“One thing that strikes me about relational art is that it treats art spaces like a last refuge of the social—as if social interaction had become so difficult or so depleted elsewhere that it could only happen in the vacated spaces of art. […] I suppose I am more interested in practices that use art as a guise or ruse for other practices altogether, such as pedagogy, say, or politics.”
— Hal Foster
December 13 2013 1:02 pm • • 3 notes
“What drew me to contemporary art originally was the way it seemed both to engage the historical field and to access the contemporary moment. Art history suggested that if you could follow a line, say, from the 19th century to the present, you might grasp the very trajectory of history. That was an illusion, of course, but a powerful one; it was an ego trip, too, to imagine you could surf the dialectic in this manner. Yet it made for a historical consciousness on the part of particular artists and critics that is not so evident today.”
— Hal Foster
December 13 2013 12:56 pm • • 2 notes
“I grant the existence of the libertarian, techno-utopian, Ayn Rand crowd but don’t really care what they have to say in this debate.”
— I’m seeing lots of words about housing in San Francisco.
December 12 2013 9:38 am • • 4 notes
“I tried to stay out of the photography world for a very long time, because I didn’t feel comfortable there. This discipline stuff is really boring. You would never see a group show about acrylic paint, because that’s not what it is about, it is about images and what’s in them and how you contextualize them—that’s much more interesting for me. So, with that argument, I always said no to all these “Is it real?” shows, and, you know, “Photographs from Germany,” “Photographs After 1945,” and anything like that. But Ute Eskildsen, who is a fantastic curator in Germany, told me one day: “Look, the whole photography world tries to get away from that ghetto anyways, so if you say no, you are the one who perpetuates it.” And that made so much sense. So in the end, at some point it becomes stupid to say, “I don’t want to have anything to do with you.” You can do things with it, it’s actually an empty vessel, and people seem to be interested in that vessel, so you can play with it as well.”
— Interview with Thomas Demand
December 11 2013 12:18 am • • 11 notes
A studio visit with Ed Panar
photographs by Nathan Ward
Where is your studio exactly and how long have you been working there?
My studio is in the attic of a little row house where I live in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh. I have been working here since April 2011.
What are the pros and cons of your…
December 10 2013 5:20 pm • • 133 notes
“I always find technologies interesting when they arrive at the point of general use, because this is also when they have the potential to reach people with a generally accepted vocabulary.”
— Wolgang Tillmans in Neue Welt (via odus-moperandi)
December 9 2013 10:54 pm • • 43 notes
The bounce of light from incidental land
I was 13 when Ryudai Takano went to Shenzhen. I was a teenager in a Britain; an uncertain mixture of popular culture and views of an English countryside from my bedroom window. Takano’s photos represent the polar opposite of the world I knew then (now too, perhaps) and as I look at his…
December 8 2013 6:03 pm • • 5 notes
Shizuka Yokomizo, Dear Strangers
Dear Stranger, I am an artist working on a photographic project which involves people I do not know. I would like to take a photograph of you standing in your front room from the street in the evening. A camera will be set outside the window on the street. If you do not mind being photographed, please stand in the room and look into the camera through the window for 10 minutes on [date and time]. I will take your picture and then leave… we will remain strangers to each other. If you do not want to get involved, please simply draw your curtains to show your refusal. I really hope to see you from the window.
I like this project
December 4 2013 12:17 pm • • 91 notes
Kazuo Kitai metal slideshow
Next Tuesday, December 10, Kazuo Kitai will hold a combination photography slideshow / death metal concert at Earthdom in Shin-Okubo, one of Tokyo’s best-known metal “live houses.” This is the third metal slideshow he’s held, I missed the first two but I’m planning to go next week. You can find a video of the last one on YouTube. I don’t want to post it here, partially because the quality is not great, but mostly because this probably something that you can only grasp through to experience.
It’s no secret that I really respect Kitai, but even so: at age 69, staging a performance of your work at Earthdom is very badass. I’m excited.
December 3 2013 3:28 pm • • 5 notes