jeremy millar - zugzwang (almost complete)

just back from a lecture by jeremy millar at the staedel art academy. jeremy just talk about his latest project _ zugzwang (almost complete). what a great persuit around the posssibilities of investigate the work of an artist like marcel duchamp and at the same time make a hommage to him. i would repeat what simon starling, who invited jeremy, said about the film and center piece of the whole project which bares the same title, it is simply a master piece.
the exhibition took place in the metropole galerie last september in folkestone in the english coast. where md did came to visit, as chess player, in 1933.

jeremy show in this cinematrographical peace a mastering in directing, editing the text material and had a great help in the narration done by the very good reader pierre huyghe. if you have the chance, in the future to see _zugzwang (almost complete)_ dontmiss it.


fantastic butt and more

remember those guys that brought us the butt mag,
they are are doing a great job bringing us the _fantastic man mag_ and more.
i just have one thing to say _ fantastic


laughing or crying at life

life and art are always chasing eachother, that is why
isabel allen does give her cartoons such a charming character.
inspired by the sayings of wood allen and drawing so freely like a kid,
she is having a laught at life. for more cartoons leave a comment and
isabel will let you know what you have to do to see more.


ali mahdavi and alopecia universalis

Ali Mahdavi
Born in Tehran in 1974, but now living in Paris, Ali Mahdavi is a filmmaker and designer of costumes that are extravagant affairs inspired by French Catholicism and Mahdavi’s Persian heritage. From silver cloaks to opulent purple robes stitched in gold, these strange outfits tread a fine line between high church and camp. After completing his studies in Paris at L’Ecole Nationale des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Mahdavi worked for the French fashion designer Thierry Mugler. In 2003, Mahdavi had his first solo exhibition at Scout Gallery in Hoxton Square, East London.

thanks to i-d magazine
see the video ali mahdavi

Tous Les Autres S’Appellent Ali

Ali Madhavi has Alopecia Universalis, a disease that deprives him of hair and his film focuses on those who are similarly afflicted. “I have been compared to all the bald people on earth….yet all I need is a wig for all resemblance to evaporate. No longer having hair violently changes our relationship with others, and the rules of seduction, desire, and one’s love-life are deeply disturbed, especially if the illness manifests itself before adulthood. Having lived through the same pain, shame and thus the same arrogance, I was convinced that we would all have the same feelings. Yet I was forced to notice while working on this project that even if, like a faltering army of clones or extra-terrestrials, we belong to the same race, deep down we are all just as different from each other as if we had hair and our lamented eyelashes and eyebrows.”


listening to martin creed

"the galleries are usually full of air", that is what martin creed is thinking and saying. listen the interview he gave in newzeland. he also do dismistify the concept of minimal art in the tradition of carl andre and donald judd. he may have a very good poit there.


1 min, that is all

how about a www.filminute.com festival. you will be done in less then a hour with this gem of film festival. they have cool stuff like "bush ghost" by seth scriver, nice collage animation called "fortification" by elena wen, great performance of mosaique on the winner of the peoples choice award "it could be" and do not forget to check the brutal funny "indiferrence" by matei braneia. see more signs of our times here at his webside www.branea.ro.


superflex vs. 27th sao paulo biennale

things are getting hot downunder at the 27th bienal de são paulo and it is not because the summer, which is about to begin, it is because superflex was invited to paricipate in the biennale but was not allowed to show the work it wanted to guaranapower. but this whole censure is working, in favor of the project. the director of the fundação bienal de sao paulo said that the reason way they could not accept the work is that this project is not artistic enough. but the whole thing is proving the foundation wrong. the galeria vermelho did put up the show power guarana ,extra, for the superflex project it will be interesting to see what will happen in the near future.


me and my rhythm box

jesssica silvermann a young curator from san francisco, that was in frankfurt, in the summer 2006, where she worked with martha rosler in the frankfurt kunstverein is just opening her gallery in san francisco.
while in frankfurt she did put up a series of evening film
she is presenting in her first show, me and my rhythm box, a group of europe artist. all the best to jessica and the artists.
silverman is located at
2295 third street san francisco, CA 94107. T 415 255 9508


shape without form, shade without colour, paralysed force, gesture without motion

