This week offers plenty of ways to stay cool with art. This primarily means heading in doors. Bunny Rogers reads poetry from her highly anticipated book “Cunny Poems, Vol. 1,” Hito Steyerl offers advice on how to remain invisible in the digital age, and the Knockdown Center is host to a day of surreal performance art. Also, lots of air-conditioned screenings. Welcome to summer.
The Internet is not dead, but if you pose the question, then you’ll be sure to pique the interest of many an art and tech nerd. In the latest issue of e-flux, artist Hito Steyerl ponders about the death of the Internet and finds that it’s “undead and it’s everywhere.” Like a zombie. [e-flux]
I guess this is what the Russian police do when they’re not beating up gay people. [Youtube]
More on Russia: On Sunday, Performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky nailed down his testicles in the Red Square to protest Russia’s police state. On the one hand, this could just be an instance of WTF Performance Art. More likely, though, it points to the increasingly desperate measures taken by artists against the State; Russian theatre director Kirill Serebrennikov called Pavlensky’s act a “powerful gesture of absolute despair.” Pavlensky is due in court today. [The Guardian]
A warning for non-profits: Make sure you know who the bidders at your fundraising auction. A Banksy painting donated to Housing Works received a bid of $615,000, but the work’s bidder quickly ducked out of sight. The non-profit eventually found a buyer, but not after irking many of the other bidders. [The New York Times]
This is the best seventh-grade fan fiction I’ve ever heard. Ashton Kutcher needs to pay this girl a visit. (Paddy) [Wifey-TV]
The founders of the Dia Art Foundation have filed suit to stop the foundation’s current administration from selling artworks in Dia’s collection.That sale is scheduled to take place this Wednesday at Sotheby’s, and could raise up to $20 million to build an acquisitions fund. [Art in America]
Brian Eno talks with Grayson Perry about art. Both claim to be terrible at delegating. [New Statesman]
Gallerist Janet Borden’s thoughts on the Aperture Foundation’s Instagram auction, held two weeks ago: “Instagram pictures tend to be stupid, but then, so did Xeroxes of people’s butts.” [Matthew Leifheit for Feature Shoot]
No more indoor screenings; this week, we are very busy and important people. Chelsea’s bringing the mega-openings. Prolific emerging artists are everywhere, and Transfer Gallery is back in action. And all through fashion week, the PowerSuit Boutique is making PowerSuits for all of us.
TED was the favored talk style of the Friday afternoon portion of the Creative Time Summit. In 8 minutes or less, speakers delivered inspirational, arms-length examples ending with a suggestion or a rhetorical question. But past that and the fact that too much time was spent on Nato’s pants, a few speakers offered concrete ideas.