Robot Glockenspiel Performs Popcorn. [YouTube and above]
In contemporary art museums, columns are going the way of gluten. Both the Broad and the Whitney tout their soon-to-come “column-free” exhibition spaces. High-ceilinged, flexible spaces are one way to keep pace with changes in contemporary art practices, but, turns out, adding or adjusting moveable walls as needed is a giant pain in the ass. [The Art Newspaper]
Creative Time’s gesture of solidarity with Cuban artist and sometime political prisoner Tania Bruguera underwhelmed one journalist, who made note of how hashtags supplanted loudspeakers as the choice medium for transgressively involving the public, and how the public art project largely ignored the immediate public.You know that zen koan, “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Looks like the answer is yes, if enough people tweet about it. [Hyperallergic]
Wow. Art in General will leave it’s home in Tribeca after 34 years. Their lease is up. [Artnet News]
Google image searches may actually shape the way we perceive the world. Mostly because believing everything you see is the new believing everything you read. [The Atlantic]
According to UC-Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education estimated 25% of all adjunct professors receive some form of public assistance.* [Slate]
*Here’s a video of a bunch of kittens riding a roomba to help you through that last article. [YouTube]
Still no word on who will run the new .art domain, but .sucks up and working as of June 1st. Looks like ICANN, the group that manages domain name systems, figured out there’s a lot of money to be made from Internet trolls; the fact that this domain name event exists suggests they knew it would would be popular. Naturally, there is already controversy: The company that will administer the new domain, a Canadian-based company called Vox Populi, is charging $2,500 for the website names — far more than a typical website registration of $10 to $25. The Intellectual Property Constituency, an advisory group to the global Internet domain regulator, has already complained. Is this just a shakedown to get money from companies and others? After the June 1 deadline, online trolls or “cybersquatters” could buy up the names and then extort even higher prices, according to the group which includes film, software and music industry associations and other trademark organizations. [Yahoo]
“I do believe that there is cosmic synchronicity that we don’t understand,” Rachel Mason told me on a chilly night in her Long Island City studio. Eight years ago, she began researching an eighty-year-old newspaper story for her new opera “The Lives of Hamilton Fish”– the making of which, alone, is a long story.
AFC editors take panels by storm; Academy Award nominee Laura Poitras speaks at Artists Space; and the first U.S. retrospective of “one of the most prominent artists working in Southeast Asia” comes to the SculptureCenter.
Dave Hickey, by Dr. J Caldwell (Image courtesy of http://nasher.duke.edu)
Last Sunday, Stephanie Theodore tweeted a photo of a child resting on one of Donald Judd’s shelves at the Tate Modern, prompting a string of miffed tweets. The family has come forward to defend the child: “Their only crime was to be seduced by a ladder of jewel-coloured shelving. Sissi has always been anti-establishment but she would never hurt anybody.” The Tate attests that “[t]he situation was dealt with immediately.” [Evening Standard via ArtUpdate]
Carolina Miranda writes an account of Dave Hickey’s talk Wednesday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. He claimed there are no critics…to a room full of critics. He also bemoaned art school as a place where most teachers are “big fucking failures” and complained that identity politics has done little more for the art world than tribalize it. [C-Monster]
Triple Canopy’s membership drive ends today. Do it. Also submit a proposal for their 2014 program. [Triple Canopy]
Art in General’s curator Courtenay Finn has been appointed curator of the Aspen Art Museum. [Artforum]
President Obama told folks on the floor of a General Electric plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that they can potentially make more with skilled manufacturing than you can with an art history degree. Now the CAA is upset, saying, “Humanities graduates play leading roles in corporations.” Guys, get a grip. We spend a lot of our days complaining about the slim prospects for arts majors. Obama’s not that far out of line. [CAA via: Hyperallergic]
My theory on Sarah Sze’s installation at the United States Pavilion: The show is both a production-site and graveyard for the relics of an unnamed religion. Members of this cult worship reproduction technology and mass-produced items of any form.