Posts for 2013

The Week Ahead: #YoungerThanRihanna Edition

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A few weeks ago, DISmagazine announced it would team up with 89plus and Serpentine Gallery in search of artists who are #YoungerThanRihanna. The contest officially opens today and promises a cash prize in the form of two new grants; the two winners will be selected by international jury and popular vote, respectively. Artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists, and technologists are all welcome to submit, provided they are young enough.

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Performance GIFs 10: Paul Kindersley

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This is the latest in an ongoing series of performance GIFs curated by Jesse Darling. Previously: Maja CuleLegacy RussellJaakko PallasvuoCreighton BaxterGenevieve BelleveauJennifer ChanMarisa Olson, Dwayne Strike.
 

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Sketching Bradley Manning

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As the Bradley Manning trial presses on at Fort Meade, Maryland, artist Clark Stoeckley (of Wikileaks Truck fame) documents the proceedings in sketches. So far, the artists tells us he has compiled over 300 drawings from both sides of the gallery, the jury box, and the live video feed. The renderings are set to be published by OR Books in September as a graphic novel, which is an appropriate format for an epic conflict between good and evil. The previews of Stoeckley's graphic novel look very exciting, but what we find most compelling about the project is Stoeckley's commitment to the trial and to Manning, and the mundane details of the process that he captures through his daily practice of drawing and observation.

Day 1 of the trial

 

Captain Hunter Whyte, David Coombs, Bradley Manning

Courtroom observers wearing shirts that read "truth" have been mandated by officials to turn them inside-out.

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XFR STN at the New Museum

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Rhizome's digital conservator Ben Fino-Radin has been hard at work with our New Museum colleagues in preparation for XFR STN (Transfer Station), an open-door artist-centered media archiving project that will take over the museum's Fifth Floor gallery space through September 8. Artists, if you have old media stored in the back of your closet - decaying jaz drives, defunct hard drives, or moving image formats - with long-lost art or documentation or work-in-progress, this is your chance to work with a technician armed with top-of-the-line preservation tools. Visit the XFR STN micro-site to learn more about the project and request an appointment. The project begins July 17; we'll be sure to keep you posted on any interesting finds that emerge during the course of the exhibition.

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Email Before PRISM: Miranda July, "We Think Alone" (2013)

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There is a scene in the movie Airplane! (1980) in which a young boy suddenly recognizes the real-life actor who is playing the character of co-pilot Roger Murdoch. "Wait a minute!" he exclaims. "I know you! You're Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!"

The scene breaks the "fourth wall" to comic effect. Most viewers in 1980 would have recognized Abdul-Jabbar instantly, but the conventions of performance dictate that we try to pretend that he is just an ordinary schmoe in the cockpit. By "recognizing" Abdul-Jabbar, the boy calls attention to these conventions, and breaks the tension for viewers who were probably struggling to see the six-time MVP of the NBA as an airline employee.

Such an acknowledgment is missing from a more recent project involving Abdul-Jabbar, Miranda July's We Think Alone.

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Best of Rhizome May/June

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GIF extract form Hito Steyerl, How Not To Be Seen. A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File , 2013. HD video file, single screen, 14min.

In May and June, the most viewed page on Rhizome was an artwork by Jonas Lund, We See in Every DirectionPart of ongoing series The Download, Lund's piece is an an application for anonymous, communal web browsing that has found an active user base. Whenever one opens it, there are usually several other strangers logged in, often sharing a browsing experience in multiple languages. During this time, the most commented-upon page on Rhizome was Orit Gat's examination of the political affinities attached to URLs in the cases of .art and .sy, which prompted some good responses from Tom Moody in particular.

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(networked) every whisper is an echo on my heart

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On Arcadia Missa's new exhibition series, the limits of precarity, and the subjectivity of networks.

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Performance GIFs 9: Dwayne Strike

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This is the latest in an ongoing series of performance GIFs curated by Jesse Darling. Previously: Maja CuleLegacy RussellJaakko PallasvuoCreighton BaxterGenevieve BelleveauJennifer ChanMarisa Olson.

Brett Ratner, director. These Boots Are Made for Walking (2005). Still from music video for song performed by Jessica Simpson.

I Know What Boys Like
Dwayne Strike, 2013

The artist's description:

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Surf Report: gURLs

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Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's shoes during her 13-hour filibuster on June 25, 2013.

Jennifer Steinkamp, from the seires Sexist Slides (1989). Slideshow projected on a street in Hollywood at EZTV.

Molly Soda, Inbox Full (2012). Ten-hour reading of questions sent to the artist from her Tumblr askbox.

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Magda Sawon on the High Line

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For their group exhibition Busted, High Line Art are commissioning a new work of art honoring a person to be chosen by members of the public. Magda Sawon, founder of Postmasters Gallery, one-time board member of Rhizome, is among the finalists. Vote today! (H/T: Artfcity).


 

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