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Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Manning Publish Comic in Last Push for Obama Clemency

by Joel Kuennen
Heather Dewey-Hagborg is perhaps best known for her project , a dystopian romp into the world of cheap genetics technology and surveillance culture where she was able to create facial masks of New Yorkers from bits of gum and hair left by individuals on the streets. Unfamiliar? Read our interview with her from last year to catch up. Today, she released a comic, Suppressed Images, in collaboration with Army whistle-blower Chelsea Manning and illustrator Shoili Kanungo as one final push to... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 1/17
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Jenyu Wang Answers 5 Questions

by The Artslant Team
    What are you trying to communicate with your work? In retrospect, it feels as if I’ve been pushing EPs out there for years, all of them love songs. So far my message has been about sharing intense desires and their loss.  What is an artist’s responsibility? Hmm. Always wondered if art and responsibility were compatible, or mutually exclusive. The supremely difficult challenge for me has been to stay passionate, stay argumentative, yet stay tender (big Jenny Holzer fan).... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 1/11
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The Artist Positioning Himself as Richter’s Crown Prince

by Edo Dijksterhuis
Next year Eberhard Havekost turns fifty: time to balance the books. The press release for his current solo at KINDL positions Havekost “among the most important German artists of his generation.” The artist himself probably doesn’t agree with an accolade this generic, especially when it’s accompanying the kind of self-confident display of painterly power that is . The show takes up two full floors and doesn’t leave much wall space unused. The works on show are so diverse, they could have been... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 11/20/16
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GCC: Nation-making and the Power of Positivity

by Hend F. Alawadhi
GCC’s latest solo show at Mitchell-Innes and Nash features mixed media installations, thermoformed wall reliefs, and sound works. The show is an elaborate tongue-in-cheek reflection of the Arab Gulf States’ recent investment in New Age spirituality trends, from personal holistic remedies, natural healing energies, and positive life-coaching, to governmental policy making such as implementing Feng Shui techniques in ministry offices and the UAE’s recent forming of a Ministry of Happiness. The... [more]
Posted by Hend F. Alawadhi on 11/17/16
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Heather Dewey-Hagborg Questions DNA as Big Data

by Joel Kuennen
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is often imagined as the key to identity, as the progenitor of who we are. It is nature within us and the scaffolding onto which we are nurtured into who we are. However, through epigenetics, viral transfer, and genetic drift, we are becoming more aware of the superposition of DNA and its ability to change, inherit, mute, and express with degrees of certainty, not certitude. At the same time, DNA extraction and sequencing has never been cheaper or easier. In light... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/31/16
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Where Is the Beach? Is It Under the Paving Stones?

by Nicole Rodríguez Woods
The very notion is deeply romantic. A location of perfect tension, where the weather is honest and the sounds are cyclical. The Beach is that point in space where time and energy laps onto a surface, reworking it; constructing and deconstructing; giving and taking away. No less romantic is the notion that a “beach” surrounds us all under the tiles, asphalt, and paving stones of the city, beneath the constructs of our society. That it is always there, ever present, pushing up against the... [more]
Posted by Nicole Rodríguez Woods on 8/17/16
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Looking at, and Through, Photography

by Peter Cochrane
Ivan Iannoli uses photography as a catalyst. He uses its unique scientific, artistic, and mechanical histories: as the standardization of the width of a film negative begat photographic paper sizes; as precut acrylic sheets fit perfectly into manufactured frames; as the industrial revolution set into motion the uniformity of items that were previously made to order. He taps into the ways in which artists before him have advanced photography beyond its material constraints—in the way that, say,... [more]
Posted by Peter Cochrane on 7/5/16
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Sam Lewitt's Temperature-Raising Intervention Is More Than a Hot Take

by Osman Can Yerebakan
The temperature in New York had reached the low 80s when I schlepped downtown for Sam Lewitt's at the Swiss Institute. Entering the gallery, which is nestled between the frenzy of Canal street and SoHo, it immediately became clear that the title of Lewitt’s intervention was a massive understatement.  Dispersed throughout the otherwise serene gallery space are large-scale copper heating circuits connected to the tall ceiling with loosely hung black wires. Dominating the exhibition more... [more]
Posted by Osman Can Yerebakan on 6/29/16
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The Matter of Molecular Practice: An Interview with Sean Raspet

by Joel Kuennen
We live at a time when an astounding amount of information is available to us at a shocking degree of immediacy. A netizen will regularly take deep-dives down wiki wormholes, eagerly grazing on masses of hyper-specific information related to a singular topic, all the while rhizomatically connected to and through a world of greater knowledge. No longer limited to a vocabulary of the phenomenological, we can pastiche together descriptions, criticisms, and comments that pull from the sciences,... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 6/22/16
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What Does an Interesting Theory Look Like?

by Jesi Khadivi
Interesting. The word says a lot and nothing at all. We often leverage it to describe people, projects, and ideas that we don’t quite know what to make of yet—or notions too complicated to be quickly defined. Used and abused, the word teeters on the brink of vacuity. Defining something as insists on a radical subjectivity, the spark of a personal constellation of references and affinities. Yet it equally connotes the superficial bundle of affects often tendered in digital exchange.  What,... [more]
Posted by Jesi Khadivi on 4/7/16