Aram Bartholl @ LACMA, Apr 26

25 April 2016

Net-conceptual artist Aram Bartholl and Kathy Rae Huffman will converse in an event called ‘Offline/Online Convergences’ at LA’s LACMA building on April 26.

Curator, writer, and long-term thinker on media art Huffman will discuss with Bartholl the convergence of the physical and the virtual with respect to urban space in his work, as well as considering how digital landmarks and customs translate to urban culture.

Bartholl is based in Berlin and his now infamous and instantly recognisable Dead Drops (2010 – ongoing) sees USB sticks embedded in brick walls in public. He often makes work to answer forms of display for digitally-produced works that maintain the nature of intimacy, privacy and yet anonymity of their experience and receivership outside (necessarily) of an art context. He recently presented group internet cafe show-cum-net art dedication, LA Speed Show featuring artists JODI, Ann Hirsch and Petra Cortright.

It’s interesting that the title of the event is worded in the order: Offline, Online, as opposed to the other way around which is perhaps the way we usually assume to argue for the non-total intervention of the internet.

See the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) website for more details.**

Image for No One Ever Cried at a Website, A Speed Show (2013). Courtesy Aram Bartholl.
Image for ‘No One Ever Cried at a Website’ – a Speed Show (2013). Courtesy Aram Bartholl.

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Metropolis II

4 August 2011

Stressful, that’s how our lives have become. Stressful continuous mechanized routines, all part of a perfectly lubricated machinery whose pace & timings keep accelerating overtime. Chris Burden‘s latest piece (recently finished after 4 years in the making and that we had seen a while ago @ his studio in Topanga) may not be a metaphora but it could easily represent out current western mentality and state of mind.

Metropolis II” sculpture is finally being taken out of his studio and will be re-installed @ LA’s Country Museum of Art (LACMA) this fall as a long-term loan.

 The kinetic sculpture has 1200 toy cars… and if you think that’s noisy, think about us.

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