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Second Life

  • Commandeur I
    Talking about overcoming geographical boundaries. In the Chinese pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale Cao Fei introduced her documentary iMirror, “filmed” entirely in Second Life and directed by her SL avatar China Tracy.
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    * geographical boundaries * new media * virtual life, 52nd Venice Biennale, Cao Fei, iMirror

Hard politics with a Sugar Sweet Coating

  • Commandeur I
    I got a message in my mail today that the Serpentine Gallery is going to launch the project RMB City by Cao Fei.
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    * artistic position * politics, Beijing National Stadium, Burners, Cao Fei, China, China Tracy, Cosplayers, De Appel, Father, Guangzhou Triennial 2005, Hip Hop, Milkman, Out of Sight, PRD Anti-Heroes, RMB City, Second Life, Serpentine Gallery

Globalization of the Art System

  • Commandeur I
    One of the latest books that i bought was 'World Art Studies: Exploring Concepts and Approaches'.It's one of these typical art theory-anthology-books, but a particular one, especially seen from the perspective of the Dutch academic field. It's motto is: 'art is global and can be approached from many disciplinary angels', i.e. a plea for a truly interdisciplinary, all encompassing study of the global art world. This sounds almost to good to be true, but i found some interesting articles in the book, though, that relate to the 'books', the discussion topics, that we have defined sofar...
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    * art theory * Global Art history * non-western art, Kitty Zijlmans, Stephen Wright

Positions of Art Criticism: art as commodity and/or political propaganda

  • Commandeur I
    I'd like to respond to Thomas Berghuis' latest entry 'Time will Tell', in which he asks 'Do we need art critics to establish a dialogue about contemporary art?
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    Achille Bonito Oliva, Aperto 80, Art Asia Pacific, Avantgardia Transavantgardia, Boris Groys, China, David Levi Strauss, Diedrich Diedrichsen, Don Thompson, Gao Shiming, Harald Szeemanm, Hou Hanru, Isabelle Graw, Jennifer Allen, Jing Shijian, Julian Stallabras, Melissa Chiu, Minimalia, Rich Streitmatter-Tran, Rotterdam Dialogues, Samuel Keller, Shanghai Biennial

International Street Style Photography

  • Commandeur I
    I'd like to respond to Mustafa Maluka's last blog about the South African photographer, by showing two photo's that I recently saw at the exhibition 'Snap Judgments - New positions in Contemporary African Photography', made by Okwui Enwezor, made by the photographer Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko. Her photo's remind me of the ever more famous so-called Streetstyle blogs.
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    Africa, Contemporary African Photography, Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko, Okwui Enwezor, Streetstyle blogs

Artistic research in a globalized world

  • Commandeur I
    My first intuitive response to the discussion about artistic positions in a global art world, issues like geography, territory and mobility, (i.e. the definition of 'territorial, extra-territorial and world artists') is to throw in some practice and maybe discuss some recent exhibition models (7th Gwangju Biennial by Okwui Enwezor, Shanghai Biennial 2008 by Zhang Qing, Julian Heyn and Henk Slager), that respond to this issues.
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    * artistic research; exhibition models; biennials; site specific work; global community; mobility, 7th Gwangju Biennial, Cao Fei, Guangzhou, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Henk Slager, Julian Heyn, Metropolis M, Okwui Enwezor, Shanghai Biennial 2008, Zhang Qing