one pic tuesday. Jon Rafman

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still from Erysichthon, (2015)
full HD video, 8:03

image: wfw

This is a still from a new video by Canadian artist JON RAFMAN that is currently part of the exhibition Field Vision along with German artist CHRISTIAN JANKOWSKI. I saw the piece, called Erysichthon (2015), during gallery weekend in Berlin at Future Gallery which presents, through this duo exhibition, a selection of videos and images that engage the relationship between vision and comprehension as well as image and experience.

Erysichthon (2015) is a eight-minute single-channel video featuring a both fascinating and apocalyptic imagery made of appropriated footage from the web. The video is presented in a kind of DIY plywood box which isolates you completely from the gallery environment. I have read that RAFMAN was interested into the idea of ‘troll caves’, which are the rooms inhabited by gamers during excessive hours in virtual reality. For the artist these spaces are at ‘once abject and sublime, revealing the material residue of a life completely dedicated to an online existence, and they point to the impossibility of total escape from physical reality’*. This piece – as well as RAFMAN‘s previous works – seems to use the media against itself to have it be entertaining and critical at once.

A very short excerpt of the video is available on the wfw instagram. Of course, the image above and the short excerpt don’t do justice to RAFMAN‘s work, so make sure to view the exhibition in person before it closes on June 13, 2015 at Future Gallery in Berlin.

* via artforum

wfw weekend #202

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two pieces from the exhibition Cannibals by OLGA BALEMA
presented on the occasion of gallery weekend at Croy Nielsen, Berlin
seen on Saturday, May 2, 2015
image © wfw

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wfw weekend #201

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view from the exhibition Echoes by MARGUERITE HUMEAU
presented on the occasion of gallery weekend at DUVE, Berlin
seen on Thursday, April 30, 2015
image © wfw

 

Domenico de Chirico pick #13

all images courtesy the artist and and Metro Pictures, New York

NINA BEIER‘s solo exhibition
on view at Metro Pictures in New York
until May 23, 2015

chosen by curator and editor DOMENICO DE CHIRICO*

 

David Lieske. Platoon (RL-X)

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DAVID LIESKE, Platoon (RL-X)
exhibition view at mumok, Wien, February-June 2015
photo: mumok / LAURENT ZIEGLER

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DAVID LIESKE, Platoon (RL-X)
exhibition view at mumok, Wien, February-June 2015
photo: mumok / LAURENT ZIEGLER

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DAVID LIESKE, Platoon (RL-X)
exhibition view at mumok, Wien, February-June 2015
photo: mumok / LAURENT ZIEGLER

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DAVID LIESKE, Platoon (RL-X)
exhibition view at mumok, Wien, February-June 2015
photo: mumok / LAURENT ZIEGLER

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DAVID LIESKE, Platoon (RL-X)
exhibition view at mumok, Wien, February-June 2015
photo: mumok / LAURENT ZIEGLER

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DAVID LIESKE with ECKHAUS LATTA, Flash Art Issue 298, October 2014
photo: SEBASTIAN MAYER

Platoon (RL-X) is the title of a solo exhibition by German artist DAVID LIESKE currently on view at Mumok in Vienna. The installation consists of an abandoned army encampment delimited by a canopy of military camouflage netting. On a closer look, LIESKE‘s camp seems to be rather a trade show booth displaying stacks of a book entitled I tried to make this work which is in fact the artist’s autobiography, a kind of ‘art war’ memoir in which he tells the story of his life in an idealized retrospective.

This exhibition as well as the book, that has been printed in an edition of 300 copies, attempt to layer LIESKE‘s concerns of artistic autonomy and social relations, of utility and language. According to the press release, the central premise of the show is the complex relationship between the artist and the work, as well as the fluid borders between life and work. Nevertheless by taking the military allegory as a starting point, one can’t help but making connections with the context of combat and the art scene that DAVID LIESKE as an artist, co-founder of a record label and gallerist knows well.

Platoon (RL-X) by DAVID LIESKE is on view at Mumok in Vienna until June 14, 2015. Please note also that the Austrian premiere of DAN BODAN’s album Soft will take place on May 7 at Mumok and will be a continuation of performances associated with the network of LIESKE and his exhibition, more infos about this event here.

