Monday, April 21, 2008

television by Conny Kuilboer



Television encounter the moment of waiting… The chosen material blankets, is a material I often use. It links directly back to my childhood. I like to work with the idea of images from my childhood and redefine what these images mean to me. The abstract figure of the test-screen has become so obvious, and through that the image itself carries a lot more then only being a calibration utility for a television. While giving a sense of nostalgia it is an image that projects to the future. The viewer (and I) were waiting while watching this colourful pattern on the tube.

With my work I am searching for connections. I find them in simple objects and images I see and use daily but also in more complex subjects like religion and media. Nowadays, individualism is the standard. I want to ask questions about this. Questions that summon to reflect about how people relate to each another. I research the resemblance that connects all of us. But without the intention to communicate this in an unambiguous manner. I translate this research in objects and (temporal) installations in which the application of the chosen material plays an significant role.

Conny Kuilboer

Conny Kuilboer will exhibit at künstlervereinigung MAERZ in Linz (Austria),together with Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Sonja Gangl, Holger Jagersberger, Michael Wirthig and Peter Tscherkassky in the exhibition 'VOR- UND NACHBILDER'.

The opening is today (monday April 21, 7:30pm
and will be open until may 30th.


related: showtime: conny kuilboer & ben kruisdijk

Thanks Ben

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Grand Gestures ~ The Toronto Plaques



The Toronto Plaques, appeared already in this Katz´s tumblr (above, via wooster) but they are such a brilliant piece of art in the public space that they deserve a closer look. The strange plaques were part of the grand Gestures installation by the 640 480 Video Collective, which aimed to memorialize inconsequential events captured on video at ten spots around the city. Each marker was placed in September and describes the unexciting details of a YouTube-sourced video shot at that particular location.
Click pics for the related youtube flick.

People make 'home movies' in order to create permanent reminders of moments they might otherwise forget. More often than not, it is the video itself that replaces the actual memories, and it is only through this medium that moments can be (re)experienced at all. 640 480






"Hunched at a table, she self-consciously pulled at her black sleeves and used her two straws like chopsticks to eat the slush of her iced coffee," reads one plaque, which also includes the YouTube tags inscribed in tiny text below [video]. Another sign affixed outside the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art proclaims, "Couples walked by holding umbrellas. A blonde girl complained, yet her boyfriend urged her on as someone yelled, 'MOCCA! MOCCA! MOCCA!'" [video]


640 480 takes its name from the original 4:3 aspect ratio of video screens, and the group has an obvious affinity for the rapidly disappearing magnetic tape format. Memorial lapel ribbons made from videotape were also part of the grand Gestures installation, and taped copies of the videos are to be converted into an artificial diamond, signifying the preservation of memories from an increasingly obsolete format into an everlasting state.

What makes the plaques so brilliant is how, by marking prosaic events in such an overstated manner, they become infinitely more interesting. Still, someone obviously thought such barely noteworthy moments were important enough to upload to YouTube in the first place, which is perhaps more of a mystery.


via Torontoist via wooster