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Thursday, March 29, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Rózsa Zita Farkas

Rózsa Zita Farkas
Curator and co-director of Arcadia Missa, Rózsa Zita Farkas

Tell me your story of your life in 140ch:

I am a #dawta of TheMother. She is the wo(man). Gone from one institution onto another, my hedonism and their hierarchy's were at times at odds. I started A_M + am still looking for a #newhierarchy 

What would be the most provocative exhibition you could envisage in your space?

We recently had a provocative exhibition which was a week long duration performance by Thomas Bresolin, entitled Militant Training Camp. Not so much an exhibition, more an experiment into obedience and communisation. The 'militants' lived in the gallery for a week and carried out a series of violent performances responding to current activisms played out on and offline. However, in this moment now, I think that the most provocative exhibition I can see hypothetically, would be a non-exhibition where people are invited to a closed gallery - I don't know why this has come into my head but perhaps it is because shock value is something that has been already 'spent' within contemporary art, and an artwork which shocks is not necessarily anymore a culturally contemporary language. At a non-exhibition, if the roadside/public space/junkspace was 'enough', then maybe the non-exhibition could become an 'exhibition' (or work could be made instantly on smartfones/laptops/with beers). Or collectively all present could try to force the non-exhibition to 'exist' by a mass twitter trend attack - who knows, it could just be a party. And/or it could just be 'provocative' due to the irritation to visitors it may cause :) 

How do you see feminism being played out online?

I am going to answer this briefly and keep it separate from art (although obviously it exists in net-art forms) as it is complex and something I am researching so don't want to personally label it prematurely. 

I do think that the performance of the self and gender identity can be easily exaggerated and therefore enacted more honestly online, as although there are still pervasive and dominant cultures virtually as in irl, there is also more (and more immediate) avenues for escapism online. In essence you can 'be' who you choose to be, and if that's swapping your gender, your sexuality, or even reclaiming an identity of femininity which irl may be too entrenched in consumer culture or recognisable as anti-feminist, the internet allows a space for all and more of these things to take place. And in this sense the notion of reclaiming WHAT it means to be female/feminist/feminine within the plethora of versions all these things inhabit, one has the access, autonomy and personal power within the social context (/urls) to do so online.

Read in greek via Lifo

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Isolator

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The Isolator, A Helmet For Encouraging Concentration and avoiding ADD(1925).

Source here

Thursday, March 22, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Brad Troemel


Artist, writer and professor Brad Troemel

Tell us the story of your life:
Suburbs > internet > Chicago, art school > New York. 
What inspires you at the moment? 
The potential for the internet to interrupt the conventions of art history.
How do you see the future? 
I feel increasingly bleak about the future, but I try to balance itwith a healthy dose of idealism so I don't fall into pure cynicism.

Read in greek via Lifo

Haus Rucker Co

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Radical architectural projects by Haus Rucker Co from the magic era of the late 60's and early 70's. 

Check also this great video here

Thursday, March 15, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Katja Novitskova

Artist Katja Novitskova

Tell us the story of your life in 140ch:
Born in USSR, wanted to be an astronomer, got a computer at the age of 13, became an artist.

How would you define the generation of the artists working in and around the internet?
By now, for me there is no need in a clear definition – it defines itself the by the work, collaborations and hanging out that we do. As there are so many different things emerging, there is no single standard to be met, or a specific code to learn. The sense of our tribal affiliation probably originates in the genesis of the Internet era that we have all experienced simultaneously around the world.

Do you support the Occupy movement?
I do support the Occupy movement for a couple of reasons:
- It made young people think and talk about the basics of resource distributions in the world and their own countries.
- It made young people aware of the fact that they have to fight for their own well-being.
- It hopefully made governments and other large entities aware that severe power abuse eventually endangers their own existence. 
- I think all these and other aspects are necessary for the evolution of  ‘healthier’ socio-economic systems.
I went to Occupy Amsterdam for a few hours.

Read in Greek via Lifo

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Ads from File Magazine

Where would we go without it?

Quite big ego-dramas
Canadians are always excited
Underwear solutions
Great Luigi Ontani ad for his Naples' gallery 

Friday, March 09, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Spyros Staveris


On the Silver Couch: Spyros Staveris

Why you became a photographer?
I became a photographer without understanding it and without wanting this. On a whim of a circumstance, and certainly not mine. And from a fatigue, a need to find a new focus in my life.

What's your favorite quote?
I saw something terrible ...

Are you passionate with something lately?
At the end, I am always chasing the picture.

Read in greek via Lifo

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Thursday, March 01, 2012

On the Silver Couch: Petra Cortright


Artist Petra Cortright

What's your day like?
My days now are really different lots of change in life atm. new apt, but working a lot, trying to go hard in the paint hustle hustle hustle

What's your perfect internet moment?
The rare occasions where all my friends from different time zones r online all at once n also im caught up on emails so i have time 2 chat

Do you consider to do an artwork naked?
It's already happened ;)

Read in greek via LIFO