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On the Bosphorous, Istanbul at sunset

It is difficult to describe the warmth and friendliness of the Istanbullus, and it’s even more difficult to put into words the breathtaking, but somehow heartwrenching commuter ferry ride across the Bosphorous from Karaköy or Eminönü to Kadaköy. As we travelled from Europe to Asia, across waters that have supported the passing of thousands of years, from Romans to Byzantines, Ottomans to Turks, waters that enabled trade, commerce, and pleasure since the Middle Ages, we slipped with ease into the city’s daily life. Contemporary Istanbullus are not so different from commuters anywhere; they... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/12/11
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Berlin: All Hours, No Time

They say when you move your problems move with you. Changing cities won’t make a new you. I know this. But nothing underscores this so well as when you are riding around in the back of a taxicab through the Saturday morning light of Berlin, having left a club that is still going until 7am. I have a bad habit of staying to the bitter end, bars, clubs, wherever. But how do you beat that? To borrow a quote from the comedian Larry Miller, “You don’t defeat the night, the night defeats you.” “Are you staying until 7?” I asked the cute girl with perfectly straight bangs named Clementine. She was... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 9/5/11
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ABOUT TO BURST: The Art World’s Intern Bubble

Unpaid Internship. A two-word phrase that makes any young creative cringe. The concept of providing work for free is an unfortunate reality in most every field and is particularly indicative of a troubling larger issue within the artistic community. In an industry that already has a difficult time solidifying the marriage of labor and capital, an expectation like the unpaid internship warps the entire market. What could be a hands-on learning experience often falls flat, discrediting and disheartening the next generation of artists, curators, designers, gallerists, museum directors and crit... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/29/11
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Shan Studio and Gigonline: Don’t wake the neighbours

It’s midnight, Beijing-time, and in the darkened living room of a small apartment near the city’s second ring road, two figures quietly attend to their bank of equipment. The performers, Taurin Barrera and gogoj, appear not entirely there, in a world of their own, working away in an environment with few sounds filling the room aside from the rustles of their movements. Projected on the wall beside them are gogoj’s wave-form lightning strikes, reacting to some unheard input, building from simple shaped waves through to complex smears and many-dimensional structures as the feeds become ever mor... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/21/11
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LOVE: IMAGEVIRUS & MIXED MESSAGES

It's really about love. That was Amy Sadao, Executive Director of Visual AIDS, speaking in 2010 at the Postcards from the Edge benefit show. She was talking about continuing the dialog about HIV and AIDS through art and activism, keeping alive the works of artists who have died from the disease, and providing support to a community of HIV+ artists. This has always been the goal of Visual AIDS since its beginnings in 1988. AIDS is as much about love as it is about loss. Consider, for instance, the compassion we have and feel in caring for a friend, a lover, or a family member who is ill. This i... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 8/13/11