Friday, June 30, 2006

cool girl floating girl

Fun Fun Fun by Felix Larher

nerd by (coolgirl) Nastia365

Beach the bright side by Peter Franck

Regular readers may remember the floating girl a.k.a. Nastia365 who posted a daily pic of herself.
This blog is now abandoned since she combined all her projects under the umbrella of her coolgirl magazine, a well made mag featuring, next to her own, works by Chris Heads, Giuseppe Mastromatteo and Rikki Kasso, just to name a few.
Airigami (IV) Jason Hackenwerth

Jason Hackenwerth creates kinetic installations of strangely organic, latex colonies that bring to mind underwater deep-seascapes. Toxically colored forms made from balloons, the work is reminiscent of anemones and urchins, or perhaps something a bit more wicked and erotic.

more here, here, here and here

related: Vintage airigami, the art of Larry Moss, balloon molecules

Thursday, June 29, 2006

tonight´s the night

just the weekly reminder for those who are in Berlin.
Directors Lounge presents: a summer evening with
Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil
tonight june 29th 10pm at zapp live

shown here (and tonight) is lovely Kiki of Montparnasse, the (uncredited) Smiling girl of Ballet mécanique by Fernand Léger.

More here and here

zapp live Torstr. 159 ( between berg u.ackerstr )10115 Berlin
Conversations critiques

Conversations critiques 1999, Performance, 8 pièces, récit en boucle
Vue d'exposition à l'IAC, Villeurbanne, Photographies André Morin

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Photo de famille

Jean-Robert Cuttaia, Photo de famille 1998, Color photography, 66 x 100 cm,
Edition of 3
Mannaka No Ie revisited

"The crying swallow flies at dawn"
Pure japanese poetry,
entirely filmed in the deserts of Nevada.
Japanese with english subtitles.

André Werner D Mannaka No Ie (The House In The Middle) 7 min 50s, 2006

Everyone engaged in video art knows the bitter truth that many artists, while creating stunning visuals, aren´t that skilled when it comes to the audio part of their work. Sometimes you have the luck that professional musicians are at hand, willing to close the gap. Such is the case with Mannaka No Ie (The House In The Middle). Dan from Tagez did an amazing job by reediting the score, thus enhancing the experience in an impressive way.

The new scored version of Mannaka No Ie
will be shown as part of Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil at zapp live

see Mannaka No Ie on Directors Lounge television
or, even better, join us
june 29th 10pm Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil at zapp live
Torstr. 159 ( between berg u.ackerstr )10115 Berlin, open from 8pm on

related: Masha Godovannaya
TAgeZ photo
City Wipeout Pasi Kolhonen

Régine of wmmna points to an interesting approach on everyday visual pollution by architect and researcher Pasi Kolhonen.His City Wipeout installation reveals just how many images, texts and signs we find in our everyday environment. The installation consists of pictures which unveil an ordinary face of the city centre. The pictures are reflected one-by-one on the wall. The user interface allows the spectators to wipe the view clean of everything but the advertisements, signs or logos. All that remains is the blanket of advertising that covers the entire city. That blanket is not always noticed although it is constantly present in our daily life.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Directors Lounge presents: a summer evening with
Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil at zapp live

Masha Godovannaya RU Untitled #1, 4 minutes, S8 DV, 2005
While walking along Nevskiy Prospect in St. Petersburg, Russia, I saw a young girl dancing this harsh, passionate and seductive dance.
Masha Godovannaya

Untitled #1, a brilliant edited movie of suggestive beauty, will be shown as part of Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil
Video art that focuses on an instant, a sudden glimpse. Selected works from this years Directors Lounge 2006 as well as classic shorts.
Based on the concept of our recent screening at castle Plueschow

see Untitled #1 on Directors Lounge television
or, even better, join us
june 29th 10pm Figures of Motion part 2 coup d‘oeil at zapp live
Torstr. 159 ( between berg u.ackerstr )10115 Berlin, open from 8pm on
Palmtop Feng Shui

Motorola has patented a new kind of PDA that evaluates a property’s Feng Shui rating by measuring positive and negative chi and awarding plus and minus points accordingly.
The device houses a camera that checks the colour of the property, a microphone that listens for noise from nearby roads and factories and a compass to find north – a crucial factor for Feng Shui enthusiasts. It can also measure the strength of AM and FM radio signals from local radio transmitters and connect to the nearest mobile phone base station to check for indications of cellphone signal strength.

