Criticism
KKKYLIE + KKKenneth

KKKYLIE + KKKenneth

Hey, she's stroking that car like it's a dick! OMG she has a feather duster, HOW HOT. Is it a car commercial? A commercial for some new type of sexy energy drink for automatons that makes you work out to achieve this level of 'greatness?' [ Read More → ]
2013 in the Rear (View)

2013 in the Rear (View)

  If you are going to read this, you should probably play the most appropriate song to read a ‘year end’ list to whilst perusing. Reissues Peter Gutteridge- PURE (540 Records) Near Paris- S/T (Medical Records) Sandra Plays Electronics- Her Needs 7″ Minimal Wave Scorched Earth Policy- Going Thru a Hole in the Back of Your Head (Siltbreeze)... [ Read More → ]
Fear of the Blank Page

Fear of the Blank Page

  Any ‘loyal’ reader or internet stalker will notice that the Straight to Video site has atrophied into a dead state over the last year.  Leaving the rest of the content on the site to ring out in “slo-mo backslide, down into the horrifying world that can appear when you combine too much smoke with... [ Read More → ]
2012 Year End List

2012 Year End List

  It’s that time of the year again. As always, I do not believe in hierarchies, so these are in no particular order. New Street Chant- Frail Girls/ Salad Daze 7” (Arch Hill) Lazy- Party City 7” (Moniker) Ruined Fortune Bulls Eye 7” (RIP Society) Sic Alps/ Freekapus New Trawgs III b/w Here Today Here... [ Read More → ]
Videofreex Symposium on Portible Video

Videofreex Symposium on Portible Video

Changing Media and Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone November 1, 2012, 4–9pm SVA Theatre 333 West 23rd Street New York, NY Free and open to the public www.sva.edu School of Visual Arts presents We’re All Videofreex: Changing Media & Social Change from Portapak to Smartphone, an evening symposium on the genealogy of portable video... [ Read More → ]
Introducing...Video World!

Introducing…Video World!

It comes as fantastic news that Leah Churner has a new weekly column on the Sundance blog, called Video World! Leah is a regular contributor to the Austin Chronicle and Reverse Shot. Her writing has also appeared in the Village Voice, Film Comment, Moving Image Source and the L Magazine. Her curatorial career is another beast all together!... [ Read More → ]
HENNE$$EY YOUNGMAN UP IN HERE

HENNE$$EY YOUNGMAN UP IN HERE

HELLO WWW, THIS YA BOY HENROCK ALLAH AND IT’S GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WE ALWAYS SEEM TO MEET IN PLACES LIKE THIS. ANYWAYS, THIS PARTICULAR ART THOUGHTZ IS MORE OF LIKE A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT OFFERING A PAID SERVICE TO YOU AND YOURS. BUT IMA LET MY VIDEO DO THE TALKING, BECAUSE IF YOU... [ Read More → ]
Notes from MoMA and Frieze

Notes from MoMA and Frieze

A turbulent 72 hours, making the rounds at three NYC art events Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Personally, I try to keep my phone at bay for the most part in an attempt to socialize with old friends, and meet new ones. But I would be lying if I said that the urge to rip... [ Read More → ]
Sympathetic Materialism: An Evening with Allan Sekula

Sympathetic Materialism: An Evening with Allan Sekula

Sunday – 02.12.12 – Sympathetic Materialism – An Evening with Allan Sekula Contents: 1. Introduction to Sunday 2. A note on sympathetic materialism 3. Untitled preface to Waiting for Tear Gas 4. Lottery of the Sea: Prologue and Ending 5. The Forgotten Space – screening at MoMA, Monday, 02.13.11 6. Related readings/viewings 7. Filmography 8.... [ Read More → ]

Parasite [discussion at Artists Space]

    October 12, 2011 7PM With Andrea Fraser, Silvia Kolbowski, Jason Simon and Sébastien Pluot, amongst others. As specified in the above document distributed in 1998, Parasite was “an artist-run organization formed to support, document, and present project-based art work. As a secondary (or para) site for projects undertaken at other locations, Parasite aim[ed]... [ Read More → ]

