Sunday, November 30, 2008
Barack will serve as the first African-American President of the United States of America. On his way to secure the nomination from the Democratic party, he beat Hillary Clinton, a woman. In 1972 Shirley Chisholm was a presidential candidate for the democratic party. Groundbreaking.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
The launch of H&M's new designer collaboration launched this week and I was pretty excited to see the stuff I had been clicking on online in the flesh. And the wool. It was ok. Nothing over the top, nothing too exciting. Kind of dull.
I got the freaking scarf, because who doesn't need a huge wool scarf in November?
I might get the fragrance, but the trench-coat and the jacket were too expensive for H&M, even with added Rei Kawakubo. The wool sweaters were nice, but didn't fit. I tried the large and it was too long and too tight. ok, so maybe I just need to lose weight.
My favorite collection would be the Karl Lagerfeld one. The jeans were amazing, they had cords, a lot of accessories and it was clean, simple, but well fitting. Who's next?
I bought two dvd's at platekompaniet yesterday. Both 59,50 in the sale section. I didn't really think about it, but both movies revolve around women horribly wronged by other men, not relying on the official system of crime+punishment, and taking the knife, pistol, stiletto in their own hands. Jodie Foster and her husband are attacked and left for dead. Her husband dies, but Foster starts a career as a vigilante. Neil Jordan is the director, so I am looking forward to taking a look. In "I spit on your grave" a manhattanite on a relaxing get away is raped. and left for dead. She survives and exacts her horrible revenge. Having being mugged myself, but not a woman, i guess I am drawn to these types of movies.
Thursday, November 06, 2008
NOVEMBER 2008 – ARTIST INITIATED MAGAZINES
08.11 - 23.11
OPEN THURS - SUN 12 - 5
Curated by Karen Christine Tandberg and Elin Maria Olaussen (Torpedo)
ART RITE (US 1972-1978), AVALANCHE (US 1970-1976), CHARLEY (IT 2001-d.d), TELFAR CLEMENTS (US), DONNIE&TRAVIS (US), DOT DOT DOT (US 2000 – d.d), EAU DE COLOGNE (DE 1985-1993), FILE (CAN 1970-1989), GENERAL IDEA (CAN), JONAH GROENEBOER (US), INTERFUNKTIONEN (DE 1968-1975), JAMES HOFF (US), SCOTT HUG (US), K48 (US 1999-d.d), JEFF KONINGSBERG (US), MADE IN USA (US 1999-2001), NICHOLAS MESSING (US), PERMANENT FOOD (US/IT 1995-d.d), FATIMA AL QADIRI (US), REAL LIFE MAGAZINE (US 1979-1994), RE-MAGAZINE (NL 1997-2004), SLAVA MOGUTIN (US), KLAUS SCHULZE (DE), GRANT WORTH (US), ZG (UK/US 1979 - 1988).
We are concerned with the web of fact and fiction that binds and releases mythologies that are the sum experience of artists and non-artists in co-operative existence today. Every image is a self image. Every image is a mirror.
- Editorial FILE Mr.Peanut issue, vol 1, no1 1972
The exhibition November 2008 is based on a careful selection of artist initiated magazines from the 70’s until today. Art magazines play an important part in the distribution of art. The drive to create new arenas for art led to a surge of artist-produced magazines in the 70’s, and the magazine-format paved the ground for experimentation with text, information, distribution and media-realities.
Artist initiated magazines enabled the artists to work outside the galleries, take control over their own production and to reach a larger audience. November 2008 focuses on how the magazine format works as an alternative exhibition space.
The represented magazines in this exhibition have in common a DIY – attitude, where collaboration and the collective is in focus. The artist group General Idea (which consists of AA Bronson, Felix Partz and Jorge Zontal) founded, in 1972, FILE megazine. FILE was not a magazine in it’s normal sense, but one of General Ideas many art – projects. By appropriating the name and the visual profile of the well-known life-style magazine LIFE, General Idea sought a broader distribution. The thought was that the magazine format itself would lead the art out to a larger audience, no matter which content. FILE was made with the kiosk newspaper stands in mind, not the secluded art audience.
At Rekord, FILE will be shown together with original editions of General Idea. Other magazines from the same time, like Art Rite, Avalanche, Interfunktionen, Real Life, ZG and the some-what later Eau de Cologne, all made use of different strategies to present the art-scene they themselves where a part of. Artists like Joseph Beuys, Lawrence Weiner, Barbara Krüger, Cindy Sherman, Ray Johnson and more often appeared in several of them.
K48’s last number Starship Counterforce will be launched in this exhibition together with a presentation of works by selected contributors: Telfar Clements, Jonah Groenboer, Jeff Konigsberg, Nicholas Messing, Slava Mogutin, Klaus Schulze, Donnie & Travis, Fatima al Qadiri and Grant Worth. Other contemporary magazines that are shown include, among others, Dexter Sinisters magazine Dot Dot Dot, RE-magazine, Charley and Permanent Food.
Scott Hug, the man behind K48, shows a constellation of his own polaroids and images taken from the magazines Time and The New Yorker in Too Much, Too Little, Too Late. Polaroids: 2002-2007. James Hoff (US) uses the magazine as a background source for his artistic practice: Sing, Sing consists of drawings taken from a Raymon Pettibon fanzine, and the publication Topten originates from Artforums top ten column.
I haven't seen the latest episode of antm, but I know you are on your way back to the US. Rich made this for the previous episode and it proves his genius. Please, if you like smart people, gay people or both, you have to read Rich's blog.
and while you are at it, look up
It's Rich's friend, Tracie, writing about a night on the town.
If only Elina could lose control like Tracie, she would be on top. Of America's Next Top Model.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
the Norwegian mail service have a new logo. The old red horn and the king's crown are on the garbage heap. Fine. I don't know how much they paid for this:
Two circles, one red for the regular post service, and one green for business services (I think). But where did they come up with this innovative design?? How many people thought in think tanks?
Or did they just steal the look of the pokemon ball?
the ball is used for storing pokemon and now it's also the new logo for Posten.
Tone Hansen has a great essay on branding, name changes and new logos in Norway. Check it out.
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