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In the Flow

in-the-flowThe leading art theorist takes on art in the age of the Internet

In the early twentieth century, art and its institutions came under critique from a new democratic and egalitarian spirit. The notion of works of art as sacred objects was decried and subsequently they would be understood merely as things. This meant an attack on realism, as well as on the traditional preservative mission of the museum. Acclaimed art theorist Boris Groys argues this led to the development of “direct realism”: an art that would not produce objects, but practices (from performance art to relational aesthetics) that would not survive. But for more than a century now, every advance in this direction has been quickly followed by new means of preserving art’s distinction.

In this major new work, Groys charts the paradoxes produced by this tension, and explores art in the age of the thingless medium, the Internet. Groys claims that if the techniques of mechanical reproduction gave us objects without aura, digital production generates aura without objects, transforming all its materials into vanishing markers of the transitory present.


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Artspace article on OOO in the artworld, from April 8

hills_psych027 [image] Hugh McCabe - 2014. This is Hills, from Sweden. Find out more about them here.

I have been trying to get my head around François Laruelle and Non-philosophy. Silly me! Of course its pulled me in all sorts of related tangental directions including Ray Brassier (interesting post here by Hugh McCabe: on improvisation and "that the free act is not initiated by the self, but somehow self-determining in itself." (great photos too!) and the hot topic of speculative realism and Object Oriented Ontologies otherwise known as OOO in the art-world (linked article by Dylan Kerr below). Retrieved from Object-Oriented Philosophy by Graham Harman.


Manual Override

By Evan Calder

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The history of sabotage is the history of capitalism unmaking itself

And if linesmen make connections, can’t you make dis-connections? —Guy Bowman to telephone company workers, The Syndicalist, 1913

"In extending productivity measures to the person as a whole, whereby the self becomes a site of work not only for the labor of self-reproduction but also a project and product to be optimized, biometrically tuned, and circulated as image, the idea of sabotage receives its final twist: that of “self-sabotage,” a buzzword stalking the blasted earth of self-help rhetoric. As in, “3 Steps to Stop Sabotaging Yourself”: “Do you have a talent for self-sabotage? (Sure, you’re on a diet, but another doughnut won’t kill you, right?)” From the same article: “When your animal and computer selves are after the same goal, the two-beings-in-one arrangement works wonderfully. Say you’re a morning person and you work the morning shift. No problema! You know broccoli is good for you, and you love broccoli. Hooray! But when your computer self tries to force your animal self to do something it doesn’t inherently enjoy, you run into trouble. Self-sabotaging trouble, to be exact. In fact, self-sabotaging is almost always your animal self rebelling against not-so-much-fun conditions imposed by your computer self. The computer self builds a sort of cage of obligations and beliefs. Bad habits are your animal self’s attempt to ease its distress while living in that cage…” Or: “Why ‘self-sabotage could be ruining your career.” This belies more than the well-known shift of value production away from a clearly delineated working day. It also suggests that the slow dissemination of sabotage, as a concept, has itself tracked along shifts in the organization not only of capitalism itself but also of its self-narratives, roaming out from industrial waged work as central source of productivity to military contestations over access to territory and energy resource to corporate and office culture to the global subject of flexible accumulation."


R.I.P Hema Upadhyay

HemaUpadhyay_Modernization-768x512 [image] Hema Upadhyay, “Modernization” (photo by Anil Rane, image courtesy Chemould Prescott Road and the artist)

The Important Work of Indian Artist Hema Upadhyay, Murdered at 42

by Anuradha Vikram on December 15, 2015

News of artist Hema Upadhyay’s death in Mumbai over the weekend has stunned the international art community. Upadhyay, 42, was a painter and mixed media artist who showed with Mumbai gallery Chemould Prescott Road, and had been featured in landmark shows in the global trajectory of Indian contemporary art, including Indian Highway(Serpentine Gallery, 2008) and Chalo! India (Mori Art Museum, 2009).

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Digital Art: Beyond The Hype

schwarm_2015_pink_LRG [image] Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Schwarm (2015)

November 24, 2015  by Charmaine Li

If you think of the term ‘digital art’, you might conjure up images of twitchy GIFs or glitchy videos. You might think it’s a recent development, but in fact its practice has roots dating back to the 1960s. So – what is considered ‘digital art’? And why are people paying for it? Is it all just hype? We delved into this topic and spoke to some key artists and gallerists about what it means to create, consume and sell digital art…

Charmaine is a Canadian writer and editor living in Berlin, Germany. Currently, she is an online editor at iGNANT. Previously, she was senior editor at and has also contributed to Maisonneuve, CNN Travel, Dazed Digital, Freunde von Freunden and Berlin Film Journal among other publications on lifestyle and cultural topics.


the new romanticism

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The Dream Life of Driverless Cars

"If the conceptual premise of the Romantic Movement can somewhat hastily be described as the experience and documentation of extreme landscapes — as an art of remote mountain peaks, abyssal river valleys and vast tracts of uninhabited land — then ScanLAB is suggesting that a new kind of Romanticism is emerging through the sensing packages of autonomous machines."

Geoff Manaugh is the writer of BLDGBLOG, a blog about architecture and the built environment. His book ‘‘A Burglar’s Guide to the City’’ will be published in April. The New York Times Magazine.