Our reading for this week was a review of Alexandre Arrechea's work. Documentation can be found at www.alexandrearrechea.com.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Cildo Meireles a Brazilian conceptual artist calls his interventionist works Insertions into Ideological Circuits. For example printing "Yankee Go Home" on a coke bottle that simply gets sent back in the bottling plant washed, refilled and put back into circulation. The commercial company distributes for Cildo his criticism of its own global domination. The Tate has a nice website about their retrospective of his work.
We also looked at other artist interventions. Watching Sonic Outlaws by Craig Baldwin which included the likes of Tape-beatles (who are still working together)John Oswald with his plunderphonics and others all addressing Negative Lands problems with U2 (who naturally are also online at http://www.negativland.com/.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I love this essay for the surprising way which it reflects on what could be taken as salacious or gratuitous and yet Carl Elliott manages to use the topic of voluntary amputations to reveal the cultural mechanisms at work in a much wider sense. At his best Stelarc does this as well —particularly with Ping Body. Further down that spectrum is Orlan. I find more coherence with Tissue Culture and Art and coherence without as much salaciousness at Bodies© INCorporated.