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We Went to Artscape: Weird Futures on Saratoga Street

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on July 21, 2016
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Do you believe the children are the future? What about their future pasts? At Maryland Art Place we checked in on Young Blood, a survey of recent area MFA grads, including DIY Star Trek and paintings corrupted like future JPEGs. Upstairs at Terrault Contemporary, Kaita Niwa time travels with the magic of CGI and a creepy child avatar.

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Watch Lexie Mountain’s Wonderfully Weird Documentation

by Michael Anthony Farley on March 18, 2016
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Today, artist Lexie Mountain published this video to YouTube and announced it with the Facebook message “Finally finished editing the documentation to my 2014 performance ‘Fred Worden Cuts a Couch in Half with a Chainsaw.’ I find it so strange and difficult to watch, which is why it took me two years to even review the footage.” It was brought to my attention because [full disclosure] I have very brief cameo in the background of one scene. Lexie and I went to grad school together at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the footage is from our MFA thesis exhibition opening.
I love this video on many levels—Lexie and I spent a lot of time in grad school talking about the phenomenology of documentation—but mostly it’s just so damn odd.

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