May 19, 2005

Chelsea May Part Deux

Much of whatís being shown in the galleries reflects post war American culture. The references to Alfred Hitchcock are everywhere in filmic analysis works. Puerile jokes, self-centeredness, car culture and the Soviet bogeyman all figure quite large. Iíve been reading all of Philip K. Dickís books. His point of view is a documentation of post war American culture with a slight twist. People are beginning to talk about the influence of the 1970ís on the art discourse. Perhaps one should also look at The Twilight Zone and Philip K. Dick as progenitors of conceptual art.
It amazes me that Guy Debordís book The Society of the Spectacle published in 1967 is just now being discussed and taught in America academia. It all seems so backwards. We knew back then the marketing arm of consumer culture was the mass media and that media was the essence of the post war capitalist arena. Part of the problem with the art market is the time lag between when new ideas are presented and when they are accepted. On rare occasions experimental work and artists are given the front stage position. Most usually it takes 20 years after the work has been made before there is any acceptance or recognition.

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May 16, 2005

Alienation, Obfuscation and Puerile Jokes, It's Springtime in Chelsea


Rob says the theme for May in Chelsea is alienation and obfuscation. It's an avant-garde position that is about as tiresome as finding a signature style or signature material. the level of exhaustion is apparent in the works except perhaps Jasper Johns and John Simon .Jr. Even the clever references to Duchamp are sooo 20th century as to be pointless. Who did we see? Neo Rauch, Cornelia Parker, Richard Prince, Jasper John and John Simon Jr.

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May 09, 2005

Share Share Widely - IDC Trebor Scholz


Most new media educators are trying to balance tool set skills with critical skills. Trebor Scholz (Institute for Distributed Creativity)organized a conference at CUNY about doing a doctoral program in New Media but wait, is it an engineering degree or an art degree? New Media is so young that very few universities actually offer a doctoral degree in it (thank God!). The hit of the conference was Beatriz da Costa. Another good guy was Stanley Aronowitz. I bumped into Mark Tribe (Columbia U), kathleen Hulley(NYU), Alan Moore (1980's anarchist & writer), Adrianne Worztel(Cooper Union and an Art Dirt Originator), Christianne Paul (Intelligent Agent and Whitney Museum) , Liz Slagus (Eyebeam).

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May 02, 2005

Contagious Media at the New Museum


ADR goes to the Contagious Media opening at the New Museum and chats briefly with Jonah Peretti from Eyebeam who co-created the work with his sister Chelsea Peretti.

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