Weak radio signals indicate positive chi but strong signals mean negative chi and lead to a poor Feng Shui rating. Ironically, Motorola’s new gadget seems to help people avoid the signals that they need to connect their cellphones.

more at new scientist

Geeks of the world unite!

Hi valentina, hi andrea :)
“Gott erscheint am Kopfkissen Tazro Niscino

Gott erscheint am Kopfkissen (God appears at the pillow), 2005; Tazro Niscino
Containers are constructed around the statue at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuelle Kunst in Gent.

Monday, June 26, 2006

off peak Kerri Jamison

For off peak, I found myself searching for magic and longing for innocence in the Wisconsin Dells: a place I had always dreamed of visiting—as every child growing up in the Midwest does.
The result is a collection of photographs made during five trips over two years, all in the off-peak season. Their mood reflects the introspective struggle I feel (during these complicated political times) between longing for an escape back to innocence, magic, and childlike wonder; and accepting the responsibilities and realities that experience and knowledge bring. In the end, I found room for magic in a place off peak.

A exhibition of her work opens July 17 at the Minnesota Center for Photography.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Dreaming in Black and White Julien Levy

Joseph Cornell (American, 1903-1972), Portrait of Julien Levy, Daguerreotype-Object, provided by PMA

Julien Levy (American, 1906-1981), Frida Kahlo, c. 1938. Gelatin silver provided by PMA

Dreaming in Black and White: Photography at the Julien Levy Gallery
June 17, 2006 - September 17, 2006, Philadelphia Museum of Art
This exhibition celebrates the centenary of the birth of prominent art dealer Julien Levy (1906–1981), one of the most influential and colorful proponents of modern art and photography and an impassioned champion of Surrealism, with a survey of his collection of photographs. Levy's lifelong devotion to the art of photography is represented in more than 230 photographs, many of which are being exhibited for the first time in more than five decades.

Invitation card Julien Levy gallery, 1935

read more about Dreaming in Black and White here at the excellent artblog

Saturday, June 24, 2006

City traces Julie Shiels

“What are you doing that for?” he said.
“To make people think” J replied, “and make their own meaning.”
He paused for a second, then said “you know in the 30s there was this fellow who used to write the word Eternity in chalk on the pavement. He did it for years all over Sydney, the same word over and over again.”
“That’s one of the ideas behind this work” J said ethusiastically.
“I could think of better things to do with my time” he answered. “But it was nice talking to you” he said as he walked away.

J had just finished stencilling the couch when she noticed a woman watching and waiting.
“Am going to get yelled at”, she wondered, “it will happen one day, and after all, this isn’t the back streets of St Kilda.”
When she crossed the road, the woman was smiling sheepishly. “That’s my couch” she said. “Well, not really, it belonged to my flatmate until he moved out. He left it on the nature strip and then decided to shift it over there. I feel so guilty, it used to be in my loungeroom…for years.”
“Now you don’t need to feel so bad” J replied, “it’s not rubbish anymore, it’s a piece of temporary art work.”

City traces by Julie Shiels explore the idea that the marks on the pavement and the minutiae found in the streets can tell you where you are and provide clues for deciphering the narratives of the cultural terrain.
I Love St Kilda is her second blog that invites the viewer to speculate on stories that are suggested by the traces of life left on the streets.
Learning to Cook the French Way

Nick Koudis

bad art for bad people

Friday, June 23, 2006

for no specific reason

Joshua Rubin
1000 nudes

A History of Erotic Photography from 1839 to 1939
The 10 Cent Collection

PING signals

Special Announcements by Dana Sederowsky, 7x2min, 2006
The presenter, her eyes closed and her face showing no emotion, comments forcefully on seven topical subjects.
The viewer is both challenged by the unusual mode of expression whilst also being drawn towards this strange, transient messenger.

