David Byrne made a bunch of fake screenshots for iPhone apps that don’t exist. They’ll be in an exhibit called ‘Social Media,’ at The Pace Gallery (510 West 25th Street) from September 16 – October 15:
“The exhibition focuses on contemporary artists exploring public platforms for communication and social networks through an aesthetic and conceptual lens. In an era of increasingly omnipresent new technologies, Social Media examines the impact of these systems as they transform human expression, interaction, and perception.”
Senso Orario is an exhibition I curated in Voltaggio (Alessandria), a little town in the north of Italy.
Five contemporary artists (Bianco-Valente, Mariagrazia Pontorno, Tamara Repetto, Roberto Pugliese and Marcella Vanzo) created site specific works for the occasion. Here are some photos…
“Order and Progress is the first Italian solo show by the Dutch artist Rosa Menkman (Arnhem, The Netherlands 1983), curated by Domenico Quaranta at Fabio Paris Art Gallery (Brescia).
The title of the show, inspired by the Brazilian flag (Menkman developed one of the works on show in Brazil, during a residency at the São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound), is an ironic and cynical reference to the ideology behind all technological developments: an ideology that the artist combats with her obsessive exploration of the aesthetic, poetic and cultural consequences of the error.
Menkman’s work focuses on visual artifacts created by accidents in digital media. The visuals she makes are the results of glitches, compressions, feedback and other forms of noise.”
Every website is a monument is the first solo Italian exhibition of Greek artist Angelo Plessas at Gloriamaria Gallery (Milan). In his work Plessas combines animated drawings with domain names to create websites. He treats websites as places where we can imagine and experience objects, the same way we can admire a sculpture in a public space.
Yesterday I went to the Tate Modern to visit Gabriel Orozco’s exhibition. I thought I knew his research quite well upon entering the show, but I found myself surprised and amused more than expected. Orozco’s mix of lightness and depth is quite unique.
Unfortunately photographing was not permitted, so I’m posting some “found” pics of the works I enjoyed the most. If you happen to be around London, don’t miss it…
“We live in this time where everything is in the present tense. Memories are simply the source materials for “tonight’s act.” Any film clip or historical document can be summoned by surfing the web, and entire TV networks are devised to trot out re-runs of Westerns and cartoons, all juxtaposed against the backdrop of people downloading what just happened, off of their telephones for public consumption. Through this, I am a storyteller. An archivist and an entertainer. And most importantly an artist.”
Gentili Apri is teaming up with Chrystal Gallery to present Exhibition One. A computer rendered group show with works by Kari Altmann, Charles Broskoski, Lindsay Lawson, Billy Rennekamp, Maxwell Simmer, and Harm Van Den Dorpel – curated and rendered by Timur Si-Qin.
Extracting a parallel instance of the work as a three-dimensional representation of geometric data, Exhibition One offers an opportunity to present an alternate framework that posits the questions: Where does an artwork stop and its documentation begin? What is the function of a prospective image that is decisively not-a-model?
“The enemy of photography is the convention, the fixed rules of ‘how to do’.
The salvation of photography comes from the experiment.”
(Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, 1947)
Maps and Legends. When Photography Met the Web focus on the relations that photographic practice is establishing with the world of the Web: its culture, its language and its imagery. From animated.gifs to photos shot in virtual worlds; from the images of Google Street Views to snapshots that change in real time, with the data flows, and on to the camera that captures time instead of space.
I’m working really hard on the setting of the art show I curated here in Rome. The exhibition is called “Maps and Legends. When Photography Met the Web” and of course it’s about the relationship between photography and internet culture.
The show is part of FotoGrafia Festival 2010, the ninth edition of the International Rome Photo Festival (the website will be live in a couple of days… in the meantime, you can find some info and press material here and here).
I’m posting below the Festival’s invitation, in the animated version made by Jaime Martinez, one of the artists in my show (thanks Jaime!).
