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SXSW Supplemental Edition: The Austin Art Tour

by Art Fag City on March 20, 2009

Art Palace, Austin TX I didn’t get a chance to see the entire Texas Biennial while I was in Austin this week for the SXSW Interactive conference — time restraints and disperse gallery locations shut down a lot of viewing opportunities — but I did manage to catch few highlights thanks to Claire Ruud over […]

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Curating The Crowd-Sourced World at SXSW

by Art Fag City on March 16, 2009

Image via: Bad Paintings of Barack Obama Representing more “traditional” art curation this Saturday on the SXSW Interactive panel, Curating the Crowd-Sourced World,  I discussed the necessity of curating material culled by Internet users with my esteemed panel members.  Pretty much everyone —  Jen Bekman of Jen Bekman Projects, Nion McEvoy, CEO of Chronicle Books, […]

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Monday Links: New Developments

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on March 18, 2013

  • “His career as a New York City taxi driver began with a graveyard shift, a creative itch, and a brazen interpretation of privacy laws.” The New York Times’ Matt Flegenheimer follows up our story on artist Daniel Wilson’s cabby project. Described briefly: Wilson secretly recorded the conversations of his passengers and played the audio collage he made in the cab while he drove people to The Armory last week. Flegenheimer’s account includes a minor fender bender. [NY Times]
  • Guns sound like flutes, as we heard this morning from artist Pedro Reyes’ gun orchestra. “It’s a spread that would make a cartel boss blush,” remarks Kurt Anderson on Studio360. [Studio360]
  • A profile on Mike Kelley that includes his last days before committing suicide. Tragic. [WSJ] h/t [c-monstah]
  • Christopher Knight dubs the LA-MOCA-National Gallery of Art deal a “big, fat nothing-burger.” All this deal making is a result of MoCA being cash-strapped, a mind-boggling issue for an institution whose board includes some of the richest men in the world. [L.A.Times]
  • Tina Roth Eisenberg (AKA Swiss-Miss) gave a talk last week at #SXSW on her many projects, one of which includes Teux Deux, a to-do app. Roth Eisenberg expressed some frustration today over twitter about push back from users who were accustomed to using the app for free and now have to pay for it.  We want her to know that her talk convinced us not only to use the app, but the importance of charging for projects you want to maintain. [Teux Deux]
  • In internet freedom news, the WSJ’s L. Gordon Crovitz is offending people with his piece “Aiding the Enemy Isn’t Journalism.” In it, he claims that both Bradley Manning and Julian Assange should be charged for aiding the enemy with wikileaks. What? The Freedom of the Press Foundation has run a piece correcting factual errors in Crovitz’s piece. [FoPF]
  • If you’re behind on the Wikileaks story, “Captives of the Cloud,” part 1 and 2, is a lengthy but essential primer. [e-flux]
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Monday Links: What People Say

by Paddy Johnson on March 11, 2013

  • Amanda Browder reported that The Armory Show (Contemporary) suffered a loss of power this weekend due to a water main break at 52nd and 11th. [Twitter]
  • Helen Popkin gets some twitter tips from the expert himself: politician Cory Booker. #SXSWi [NBC]
  • David Carr on paid content. #SXSWi [Paid Content]
  • Artist and former MOCA board member Catherine Opie gives her thoughts on the possible LACMA-MOCA merger. [ArtInfo]
  • Mat Gleason pulls apart LACMA Director Michael Goven’s statement on the possible merger with MOCA. It’s a great between-the-lines read, but the stuff that’s not so between-the-lines is perhaps most interesting. Gleason points out that Goven is clearly asserting that in this merger, MOCA will be dissolved. [Huff Po]
  • Rich people attend parties. [Bloomberg]


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The Sincere Internet Cat Video Festival

by Paddy Johnson on March 9, 2013
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Last summer, The Walker Art Center hosted “The Internet Cat Video Festival”, the most attended event in its 86 year history. It attracted some 10,000 people to their screening, press from around the world, and continues to account for more than 5 percent of the Walker’s web traffic. It also got festival organizers Scott Stulen and Katie Hill a presentation at SXSW.

“All audiences are equal” Stulen told the crowd, as he and Hill discussed the people who attended the festival. There were cat people, dog people, young people, old people. Art people, film people, and regular ol’ people. People who dressed up as cats, people who brought their cats, and according to Jezebel, even people who thought they were cats. There were a lot of people.

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Report from the New Aesthetic: The Movement Rolls On, Inward

by Whitney Kimball on November 13, 2012
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Last month, I attended the New Museum panel “Stories from the New Aesthetic.” I thought we’d get to hear about how the movement has evolved since it incited a widespread art, tech, and critical dialogue; I was wrong.

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: What New Aesthetic?

by Paddy Johnson on May 9, 2012
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It's amazing how much talk an ill-thought-out concept can generate when it comes in the form of a PowerPoint lecture. That's part of the appeal of “The New Aesthetic,” a term coined by designer James Bridle and discussed by thousands of internet nerds over the last month. Ever since SXSW hosted a panel on the subject and Bruce Sterling produced a 5,000-word response for Wired, a day's hardly passed when I haven't seen mention of this so-called burgeoning movement.

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