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Calculating Uncertainty. A Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Calculating Uncertainty. A Conversation with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is a Mexican media artist based in Montreal, Québec, who has been developing interactive installations for over two decades. He was the first artist to represent Mexico in the Venice Biennale, in 2007, with a solo show that included his biometric installation Pulse Room: a room composed of hundreds of clear [...]



Push to Flush: Political Dali. Communism, Falangism, and Francoism in Salvador Dali's Life

Push to Flush: Political Dali. Communism, Falangism, and Francoism in Salvador Dali’s Life

By Paco Barragán
If we study photographs, articles, manuscripts, books, letters and Salvador Dalí’s autobiography we can easily come to the conclusion that as of today Dalí’s political life is still greatly unknown by most art professionals due to the fact that all exhibits and retrospectives-think of Pompidou and Museo Reina Sofia or the [...]



Kettle’s Whistle. Objectivity vs. Subjectivity

Kettle’s Whistle. Objectivity vs. Subjectivity

By Michele Robecchi
Did you know that when The Guardian art correspondent paid a studio visit to Turner Prize finalist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in London last May, two men were loitering outside the building, mobiles in hand, one yelling, “Are you Becca?” at no one in particular? And that in The New Yorker’s obituary for [...]



Art Critics as Postmodern Scouts

Art Critics as Postmodern Scouts

By John Valentine
Thesis: Modernist standards of objectivity in aesthetic evaluation are illusory. (Consider Lyotard’s “…incredulity with respect to all metanarratives.”) Art evaluation cannot logically proceed via the traditional deductive model.
Conclusion: The only relevant role for art critics today is not rational evaluation by way of reason-giving, but rather the function of the scout [...]



The Curator as Censor (On Censorship and Curating)

The Curator as Censor (On Censorship and Curating)

By Paco Barragán
The suppression of speech or other written information goes back a long way. Just remember how Socrates in 399 B.C. was put to death via the forced ingestion of hemlock because he challenged the Greek state’s attempt to censor his philosophical ideas.
From time to time we are confronted with the control [...]



Let's Twist Again

Let’s Twist Again

By Michele Robecchi
One of the acknowledged limits of history, and as such the history of art, is that things are usually recounted along vertical lines. Whilst there is an undisputable logic in the method–evolutions and developments are much easier to read in this way–one of the downsides is that it tends to deny [...]



Joan Jonas / Venice

Joan Jonas / Venice

By Anne Swartz
American Joan Jonas’ art is a subtle and complex interplay of images arranged like words in sentences and paragraphs engaging with the simultaneous denotative and connotative meanings of language. She has used video and sound, installation and performance to showcase the essence of social, lived experience, first exploring gender, then visuality, [...]



The Penetrating Epic Poem. A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar

The Penetrating Epic Poem. A Conversation with Alfredo Jaar

By Briana Gervat
For his retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki, Finland (April 11 - Sept. 7, 2014), Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar paid homage to the late American poet Adrienne Rich by choosing as his epitaph: “Tonight No Poetry Will Serve.” That these words, written by a poet who dedicated [...]



My Work is a Reaction to the Idea of the Latin American Artist. An Interview with Oscar Santillan

My Work is a Reaction to the Idea of the Latin American Artist. An Interview with Oscar Santillan

By Robin van den Akker
In March 2015, Oscar Santillan hiked to the top of England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and removed its tip. The tip was the focal point of the installation The Intruder (2015) that was on display in Santillan’s first U.K. solo exhibition at the Copperfield Gallery, London1. It is a [...]



Mythic Magic And Morbid Memory: Roberto Fabelo's Visionary Fantasies

Mythic Magic And Morbid Memory: Roberto Fabelo’s Visionary Fantasies

By Donald Kuspit
Now I challenge anyone to explain the diabolic and diverting farrago of Bruegel the Droll otherwise than by a kind of special, Satanic grace. For the words ‘special grace’ substitute, if you wish, the words ‘madness’ or ‘hallucination’; but the mystery will remain almost as dark….and I cannot restrain myself from [...]