Museum Exhibition of Artist Museums

Marko Lulic, “Museum of Revolution,” 2010. Installation view 20er Haus, Belvedere, Vienna, Steel, paint, 1100 x 400 x 300cm.* Museum Show Arnolfini 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA, U.K www.arnolfini.org.uk Museum Show: Part 1 24 September–19 November 2011 One of the most curious tendencies in modern and contemporary art has been that of museums created... [ Read More → ]

Boo-Hooray and Johan Kugelberg’s Forthcoming Exhibition on Dial House/Crass Fanzines/Gee Vaucher

“IN ALL OUR DECADENCE PEOPLE DIE” AN EXHIBITION OF FANZINES PRESENTED TO CRASS BETWEEN 1976 AND 1984 PLUS ORIGINAL CRASS-ERA ARTWORKS BY GEE VAUCHER AND A NEW AUDIO INSTALLATION BY PENNY RIMBAUD CURATED BY JOHAN KUGELBERG 265 Canal Street 6th floor, NY 10013 Sept 30th – Oct 20th, 2011 Opening: Friday, September 30th, 6-9pm The... [ Read More → ]

Now I have a Ph. D in Tarkus

Tarkus, The half Armadillo/ half Tank creature, Was born from an egg erupted from a Volcano. Lego Tarkus Tarkus Chopper   This is a very rare photo – the Tarkus stage prop being repaired, April 1973.   “I say, I say ,I say,whats orl this then ? Its a bleeding smoking Tarkus at the Oval... [ Read More → ]

Art in America Profiles Thomas Beard

  Thomas Beard Co-Founder, Light Industry New York 7/26/11 Co-Founder and Director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic arts in Brooklyn, Thomas Beard recently curated “The Unfinished Film,” on view at Barbara Gladstone Gallery [through July 29]. The exhibition showcases films that appear as fragments in their final form either deliberately or... [ Read More → ]

Hole’s ‘Pretty on the Inside’ Reissued

The 1991 album was released solely on CD and tape cassette in the United States, but received a release on vinyl LP throughout Europe by City Slang, based in Berlin, Germany. The first 3,000 pressings of the LP were done on blue vinyl, with the remainder in standard black. Plain Records, an Oakland-based indie label... [ Read More → ]

Portal: Perspectives on Video Performance

An Xiao, The Artist is Kinda Present, 2010. Portal is a cross-platform project inviting artists, writers and audiences interested in time-based art – video, new media, sound and performance – to engage in a series of exhibitions, performances and symposia, surveying the changing nature of art in the digital world. In recent years, we have... [ Read More → ]
Light Industry presents a McLuhan screening at the New Museum

Light Industry presents a McLuhan screening at the New Museum

  Light Industry at the New Museum: This Is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is the Massage Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 7pmThis Is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is the Massage Ernest Pintoff, 16mm, 1967, 54 mins Introduced by Alex KitnickThis Is Marshall McLuhan: The Medium Is the Massage premiered in 1967 as one of the... [ Read More → ]
McLuhan’s Centennial

McLuhan’s Centennial

Today marks the centennial of one of the most charismatic, controversial and original thinkers of our time. Marshall McLuhan is universally regarded as the father of communications and media studies and prophet of the information age.  His remarkable perception propelled him onto the international stage, during the 1960s, and there hasn’t been a more influential... [ Read More → ]

Ron Slate on Where Art Belongs, essays by Chris Kraus (semiotext[e] intervention series)

A few months ago, I read the new Chris Krauss book, (oddly) titled, “Where Art Belongs.” Not having the time to critique the book myself, I thought I would post Ron Slate’s recent review: July 18th, 2011 In September, 2009, an art collective called Bernadette Corporation exhibited “The Complete Poem” at Greene Naftali, a commercial... [ Read More → ]

Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art

Julieta Aranda, Anton Vidokle, Brian Kuan Wood (Eds.) Design by Jeff Ramsey, cover design by Liam Gillick Sternberg Press, 2011 With essays by Franco Berardi Bifo, Keti Chukhrov, Diedrich Diederichsen, Antke Engel, Liam Gillick, Tom Holert, Lars Bang Larsen, Marion von Osten, Precarious Workers Brigade, Irit Rogoff, and Hito Steyerl When the flexibility, certainty, and... [ Read More → ]

