People Staring at Computers

People Staring at Computers’ is a photographic intervention by Kyle McDonald:

“I wrote a simple application that took one picture every minute. If it found a face, it uploaded the photo to my server. I installed the app around NYC over three days, collecting more than a thousand photos.
Before sharing the photos online, I decided to exhibit them in the same places they were originally captured. So I wrote another app that could be remotely triggered after being installed on all the computers in one location. When the app starts up, it takes a picture and slowly fades in that photo. A moment later, it starts cycling through older photos.
Most people instinctively quit the app less than 10 seconds after recognizing their own face, so the exhibition was relegated to the unused machines.”

(Via F.A.T.)

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Every website is a monument

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.

More infos here.

LABoral photo report

“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.

The artist is present

No one beats Marina Abramovic in creating extremely strong emotional responses through performance.

Here you can find an intense report of the performance “The Artist is Present” at MoMA (NY)…

And here are Marco Anelli’s photos of all the people who sat in front of the artist…

In the photo above:
Ulay, Marina Abramović’s partner from 1975-1988, sits with her during her performance. This was the first time they “performed” together since The Great Wall Walk (1988), when they each walked over 1,200 miles (2,000 km) along the Great Wall of China starting at opposite ends and meeting in the middle to say their goodbye. (The Museum of Modern Art, March 9, 2010 – Photo by Scott Rudd)

Mirrored Box

Mirrored Box is an installation by Alan Ruiz:

“A mirrored environment doubled as an ephemeral printmaking machine. Over the course of several months viewers were given a camera and instructed to take a self-portrait, publicizing a private moment: intimate and infinite. “

Dennis Hopper’s 1960s

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Before he hit the road in Easy Rider, Dennis Hopper spent years photographing Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and other artists. View this amazing gallery on The Daily Beast (in this photo: Robert Rauschenberg with his tongue stamped “Wedding Souvenir, Claes Oldenburg,” 1966).

A structural conceit

Mike Nelson

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:

Mike Nelson

“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)

Pseudo-Documentary

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You look at the photos and think “wow, what a spectacular installation”, maybe a little too crafty, but beautiful nonetheless. Then you realize something is missing. And slowly understand that it’s reality itself…
Pseudo-documentary is a photo series by David DiMichele, and depicts fantasy installations in monumental exhibition spaces. As we read in his gallery website: “DiMichele creates this work by first building scale models of exhibition spaces, and producing original artworks in drawing, painting and sculpture mediums, which are sited in the spaces and then photographed to create the final works.”

Post-Venice-Post

I’m back from Venice. This year’s Biennale is very light and easy to watch. I guess also easy to forget. Anyway, this is my “best of”:

Denmark + Nordic Countries Pavillion
Mexican Pavillion
Distortion exhibition
Catalunya Pavillion
Embassy of Piracy at Magazzini del Sale
Cile Pavillion
Austrian Pavillion
Mapping the Studio at Punta della Dogana
Unconditional Love (AES+F video)
Miranda July, Ceal Floyer, Lara Favaretto, Chu Yun, and a few other works I can’t remember at Arsenale

the official review is under construction but the photo-collection is already here