If any of you is in Rome or is planning to come before 24th of October, please consider visiting the show :-)
The opening is on Thursday night (23rd September), from 7 to 11 p.m. at Macro Testaccio (Ex Mattatoio), Piazza Orazio Giustiani, Rome.
Anyway, I will post photos and videos very soon :-)
“In this modern day Orphean tale, an anonymous narrator also desperately searches for a lost love. Rather than the charms of the lyre, contemporary technological tools, Google Street View and Google Earth, beckon as the pathway for our narrator to regain memories and recapture traces of his lost love. In the film, they are as captivating and enthralling as charming as any lyre in retrieving the other: at first they might seem an open retort to critics of new technology who bemoan the lack of the tangible presence of the other in our interactions on the Internet.” (full statement here).
[p.s. this is another work that will be shown in Maps and Legends, my forthcoming exhibition during FotoGrafia Festival. Come and have a look if you’re in Rome from September 23th to October 24th]
I took advantage of these calm midsummer days to dig into my analog archive and reverse some material that otherwise would be lost. I’m very proud to show you what I found!
Here are some videos that document my first two exhibitions, both organized between the end of 2002 and the beginning of 2003. They’re television reviews, so sometimes the voice over tells naive or even wrong stuff, and they’re available only in italian, but nonetheless…
I was younger, slimmer and full of enthusiasm :-)
The first two videos are about “Netizens. Cittadini della rete” (december 2002), a small show I curated in a private gallery in Rome. The show was not just about net art, but about making art in the age of the Internet, and more precisely, it tried to demostrate how important was for this new community of young artists to share a citizenship: the web citizenship.
Artists: Cory Arcangel/BEIGE, Elout De Kok, Jodi.org, Limiteazero, Carlo Zanni
more info: http://www.netizensonline.it/2002
The third video is a review of “L’oading. Videogiochi Geneticamente Modificati” (Genetically Modified Videogames). This show was open from January to March 2003 at the Siracusa City Museum, in Sicily and it was, as the title suggests, about artistic modifications of videogames.
I’m particularly happy that this video exists because this exhibition didn’t have a catalogue, so there’s no documentation around, and I think it was a great project.
Artists: Mauro Ceolin, Brody Condon, Arcangel Costantini, Corby&Baily, Delire, Victor Liu See-Lee, Nullpointer, Chiara Passa, Retroyou, Gentian Skhurti
more info: http://www.valentinatanni.com/2008/07/2003-loading-videogiochi-geneticamente-modificati/
“Para-Sites features a series of subtle interventions conceived for interstitial spaces, locations and human-scale architectural elements at Laboral. By means of projections, a parallel reality is superimposed on that of the space itself. The interventions work as parasites, disturbing and altering our perceptions of an already familiar place. ”
Last week I took a trip to Gijon, in order to attend the opening of Para-sites, an exhibition by Pablo Valbuena at LABoral. I also visited the other two shows currently on view in the museum: Habitar and Process as paradigm, which include lots of interesting projects. As usual, here’s my photoreport.
“net.art never died! It just moved to your local Internet-shop!”. An exhibition project by Aram Bartholl
“Hit an Internet-cafe, rent all computers they have and run a show on them for one night. All art works of the participating artists need to be on-line (not necessarily public) and are shown in a typical browser with standard plug-ins. Performance and life pieces may also use pre-installed communication programs (instant messaging, VOIP, video chat etc). Custom software (except browser add-ons) or off-line files are not permitted. Any creative physical modification to Internet cafe itself is not allowed. The show is public and takes place during normal opening hours of the Internet cafe/shop. All visitors are welcome to join the opening, enjoy the art (and to check their email.)”
