Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Charlie Koolhaas: True Cities

2009-02-12

Re–blog from VernissageTV.

The exhibition True Cities, by Dutch artist and sociologist Charlie Koolhaas at Architekturforum Aedes in Berlin, try to bring the World into one place. The concept is to show how connected the Globe is using photos from the four cities of Guangzhou, Dubai, Lagos, and London.

I find this naive view on photography’s mimetic qualities problematic. Of course Koolhaas herself is aware of this and states that as soon as you make collections they start to form communities of their own. So in a sense this art work is self-fulfilled.

The idea that each city is identified by it’s density or emptyness of space grabbed my attention. This definition by negation of space is worth contemplating. Could the same statement be made for the human mind?

Enlightenment, Porn, and Worse: Studying Human Cruelty

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the OUPblog.

I totally agree: we are in great need to understand human cruelty. The media landscape and the availability of, in lack of a better word, negative news has changed our perception of violence, war, etc. I often speak about our — that being the global — culture as pornographic. It all reminds me of Susan Sontag’s Regarding the Pain of Others.

Glitches Adding Authenticity

2009-02-09

Re–blog from c.oncio.us/ly.

Glitch art is a big interest of mine. I’ve done a lot of glitch art myself — both visual and audio — that I will be present to you as soon as I get the money to fund the Web gallery project.

This was posted on Iman Moradi’s blog, one of the authorities on visual glitch art. What grabbed me wasn’t the post but the title: That glitches add authenticity. I’ve never thought about it but of course it can! Mind though that it’s a dangers business, as the case with the fake photo of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il shows.

Mark Barrow, Anthony Pearson, Blinky Palermo

2009-02-08

Re–blog from ArtCal.

I’ve always fascinated by self–reflexive art and art that cross the border of it’s own medium. In this exhibition, at the Lisa Cooley Fine Art gallery in New York, Mark Barrow’s work is what got my attention. I myself play a lot with the intersection between painting and photography. Photos from the exhibition can be viewed at the gallery website.

CutUp “Non-linear Harbinger Sytems”

2009-02-08

Re–blog from SHIFT.

And be sure to visit British art collective CutUp’s own website, where you can watch a video and lots of photos of their art. Their next exhibition will be at the James Taylor Gallery in East London.

New Art From the Middle East at The Saatchi Gallery, London through May 9th, 2009

2009-02-07

Re–blog from Art Observed.