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Since You Were Born By Evan Roth
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Since You Were Born is a book composed of the chronological history of every website visited on the artist’s computer over a three month period beginning with the birth of his daughter Octavia... More > (July 19, 2013). It thus belongs to the genre that once someone called “autobotography”: it shows a portion of the artist’s life as it is preserved by bots - in this case, the “Chronology” function of the browser. A family album, a record of personal memories, and a picture of the internet at a given time, Since You Were Born is also an attempt to turn visible the invisible practice of profiling, turning it into a form - both effective and ineffective - of portraiture. Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment. Roth's work is informed by the misuse of seemingly rigid structures and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to non-digital systems. To find him online, just google "bad ass mother fucker”.< Less
Since You Were Born By Evan Roth
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Since You Were Born is a book composed of the chronological history of every website visited on the artist’s computer over a three month period beginning with the birth of his daughter Octavia... More > (July 19, 2013). It thus belongs to the genre that once someone called “autobotography”: it shows a portion of the artist’s life as it is preserved by bots - in this case, the “Chronology” function of the browser. A family album, a record of personal memories, and a picture of the internet at a given time, Since You Were Born is also an attempt to turn visible the invisible practice of profiling, turning it into a form - both effective and ineffective - of portraiture. Evan Roth is an American artist based in Paris whose work explores the relationship between misuse and empowerment. Roth's work is informed by the misuse of seemingly rigid structures and the effect that philosophies from hacker communities can have when applied to non-digital systems. To find him online, just google "bad ass mother fucker”.< Less
After Brad Troemel By Chris Coy
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“After Brad Troemel” (ABT) is an artist book conceived for the JstChillin exhibition “Read/Write” at 319 Scholes in Brooklyn in 2011. The book – originally published in... More > a limited edition of 20 – took as its conceptual core the characterization of artist Brad Troemel as a genius and a mastermind analyzed through the lens of conspiracy theory and amateur internet sleuthing. According to artist and writer Artie Vierkant, who wrote the introduction to this edition, ABT is not “about Brad Troemel, nor any of the myriad names or identities that are mentioned in its pages. ABT is about the construction of identity in a mediated public space - largely concerned with social interactions on the Internet, but most prominently through textual and visual communication.” Chris Coy (www.seecoy.com) is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Las Vegas. He has shown work at the New Museum in New York, the Sundance Film Festival and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions.< Less
Troika By Domenico Quaranta
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In the summer 2007 three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša”. This life event introduced a break into their artistic practice, which evolved into one... More > of the most radical explorations of life in the age of biopolitics. Featuring a text by Domenico Quaranta, this book documents and discusses their recent work, a a continuum that is sometimes produced by companies and institutions as a reaction to their life, sometimes by isolating and documenting specific moments in their life. ID cards, passports and bank cards become the means of a research that undermines the very concepts of “art” and “artwork”, and that challenges both the economic and legal systems in their attempt to regulate our existence in the world, and the art system in its attempt to determine and protect the value of an art piece, while actively seeking for the complicity of both in order to exist.< Less
Troika By Domenico Quaranta
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In the summer 2007 three artists from Slovenia legally changed their names to “Janez Janša”. This life event introduced a break into their artistic practice, which evolved into one... More > of the most radical explorations of life in the age of biopolitics. Featuring a text by Domenico Quaranta, this book documents and discusses their recent work, a a continuum that is sometimes produced by companies and institutions as a reaction to their life, sometimes by isolating and documenting specific moments in their life. ID cards, passports and bank cards become the means of a research that undermines the very concepts of “art” and “artwork”, and that challenges both the economic and legal systems in their attempt to regulate our existence in the world, and the art system in its attempt to determine and protect the value of an art piece, while actively seeking for the complicity of both in order to exist.< Less
RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting By Domenico Quaranta, Antonio Caronia, Janez Janša