For the building’s 50th anniversary, the Guggenheim Museum invited nearly two hundred artists, architects, and designers to imagine their dream interventions in the space for the exhibitionContemplating the Void: Interventions in the Guggenheim Museum. Some of them look amazing…
Good News! As you might have read somewhere in the press, I’ve been selected as a guest curator for the next three editions of FotoGrafia Festival Internazionale di Roma regarding the section “photography and new media”. The other two curators are Paul Wombell (photography and contemporary art) and Marc Prust (photography and publishing). FotoGrafia, international festival in Rome, is promoted by Comune di Roma and MACRO, produced by Zoneattive, director Marco Delogu.
I’m totally open to suggestions, so if you are aware of any interesting work involving the relationship between photography and new media, please drop me a line here:
valentina.tanni AT gmail.com
This is the first thing I saw arriving in Copenhagen. We were just strolling around the city, when I saw the Overgaden Gallery sign and decided to take a look. Established in 1986 by a group of local artists, Overgaden is a really interesting no-profit space for contemporary art, with a program of ten exhibition per year. Currently they are working on the new one, but last week I managed to see an amazing solo show by Pind, a young danish artist. His works plays tricks on the visitor’s mind, calling into question our sense of consciousness, perception, and reality itself…
I create you – you create me. I recognise myself in your thoughts, and you recognise yourself in mine. In this way, we mutually confirm our existence towards each other. (Pind)
I’m back in Rome after a short trip to Denmark and Sweden (here you can find the full photo album). I saw a lot of interesting stuff that I’m gonna report in the next few posts. Starting with the best of course: Mike Nelson‘s exhibition at Statens Museum for Kunst in Copenhagen. The installation occupies a whole floor of the museum with a labyrinthine and replicating series of rooms. The experience of walking through this work is really hard to explain: it begins with curiosity and fun, than leads to disorientation and anxiety, ending in total amazement. Nelson explains the project in a series of video-interviews you can watch here. And this is an effective description of the work:
“Two rooms exactly the same, connected by one long rectangular one in the middle. The structure I’m building is then flipped onto the other side and mirrored with a big curved 120-foot-long corridor in the middle. In a sense you see the back of a structure, the falsity of what you’re walking into, almost like you’ve come to the back of a show when you shouldn’t have done. Initially you’re feeling kind of pleased with yourself because you spoiled the artist’s trick. This however is a double bluff of sorts as it relaxes you for the main feature which is your passage through the curved corridor back to the same space where everything is reversed. It looks kind of the same but you know it’s not, so there’s an uncanniness, an unease about it. It’s like an investigation of your own recent history, a device to reinvent that sense of deja-vu the first time you ever experienced it as a child, an existential moment of confusion.”
(Mike Nelson interviewed by Michele Robecchi)
Samson (1985) is an artwork by Chris Burden. In his words: “a museum installation consisting of a 100 ton jack connected to a gear box and a turnstile. The 100 ton jack pushes two large timbers against the bearing walls of the museum. Each visitor to the exhibition must pass through the turnstile in order to see the exhibition. Each input on the turnstile ever so slightly expands the jack, and ultimately, if enough people visit the exhibition, Samson could theoretically destroy the building. Like a glacier its powerful movement is imperceptible to the naked eye. This sculptural installation subverts the notion of the sanctity of the museum (the shed that houses art).”
David Rice’s perfidious short story ‘Anna Kournikova Deleted By Memeright Trusted System’ – from which curators Inke Arns and Francis Hunger have borrowed the exhibition title – deals with the concept of intellectual property: In 2065 stars – such as ex-tennis player Anna Kournikova – have their ‘brand’ protected by a satellite-based system that identifies unlicensed look-alikes and eliminates them via a strong laser beam. During a trip to the Pacific Rim, not officially cleared, the ‘real’ Anna Kournikova is identified as an imitation of herself and is consequently eliminated by the system.
Art in the Age of Intellectual Property. In mostra a Dortmund. Qui.