Galleria Francesca Kaufmann hosts a true and original homage to the art of portraiture. The exhibition focuses on works that portrays the subject beyond its physical appearance. Artists such as Pae White, Dave Muller and Allan Kaprow have based their representations on the uniqueness of the model. White gives the viewer the chance to choose the hue of his chandeliers and, in this sense, the work reveals itself as a portrait of the viewer’s.
Dave Muller leaves his model the task of compiling a top ten of his favourite L.P.s and includes the spines of the records in the painting. Kaprow shows Scores, where the person is almost reduced to a machine, performing a set of actions.
Tom Burr and Lorna Macyntire portray cultural characters from the past that the author hasn't met directly. Both Burr and Macyntire avoid traditional commemorative styles of portraiture and instead features details that are only part of the subjects whole. (carlo prada)
more here at dianes' blog,
where you can see more of the show then in the gallery's website.


banana trauma

to prevent banana trauma
we need just get tha lovely sculpture looking fake banana
that will keep any banana from get traumatized.
isn't it cool.

FAQs about banana guard

Q: "Not all bananas are the same size or shape, so how can the Banana Guard fit them all?"
A: The Banana Guard was specially designed to accommodate the majority of banana sizes. Our testing indicates that over 90% of commercially available bananas will fit into the Banana Guard. Highly curved bananas can be straightened ever-so-slightly without harm to fit the Banana Guard shape. The opposite holds true of very straight bananas....

Q: "How can I clean it?"
A: The Banana Guard is made of a polypropylene plastic that can be safely placed in a dishwasher....

Q: "Is there a battery attachment?"
A: No. The Banana Guard was designed for its intended purpose only as a device to prevent banana trauma during transport.

cheers to thor eide at http://www.pbase.com


how about the current war

if you have time to reflect upon the real war that is going on everyday in between the humans doings you my like to see what the "bak - basis voor actuele kunst" is trying to collect and expose some information through artists like renzo martens.
more at www.bak-utrecht.nl



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and for those that did not had enough whatch the video at
in fact, many artists ask me when i do show then this clip from _ok_go_ on_the_treadmills: are they an artists group or just musician? hereitgoesagain, you decide what is really ok_go. have fun.

vanessa is back to her roots

amazing that vanessa beecroft realized this new romantic, art historican, work. very close to home, it evokes, la bella italia, in a way that only catellan would approved of. tell me what you think about it.

teresa's death_line

teresa margolles at the duesseldorf kunstverein
was very simple not much to see but a lot to question and feel with the mistress of brutal formalism. i think they spected dead bodies from teresa but they just got dead treads. bravissima.

art and duesseldorf

what a contrast we have in this town, i never saw so much homelesness in a such a rich place. dusseldorf wants to have a big art event a quadrienale. a big art evente very for years just to be in the safer side. very clever. but the atmosphere is not of a big celebration, really.
the city is booming but the disparity between social economical situation are very presente. no much solidarity aparently.
the photo above could be a installation by elmgreen and dragset but i am quite sure it is the work of some homeless people. this park very near to k21 and the opera was full of them. see photo below

he show from francis baconwas quite impressive.
the bruce newman exhibition was quite ok, but you can see that it is a gallery show not a really great retrospective, as he really deserves fro his work. this show is related to the prize (€E250.000) that he was awarded by the city. in this case they are buying the prestige to have an artists getting their prize, nothing new in the art world but still a provincial attitude.
the worse part of this quadrienale is the pavilion by lupertz. is quite sureal to see next to the bilding where is bruce newman show. but the caravaggio exhibition i can not even talk about it, just for you to have an idea we could not see it till the end. enough is enough.

with friends from the kunstverein we went to a small exhibition space. i asked some artists what they think about of this spetacle that the city try to pull off. they said that the local artists are the ones that do enjoy it the less, because they can not be part of it at all.

cut and run

here you can see the new show from
julia oschatz

try again. fail again. fail better.

it sounds interesting what annette and mark are trying to chill up in the north. more here at


"lost at sea" with adrian williams

last week andrian williams showed her qualities as fact-fiction maker. she performed the poems of nathaniel von harbour,red by nathaniel himself.

here some from the poem "lost at sea"

And I mistook her daughter
Though lost I may have bee
For wearing unforgettable breasts
Bellow her pillowed chin

I called to her beneath the chime
Come swim with me to shore
She looked upon my wretched face
As one that avoids a horror

She too had fallen prey
To love that wasn't right
And found herself near drowining
In this world that wears no night

to contact adrian just go here
parisa kind gallery


"a story of deception"

just talked with francis alÿs, he is doing just fine. after the opening in the portikus last friday we went with the whole portikus gang and some friends from zürik to the pizzaria salvatori, just around the corner. we watched the agassi's last match and did eat pizza. now you know where to get a good pizza if you ever come to portikus and end up getting hungry afterwards.