part of PING signals at meinblau
Sunny Lee | Nils Meseke | Nina Lassila | Joel Nordqvist | Olle Essvik | Kia Nordqvist | Dana Sederowsky | Helen Tak | Gun Holmström


opening: june 24th, 7pm, the artists are present

june 25th – july 07th 2006
Hero Sandwich Series Lynn Hershman Leeson

Bogart/Rowlands, 1980

Bowie/Hepburn, 1987

more here
David Woolley

flow projected 23rd - 25th of June

flow by Daniela Butsch, curator of "electronic painting" during Directors Lounge 2006, will be projected onto the facade of the Neukoelln Opera in Berlin. This is its version 06 for “neukoelln fliesst” from 23rd - 25th of June. best views after 23pm.
Karl-Marx-Str. 131-133
12043 Berlin – Neukoelln more

flow projected onto the facade of the Staatlichen Museums Schwerin, oct. 2003
some german notes about flow here (pdf)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

tonight´s the night

just the weekly reminder for those who are in Berlin.
Directors Lounge presents: a summer evening with
Figures of Motion part 1 the painted tape
tonight june 22th 10pm at zapp live

shown here (and tonight)
James Whitney Lapis, 1963-66; 16mm film, 9 minutes, color, sound
In this piece smaller circles oscillate in and out in an array of colors resembling a kaleidoscope while being accompanied with Indian sitar music. The patterns become hypnotic and trance inducing. This work clearly correlates the auditory and the visual and is a wonderful example of the concept of synaesthesia.
More about tonight here, here and here

zapp live Torstr. 159 ( between berg u.ackerstr )10115 Berlin
Charles Krafft Been there, smashed that

Of all the people acquiring guns in 1998 on the black market in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Charles Krafft was probably the only one who turned the illicit weapons into porcelain delftware.
read more, see more


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Carolee Schneeman Fuses

Carolee Schneemann was among the founding figures of the American performance art of the 60's. She began her career as a painter, making works that dealt in a very formalist manner with ideas of presence, the body and the gesture. As Schneemann moved towards a more radical exploration of these same ideas she began produce the performance art for which she became renown.

Though recognized as a protean force within the avant-garde film, video and performance cultures which grew out of early '60s America, the full range of Schneeman's artistic vision has yet to be appreciated. As a seamless fusion of painting, film, video, poetry and performance, her work has always defied simple characterization and has been met by controversy at every turn.

Her renowned Fuses (1964-67), a film of collaged and painted sequences of lovemaking between Schneemann and her then partner, composer James Tenney; observed by the cat Kitch, transforms sexual intercourse into formal and aesthetic subject matter, while many and vociferous detractors see it as just pornography.

"...I wanted to see if the experience of what I saw would have any correspondence to what I felt-- the intimacy of the lovemaking... And I wanted to put into that materiality of film the energies of the body, so that the film itself dissolves and recombines and is transparent and dense-- as one feels during lovemaking... It is different from any pornographic work that you've ever seen-- that's why people are still looking at it! And there's no objectification or fetishization of the woman." Carolee Schneemann

"In her attempt to reproduce the whole visual and tactile experience of lovemaking as a subjective phenomenon, Schneemann spent some three years marking on the film, baking it in the oven, even hanging it out the window during rainstorms on the off chance it might be struck by lightning. Much as human beings carry the physical traces of their experiences, so this film testifies to what it has been through and communicates the spirit of its maker. The red heat baked into the emulsion suffuses the film, a concrete emblem of erotic power." B. Ruby Rich, Chicago Art Institute.

Fuses will be shown (excerpts) as part of the Directors Lounge presentation:
Figures of Motion part 1 the painted tape
thursday june 22th 10pm at zapp live

part of our ongoing series of summer specials every thursday

zapp live Torstr. 159 ( between berg u.ackerstr )10115 Berlin, open from 8pm on

Fuses is also avaiable at UbuWeb
You can download the mpeg-file (218 meg) here
Private Public

Private Public by Joe Malia
A series of objects that highlight the privacy we sacrifice when using mobile technological devices in public spaces.
Users of the wearable mobile phone scarf can venture into public spaces confident that if the need to compose a private text message were to arise the object could be pulled over the face to create an isolated environment.
Devoted PSP players can explore their passion in complete privacy by using a model specifically designed for the device.

via wmmna

Cosmos, 2002, C-print 20x24 inch

Ann Lislegaard

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

for no specific reason

Le plus long ballon du monde 2003, Ballon de football en cuir, 220 x 35 x 35 cm, Photographie Marcell Esterhazy

Laurent Perbos