Cuban artist Geandy Pavon projected a giant image of Ai Weiwei on the Consulate General of China in Manhattan on Friday night. Since the diplomatic mission’s security always runs protesters off their sidewalk and into a designated patch of concrete across the street, this was appropriate.
Protest project Nemesis Ai Weiwei: The Elusiveness of Being had a rippling Ai portrait tower over Twelfth Avenue, haunting the building with a public shaming. This video’s scenes of New Yorkers recognizing Ai’s face are heartwarming, but the action is only symbolic. Too many of Ai’s friends and associates are still missing and the reported details on Ai’s brief visit with his wife seem suspicious. Support from the international art community is growing steadily, but the Chinese government has not wavered in their demonstrative persecution of the artist.
by Marina Galperinavia placeboKatz: Ai Weiwei Projected on Chinese Consulate in NYC)
PARADISO winning its 11th award
The Film Documentary “PARADISO” by Alessandro Negrini, entirely filmed in Derry, Northern Ireland, triumphs at the Award Ceremony of “Docucity Film Festival”in Milan, winning its 11th award: The film has been awarded two prizes at the Award Ceremony, including the Audience Award:
For the capability of bringing to the fore the history of Northern Ireland with lightness and,at the same time, poetry and irony. Paradiso is able to capture a community in a lyrical way, from the point of view of the two sisters and through the music, that becomes the voice of the entire city.
PARADISO was among the movies that we really loved, but couldn´t screen during the 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge, simply because there wasn´t enough screening time. Great to see that this poetic journey receives well deserved attention.
Derry, Northern Ireland: Roy Arbuckle decides it’s time to challenge one of the monstrosities left by the war: fear. He wants to reunite his former Showband, The Signetts and his formers musicians, now in their seventies, organizing a major dance night and get Protestants and Catholics dancing together again in The Fountain, a dying Protestant ghetto. A colourful, melancholic and ironic musical journey through a ghetto that, even if it find itself in its last dance, it doesn’t want to miss a single step of it
In his own words:
‘Diary’ is a highly personal and experimental film that expresses the subjective experience of my work, and was made as an attempt to locate myself after ten years of reporting. It’s a kaleidoscope of images that link our western reality to the seemingly distant worlds we see in the media.
You must also watch his Sleeping Soldiers.
To say that this is powerful and important is an understatement… I’m speechless.
Aram Bartholl 0,16 light installation, 2009
Dimensions: 35 x 100 x 280 cm
Materials: MDF 19mm, HDF 3mm , transparent paper, ETC Source Four zoom 25-50° 750W, tripod, dimmer
0,16 is a light installation in which the shadows of a passer-by is transformed into ‘pixels’. The installation consists of a wall built of small square frames covered front and back with transparent paper. A third layer of paper is attached in the centre of the frames. A lamp shining at a distance breaks the shadows of the passers-by into squares, allowing a pixellated human figure to be seen on the other site of the installation. In this simple way, Bartholl renders tangible the pixels found in the world of digital communications.The ‘resolution’ of the screen is 0,16 ppi (pixels per inch), hence the title.
0,16 was intended to be shown at the 6th Berlin International Directors Lounge 2010, our space, however, was missing 2 cm in height. Bad luck, cool work. click pic for more.
via big fun
Net Data Space vs. Every Day Life | Aram Bartholl
Black Rain is sourced from images collected by the twin satellite, solar mission, STEREO. Here we see the HI (Heliospheric Imager) visual data as it tracks interplanetary space for solar wind and CME’s (coronal mass ejections) heading towards Earth. Data courtesy of courtesy of the Heliospheric Imager on the NASA STEREO mission.
Working with STEREO scientists, Semiconductor collected all the HI image data to date, revealing the journey of the satellites from their initial orientation, to their current tracing of the Earth’s orbit around the Sun. Solar wind, CME’s, passing planets and comets orbiting the sun can be seen as background stars and the milky way pass by.
As in Semiconductors previous work ‘Brilliant Noise’ which looked into the sun, they work with raw scientific satellite data which has not yet been cleaned and processed for public consumption. By embracing the artefacts, calibration and phenomena of the capturing process we are reminded of the presence of the human observer who endeavors to extend our perceptions and knowledge through technological innovation.
Commissioned by Animasivo Mexico City, 2009
Semiconductor is artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image, sound and multi-media installations they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos, Smithsonian Artists Research and the NASA Space Sciences. Their work is part of several international public collections and has been exhibited globally including Venice Bienniale, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum, BBC, ICA and the Exploratorium.
(via placeboKatz via We Find Wildness)
Blank City by Celine Danhier
“It felt like our lives were movies,” Debbie Harry
Blank City by French filmaker Celine Danhier captures the do-it-yourself No Wave and Cinema of Transgression movement of the late 1970’s and early 80’s. This riveting documentary on the birth of the most exciting explosion of creativity to come out of Downtown New York features archival footage and interviews with key players from the time like Debbie Harry, Jim Jarmusch, John Lurie, Amos Poe, Thurston Moore, and the infamous Lydia Lunch. Blank City will open on April 6th at the IFC Center, New York.
screenings take place till April 14th
The censored film, Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz (1987)
David Wojnarowicz is a painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist and activist, who died in 1992 at the age of 37 from AIDS-related complications. He made Fire in My Belly, ith a score by Diamand Galas,as a poetic meditation on man, life, death, faith, and suffering in part as a response to the AIDS-related death of his close friend, artist Peter Hujar. The film was shown in December at the Washington Smithsonian Institution/Museum before being banned. Indeed, some conservative politicians judged it was an offense to Christians and exerted pressure on the Smithsonian Institution to removed his artwork.
To see the film on the censor-obsessed youtube is surprising, watch it while you can.