Rhizom: “The Loneliness of the Project” – Boris Groys “In the past two decades the art project â€“ in lieu of the work of art â€“ has without question moved to centre stage in the art worldâ€™s attention. Each art project may presuppose the formulation of a specific aim and of a strategy designed to [...]
I like where Nathaniel Katz might be headed right now. Specifically, the title “new natives” is intriguing, as is the idea of exploring “intentional communities.” Now: Nathaniel, of course I can never say anything nice about you without dogging you a bit, and this is really important, because you are fucking up a good idea [...]
AutoInterventionist, FrameOfArt, RealityAsMedium While I was in Prague, I let myself buy one overpriced art magazine. I chose a 15 euro ‘Afterall’ from 2004 that focused on performative, interventionist, experiential works, including Los Carpinteros, Thomas Hirschorn and Marjetica Potrc. It turned out to be an amazing issue, tackling politics and activism in art in a [...]
Simon Sheikh writes the second article on Thomas Hirschorn (Planes of immanence, or The Form of ideas: Notes on the (anti-)monuments of Thomas Hirschhorn) in that same issue of Afterall. He speaks of Hirschhorn’s choice of locales outside the cultural centres of cities, outside typical art venues, choosing suburbs instead. “These are places for action, [...]
TADEJ POGACAR & P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art: His public actions, Autonomous Territory I (2002) and Autonomous Territory II (2003), executed in Graz, Austria, and Mexico City, are participatory projects and interventions into public space. They represent a practical investigation in the area of low-tech and non-planned architecture closely connected to everyday life and its [...]
LeisureArts brings us a semiotic square showing the David Robbins’ spectrum from art to life and entertainment to not entertainment. So, does this mean that only low art can be entertaining? Mmm, thats what I was afraid of.
Lee Walton calls himself an experientialist, which I like. But then he does some inane algorithmic works, which I don’t. But then he does some simple prankish ones, which I do. And some vaguely interventionist stuff, which I also do. Like. Such as Couple wearing primary colors will playfully descend the steps together before littering. [...]
More on the art/ not art tip, this time from Seth Price, Disperion (pdf download): normative conceptualism: “it does not stand for anything certain, instead privileging framing and context” “Martha Rosler has spoken of the ‘as-if’ approach, where the Conceptual work cloaks itself in other disciplines (philosophy being the most notorious example), provoking an oscillation [...]