Photo credit: Roy Taylor
UNCO – Australian Video
Curated by Ian Haig
‘Five Production Company Logos in 3D’
August 31st – October 12th, 2013
Opening reception: Saturday August 31st, 6 – 9pm
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
Group show curated by Jean Bernard Koeman
Opens Friday 19 October at W139 Amsterdam
Featuring Stian Adlandsvik, Frank Ammerlaan, Saar Amptmeijer, Leyla Aydoslu, Sara Bjarland, Sven Boel, Kees Boevé, Antonia Breme, Crystal Z Campbell, Melanie Ebenhoch, Johan Henning, Roderick Hietbrink, Jan Hopf, Jeroen van der Hulst, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Asger Behncke Jacobson, Katrin Kamrau, Daniel vom Keller, Bram Kinsbergen, Joris Kritis, Linda Lenssen, Mahal de Man, Tim Mathijsen, Sofia Montenegro, Xue Mu, Suat Öğüt, Marc Oosting, Olivia Alders Plessers, Thomas Raat, Daniel Rödiger, Fabian Schröder, Rosa Sijben, Kema Spencer, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Britt Vangenechten, Kasper de Vos, Amanda Wasielewski, Jonas Wijtenburg, Emile Zile, Felicia von Zweigbergk.
October 4, 17.00 – 19.00
Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag
Performance: Emile Zile
OMG_sisyphus and *best*RapidEssayNSFW!! by Amsterdam-based Australian artist, resident of the Rijksakademie. Live video essays with online and prepared video sources from YouTube, 24hour news streams, scientific trials, viral marketing blips, social software and monologues by .com-era cult leaders to weave an audiovisual portrait of contemporary culture and its acceleration of signs. With tutorials, self-portraiture, factory presets, the ecstasy of viewing and the sadness of YouTube.
Lecture Almila Akdag (UVA)
A theoretical view on the nature of (high/low) art and the art market, and its relation to online art communities. Almila Akdag, from the University of Amsterdam, has received a Veni awardfrom NWO to conduct her own research for 3 years. The project is a combination of the application of various scientific methodologies (mostly social network analysis and analysis of image archives). In this lecture she will talk about DeviantArt, an online community of artists and art appreciators, that plays a nowadays role of the Salon des Refuses. She will show the history of this initiative and highlight its social and organizational structure as well as its impact on the art education for the next generation of artists.
We were The 17, a vocal project that has no audience only participants. A human ring around the financial district where one person after another would scream the word MONEY.
Waiting for the scream to come around, you are left thinking about the pre-crisis office architecture surrounding you, the consensual hallucination that art and banking is, the power of the voice and the trust involved in such a performance. When the scream comes to you it is more of a football chant or rural command, not singing, not melodious. As it passes it feels like the unity of a dance party, solitary individuals united by a moment. The energy of communal experience, a line that passes through acid house, singing in taverns, mosh pits, sport chanting and choirs. The voice – the very first thing and the very last thing.
The White Room was the first ‘grown up’ album I bought. The mythic qualities of the KLF seduced me. Masked pop stars. Sample heavy production. Symbolism and shadow. Read Drummond’s book 45. It’s a self-help text for me, in the same hallowed territory as my viewing of Tarkovsky’s Stalker every six months. Two weeks ago I came across a plastic-wrapped copy of 45 at a small departure lounge shop in Sandakan airport Malaysian Borneo. Sitting amongst Malay fashion and beauty magazines, looking solitary and bemused, it was some kind of omen. I made a photograph of it and took it with me to Amsterdam.