Niza Guy / Bifurcated, Mitchell Syrop

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27th, 2021
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Niza Guy / Bifurcated presents two text works by Mitchell Syrop. Each one follows the flow of an internal monologue from fatalistic to comic to mundane. Syrop’s idiosyncratic use of language and apparent stream-of-consciousness writing contrast with a rhythmic cadence he invokes through structural formulas and tactical page breaks. Viewed in succession, the two texts set up a dialectical tension between the artist’s public and private personas to produce a hypnotic self-portrait that is at once familiar and subjective.

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METAPHOR. PROTEST. CONCEPT, Iulia Popovici, Raluca Voinea (Eds.)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24th, 2021
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PERFORMANCE ART FROM ROMANIA AND MOLDOVA

Interviews with: Iulia Popovici & Raluca Voinea, Dan Perjovschi, Szilard Miklos, Matei Bejenaru, Pavel Braila, Farid Fairuz, Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan, Nicoleta Esinencu, Alexandra Pirici, Veda Popovici, Candidatura la Presedintie, Paul Dunca, Ioana Paun, Simona Dumitriu & Ramona Dima, Florin Flueras & Alina Popa.

„The diversity of performance art forms in Romania and the Republic of Moldova speaks about distinct motivations, personal and artistic, in the opinion for this language, but also about the mode in which an art gets to build its own definitions, in specific contexts. There are these definitions that we are searching, through the dialogues with artists, in the present book.”
(Iulia Popovici)

„These days we don’t find each other so much in the street; we don’t find ourselves in the political or aesthetical programme of the recent protests or we simply wait that they generate other metaphors and other concepts, for a new generation of artists (and citizens).”
(Raluca Voinea)

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The Blow-Up Regime, Marc Bauer, Berlinische Galerie (Eds.)

Posted in art, Artist Book, illustration on July 21st, 2021
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Drawings as Artistic Research

Marc Bauer (b. Geneva, 1975; lives and works in Berlin) is the winner of the 2020 GASAG Art Prize. Working in the medium of drawing, he grapples with themes such as migration, identity, and gender and articulates a critique of the new media or the nexus between religion and violence. Building on extensive research, the artist develops sprawling installations encompassing intimate works on paper, wall drawings, animations, and sound. A suggestive dramaturgy emerges that intertwines historic events and fictions and remains open to a range of interpretations. For his exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie, Marc Bauer has conceived a broad-based inquiry into the history of the Internet and its impact on society and the individual.

The accompanying catalogue presents the entire installation in detail. With texts by Guido Faßbender, Thomas Köhler, Thomas Kuratli / Pyrit, and a conversation between Sibylle Berg and Marc Bauer as well as interviews with Alan Emtage and Luca Maria Gambardella. A greeting was written by Gerhard Holtmeier.

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18 Floors (white vinyl), Magda Drozd. Praesens Editionen.

Posted in music, Vinyl on July 20th, 2021
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In her artistic practice, Magda Drozd is deeply concerned with listening. The artist and musician not only investigates the ways her audience listens but also continually hones her own auditory sensibility. For her second album, 18 Floors, Drozd trained the latter on the Lochergut, an iconic residential estate in Zurich’s Kreis 4, which she called home for several years. Over the past two years, she compiled a corpus of field recordings in and of the apartment building, which became the basis for an examination of how sound produces knowledge. The result challenges current assumptions about buildings, urban living, and the ecologies of cohabitation. In the context of her project, Drozd conceives of the building as a living organism rather than a collection of static material. The field recordings served as raw material for the compositions, which were woven into eleven speculative tracks consisting of analogue and digital sounds, including violins, guitars, synthesizers, drum machines, and Drozd’s voice. The music moves between sound art, ambient, and experimental electronics, occasionally showing flashes of pop, indie rock, and R&B.