Woodstock Digital Media Festival

This festival is a good concept, but it’s not hip enough. Sorta comes off like a conference meets a yoga retreat for new-agey 55 year olds. I mean, it’s in Vermont, but clearly is being targeted as a destination for people in Europe and New York. And WOODSTOCK?!?!?! REALLY??? It’s starting to remind me of... [ Read More → ]

Wian Treetin

  In anticipation of the opening of his exhibition Any Ever at PS1, this Saturday June 18th at PS1; Ryan Trecartin has leaked 4 of the 7 part non-sequential epic film to four different websites. Loyally, the artist debuted the first segment Ready (Re’Search Wait’s) on Rhizome.org, then The Re’Search at Dis Magazine, Temp Stop... [ Read More → ]

Ur-0 Remix and Pop Recontextualization according to Arcangel

Ever since reading Cory Arcangel’s op-ed piece for the summer issue of Artforum, I have been thinking about his analysis of quoting and appropriation in pop music. Hasn’t this always been the case in both music and art? It is interesting and curious that various strains of trance musics have entered the vernacular of American... [ Read More → ]

Getty acquires Harold Szeemann archives

Marcia Reed and Glenn Phillips for the Getty Blog reporting:   Preserving the Legacy of Harold Szeemann   Harald Szeemann. Photo: Ingeborg Lüscher The Harald Szeemann Archive and Library, one of the most important private research collections for modern and contemporary art in the world, is coming to the Getty Research Institute—and we couldn’t be... [ Read More → ]

DIS Presents Herbalife™ Wednesday June 15, 7pm

DIS Magazine presents + Tweens + Herbalife + Choreagraphy at Gresham’s Ghost 7:00pm, Wednesday June 15th Gresham’s Ghost 401 Broadway, room 201 DIS invites you to Herbalife™ for a re-contextualization of the official Herbalife dance performed by tweens and choreographed by Richard Kennedy. This event, presented in collaboration with Independent Curators International (ICI), is part... [ Read More → ]

Ken Jacobs Interview in TimeOut Chicago

The avant-garde icon will present a live work at the Film Studies Center. By Patrick Friel Caption: LIGHT MOTIF Jacobs, inset, performs at the Paris Cinematheque. “The Green Wave,” background, is a DV experiment in stereoscopic imagery “without spectacles.”       Credits: Ken Jacobs       For more than 50 years, Ken Jacobs... [ Read More → ]

Mark Fisher to lecture at Cooper Union

THE COLLOQUIUM FOR UNPOPULAR CULTURE AND NYU’S ASIAN/ PACIFIC/ AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAM present 2 talks by Mark Fisher: On Hauntology/ Capitalist Realism From Fisher’s website: What are grey vampires and how do they retard the insurrectionary potential of digital discourse? How does Derrida’s notion of hauntology contribute to an understanding of dubstep artist Burial? Is... [ Read More → ]

MIAP Program Offers New Summer Course on Copyright and Intellectual Property

Yeah, so I really wish I could take this course. MIAP friends sneak me a syllabus for some self-directed study!   Copyright Law for Cultural Institutions 3 credits, July 25 August 5 2011, M-F 9am-12pm (plus an additional hour of online activities each day) Instructor: Rina Pantalony This graduate-level course addresses the intellectual property issues... [ Read More → ]

Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise (1938 – 1979) at Boo-Hooray

Boo-Horray gallery on West 23rd St will present Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise from May 10 – May 29 curated by Johan Kugelberg (JOHANN KUGELBERG!!!) and Will Cameron. The larger project will also encompass a Sound Installation (at 265 Canal St) and a Film series at Anthology (on May 12th) featuring the... [ Read More → ]

La Brune et Moi

  Filmed in 1979, screened once in 1980 to a small crowd on the Left Bank, and lost until 2005, I’m sad to say that my 2011 tastes were underwhelmed with this one. French director Philippe Puicouyoul lifted the story line (Business man falls for a young girl and vows to fulfill her dream of... [ Read More → ]