“What does not kill me, makes me stronger…”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Sworkin, the inventor of television, dreamed
Of installing television cameras in spacecraft
So that we could look at space
From space itself. During the Vietnam war
Photographer Tim Page proposed to install
A miniature camera on the weapon of a GI
To be able to record the supreme moment
Of death. There are no more blind spots
Humans are born voyeurs
Our visual sense increasingly dominates
The other four senses: slowly we disappear
Under the surface of the eye
Become entrapped in our retinal web
And the world wide web: homo erectus
Has succumbed to homo desidens
The crumbled, composed, sitting, zapping, surfing human
Glued to the television or to the computer screen
Remote control or mouse within reach
Who with a dazed look in the eyes, from behind his misted window
On the world, is blinded by the eye that entertains him
Who offers himself to the spectacle that chains him
Who wants to be moved
Without having to move the body
Who wants to observe from a distance and peep
Who enjoys watching the world slipping by
Like a carnival procession
Or like a dream that passes by, in which
He can simply- even with wide open eyes –
Submerge. A dream from which he believes
To be able to wake as he pleases
A welcome diversion against the boredom
That preys upon his grey matter like a stealthy guerrilla
A plague of termites that eats him from inside
An emptiness that nags the brainstem
And which like a prolonged period of drought
Risks transforming yesterday’s fields
Into today’s tundra
A dream from which he can wake as he pleases?
“What shall we dream about
When all has become visible?”
“We’ll dream that we go blind”
Who remains silent, admits being powerless
– source: poem by Serge R. van Duijnhoven, originally published in JANUS – magazine of contemporary art (Troubleyn, Jan Fabre), fall 2004.
COLOR COMPO – by Charline Lancel
Description: montage diasec, dition limit 1/8
Year Created: 2010
Charline Lancel, an artist photographer, filmmaker and designer. Born in Belgium in 1976, lives and works in Brussels.
Since my early childhood I have had an eye for the beauty of colors and harmony of shapes. After a career in film set design, I have decided to focus on my own artistic output.
Do you like the minimalist and geometrical aspect of my work, informed by the art of Vasarely and Mondrian, but also by Op’art and sci-fi universes? It’s mathematical art based upon an indexical picture, I do print my work on a combination of traditional photographic paper in between plexiglass plates (diasec), but I do also use the latest technology to imprint my art into the anodic layer of metal surfaces. The result is unlike anything you’ve seen, and highly durable.
- Brussels, Belgium
by Red Cell
For the few of you stuck out there in the interwebs that have NOT seen these wonderful pin-ups already, here they are. German ad agency Butter, has created a pin up calendar using Japanese computer display company EIZO’s medical monitors and female models that appear on radiographs in an attempt to promote its high-end monitors to doctors. Butter is already winning awards in Germany and New York for this ingenious campaign including a Gold Pencil at the New York One Show.
Screenings, Exhibitions, Installations, Performances
2010 Rare Earth: Aggregate. Live media performance and installation. PointB Worklodge, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Personal Web Site http://arynzev.com/
Inside Dimension deconstructs and subverts the absurd cultural byproducts of a media campaign that cunningly commodifies personal power and freedom of choice. Original camera work capturing the bold color schemes and flashy slogans of product packaging is collaged with multiple layers of video and audio samples from T.V. commercials. The exaggerated proliferation of quick cuts, jingles, and subliminal messages ultimately underscores the embedded content within these found materials.
CologneOFF V – Taboo! Taboo?
Cologne Online Film Festival
Media/Art/Cologne Mauritiusstinweg 64 D- 50676 Cologne Germanyinfo@coff.newmediafest.org
MICROWAVE – New Media Arts Festival Hong Kong
FONLAD – Digital Art Festival Guarda/Portugal 2010 http://www.fonlad.net un
Craftivism – Arnolfini Bristol/UK
CeC – Carnival of e-Creativity Sattal/India 2010
R I C H A R D K E R N
Richard Kern, photographer and filmmaker remains, first and foremost, a portraitist. For more than two decades Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature.
Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation.
Jim Kern taking pictures in Berlin recently. Now he’s onto Belgium. See the report from Antwerp about the secret life of Belgian girls at VBS.TV:
Kern’s images have been widely published in Purple, Vice, V Magazine and Italian GQ as well as in his numerous books and exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and in more than 30 solo shows around the world.
Kern lives and works in New York City.
Richard Kern Photography
P.O. Box 1267
New York, NY 10009-8902
the Institut d’art Contemporain Villeurbanne/Rhône-Alpes, October 16 – November 28, 2010
William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin. The Third Mind, 1965. Ink and typescript on paper. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with funds provided by the Hiro Yamagata Foundation