- This artist rendering of a black hole in a dwarf galaxy is amazing. [NASA Instagram via: @fredbenenson]
- And, on that note, for the science nerds, here’s the best astronomy related video we’ve seen lately. Dizzying. [Youtube]
- WTF? Richard Prince’s 48-inch by 56-inch″ inkjet prints of celebrity Instagram accounts are reportedly selling for $100,000. [The New York Post]
- Chicago’s art paper Newcity made its own power list again, because fuuuckk youuu Artinfo. Here are the artists’ artists. [Newcity]
- Jennifer Rubell is making food for the Performa benefit. This year Performa is honoring every rich woman under the sun. [In the Air]
- The People’s Climate March preparations have started. They are expecting 100,000 people to show up this Sunday for the event. [The New York Times]
- In further evidence, Environmentalist Bill McKibben is tweeting about 20 busloads of people headed to New York for the march already booked from Vermont. That seems like it would cover UVM and Middlebury alone. More! [Twitter]
- The New Yorker does a video feature on the history of the Vocoder, a speech distortion tool popularized by Laurie Anderson and Kraftwerk, but was apparently invented as a top-secret military voice encoder. There is such thing as a “Vocoder historian”. [The New Yorker]
- Philadelphia-based video artists: SUBMIT. The ICA has assembled a great jury for its open call video show, including Dirty Looks assistant director Karl McCool, PMA Associate Curator Erica Battle, and artist Beth Heinly, whom we featured in a Philly round-up last month. Based on McCool and Heinly in particular, we suspect this means creative risk taking and fearlessness will be rewarded. Submit to this. [ICA]
- Carolina Miranda discusses Santa Monica Museum of Art’s “Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy” and the show looks great. It’s an exhibition that looks at social practice that sparks social change. In one example, Miranda discusses Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus, who was forced to wear a bullet-proof vest after receiving death threats. As a sign of trust, he cut the shape of a heart from the vest. [Culture: High & Low]
- Iggy Pop plays ping pong with David Bowie. This is what happened. (aw). [BowieSongs Extras]
Golden deer sculptures, a trope of the art fair, has finally migrated to the animated GIF world. And I have the same head scratching response to Jonathan Monaghan‘s GIF of couch giving birth to a doe, as I do any of those sculptures. What is this saying about wealth? What did this couch have sex with to become pregnant? (Okay, that question is art work specific.) And why do people find deers so compelling?
I don’t have the answers to these questions, but I suspect there are few collectors and artists out there who do. Someone poll these people and figure this trend out.
CHICAGO —EXPO Chicago week is upon us. Let’s assume you’ll spend at least some small amount of time at the piers for the fair. But let’s also assume you’ll get sick of it. When that happens, check out some of the local exhibitions on our list of recommended shows. Or take the “Art After Hours” program on Friday night shuttle bus tour. It’s free and everyone likes free!
Let’s not beat around the bush here: Matthew Hillock‘s website is a mess. It consists entirely of a download icon that no longer works, a link to his CV and his contact info. If a friend hadn’t shared the above GIF with me I would never have found any work on his site. (It was presented as evidence that Clement Valla was influencing younger artists, an argument that judging from the image above alone, can’t be dismissed.)
Whatever the professional issues, Hillock’s GIF of what resembles 3D rendered coffee stir sticks overlaid on a map is worth posting. Light functions in much the same way as a video—and the slow movements of these colored sticks brightening whenever they hit a patch of light—and the repeating swaying of the sticks makes the GIF resemble trees in a forest. It’s mesmerizing and that’s its success.
If you thought the barrage of openings was over think again. We’re now into week three of opening season. And luckily there’s some good shows on the horizon. Those who are into military inspired Bauhaus drawings, will be pleased to learn that the Drawing Center opens an Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky this Thursday. Those who are into memes and digital aesthetics have a discussion at PRATT to attend this Friday with, among other star curators, Christiane Paul (The Whitney) and Boris Groys (everywhere). And finally, this Friday the ICA opens a multilingual opera by Alex de Corte and Jayson Musson we’re more than curious about. Musson will be playing his famed youtube persona Hennessy Youngman, so we can’t wait to see what he does with de Corte.
Let’s face it: last week’s GIF Free For All awards were a hot bed of incest, corruption and petty politics. It’s time to set the record straight. The real GIF Awards need to go to Wallpapers. Why? Because these are gifs that can be tiled, and we all know bigger is better.
Wallpapers is a collaborative project founded in 2011 by artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Sylvain Sailly. Now in its second iteration, Wallpapers has been shown at 319 Scholes in New York (curated by Lindsay Howard), Western Front in Vancouver (curated by Sarah Todd), and PAMI Festival in London (curated by Bubblebyte.org). This latest iteration (the second), will show at the New Forms Festival 12 in Vancouver (curated by Malcolm Levy). Participants include Laura Brothers, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Lorna Mills, Brenna Murphy, Sylvain Sailly, Nicolas Sassoon, Rick Silva, Krist Wood.
And now to the burning question: Who has made the best GIF? I announce a tie between Sylvain Sailly, Rick Silva and Laura Brothers! These GIFs couldn’t look more different from each other, but they both possess the same quality: Graphic appeal. As a viewer, you want to see the loop completed. There may be no better marker of a good GIF.