Britta Thie. Translantics (episode 1)

Translantics – Episode 1/6: “Pores of Perception

Translantics is a new web series by Berlin-based artist BRITTA THIE that follows three german girls – BRITTA, ANNIKA and JULIA –  who live in Berlin and who interact with friends and acquaintances composed mostly of international expats. One of the major aspect of Translantics is the way the characters relate to each other which is very often dictated by their heavy reliance on technology. These ‘digitized’ relationships enable the artist to explore throughout the six episodes, ‘how concepts of self, emotions, and human interaction have changed under the influence of global developments in digital technology’.

The series may be a generational portrait, but the generation (‘89, plus or minus) is a generation in test-phase; the present is empty, and everyone is in between: zwischen hin und her, him and her, then and now. Resolution dials up and then dies down. Pupils dilate as center swiftly encroaches on periphery. With stories conveyed through smartphone cameras, skype windows, and contact lenses, each self-contained episode embodies its subject – form follows flux. *

From today (Tuesday, 28 April 2015) to August, the Schirn Kunsthalle of Frankfurt will feature a new episode each month exclusively online via www.schirn.de/translantics . The video above entitled Pores of Perception is the first episode of the series… anxiety at high level, welcome to Berlin !

*source: press release

one pic monday. Spencer Longo

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Mud Dynasty (Fennel and Flowers) , 2015
mudjug portable spittoon, scented wax, candied fennel, wick, 10,5 x 12, 5 cm
photo : SYLVIE CHAN-LIAT

SPENCER LONGO, an American artist living in Los Angeles, created the work Mud Dynasty (Fennel and Flowers) (2015) which is now in the group exhibition you will find me if you want me in the garden at Galerie Valentin in Paris.

Mud Dynasty (Fennel and Flowers) (2015) consists of a yellow mudjug portable spittoon, in which purple scented wax with candied fennel has been poured in. For this piece, as well as for his previous works, LONGO uses mass-marketed products as raw materials to create installations or sculptures following the witty aesthetic of The Jogging, the popular art tumblr and art collective of which SPENCER LONGO is a member .

In the group show at Galerie Valentin, every works –  from scented candles, natural motifs to a shabby concrete sculpture – reference a carefully planned garden, with a focus not on flora and fauna but rather on the constructions and framing devices through which this domesticated natural world is now experienced.

you will find me if you want me in the garden organised by DOMENICO DE CHIRICO is on view at Galerie Valentin, Paris until May 16th, 2015

wfw weekend #200

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view from the exhibition Anything by the Smiths by JONATHAN MONK
presented at CAN, Neuchâtel in 1997
photo: JOËL ALLMEN

click here for the 2015 version of this exhibition*
seen at CAN, Neuchâtel
on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

*running through May 24, 2015

 

wfw weekend #199

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detail from the installation Do Words Have Voices? (2011)
by Scottish artist MARTIN BOYCE
from his solo exhibition* at Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel
seen on Sunday, April 26, 2015
image © wfw

*on view until August 16, 2015

 

Julien Prévieux. What Shall We Do Next? (Sequence #2)

What Shall We Do Next? (Sequence #2), 2014
Vidéo HD/2K, 16’47”

courtesy the artist and Galerie Jousse Entreprise, Paris

The video presented above, entitled What Shall We Do Next? (sequence #2) (2014), is the second part of a three-part work by French artist JULIEN PRÉVIEUX, which revolves around the interplay of technology and the human physical body as well as how extent technology influences our everyday movements and motor capabilities.

The first part consists of a video installation about hand gestures related to the way people use laptops, game consoles, and other electronic devices, all of which were patented by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office between 2006 and 2011. The gestures are removed from their context and function, and are rendered using a pair of grey, computer-generated hands.

For this piece – the second installment – PRÉVIEUX worked with a team of dancers using a sheet gesture based on the original gestural inventory and explores how our everyday technological movements have followed science fiction cinema.

The final piece of What Shall We Do Next? takes the form of a film created from the live performed versions of the two first videos.

What Shall We Do Next? (sequence #2) is part of the group exhibition Short Cuts currently presented at Centre PasquArt in Biel (Switzerland), a show which attempts to create a dialogue between two generations of artists who operate between art and technology (on view till June 14, 2015).