the film "a story of deception" which is showing at the portikus, is what you can expect from a magician or master of illusions like francis, i would say. it is almost like a single image which shows a road that loops making you wanting to see something in a mirage like enviroment, bu this road leads to no place. but that action of go back and forth, to loop and never get to any real place have to do with the latinoamerican social reality somehow, as the piece was made in patagonia in a periodo of three year. that is one of the takes on that situation. asia is playing a much important role in the global affairs today.
while talking with fracis i had the impression that he try not to be here, really ( or anywhere by that metter ). in a world that you have to be very present to be accepted by the entertaiment and bussiness part of the art, not an easy task. but here is managing it. (remember what hi did in venice). while he was whatching the agassis last tennis match at the pizzaria i asked him why took so long to artangel to do something with him. he answered that, they had to wait seven year, from his part to get the project seven walks for london. artangel is doing an interesting job and making the right choinces, even if it means to be patient for several years sometimes.

i actually was sort of surprise with the setting for the presentation of the film, in the portikus. it was projected in the wall of a room build inside of portikus. inside of the room there is a table where a snake and latters game is set. on the table are displayed papers telling about several project of francis. projects like the "politic of rehersal" a very complex project made of three segments. if you have the chance take a look on that one, please do so. in the ende this whole room encluding one painting that was sawed right in the middle vertically,( a hommage to fontana, because he born in patagonia) make the whole room installation a good opportunity to comprehend the complexity of the work of francis, an artist that is beable to work with so many medias and almost nothing.
moost of his works end up being just metaphor.

nikola dietrich, the main curator at the portikus, was telling me that she was inspared, to make this room and assemble the snake and latter game by her trip to buenos aires, where she had the chance to see the exhibition where francis show this work for the firs time at m_a_l_b_a museum de arte latibnoamericano de bueno aires, last april. the very aspect of playfulness in the work of francis came quite clear with the game situation.

some projects of francis

interview (german only)

dontmiss it.

zuviel.tv is doing it

coming up next at zuviel.tv is jan speckenbach.
when came to art videos, those boys in berling are delivering it.


public vandalism

how nice is public vandalims, at list the ones ishuh does
photographs anyway. most of it were photographed in brooklyn.
a very arty place. more at insuh yoon


catch up with lisa harlev

"My Own Country," 2005 © lise halev
lithographic offset prints, 59,4 x 84 cm

if you are around berlin i am sure is worth to see the show www.howtodothings.net with lise harlev
is quite interesting how she is being dealing with the complexty of the subject of nationality for people that live abroad like many of us. her site is also very good lise harlev


how contemporary is cgi art

we still try to figure it out. is the pure computer generated image really a big contribution to contemporary art
or is a practices that became old without really active the new art status.
check the works of like www.doerbaum.com. what you think

pornoheft's sister band

the famous pornoheft sister band live bei at frau lee



nobodyhere is a space to be alone and
to be alone is what the most bloogers like to do.


tris vonna-michell

tris vonna-michell
is busy with his solo project "down the rabbit-hole".
the press release is provided by phone,
at milliken gallery , not a bad ideia.
cheers tris


karl l. on angelina

karl l. on angelina jolie:
"stunningly beautiful. She has the kind of mouth other people pay to get"


dada de nada fashion

cheers to gabi schaffer & co. at www.dadadenada.org.
this collection is a proof that girl stuff still fun.
enjoy it. i want to see guys wearing this t-shirt as well.
gabi is the famous author of


hanna hildebrand by frau lee

last friday at frau lee's studio

hanna hildebrand's
performance was like an orgie about to happens.
seems that safe orgies are, still, in vogue in art
environment. the band pornoheft sister band, the halfters, was there as well.
more on that later.


mobile painting

cheers and shouts to matilde botfeldt for the crayon dress
and thanks to diane pernet at a shaded view on fashion for bloging about it.
this creation is a good example of mobile painting
nothing new, but refreshing.


art & politics

after visiting, for the second time, the show from
dan perjovschi at portikus in frankfurt i asked myself
are artists really political enough, for our times or are they just instrumantalizing social and polical situation, for they own sake, most of the time.


the truth by bernard shaw

"if you are going to tell people the truth, you'd better make them laugh. otherwise they'll kill you."

why not

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