, Art! The Party Report from Pilsen   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Posted 1/19/15

The French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou was the first to proclaim “Art’s Birthday” as a public holiday on January 17. Coincidentally, Art shares the same birthday as Filliou, who came up with the idea in 1963. The myth is that 1,000,000 years ago, someone threw a dry sponge into a bucket of water and voilà: Art was born. It was first publicly celebrated in Aachen, Germany, and Paris simultaneously in 1973, and the phenomenon has grown every year with celebrations now taking plac... [more]

The Model Studio: Sound Artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver in Conversation  
1/13/15 Posted 1/13/15

When London-based sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver first arrived in Dubai for an 11-month residency at Tashkeel, all they could hear was the white noise of air conditioning units. Slowly, their ears adjusted and natural sounds began to break through. While we spoke on the terrace outside the gallery, Fari draped herself on a settee, a droll setup that made me feel like a Freudian psychologist, particularly when our interview took a turn to the theoretical. Our bodies absorbed the muff... [more]

Frieze on the cheap: Frieze Sounds   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Keren Cytter, Cally Spooner, Hannah Weinberger at Frieze London October 15th, 2014 - October 18th, 2014
Posted 10/16/14

Frieze Art Fair is very much not free. A day ticket will cost you £33 this year. If you want to pop in after work, a 5–7 PM entry is £15. Heaven forbid you want to bring a child. Doing so will set you back £21, even if they sleep through it. Jake Chapman recently caused controversy by stating in public that children shouldn’t be taken to see contemporary art because they don't get it. In the case of Frieze, I’d have to agree with him—it's unlikely to be worth spending the cash. For the thrifty, there are some op... [more]

Robots Lost at Sea: Tracking an Artwork Adrift in the Atlantic Ocean  
9/24/14 Posted 9/24/14

On September 9th, a robot was released into the Gulf of Mexico, set adrift in the Gulf Stream. Off the southern tip of Portugal its transatlantic counterpart awaits sendoff into the strong Canary Current this week. Once offshore, these passive robots—floating spheres one-meter in diameter with sensors submerged below sea level—will be left on their own, without human intervention. Their mission: to unite in the middle of the Atlantic, carried only by currents and the forces of natu... [more]

Interview with Robert Taite  
9/22/14 Posted 9/22/14

Winnipeg, Sept. 2014: Robert Taite generates content through painting. Visual data culled through transitions, his paintings seem coy or perhaps indifferent to what Donald Judd described as “specific” in his seminal 1965 essay Specific Objects. While influenced by post war conceptual art, Taite’s own work feels of the moment with a cut-and-paste aesthetic; sources are loose and refreshed often. His practice prompts associations with a continuum of artists playing with architecture a... [more]

Stories in Song and Shadow: An Interview with Sahra Motalebi  
8/10/14 Posted 8/10/14

New York, Aug. 2014: Sahra Motalebi’s multimedia performance operetta, Intangible Heritages, Belief's Demise, staged at New York’s Sculpture Center in February, told the stories of neglected archetypical characters. Among the characters that Motalebi conjured from an ancient Eastern literary heritage were a prostitute, a warrior-prisoner, and an elderly recluse. She lyrically presented their interlaced narratives while they moved through a projected shadow play praised by curator Kari... [more]

When art explores the fabric of matter. A studio visit with Amalia Del Ponte  
7/28/14 Posted 7/28/14

Milan, Jul. 2014: It happened by chance. About two months ago I heard about the new donation of a work of art to the permanent collection of the Museum of XX Century Art in Milan: the piece was a sculpture by Italian artist Amalia Del Ponte. Her name was totally new to me. Curious, I peeked into her resume—some solo exhibitions in a few Milan galleries, especially in the 70s and the 80s, and the First Prize for Sculpture at the São Paulo Biennale in 1973. How do you feel?, the work a... [more]

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