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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The NY Art Book Fair Might Take Over Your Weekend

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on September 22, 2014
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Take your pick of performances and fairs taking place this week because there is no scarcity in that realm.

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Enough With Dude-Centric Net Art Shows

by Paddy Johnson on April 17, 2012
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I’m getting tired of seeing listings for dude-dominated digital art shows. Just to count what I’ve seen in the last month: The USB Show, at Paris’s Le Point Éphémère two weeks ago, invited one woman artist to participate out of 21; Astral Projection Abduction Fantasy, which ran from February 23rd to March 23rd in Dublin, included three women out of 29 artists; and the April 12th BYOB show, in Milan, only included 9 women out of 42 invited artists. These shows might as well be Lilith Fair, though, relative to the worst recent offender, Dotcom, a show organized by the anonymous collective BSNP at the Centre d’Art Bastille in France. That group show runs through June 10th and includes no women at all.

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“Don't use the internet as a fucking condiment”: Net Art at Art Dubai

by Alana Chloe Esposito on March 30, 2012
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Acquisitions of net art by the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim, and other institutions have given institutional validation to the genre, but complicated curatorial debates rage over what exactly it includes: Can it be shown on a computer in a gallery? Can it only be viewed online? Can art not based on code count as net art?

At (It’s Not) Net Art 2: Emancipate the Medium!, one panel at Art Dubai's Global Art Forum, heated debates began over nearly every aspect of the medium, from its formal qualities to its politicization and the notion that it is inherently radical. This argumentativeness is perhaps unsurprising given that the medium lacks a strict definition.

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A Cheap Grab For Exposure: The Occupy The Internet Exhibition

by Paddy Johnson on November 1, 2011
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Why is Occupy The Internet now an “exhibition of leading net artists”? Launched two weeks ago at fffff.at, the original project was a simple call: embed a script that runs an army of animated gif protesters on your website to show your support for the Occupation movement. The post asked for animated GIF submissions that would then be “called up for duty”, and has since been installed on over 875 websites.

Now, all those submissions are being replaced with GIFs by artists curator Evan Roth deems worthy of special consideration. This is beyond insulting.

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Watching the Pot Boil, Part Two: The Instinct to Align Shapes in Art Work

by Paddy Johnson on March 21, 2011
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In the course of writing my post for flavorwire Friday on anticipation, I linked to a preview from The Office. The scene is hilarious but also reminded me of another powerful force driving art work: our desire to fit and align shapes.

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