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Random International: Art & Technology's Magical Realists

by Joel Kuennen
Random International is an arts collective founded by Florian Ortkrass, Hannes Koch, and Stuart Wood currently based in London. They exploded onto the international art stage in 2012 with their extremely popular a work that was supremely Instagrammable, but also illucidated the magical realism that the marriage of art and technology can produce. After extremely successful installations at the Barbican in London and MoMA PS1, Rain Room is set to occupy LACMA in November 2015. We got the chance... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 7/14/15
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From the Salvage Yard to the Shopping Mall: Rachel Higgins' Logistical Aesthetics

by Natalie Hegert
I remember despising the revamped, restyled strip malls that proliferated in the late 1990s, replacing dilapidated 1960s-era kitsch elegance with chunky stucco postmodern monotony in various shades of taupe, terracotta, and teal. These non-places had names conjured from corporate boardrooms—“The Shoppes at Villa Terraces,” “Sycamore Plaza Town Centre” and the like—a nomenclature almost offensive in its disavowal of history and specificity in favor of a generic, anesthetic appeal. Years later,... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 6/30/15
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Laure Prouvost Talks Art School, Getting By, and Taking Film Beyond the Screen

by Guy Parker
The world of experimental and avant-garde film and video is relatively intimate, its natives comparatively few. A visit to Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, Europe’s premiere short and experimental film platform, is a step into that world; it's a place populated once a year by an international cadre with a passion for moving image's oldest and most cutting edge format. Where else can you can you drink in a late night bar confident in the knowledge that any of the other 100+ patrons could list the... [more]
Posted by Guy Parker on 6/1/15
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Interview: Frances Stark on Art and Hip Hop

by Nadja Sayej
Over a cappuccino in the lobby of Hotel Savoia Jolanda in Venice, Frances Stark sat in a flower-print sun dress with spaghetti straps. It was the preview week of the 56th Venice Biennale and familiar faces came in and out of the hotel. She greeted friends with a warm smile, while showing pictures of her 12-year-old son on her iPhone. Upon first glance, L.A.-based Stark could pass for any other suburban mom—but sit down with her for a coffee and you’ll believe the opposite. As the winner of this... [more]
Posted by Nadja Sayej on 5/19/15
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"The Other Side of the Fair": In Conversation with Samara Golden

by Christina Catherine Martinez
Samara Golden draws you in and shuts you out. Sewing, stuffing, and cutting materials of personal industriousness—fabrics, pantyhose, found thriftwares, cosmetology heads—the props in her motley sets splay out against all manner of reflective surfaces, situating some version of you inside her bendy armatures of time, place, and movie-inflected memory. M.C. Escher meets , the campy slickness melting into your own face as seen in a broken mirror, a slab of reflective polystyrene, or live video... [more]
Posted by Christina Catherine Martinez on 5/12/15
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Sean Lynch on Researching Rumors and His Venice Biennale Presentation

by Natalie Hegert
Venice is a city of many hidden stories: the labors of conquests buried in damp passageways, the dreams of crusaders and merchants obscured behind masks, forgotten stories in moldering letters, in dark-browed statues guarding doorways, and treasures of spice and silk sunk deep in the Venetian Lagoon. But there are hidden stories everywhere on God’s good green earth, not just in cities steeped in literature and teeming with ghosts. Sean Lynch finds such stories, researching rumors and urban... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 4/27/15
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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
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Arts and Letters: Lesley Dill in Conversation

by Lee Ann Norman
Lesley Dill works in sculpture, photography, and performance, using a range of media and methods to explore themes of language, the body, and what it means to be transformed by an experience. She recently participated in Beautiful Beast at the New York Academy of Art, an exhibition that explored the intersection of beauty and abjection through sculpture, often depicting our humanity through distortion. I am always interested in work that defies disciplinary boundaries and convention, and Dill’s... [more]
Posted by Lee Ann Norman on 3/30/15
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The Art of Shifting Directions: An Interview with Tania Mouraud

by Caroline Picard
Tania Mouraud’s retrospective at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, curated by Hélène Guenin and Elodie Stroecken, spans features over 70 works of art dating from the late 1960s to today. In June, the show spreads beyond the walls of the museum when nine surrounding locations will host additional works of Mouraud, engaging the entire city as an interlocking exhibition site. Mouraud began working in the 60s as a painter, shifting tacks in the 70s to create a series of immersive meditation rooms. She... [more]
Posted by Caroline Picard on 3/17/15
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Interview with Ed Atkins: Cadavers Telling You to Shut Up

by Edo Dijksterhuis
“What the fuck am I looking at?” This is what Beatrix Ruf thought when she first encountered a work by Ed Atkins. The new Stedelijk Museum Director is not one to get caught up in diplomatic niceties—and at the press preview of she didn’t mind repeating the question. Her confusion has turned out to be inspirational, though: last year she curated a show with the British artist at the Zurich Kunsthalle, and now she has landed him his first solo show in the Netherlands. To boot, the Stedelijk has... [more]
Posted by Edo Dijksterhuis on 3/10/15