liquid blackness is a research group at the Department of Communication at Georgia State University that explores issues of blackness and aesthetics. In this particular talk, our Art Award nominee Walker speaks about race, starting by reciting Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, from which the title “Black is, Black Ain´t”, the title of the seminal exhibition at the Renaissance Society, was taken. To read more about the Black Is, Black Ain’t exhibition and seminar, click here.
Credit2014 Hito Steyerl Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
"Amusing, entertaining and, yes, “educational,” as well as ominous, Ms. Steyerl’s film is a substantial, painfully timely achievement. George Orwell would be impressed."
Roberta Smith’s review of Hito Steyerl’s installation at Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York gives readers a well described preview of what is to be expected.
The installation, Tacking between military and civilian life, conjures the effects of incessant advances in technology on the quality and ubiquity of images, intimating a vast surveillance system that reduces everyone to ciphers who are visible yet also anonymous, invisible. Still, ways “not to be seen” remain: wearing a burqa, being “a woman over 50” or living in a gated community.
The installation can be seen through Aug. 15 and Roberta Smith’s full review can be read here.
Goldin+Senneby, ‘VWAP’, 2013, detail
Goldin+Senneby’s 2013 show at CCA was part of a project inspired by August Nordenskiöld, an 18th-century alchemist employed by King Gustav III to fund the Swedish war against Russia. However, Nordendskiöld intended to make the secret of transforming base metals into gold widely available, which would have rendered it worthless: a plot that never materialized. In ‘VWAP’, the acronym of ‘value weight average pricing’ that gives the exhibition its title, Goldin+Senneby worked with a group of sociologists and political scientists to develop a trading algorithm aimed at discovering a gap in the market and creating a permanent stream of profit, which would destabilize the circuit as Nordendskiöld tried to. The £3,000 budget made a profit of £430 in 15 days.
Read the full review here.
Coco Fusco, brilliantly, on issues of race in arts academia.
This awe-inspiring video shows why Coco Fusco, the Absolut Art Writing Award winner 2013, has just been announced as a visiting associate professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) program at The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) at MIT for the 2014-15 academic year. Fusco’s intellectual and analytical brilliance is clearly manifested in her reasoning on the issue of race and diversity in art academia, a highly important and topical issue.
We are delighted to finally be able to reveal the names of the eminent Absolut Art Award 2015 Jury members. The Jury president this year will be Massimiliano Gioni, Associate Director and Director of Exhibitions at the New Museum In New York and Artistic Director at the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan. He will be joined by three additional distinguished curators: Magali Arriola, Curator at Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; Doryun Chong, Chief Curator at M+, Hong Kong and Jessica Morgan, Daskalopoulos Curator, International Art at Tate Modern and Artistic Director of the 10th Gwangju Biennale, as well as Negar Azimi, writer and Senior Editor of Bidoun Magazine.
The jury will now invite two nominators each, who will nominate artists and art writers, generating a list of maximum fifty nominees for the ”Art Work” category and ten nominees for the ”Art Writing” category. The list of nominees will thereafter be reduced to a shortlist of 5 artists and 5 writers, out of which the Jury will select a winner in each category. The winning artist and writer will be announced during the Vernissage of the 56th Venice Biennale in May 2015.
We cannot wait to see which amazing artist and writer that will win next year!
Portrait of Massimiliano Gioni,
2015 Absolut Art Award Jury President.
Photo: Marco De Scalzi.
Courtesy: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan
Transform Today in Stockholm
On Thursday 12th of June time had finally come to unveil the intriguing piece of art made by Tove Kjellmark and the creative duo Yours for the Absolut Transform Today project.
The piece, which will be placed in a public space in central Stockholm, questions the concept of ”public art” and shows how it can reflect contemporary urban life, instead of being old and static. The piece, an interactive robot, picks up an un-censored stream of tweets tweeted in the Stockholm area and recites them in real time with a monotonous robotic voice, thereby bridging the intangible public space of social media with the physical public space.
The release party was held at the magnificent venue of Bergrummet in Stockholm, an old military base consisting of an impressive array of tunnels located deep beneath the island of Skeppsholmen. Read more about the project and the release party here!
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