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Just what is it that leads many contemporary artists to restage historic events great and small, performances of the past, and sometimes even imaginary events? Are they possessed by the post-modern... More > demon? (albeit belatedly…) Does this practice spring from a cynical awareness of the decline of values, the surrender – be it dismal or joyful, it makes little difference – to the logic of the society of spectacle? Is it yet another variation of Francis Fukuyama’s bitter prophecy of “the end of history”? Or is it simply the end of the modern myth of the “originality” of the work of art, a further confirmation of the fact that in conceptual art the process is more important than the end product, and an attempt to find a different, deeper path to critique the medial ideology of contemporary society? RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting sets out to offer some answers, albeit not exhaustive or definitive, to these questions linked to the artistic practice of re-enactment and its possible redefinition.< Less
RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting By Domenico Quaranta, Antonio Caronia, Janez Janša
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Just what is it that leads many contemporary artists to restage historic events great and small, performances of the past, and sometimes even imaginary events? Are they possessed by the post-modern... More > demon? (albeit belatedly…) Does this practice spring from a cynical awareness of the decline of values, the surrender – be it dismal or joyful, it makes little difference – to the logic of the society of spectacle? Is it yet another variation of Francis Fukuyama’s bitter prophecy of “the end of history”? Or is it simply the end of the modern myth of the “originality” of the work of art, a further confirmation of the fact that in conceptual art the process is more important than the end product, and an attempt to find a different, deeper path to critique the medial ideology of contemporary society? RE:akt! Reconstruction, Re-enactment, Re-reporting sets out to offer some answers, albeit not exhaustive or definitive, to these questions linked to the artistic practice of re-enactment and its possible redefinition.< Less
Let the Right One In By Damiano Nava
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Damiano Nava (1982) likes to use the camera as a diary. After moving to Berlin, in November 2009, he found it hard to spontaneously meet people of his generation who might be interested in being... More > photographed. He didn't speak German, and it was hard for him to establish the kind of intimate relationship required for the project. “I was like someone having problems finding a soulmate, so it seemed like a natural step to turn to the internet”, he writes in his introduction. He wrote an ad and posted it on Craigslist and Exberliner. For about two years, the ad generated new contacts. Nava received about a thousand e-mails, met around a hundred people and took pictures of the few who were comfortable with him. This book gathers these photos, together with a selection of the emails he received, and an “Afterword” by Italian art critic and curator Guido Bartorelli. A faithful portrait of a generation, with its narcissism and its peculiar relationship with traveling, communication, body language and image making.< Less
Let the Right One In By Damiano Nava
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Damiano Nava (1982) likes to use the camera as a diary. After moving to Berlin, in November 2009, he found it hard to spontaneously meet people of his generation who might be interested in being... More > photographed. He didn't speak German, and it was hard for him to establish the kind of intimate relationship required for the project. “I was like someone having problems finding a soulmate, so it seemed like a natural step to turn to the internet”, he writes in his introduction. He wrote an ad and posted it on Craigslist and Exberliner. For about two years, the ad generated new contacts. Nava received about a thousand e-mails, met around a hundred people and took pictures of the few who were comfortable with him. This book gathers these photos, together with a selection of the emails he received, and an “Afterword” by Italian art critic and curator Guido Bartorelli. A faithful portrait of a generation, with its narcissism and its peculiar relationship with traveling, communication, body language and image making.< Less
The F.A.T. Manual By Domenico Quaranta, Geraldine Juárez
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In more than five years of activity, the Free Art and Technology Lab produced an impressive series of projects, all developed with open source software, shared online and documented in a way that... More > allows everybody to copy, improve, abuse or simply use them. This approach situates F.A.T. Lab in a long tradition of DIY, processual, sharable artistic practices based on instructionals, and reveals a democratic idea of art where Fluxus scores meet hacker culture (and rap music). The F.A.T. Manual is a selection of more that 100 projects, done in the belief that printing these bits on paper will allow them to spread in a different way, infiltrate other contexts, and germinate. An archive, a catalogue, a user manual and a software handbook. F.A.T. Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. Co-produced by Link Editions and MU in collaboration with XPO Gallery, Paris.< Less