La mostra si chiama Intersezioni, ed è in corso in Calabria (Borgia), presso il Parco Archeologico di Scolacium. Ecco cosa ha piazzato Marc Quinn nell’antico teatro: una testona di Darth Vader in cemento e ghisa…
La scorsa settimana sono stata a Fuerteventura per seguire l’inaugurazione del progetto Deambulatorios de una jornada, en el principio y el proyecto Tindaya, prodotto dal Centro de Arte Juan Ismael e curato dal mitico Nilo Casares. Oltre alla mostra presso il centro, che documenta alcuni lavori storici di Land Art e il progetto di Eduardo Chillida per la montagna Tindaya, Deambulatorios comprende un gruppo di spettacolari installazioni sparse per tutta l’isola, visibili, appunto, in una giornata di viaggio.
Qui c’è il set di foto che ho fatto. Prestissimo una recensione su Exibart.
E’ in corso a Shangai l’ultima mostra del poliedrico artista svedese Tobias Bernstrup. I suoi lavori sono un disturbante mix di estetiche: i videogiochi e il transgender, il gotico e il pop, la fantascienza e il retrofuturo, i fumetti e il cinema. Ad inaugurare la mostra una performance con mantide e cosplayers…
Pierre Huyghe in una strabiliante personale alla Tate Modern di Londra. Tra le opere presentate il bellissimo film This is not a Time for Dreaming, musical recitato da marionette in cui l’artista racconta la storia di Le Corbusier (e la sua) alle prese con alcune commissioni dell’Università di Harvard…
A Milano, presso la galleria Massimo De Carlo, è in corso la personale di Elmgreen & Dragset, duo di artisti scandinavi con base a Berlino. Protagonista del progetto un manichino-avatar in tre versioni: ricco, middle-class e squattrinato. Ma tutti gli Andrea Candela (questa l’identità del personaggio) sono collegati al mondo tramite reali apparecchiature tecnologiche: un computer in rete, un iPod, un cellulare. E sono titolari di abbonamenti del tram, tessere associative, profili nelle chat room.
Dagli autori del negozio di Prada nel deserto e della roulotte in gitarella nelle viscere della terra, una riflessione sull’identità nell’età contemporanea. Nel testo che accompagna il progetto si legge:
Sei un essere perfezionato in una società perfezionata. Post-umana. Post-sessuale. Post-individuale. Vedi i corpi perfetti nei giornali patinati e fissi le brutte facce consumate di quelli che piangono i morti in altre parti del mondo. Vuoi soddisfare i tuoi bisogni; hai bisogno di un paio di antidolorifici per alzarti; hai bisogno di musica alta e di qualcuno che ti desideri e che ti dica quanto sarà speciale questo giorno.
Il 31 maggio inaugura a Milano, presso la Galleria Francesca Minini, la nuova mostra di Gabriele Picco. Si intitola Nuotatori di lacrime in apnea sulla fine del mondo. Dalle immagini di anteprima sembra un Picco meno irriverente e più malinconico del solito. Surreale, poetico, bizzarro. Guardate l’omino dalle grandi lacrime-acquario; oppure Google-man, “l’abominevole uomo del web, con il corpo dell’Omino Michelin, la faccia cubista del primo Picasso e le sneakers all’ultima moda”.
Ci voleva un po’ di Messico, di macabro e vitale Messico, per riaccendere la vena creativa di Damien Hirst. Ecco le opere della nuova mostra del corifeo contemporaneo della morte, a Mexico City, presso la galleria Hilario Galguera. Qui una serie di immagini della mostra, qui un articolo e qui una strepitosa intervista a Hirst alla vigilia dell’opening:
Damien Hirst’s Mexican show, which opens on 23 February, if the shark gets through customs, is called The Death of God. The first thing the curious and the faithful will see as they ascend the steps to the gallery is a snow-white dove, its wings spread wide as if in flight. Beneath it, on the floor of the formaldehyde-filled tank, sits a human skull. It is called The Inescapable Truth.
When I tell Hirst it seems more hopeful than much of his work in the same vein, he seems slightly offended. ‘Hopeful for you, maybe,’ he mutters, ‘but, the guy’s definitely dead, and the bird’s not fucking going anywhere either.’