Paddy Johnson at Time Out: Kevin Bewersdorf’s Monuments to the INFOspirit

by Art Fag City on October 2, 2008 Events

Kevin Bewersdorf, Installation view

Unfortunately, I had far more to say about Kevin Bewersdorf’s Monuments to the INFOspirit than the 250 word count at Time Out allows.  But this is why I have a blog.  An open thread after the clip.

Could V&A, a gallery that shares its location with an acupuncture center, travel agency and sketchy gambling club, be better suited for Kevin Bewersdorf's creepy corporate cult and mental discipline? Even the space's ceiling, complete with industrial tiles, seems custom-made for the exhibition's awkwardly arranged objects: a trophy inscribed with the show title, boxes of pamphlets and an overhead banner, as well as a tantric, blingy animation of the artist meditating at his computer.

On the far wall, four different flyers explain the basic principles behind Bewersdorf's spiritual practice of embracing mediocrity, which he calls Maximum Sorrow. According to the text provided, the Marketplace is empty of everything but products; you are the Product, and therefore contribute to the market; Info is the free-flowing energy generated by your production and consumption. The INFOspirit, which encompasses all of these concepts, is both the state between the knowable and unknown, and mediocrity in its purist form. None of these teachings make perfect sense, but they don't have to.

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