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Jacob Ciocci

This Week’s Must-See Art Events: None of Them are Poverty-Themed Raves

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on November 2, 2015
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Don’t get us started on that “Bronx is Burning” rave. (That’s for another post.) This week, as many of us are still cleaning off the paint and glitter from last weekend’s Halloween costume, there’s thankfully a mix of screenings, openings and performances to help ease you back into your regular schedule. Tonight, Ben Coonley organizes a group screening of artists’ first “hard-fought” 3D works at Brooklyn’s Microscope. Then there’s the opportunity to shake the spirits of the past, whether it be Tuesday’s Duane Linklater CUNY talk on museum’s colonialist legacies or Wednesday’s opening at Robert Blumenthal of an ambitious installation from Derek Fordjour evoking childhood-era psychic spaces.

Meanwhile, the rest of the week offers heavy fluxus drone (Thursday, Yoshi Wada) and an online journal launch (Friday, Bard’s aCCeSSions). The weekend promises new directions (Saturday, MoMa’s New Photography opening) and guilty pleasures (Michael’s, specifically, with Sunday’s Jessica Stockholder opening at a Greenpoint storefront space).

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Rhizome Names Its New Executive Director, Pratt Upload Names Its Keynote

by Paddy Johnson on October 1, 2015
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New York based New Media non-profit announced this Tuesday that they have appointed Zachary Kaplan as their new executive director. That same day Pratt Digital Arts also named Lorna Mills as the keynote speaker for its digital media conference, Pratt Upload.

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This Week’s Must See Events: Behold the Behemoth That is The New York Art Book Fair

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 14, 2015
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Don’t be fooled by the normal-sized events list; this is just a sampling from the half million openings available to you in Chelsea on Wednesday and Thursday and the PS1 Book Fair, which will be putting on more panels and dialogues and conversations than are humanly consumable this weekend (the zine tent alone is an afternoon’s work). A Picasso sculpture exhibition and David Zwirner’s double solo shows by Isa Genzken and Wolfgang Tillmans are just a few we think will be spamming your Facebook in weeks to come.

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Come Visit Us at UNTITLED.

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on December 5, 2013
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We’ll let you turn the crank.

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Art F City Debuts Exclusive New Work at NADA Contained on a Sapphire Mobiado USB Drive

by Rhett Jones on May 6, 2013

Image credit: Shana Moulton, Lyrica, 2012, video still

NADA New York
May 10th – May 12th, 2013
Pier 36, Basketball City. (299 South St. on the corner of South St. and Montgomery St.) Booth P10

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2013 – Art F City is pleased to announce the debut of AFC Selects, a limited-edition USB drive containing exclusive artworks by 11 internationally renowned artists: Anthony Antonellis, Jacob Ciocci, Paul B. Davis, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Lorna Mills, Shana Moulton, Jon Rafman, Rafael Rozendaal, Bunny Rogers, and Nicolas Sassoon. Each set of artworks is contained on a luxury Mobiado USB drive crafted from a single piece of sapphire crystal. AFC Selects will be available at the Art F City booth at NADA New York.

AFC Selects is generously endowed with enormous talents. Published in an edition of 100, AFC Selects contains original, commissioned artwork, including museum-quality videos and screensavers, large-scale GIFs, and custom software patches. From Sara Ludy’s 449 frame billowing cloud GIF, to Shana Moulton’s video documenting the bizarre effects of new age massage, the drive contains work that is extraordinary, beautiful, and just plain weird. It is nothing short of amazing.

Custom ribbons and packaging for the drive have been designed by artist Bunny Rogers, and each drive comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by Art F City’s Paddy Johnson and all eleven artists. AFC Selects will be the first portfolio of its kind to take net art offline and put it where the collector can have it — inside a single piece of sapphire.

Proceeds from the sale will support Art F City. For information on how to view works or purchase a drive please contact

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Art Fag City at The L Magazine: Who Owns Seapunk?

by Paddy Johnson on November 23, 2012
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Now that we can reproduce and remix virtually any picture, is there any point in trying to trace those images to a source? I asked myself this question after having read that a few folks on Tumblr were in a huff about Rihanna. They didn’t like that Rihanna used a blue-screen video with bunch of Greek statue heads, bluish looking water, and pink skies on Saturday Night Live, because it resembled an aesthetic journalists have dubbed “Seapunk.” (It’s also a musical style defined by its fusion of 90’s house, and the past 15 years of pop and R&B.)

Jacob Ciocci, an artist whose process runs the gamut from blatantly appropriating imagery to producing all-original content, didn’t seem to have much sympathy for artists like Jerome LOL, ZOMBELLE, and Bebe Zeva, each of whom is affiliated with the aesthetic. “If you do not want your image to travel somewhere far away, do not release it to the cloud,” he warned in a recent blog post. The more an image is seen, the more online authorship tends to disappear.

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