Janine Randerson: Weather as Medium: Toward a Meteorological Art (2018)

21 February 2019, dusan

“An exploration of artworks that use weather or atmosphere as the primary medium, creating new coalitions of collective engagement with the climate crisis.

In a time of climate crisis, a growing number of artists use weather or atmosphere as an artistic medium, collaborating with scientists, local communities, and climate activists. Their work mediates scientific modes of knowing and experiential knowledge of weather, probing collective anxieties and raising urgent ecological questions, oscillating between the “big picture systems view” and a ground-based perspective. In this book, Janine Randerson explores a series of meteorological art projects from the 1960s to the present that draw on sources ranging from dynamic, technological, and physical systems to indigenous cosmology.

Randerson finds a precursor to today’s meteorological art in 1960s artworks that were weather-driven and infused with the new sciences of chaos and indeterminacy, and she examines work from this period by artists including Hans Haacke, Fujiko Nakaya, and Aotearoa-New Zealand kinetic sculptor Len Lye. She looks at live experiences of weather in art, in particular Fluxus performance and contemporary art that makes use of meteorological data streams and software. She describes the use of meteorological instruments, including remote satellite sensors, to create affective atmospheres; online projects and participatory performances that create a new form of “social meteorology”; works that respond directly to climate change, many from the Global South; artist-activists who engage with the earth’s diminishing cryosphere; and a speculative art in the form of quasi-scientific experiments. Art’s current eddies of activity around the weather, Randerson writes, perturb the scientific hold on facts and offer questions of value in their place.”

Publisher MIT Press, 2018
Leonardo series
ISBN 9780262038270, 0262038277
xl+233 pages

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Surrealisme, 1-2 (1977)

11 February 2019, dusan

Two issues of the ephemeral journal Surrealisme were published in January and June of 1977 in Paris.

Contributions by Jacques Abeille, Jean-Louis Bedouin, Gilles Bounoure, Vincent Bounoure, Guy Cabanel, Bernard Cabunet, Pierre Cheymol, Aurélien Dauguet, John Digby, Guy-René Doumayrou, Alias Durang, Vratislav Effenberger, Apisai Enos, Jean-Pierre Guillon, Robert Guyon, Ted Joans, Robert Lagarde, Joyce Mansour, Albert Marenčin, Georges-Henri Morin, Alena Nádvorníková, Stephen Schwartz, Martin Stejskal, Jan Švankmajer, Jean Terrossian, Marianne van Hirtum, Michel Zimbacca, a.o.

Illustrations by Jacques Abeille, Karol Baron, Gabriel Der Kevorkian, Apisai Enos, Robert Guyon, Guy Hallart, Marianne van Hirtum, Robert Lagarde, Albert Marencin, Emila Medkova, Pierre Molinier, Martin Stejskal, Jan Svankmajer, Eva Svankmajerova, Philip West, Marie Wilson, a.o.

Edited by Vincent Bounoure
Publisher Savelli, Paris, 1977
80 pages each
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Commentary: Michael Löwy (2009).

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Brian O’Doherty: Object and Idea: An Art Critic’s Journal, 1961-1967 (1967)

27 January 2019, dusan

A collection of art criticism published in The New York Times, Newsweek and Art and Artists by Brian O’Doherty, the author of Inside the White Cube, focusing on modern art.

Publisher Simon and Schuster, New York, 1967
ISBN 0671530542, 9780671530549
250 pages

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