The Conditions of Being Art

Posted in Art on April 10th, 2024
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The Conditions of Being Art is the first book to examine the activities of groundbreaking contemporary art galleries Pat Hearn Gallery and American Fine Arts, Co. (1983–2004), and the transnational milieu of artists, dealers and critics that surrounded them.

Drawing on the archives of dealers Pat Hearn and Colin de Land—both, independently, legendary players on the New York art scene of the 1980s and ’90s, and one of the great love stories of the art world—this publication illustrates their distinctive artistic practices, significant exhibitions and events, and daily business. Hearn and de Land championed art that challenged the business of running an art gallery; artists like Renée Green and Susan Hiller, Andrea Fraser and Cady Noland, who employed conceptualism and installation, social and institutional critique.

Contributing to the history of exhibitions, institutions and curating, The Conditions of Being Art addresses a significant gap in this literature around experimental commercial spaces in recent art history. This publication is the first book-length critical account of the alternative commercial gallery practices of the 1990s, a moment and a scene that is extremely influential to many of today’s art dealers, curators and artists.

Hearn and de Land’s gallery practices explored new experimental and ethical possibilities within the selling of art, testing the relationship of contemporary art to its markets. In this volume, full-color images, in-depth scholarly investigations and detailed gallery histories vibrantly document how Hearn and de Land tested new notions of what an art gallery could be.

Publisher: CCS Bard; Dancing Foxes Press

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SP∞CE Magazine – vol.00. SP∞CE Magazine

Posted in magazines, photography on October 20th, 2023
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SP∞CE Magazine is a media focusing on lifestyles and cultures. “There are ∞ (infinite) ways to live your life.” We hope to be a guiding light for those who yearn for freedom and authenticity but may not yet know the way. The debut issue “vol.00” features the communities around skateboarding and art in our home city, Tokyo. Find yourself, be yourself.

– Saeka Shimada (photographer)
– Ryo Seijri (skater/artist)
– Buggye (skate collective)
– Y Town Playaz (skate collective)

Artist Pages:
– Wataru Kawaguchi 
– Yutaka Kobayashi 
– Otokoume
– Azusa Nigo
– Ryo Sejiri
– Ranko
– Cohal
– Miho
– Pure
– Mofurio

– Eroticism And The Power of Survival / エロと生命エネルギー
– How to Talk to Yourself / 自分を知ろう

Party Archives:
– Group Art Exhibition “M∞N” | July 2022
– Skate Video Premiere “M∞N” | October 2022
– M∞N -420 Specials- | April 2023

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Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration. Karl-Magnus Johansson, Gluey-C (Eds.). The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg.

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10th, 2013
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Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration. Karl-Magnus Johansson, Gluey-C (Eds.). The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg.

Works and texts by Ida Lehtonen, Lisa Ehlin, Sandra Rafman, Kari Altmann, Jon rafman,
Michael Shanks, Artie Vierkant and Karl-Magnus Johansson (ed.).

There is no offline space. Or at least the experience of the Internet so deeply affects media users today that it influences their perspectives of the world outside the Web. This situation has been described as post-Internet, a term that has loosely emerged as an approach within contemporary art, defined by the social and technological conditions of networked society.

The Regional State Archives in Gothenburg invited the artist Ida Lehtonen to let her artistic practice encounter the archives. In Communicating the Archive: Physical Migration, Lehtonen’s work is presented and examined from an archival and media archaeological standpoint. Somewhat disregarding traditional archival values such as preservation, security and authenticity, this volume reconsiders the archive post-Internet through contributions from scholars and practitioners of diverse fields: art, psychology, digital culture, archaeology and fashion.


Ida Lehtonen is an artist and curator born in Turku, Finland. She holds a BFA from the School of Photography, University of Gothenburg. The main focus of her research is our relationships with machines; how new technology shapes us, our bodies and the outside world.

Lisa Ehlin is a PhD student in Fashion Studies, connected to a research school in Cultural History at Stockholm University. Her research centres on the process, practice and experience of the digital image in contemporary digital culture.

Sandra Rafman, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist at the McGill University Health Centre and at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. She has a longstanding interest in the relation of psychology, philosophy and art. Her writings include narrative representations of the experience of loss, children’s notions of justice and forgiveness and the construction of self in complex political environments following trauma and moral disruption.

Kari Altmann is an American cloud-based artist currently stationed in New York with a BFA from MICA. She is an ongoing participant in both online and offline countercultures, and a consistently conceptual superuser of social media. Her work is often focused on cultural technology and the back-end processes that shape today’s meta awareness of content, brands, memes, and products.

Jon Rafman is an artist, filmmaker, and essayist born in Montreal. He received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited at the New Museum, the Palais de Tokyo, and the Saatchi Gallery. Rafman’s work, inspired by the rich contradictions that technology presents, has been featured in Modern Painters, Frieze, The New York Times, and Artforum.

Michael Shanks is a British archaeologist who has specialized in Classical archaeology and archaeological theory. He received his BA and PhD from Cambridge University, and was a lecturer at the University of Wales, Lampeter before moving to the US in 1999 to take up a Chair in Classics at Stanford University. He is director of the MetaMedia Lab and co-directs the Stanford Humanities Lab.

Artie Vierkant is an artist whose work concerns the role of image production and
dissemination in contemporary networked society. He received an MFA from the University of California San Diego. His work has been shown internationally and featured in Artforum, the UbuWeb archive, Reframing Photography (Routledge), and more. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. He lives and works in New York.

Karl-Magnus Johansson is an archivist at the Regional State Archives in Gothenburg, and the editor of this book.

The book is designed and co-edited by Gluey-C, the collaborative practice of the designers Pascal Prošek and Jonas Fridén, and archivist Karl-Magnus Johansson.

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