Media-N 11(1): The Aesthetics of Erasure (2015)

16 May 2015, dusan

Against the backdrop of a longstanding practice of erasure both in artistic and critical work, authors in this issue explore the aesthetics of erasure in the digital era, investigating new meanings and the relevance of erasure within contexts of digital production, preservation, and sharing.

With texts and visual essays by Joshua Craze; Seth Ellis; Kaja Marczewska; Justin Berry; David Gyscek; Derek Beaulieu; Amaranth Borsuk, Jesper Juul, and Nick Montfort; Torsa Ghosal; William Basinski; Ella Klik and Diana Kamin; and Matthew Schilleman.

Guest editors: Paul Benzon and Sarah Sweeney
Publisher New Media Caucus, May 2015
Open Access
ISSN 1942-017X

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Third Text, 120: Contemporary Art and the Politics of Ecology (2013)

15 May 2015, dusan

“This special issue of Third Text investigates the intersection of art criticism, politico-ecological theory, environmental activism and postcolonial globalization. The focus is on practices and discourses of eco-aesthetics that have emerged in recent years in geopolitical areas as diverse as the Arctic, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Europe and Mexico. The numerous contributors address new aesthetic strategies through which current ecological emergencies – including but not limited to the multifaceted crisis of climate change – have found resonance and creative response in artistic practice and more broadly in visual culture.” (from the Introduction)

With contributions by Christoph Brunner, Roberto Nigro, Gerald Raunig, Jessica L Horton, Janet Catherine Berlo, Jimmie Durham, Subhankar Banerjee, Nabil Ahmed, Berin Golonu, Basil Sunday Nnamdi, Obari Gomba, Frank Ugiomoh, Ursula Biemann, Peter Mörtenböck, Helge Mooshammer, Patrick D Flores, Raqs Media Collective, Luke Skrebowski, Emily Apter, Steven Lam, Gabi Ngcobo, Jack Persekian, Nato Thompson, Anne Sophie Witzke, Liberate Tate, TJ Demos, Eduardo Abaroa and Minerva Cuevas.

Guest editor: TJ Demos
Publisher Third Text, London, January 2013
175 pages


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Online supplement (contains another 6 articles + introduction)

Art Journal 45 (3): Video: The Reflexive Medium (1985)

13 May 2015, dusan

Electra Myths: Video, Modernism, Postmodernism by Katherine Dieckmann
Why Don’t They Tell Stories Like They Used To? by Ann-Sargent Wooster
The Passion for Perceiving: Expanded Forms of Film and Video Art by John G. Hanhardt
From Gadget Video to Agit Video by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh
Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited by Deirdre Boyle
Tracking Video Art: “Image Processing” as a Genre by Lucinda Furlong
Pressure Points: Video in the Public Sphere by Martha Gever
The New Sleep: Stasis and the Image-Bound Environment by Tricia Collins and Richard Milazzo
Video: A Selected Chronology, 1963-1983 by Barbara London

Guest editor: Sara Hornbacher
Publisher College Art Association of America, Fall 1985
ISSN 0004-3249
93 pages


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Chris Kraus: Video Green: Los Angeles Art and the Triumph of Nothingness (2004)

7 May 2015, dusan

Video Green examines the explosion of late 1990s Los Angeles art driven by high-profile graduate programs. Probing the surface of art-critical buzzwords, Chris Kraus brilliantly chronicles how the City of Angels has suddenly become the epicenter of the international art world and a microcosm of the larger culture. Why is Los Angeles so completely divorced from other realities of the city? Shrewd, analytic and witty, Video Green is to the Los Angeles art world what Roland Barthes’ Mythologies were to the society of the spectacle: the live autopsy of a ghost city.”

Publisher Semiotext(e), New York, 2004
Active Agents series
ISBN 1584350229, 9781584350224
217 pages

Review: Tessa Laird (JOAAP).


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Andrey Kovalev: Russian Actionism, 1990-2000 (2007–) [RU, EN]

26 April 2015, dusan

A survey of 450 performances, actions and happenings held in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg and elsewhere. Descriptions and photo documentation are accompanied by press coverage and testimonies of participants and witnesses.

A ten-page English summary published in Artchronika magazine is introduced as follows:

“The phrase “performance in the 1990s” immediately evokes several images: Oleg Kulik slaughtering a pig at Regina Gallery; Anatoly Osmolovsky sitting on the shoulder of the Mayakovsky monument; Oleg Kulik again, this time attacking passers-by like a rabid dog; Alexander Brener masturbating on the diving board at the Moscow swimming pool or calling out Boris Yeltsin to fight on Red Square; the barricade erected on Nikitskaya Ulitsa; members of the Radek group on top of Lenin’s mausoleum; the crucifixion of Oleg Mavromatti; and so on. These stories have become pure myth, retold with breathy excitement and longing for glory days lost to the past, or cited in various criminal court cases.”

Special issue of WAM (World Art Музей), 28-29, Moscow, 2007.
ISSN 1726-3050
416 pages

English excerpts
Published in Artchronika, Spring-Summer 2008, pp 108-117

Related forum on Vkontakte

Российский акционизм. 1990-2000 (Russian, 2007, 21 MB)
Gestures of an Era, or the Era of Gestures (English, 2008)

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