Kenneth Goldsmith

aaaaarg is being sued for copyright infringement

11 January 2016

Online academic journal resource is being sued by an unknown publisher in Quebec.

LA-based Sean Dockray, who founded the site in 2005 with “free software advocate”, Marcell Mars -who more recently made the amended: -announced the update on his Facebook page. This news brings the future of the vast collection of scanned and uploaded documents into question, which has been available for many years to access and download, free of charge.

aaaaarg is known for housing the rarest gems of articles as well as its discussions around anti-copyright ideas. Artist Cornelia Sollfrank produced  ‘Giving What You Don’t Have’ in 2013, a video with Dockray and Mars, alongside Kenneth Goldsmith and Dmitry Kleiner, sharing their thoughts on intellectual property and the commodification of work.

See the aaaaarg GoFundMe campaign for more details. **

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Fiktion: Konzentration @ HKW, Jun 20

19 June 2015

The model literary project Fiktion is hosting an all-day event at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) on the theme of concentration in the digitalized society in honour of the upcoming “Konzentration” anthology, running from 2pm to 11pm on June 20.

The day’s programme includes US literary scholar Kenneth Goldsmith, who will hold a compact version of his legendary Ivy League seminar/workshop “Wasting Time on the Internet” and discuss the results with Basel’s Institut Kunst director, Chus Martinez. Joining Goldsmith is Arthur Jacobs, neuroscientist at the FU Berlin, who will discuss immersion in literature and his reading research with the e-reader developed by Fiktion.

Other speakers include Romanian writer Sinziana Păltineanu, who will do a reading from her debut novel, Elephant Chronicles, and artist Sophie Jung, who will present her story “X-Examination♥”, as well as artist Jenna Sutela, whose video piece, ‘When You Moved’, will be shown throughout the event in the conference room 3 (K3).

See the event page for details. **


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Fake @ Exile Berlin, Mar 21 – Apr 18

20 March 2015

Exile is bringing Fake back in the form of a group show, running at the Berlin space from March 21 to April 18.

The exhibition brings together almost 30 artists and artist groups from diverse backgrounds, working under the ‘fake’ umbrella. By way of a press release, the exhibition merely lists a number of things thought to be ‘fake’: a new browser for Mac OS X, a song by Simply Red, a Swedish synthpop band from the 1980s.

Some of Fake‘s participants include Hanne Lippard, Jo-ey TangMartin Kohout and his sound project TOLE with Tolan, Fox IrvingKenneth Goldsmith, and Anonymous.

See the exhibition page for details. **

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Unoriginal Genius @ Carroll/Fletcher, Oct 30 – Nov 22

30 October 2014
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Frieze New York, May 9 – 12

8 May 2014

Frieze Art Fair New York is running in the US city, May 9 to 12.

Aside from the sadly emblematic union with a clothing brand, there are still things potentially worth seeing at the art fair if you’re planning on going anyway.

There’ll be talks from Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova of (but not of) Pussy Riot, poet, author and founder of ubuweb, Kenneth Goldsmith and artistic director of documenta 14
Adam Szymczyk.

Some gallery booths and potential artworks to see include Artists Space, representing the likes of Bernadette Corporation, Metahaven, Loretta Fahrenholz, Ed Atkins and DUOX, Gallery Hyundai with YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTIRES and Nam June Paik and Bortolami.

Other artists potentially scattered across booths include Ned Vena at White Columns, Xu Zhen with Long March Space, Camille Henrot at Galerie Kamel Mennour, Tabor Robak and Cory Arcangel for team (gallery, inc.), as well as Sophia Al-Maria, Slavs and Tatars, Shirin Aliabadi and Hassan Hajjaj at The Third Line and Ian Cheng and Emily Wardill of Standard Oslo.

Artists from Carlos/Ishikawa, Clages, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Tanya Leighton and Société will also be represented, as well as a booth for Bidoun with publications and a “10th anniversary Donkey-Ouroboros-Nasreddin tote bag” available to buy.

See the Frieze Art Fair website for details. **

Header image: Camille Henrot, ‘Grosse Fatigue’ (2013).

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