Drozd’s album, released one and a half years after the COVID-19 outbreak, could not be timelier—even though the conception of 18 Floors predates the global pandemic. The album’s actuality derives from Drozd’s sense of the importance of the home, which has become glaringly obvious in the age of Corona. She concentrated on what was close by when attention was habitually lavished on far-away places. In this process, she examined the constitution and potential of her home, and her preference for documenting what might be over what actually is defines her avant-garde attitude. The result is an album that creates a space for what is transient, uncertain, and unstable. And it creates a space for opportunities, which we need now more than ever.—

18 Floors is Drozd’s second album. Her debut, Songs for Plants, was released on vinyl and digitally by Präsens Editionen in 2019. Her follow-up enters the label catalogue among releases by Samuel Reinhard, Belia Winnewisser, Martina Lussi, and Leo Hoffmann.

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Sounds Like Her – Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures. Christine Eyene, Cathy Lane, Salomé Voegelin (Eds.). Beam Editions

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19th, 2021

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Curator Christine Eyene challenges the Eurocentric and patriarchal frameworks that have informed the history of sound art and, to some extent, continue to define current practice.

Sounds Like Her is a challenge to the restrictive social construct of female voices. The book re-frames how we experience the dynamic of sound as practiced by women from diverse cultures and gender identities.

The themes, debate, and curatorial perspective are explored through three new essays by Christine Eyene (curator and author), Cathy Lane (sound artist, composer and professor of Sound Art at the University of the Arts London) and artist and author Salomé Voegelin (author of The Political Possibility of Sound, Bloomsbury).

The definition of Sound Art has always been narrow, from the perspective of gender, and international cultures. The book widens and rebalances the understanding of the art form and embraces the rich vein of work that needs to be a part of a new history of this creative practice.

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Terraforma Journal – Issue #1

Posted in art, magazines, music, writing on July 17th, 2021
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The Terraforma Journal is a new editorial project by Terraforma. A biannual publication exploring the intersection of sound, art, ecology and culture at large. Issue #1 focuses on the expanded notion of the festival—intended as a collective, multi-lateral, interconnected manifestation of dynamicity. The theme unfolds through a multiplicity of layers to acquire new and unexpected definitions. Terre Thaemlitz, Fabio Sargentini, Shiraz Arts Festival, Beuys 2021, Alice Bucknell, Angela Rui, 2050.plus — among many others — explore this angle and translate their vision into the printed matter. Every issue of the Terraforma Journal features a specially commissioned cover, starting with a labyrinthine interpretation of Daniel Sansavini and Studio Temp.

Terraforma Journal is an expansion towards a renovated feeling of togetherness and exchange.

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Joachim Perez. désirer, ne pas voir @ Motto Berlin. 16.07 – 07.08.2021

Posted in art, exhibitions, Motto Berlin event on July 16th, 2021
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Joachim Perez | Marc Bauer @ Motto Berlin | Thursday 15 July 2021

Posted in art, events, exhibitions, Motto Berlin store on July 10th, 2021
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Joachim Perez

Opening on Thursday 15 July, from 6 pm @ Motto Berlin

Men have always depicted naked women. Joachim Perez took this observation as a starting point,  appropriating a medium codified as feminine — embroidery — to depict male bodies. Working primarily with sewing and embroideries, he began to create large-scale installations that explore masculinity and sexuality in a defined space.

Following his residency at the Musée Jenisch (Vevey, Switzerland), where the classicism of the paintings in the permanent collection clashed with the elasticity of his works, Perez presents a new series of embroideries at Motto, this time on tarpaulin. Limited to the gallery’s glass cabinets, his embroideries stress a back and forth in his practice between the male body displayed in an unaffected manner and the constraints imposed by the space in which it is exhibited. Indeed, Perez’s works speak of our gaze, tensions and the internal dialogue that results from the tendency to both desire and reject eroticism.The partial unveiling of the works engages the visitor to develop a narrative aroused by the latent violence of bodies kept in glass cages.

Stick Your Finger – a Recollection by Marc Bauer

Stick Your Finger – a Recollection

Marc Bauer

Opening on Thursday 15 July, from 6 pm @ Motto Berlin

Another Mobile Gallery is pleased to invite you to Marc Bauer’s exhibition entitled Stick Your Finger – a Recollection which will take place on the 15th of July, hosted by Motto Berlin. Summoning the public to a meditation on the body and the sense of touch, the artist has put together 12 works to express difficult themes such as sexuality and the implied dichotomy of care and abuse, blended with his own personal experiences and memories as a teenager in the 1980s. The artworks will not be displayed in a traditional format, but will be shown as part of a collaborative performance where the public will interact directly, as an homage to the recent reality of the pandemic and the restrictions universally faced for the past year and a half.

