Gif by Brandy Carstens
Recently I started streaming music instead of playing mp3’s. There is something very satisfying about deleting files, knowing that they will always be available somewhere. The only memory I have to allocate is the memory in my own head, I just have to remember names.
I can’t wait till all my digital is in the cloud. I won’t need harddisks, backups, just some passwords and I can work anywhere on any computer. Maybe at some point I won’t need a computer, just accessing the cloud through telepathy?
This week I am exhibiting at With Project Space. For 7 days I create 7 different installations, moving the mirrors and projections and choosing different animations. The images you see here are from the first 2 days.
Open daily from 5 to 9 PM, October 24 – 30, 141 Division Street, NYC.
Somewhere in the late 1800s a group of British explorers stumbled upon a peculiar tribe of Indigenous Australians. They lived in a very dense part of a very dense forest.
Their habitat was just this; trees and trees and trees, they had never seen anything further than 2 meters.
The anthropologists guided them to an open field, and for the first time in their lives they experienced a far view. Out in the open, the tribe couldn’t stop laughing, because to them people in the distance did not look “far away”, they just looked like very small people.
I wonder how limited current human perception is, and if some future explorer will guide us to another kind of open field.
Opening tomorrow! 7 – 9 pm. My exhibition at With project space, 141 Division Street, New York NY 10002.
The show consists of mirrors and projections crammed in a tiny space. I will rearrange the exhibition for one week, making it a different installation every day.
I’ve always been surprised that the word “virtual” is mostly associated with computers. Isn’t any depiction virtual? Cave paintings, frescos, oil paintings, photographs, cinema, they are all used to depict things we’ve seen before. Stories are virtual, words are virtual. If I write the word “banana” you might see a banana in your head but you can’t eat it.
Perhaps the computer added interactivity, after we got used to depictions in sound and moving image. Is that what makes it feel “virtual”?
I remember this story of an old church in France. I don’t remember the year but it was somewhere in the middle ages. For their stained glass windows they used a new blue pigment, a blue color no one had ever seen. The church goers would look up to the windows and see the bluest light they had ever seen. They believed it was heaven itself. Not a depiction of heaven, but really a peak into heaven itself.
The church decided this was misleading and they replaced the windows.
BYOB is an exhibition format I created about a year ago. Much to my surprise it spread all over the globe in a few months. It makes me very happy to see people’s enthusiasm and even more interesting is the differences between various BYOB’s. Above is a video registration of BYOB Maine curated by Rollin Leonard. It looks amazing, here are some notes from a recent chat with him:
me: great byob! very different
Rollin: It was a total pain in the ass. My arms and legs are still throbbing from carrying plastic bins of technology through the woods. But I’m like I did it.
me: is it a prison?
Rollin: no, it was an abandon army bunker
when they first tested the large guns it blew out all the windows on the far side of the island
Rollin: Now the beavers live there… which made it wet.
One Question Interview is a blog I started in 2007. Thanks to the new layout it is now much easier to navigate, so please enjoy questions and answers by people I like.
The Frieze art fair is what it is: a gigantic jewelry store, filled with shiny conformist art pieces designed to make rich people look educated. Most of the fair was very boring, if you ask me. However, in a far corner, there was a dark room full of young people making a mess; the LuckyPDF TV studio, a Trojan horse filled with internet culture.
LuckyPDF is made up of the artists James Early, John Hill, Ollie Hogan and Yuri Pattison. They create internet TV shows, working together with a big network of performance/video/internet artists. Above you can watch episode 2 which I presented, but also check episode 1 hosted by Paul Pieroni and episode 3 hosted by Jeremy Bailey. The broadcasts are very messy, full of glitches and bugs, but watch anyway because there are some great moments. It was really fun to be part of and I hope that shows.