tagged: documentary

Body as Material in the Surveillance State

by Tara Plath
In a world moving at increasing speeds toward virtual realities and encroaching technologies, it can be difficult to remember the body. It is not until we are sick, do we understand our sense of heath; not until injured or arthritic can we visualize the joint or tendon; not until hair falls out do we wonder how it ever stayed in. It is the decay of the material of our body that makes us human and remember that we are. It is the body that I think about when considering the work of documentary... [more]
Posted by Tara Plath on 2/22/16

The Best B Movies About the Art World

by Char Jansen
When art and artists appear as a subject in cinema, it's typically in the form of a too lengthy/too sexy biopic (think:  or Frida) or a hyperbolic thriller that suffuses the cliché of scintillating glamor with filthy corruption (The Thomas Crown Affair, anyone?) The big screen is always attracted to prurience, but there are some movies in the straight-to-dvd crate that, whether they present artifice or archetype, deserve to be revived for the morsels of wisdom they impart about the art world.... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 8/23/15

Vikings and Panthers: A Parisian Subculture in Photographs

by Himali Singh Soin
There’s a weed smokin’ bass thrumming pill poppin’ party ashin’ whiskey drinkin’ boy in the back. P’tit Jean lights a spliff and takes a swig and says, “get me into trouble now.” A hard won laughter heats the door knobbin’ dance floor as skirts swirl with sex, limbs long and longing, and spit stings songs. For a hot sec there is no silence and no fight. This is a document of Paris in the 80s—but it could be New York or London or even Bombay or Cairo—tracking life from the center of the... [more]
Posted by Himali Singh Soin on 4/9/15

Interview with Hito Steyerl: "The medium is an information filter"

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“If you want to know what art looks like in 2014, go and see Hito Steyerl’s satirical video installations,” Ben Luke of the Evening Standard wrote last year when reviewing Steyerl’s show at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. And right he is. Few artists have the Zeitgeist by the balls the way the German artist does. Her video works deal with technological evolution, the production and reproduction of images, and the power relations involved—subjects right at the heart of today’s... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 4/7/15

Morning Star: Marshall Scheuttle Photographs Las Vegas in a New Light

by Andrea Zlotowitz
xploring our place and identity within the world. Borderland, his first body of work, focused on the individual and their surroundings; his latest project, Morning Star, turns its attention to the specific dynamic of Las Vegas, in response to the stories he uncovered in his earlier series. Scheuttle shoots analogue using a large-format 8 x 10 view camera. His passion and drive for photographing contemporary America allow him to experience his journeys cerebrally, further opening his lens to the... [more]
Posted by Andrea Zlotowitz on 2/19/15

Araki: An Exhibitionist Looking Death in the Eye

by Edo Dijksterhuis
In the film (1998) by Kore-eda Hirokazu the recently deceased end up on a minimalist film set. In this purgatory they discuss and improvise with their fellow travelers until they have decided on the ultimately defining moment of their lives. They re-enact it and then pass over to whatever paradise or nothingness may be waiting for them. One by one the dead come to terms with what they’ve left behind. Except for one, who can’t decide. That guy could have been Nobuyoshi Araki. The now... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 12/22/14

A Photographer Captures a Dying Tradition at the Del Mar Racetrack

by The Artslant Team
And Away They Go, which documents the life at the Del Mar racetrack—a place Chakeen visited often growing up in San Diego. Here, the photographer gives ArtSlant his personal perspective on the complex social atmosphere at one of California's most historic sports venues.   The Del Mar racetrack opened in 1937. It was a huge part of Hollywood in its halcyon days. Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby were frequent visitors. Del Mar is my hometown, a small beach town with a population of... [more]
Posted by The Artslant Team on 12/16/14

In Pictures: Rio's Baile Funk Culture

by Char Jansen
Baile Funk and Rio De Janeiro are inseperable kin; the unmistakable bassline sounds thump over the hillside favelas of the city, most of which have been pacified as part of a governmental iniative that began in 2008. From Rocinha to Cantagalo each Baile has its own particular flavor, an intense mix of sex, rhythm and hedonism. It's not just the unmistakable "Um Cha Cha Um Cha" that is an intergral part of Rio, but its ambience and aesthetics, that epitomize in many ways the Brazilian... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 11/9/14

Displacements: the real and surreal photographs of Kati Horna

by Marianne Templeton
Despite being at the forefront of documentary photography during the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and the Mexican Surrealist movement of the 1940s, Hungarian-born Kati Horna (née Deutsch) has remained relatively unknown outside of her adopted country of Mexico. Yet the art world has an ever-growing appetite for unearthing overlooked or forgotten perspectives that wind alongside the dominant Western masculine narratives of the twentieth century, and Horna is a perfect candidate. The focus on... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 6/30/14

Pablo Bartholomew: Time Regained

by Deepika Sorabjee
Pablo Bartholomew’s  at Sakshi Gallery takes you back in time: literally, through photographs taken in the city in the ‘70s, and artistically, from a time when photojournalism was a hallmark of magazines like LIFE and National Geographic. Its transition today into the gallery space elicits two stories, one of a lost Calcutta—its very name has changed—and one of the place for contemporary photojournalistic photography itself. In an age of pre-digital dissemination, photojournalists, the great... [more]
Posted by Deepika Sorabjee on 4/18/14
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