Another Mobile Gallery is a dynamic, alternative space thought out as a stand-in for the usual contemporary art gallery. Starting out in the shape of a van, AMG isn’t currently tied to a physical space but it continues with the main purpose of providing pop-up shows which can take place anywhere in the world. Born out of pure passion by making use of minimal resources, this project continues to ensure the promotion of young, up-and-coming artists as well as established creators, while presenting them with the same challenge faced by AMG’s owner in the first place: create something extraordinary from little to nothing; the sky is the limit.

The View From “No Man’s Land”, Firas Shehadeh

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, meme, politics on July 10th, 2021
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“Since 2013, Firas Shehadeh’s conceptual practice has been preoccupied with understanding the human condition through post-internet aesthetics, a tactic calculated towards a larger strategy of tackling the many themes mirrored by our new millennia. The internet and its cultures, video games, virtual communities, and various types of images are key mediums in his work, which helps the artist avoid material limitations and highlights the impact internet life is increasingly having on our offline lives.

Yet if one can trace a unity in Shehadeh’s work, one would find that it’s mainly concerned with images, not purely as form, but for what it absorbs from today’s political realities, conveyed by way of not-so-innocent silliness or abstraction. That is not to say that he deals with images as if they are inherently political. On the contrary, as a puppeteer controlling his marionettes with agility, Shehadeh takes such images and carefully reassembles them in front of us to subtly narrate their stories of origin and the meaning they evolved to carry. By relying on a combination of irony, tragedy, and delicate hopefulness, he ultimately highlights the bitter contradictions of today’s world.

One can easily detect some of Shehadeh’s political interests: history, technology, and aesthetics. He connects all these in today’s Online, the direct descendant from yesterday’s internet. Today’s algorithmically-driven Online is akin to predestination, loaded with ready-made scenarios where you’re trapped in a time loop like a sick joke. Original moves are calculated, preconfigured, and repeated every day; a Punxsutawney-hell from hell where one disaster leads to another. Still, they’re expected, welcomed, normalized, in a made-up history where irony’s reserve has drained to the very last drop.

In The View from “No-Man’s Land,” Shehadeh documents the year 2020 by using online culture’s main currency—memes—to tell stories of crashes, depressions, and violence caused by acceleration and the hyper technologies of control. His position as a Palestinian artist permits him to tell such stories with ease and cleverness. Yet unlike his subjects, he doesn’t convey a post-ironic attitude; his awareness is a tool to decipher post-irony, exposing its contradictions as if fighting fire with fire. That is highlighted best in the book’s cover; a kite strapped with a Molotov cocktail. The contra-drone of the oppressed. A direct, ironic answer to the oppressor’s hyper-tech arsenal.

This book and its artifacts function as a memory theater for an era that doesn’t want to leave, trying to outwit us by employing elements from the past. All the versos and rectos speak of the same story, reiterating after Carl “CJ” Johnson, its undeclared Angelus Novus, “Oh shit, here we go again.””

– Yazan S. Ashqar
Writer, Editor, and Translator, New York City

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@rt_rhyme, Darren Bader

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, curating, photography on July 9th, 2021
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Begun on Instagram in 2017 as part of Bader’s exhibition at Museo Madre in Naples, @rt_rhyme is a series of photographs that pair artworks (identified by artist (sur)name) with various rhyming objects or actions: spoons in front of a Koons, cobble held next to a Schnabel, Sherman matched with some German and a crawl below a Saul. Some rhymes are easy to decipher while others require a good unpacking. @rt_rhyme continued posting on Instagram through the end of 2018 but the project remained incomplete, in part due to an exhaustion of funds as well as some rhymes proving very difficult to photograph. This book collects the @rt_rhyme photographs, the list of unrealized rhymes (two of which have been digitally realized by the publisher for inclusion in the book) and an introduction by Bader.

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