The Convenience Store

The Convenience Store – Jonne Hansson

video still from The Convenience Store, 2018, digital video from Grand Theft Auto V in-game editor (PC), voice-over by Jonne Hansson, August Bällgren and Evelina Maria Odette Jönsson, sound design by Agatha Lewandowski

The story follows three (not long time ago) graduated artists who went to Umeå Academy of Fine Arts in Sweden and then moved to the fictional city Los Santos (based on Los Angeles) in hope to succeed as artists. They have struggled in living and working within different artistic fields. Some years have passed since they all graduated, and one day they accidentally meet each other in a convenience store. In a setting, similar to Kevin Smith’s cult classic “Clerks”, they are awkwardly starting to have a strange, meta-referential conversation with each other.

Jonne Hansson

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YOU

YOU (2022) by Maurizio Cattelan. Credits Roberto Marossi. Courtesy the artist and Massimo De Carlo. -artnet 6/4/2022

Maurizio Cattelan – YOU

A barefoot statue of the artist hangs from a noose in the gallery bathroom. It wears a blue suit and holds a bouquet of flowers in its right hand.

“YOU is a hallucination, a simultaneous image of control and failure. A generous welcoming gesture or a sad and inevitable farewell, YOU explores the role of the individual in the collective realm: an admission of surrender, or perhaps an affirmation of kindness. This new intervention by Maurizio Cattelan affirms the death of great powers, while infusing a new energy in the strength of the individual. Despite trying to create a distance between the work and the viewer, Maurizio Cattelan’s YOU is certainly all about us.”

-official press release via sybariscollection.com

Medium: platinum silicone, epoxy fiberglass, stainless steel, real hair, clothes, hemp rope and flowers Date: 2022 Location: Gallery bathroom Massimo De Carlo, Milan

It’s not you, it’s me. It’s not yours, it’s mine.

➡️ UPDATE 4/05: The maker, Daniel Druet, of Maurizio Cattelan’s wax prototypes is suing Cattelan for stolen intellectual property.

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Call to Arms

Call to Arms – PentHouss

“Mirrors ring a claustrophobic space, fractalizing it into infinity. Lights flash. Enter the riot police. Obscured behind darkened face shields, they menace. And then they begin dancing. Conceived by London/Paris multidisciplinary collaboration PentHouss, Call to Arms blends movement, sound, light, and architecture in an immersive meditation on power, resistance, and control. Reacting to the crackdowns on people’s movements from the U.S. and the U.K. to Turkey and Hong Kong, where protests are met with overly-armored use of force, artists Anna Lann and Yonathan Trichter, curator and creative partner Helen Neven, and choreographer Ekin Bernay joined to mobilize a response.  

Call to Arms conveys the experience of political mobilization by appropriating the garb of the powerful themselves. The dancers in PentHouss’s performance skew the “us” versus “them” mentality the state profits on and challenge those who might steer clear of direct action to understand on-the-ground reality. By leveraging the uniform as costume and turning the synchronized movements of militarized police forces into a kind of dance, PentHouss exposes the theatrics inherent to such shows of force (what they refer to as “the instrumentalization of fear”).

PentHouss uses movement to evoke the power of physical solidarity and to show that, as its title suggests, modes of resistance remain. As PentHouss writes: “Movement is dance; movement is assembly; movement is a call to arms.””

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extreme whitespace

Amy Alexander – extreme whitespace

These live coding works are created in the Linux/Unix text terminal computer environment. Its Perl script modifies the terminal into a real-time visual display. Text, spaces, and commands are typed and executed; multiplying, distorting, shifting, and changing colours create lines, patterns and transform graphic visuals. Got to love the computational aesthetics of 2004, low-tech digital text performance and the minimal ingenuousness of programmed text streams illustrative of the early days of the internet. A sample of the digital past.

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