First impressions from the Pace Social Media opening weren’t so hot. Where exactly was the internet in this show? Seeing as how I visited in a throng of a few hundred people, I can only talk about the few individual works I saw, not the exhibition as a whole. As such, I’ll be writing a full review next week, with a note or two on the one piece that I managed to see clearly: Aram Bartholl’s “Are You Human?” [pictured above].
Does the cheer leading required to build social networking communities encourage fan culture and pose a problem to online critics? Flame wars aren’t particularly good for community building, but neither is fawning over substandard art.