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  • For someone mostly working within the visual format, David Rudnick sure has a way with words. The recordings from our interview span nearly three hours and rarely can the spike of a woman’s voice be heard. Instead, there are minutes on end in the rhythmic batter of Rudnick’s as he talks about the “grand gestures of modernism and post-modernism reproduced verbatim inside virtual environments” or the “Greenbergian aura” of Tumblr and Facebook likes. As the recording drifts on, it becomes increasingly obvious that he is a man both entirely within and without the world of which he speaks.
    The art history major-cum-graphic designer spent his…

  • Because I sometimes like to ignore my emails for days and allow my eyes to flit across them absorbing no word or meaning along its path, I started reading Anna Crews’s Magnum Ego in complete, rapturous ignorance. I was sitting in my friend Jana’s café watching her work in that sultry French way she does, both reticent and ardent, as she brought me my order: a coffee served in a soup bowl and a chocolate croissant. At the exact moment I scrolled from page 12 to 13 – wherein I found the line: “Imagine a very flaky croissant made out of dry skin.” – I…

  • Hito Steyerl looks tired. If it’s not right now –as we’re talking in London the day of her self-tilted survey exhibition opening at the ICA –then it’s a couple weeks later when she’s nodding off during the Lunch Bytes Medium:Format panel, after a hectic travel schedule and heavy subject in a talk with philosopher and friend Peter Osborne the previous night.
    But long before this point, where the Berlin-based artist, writer and filmmaker strikes a fatigued figure wearing a tiger-themed hoodie and waiting the “seven minutes” for her laptop to boot, the world had already taken its toll. “Essentially I had a nervous breakdown”, she…

  • In recent years, publishers and graphic artists have been working together on ebook projects to reach younger audiences or safeguard priceless works. Digitisation, as in the process of transforming printed works into digital ones, is now carried out by most major museums and University publishers. But beyond the realm of academia, commercial publishers and bookstores are struggling when it comes to art books. Supplying readers with electronic versions have had limited success, the appeal of print as bookshelf ornaments or coffee table objects, still apply and, judging by the slim catalogues in major book stores, key players have invested little in the area.
    But Gutenberg’s…

  • With the proliferation of online galleries and netart produced and sold digitally, the recently launched series of Bonus Material PDF publications – initiated by Leipzig-based collective Info-Punkt – takes the idea of ‘printed matter’ away from physical tangibility and the elite status of a collector’s item. Instead, they offer a free and accessible curated selection of images and video clips from exhibitions past. The second issue of Bonus Material, which was published online last month, features previously unreleased documentation of two 2012 solo exhibitions by American artist Jasper Spicero.

    Spicero’s work is an adept amalgamation of the highly technical and the hyper-banal. The images of his…

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