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Exploring the 'Middle' in a Soft Matter through Artistic Manifestations
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Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use

Artist Takes Every Drug Known to Man, Draws Self Portraits After Each Use | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
This is all kinds of cool, and everything your mother told you not to do. Bryan Lewis Saunders is an artist from Washington D.C., not just any artist though.

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Gina Czarnecki at the Bluecoat

A retrospective exhibition by this award-winning artist featuring new commissions and other works being shown in the UK for the first time.

Ground-breaking new media artist Gina Czarnecki makes films, installations, public art works and sculpture which emphasise human relationships to disease, evolution and genetic research. Her work is influenced by the arena of biomedical science and it explores notions of belief and thresholds of perception. Czarnecki is interested in the possible corruption of the human genetic mix, and her works raise significant questions about developments in the 'life' sciences and changes in culture, society and language.

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ARTchipel Tumblr, a place to discover an artist each day, curated by Rery, Armelle and Nathie,

ARTchipel Tumblr, a place to discover an artist each day, curated by Rery, Armelle and Nathie, | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
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Combining painting and technology provides J.D Doria with the possibility to develop the idea of painting as multitude. Painting, in its historic nature and form, converges into one image; yet incorportaing technology, allows an expansion and examination of the medium’s borders beyond the exclusivity of the one image. J.D Doria is an Israel based artist, and her recent work reflects a growing interest in the “Future”, and in a radical “reading” of Aesthetic. Please visit her website or follow her Tumblr for more work.

[more J.D Doria | artist found at arpeggia]

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Berlinische Galerie: Michael Sailstorfer. Forst – Vattenfall Contemporary 2012

Ausstellung in der Berlinischen Galerie vom 26.04-08.10.2012 Michael Sailstorfer ist Preisträger des „Vattenfall Contemporary 2012“.
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Rain Room - rAndom International

Rain Room is a hundred square metre field of falling water through which it is possible to walk.trusting that a path can be navigated, without being drenched in the process.
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Behind the Scenes: On Line: Monika Grzymala

Artist Monika Grzymala has created this dramatic installation

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The Creators Project | Andrew Huang

The Creators Project | Andrew Huang | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Director and self-professed visual effects lover Andrew Huang fuses his early passion for arts and crafts with his formal schooling in art to make whimsical music videos and short films that have charmed judges at festivals around the world

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artist Jack Strange creating methaphors out of the banal

artist Jack Strange creating methaphors out of the banal | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

“All Fish”, 2011 by Jack Strange. Plastic Bags, water, iPod Touch, video file with sound.You want to see the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed?’ teenage videographer and voyeur-next-door Ricky Fitts asks in Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty (1999), before revealing a hand-held video of an empty plastic bag floating and whirling in the wind. This focus on a mundane moment and a nondescript object was not intended to be ironic, but it was suggestive of a telling trend in contemporary art of finding beauty in the banal. For Jack Strange banality lies at the core of his tricksy, Conceptualist practice. A recent graduate of London’s Slade School of Art, Strange has produced a variety of sculptures, videos, works on paper and photographs – among them Plastic Bag (2008), a digital print of a shredded and impaled bag flailing on a stretch of jagged barbed wire – that recall Fitts’ ‘artsy’ backyard cinéma verité but which provide a cheeky, wistful and at times revealing subtext.

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Private Moon - Photography by Leonid Tishkov • Selectism

Private Moon - Photography by Leonid Tishkov • Selectism | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Here’s a look at the work of Russian photographer Leonid Tishkov. Using some visual tricks we couldn’t possibly reveal (because we have no idea how he did it either) he’s created this set of images. So stop reading this and click the ‘more’ button, you know it makes sense

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Fellini’s Fantastic TV Commercials

Fellini’s Fantastic TV Commercials | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Last month we brought you some little-known soap commercials by Ingmar Bergman. Today we present a series of lyrical television advertisements made by the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini during the final decade of his life.
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Ai Wewei world premieres the installation "81 Wooden Balls" at Art Museums of Bergen

Ai Wewei world premieres the installation "81 Wooden Balls" at Art Museums of Bergen | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
B BERGEN.- /B Tonight, Ai Weiwei’s new installation 81 Wooden Balls world premiered at a href= http://www.kunstmuseene.no target= _blank Art...

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emergent behaviour sculptures by thomas jackson

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emergent behaviour sculptures by thomas jackson

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A Loose History of Art Collectives

A Loose History of Art Collectives | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Today feels more threatened and threatening today than at any time since the 1960's. Terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the prospect of war on Iraq and ever tightening security measures at home has sent a hum of tension through daily life.

In the 1960's, comparable tension, excruciatingly amplified, produced a big response: the spread of a counterculture, one that began with political protest movements and became an alternative way of life. Among other things, it delivered a sustained, collective "no" to certain values (imperialism, moralism, technological destruction), and a collective "yes" to others: peace, liberation, a return-to-childhood innocence.

The collective itself, as a social unit, was an important element in the 60's. Whatever form the collective concept took, its implications of shared resources and global implications made it a model for change.

The collective impulse has never died in American art and now it is surfacing again.� An old countercultural model, often much changed, is being revived, in some cases by artists barely out of their teens.

Computer-savvy collectives are starting to gain attention. �They are housed in apartments, storefronts, art schools and minivans. �Their members � who often support themselves with day jobs as designers, programmers, teachers or temps � are identified by a group name, like rock bands. �And their art is often a multitasking mix of painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, digital art, video, zine production and musical performances.

Such Net-centric collectives are electronic descendants of earlier American groups that cohered and dissolved from the 1960's through the 1990's: PAD/D (Political Art Documentation and Distribution), Colab, Group Material, Guerrilla Girls, REPOhistory, Act Up and General Idea, which originated in Canada, to name but a few. The full history of this phenomenon has yet to be written, though a few art historians are now working on it.

I would like to give a quick overview of some of the more notable art collectives and focus on the politics of each.

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100 Ideas That Changed Photography

100 Ideas That Changed Photography | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
From the camera obscura to the iPhone, or why photography is an art of continuous reinvention.

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Five Videos: Zach Blas/Queer Technologies' Escape

Five Videos: Zach Blas/Queer Technologies' Escape | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Five Videos is an online series "hosted" by Rhizome, in collaboration with FACT, responding to the Liverpool Biennial's theme, The Unexpected Guest. Each week throughout the Liverpool Biennial, a new artist will curate five videos about hospitality.
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Frieze part 1: The fun of the fair - we make money not art

Frieze part 1: The fun of the fair - we make money not art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

The Frieze art fair dismantled its tents a few days ago at Regent's Park in London. Last year's edition disappointed me. This year, however, i liked it so much i went twice. I even walked to the other end of the park to visit Frieze Masters (that one was selling anything in between and including the medieval gargoyles and the photos by Richard Avedon.) Over the next few days, i will submit the blog to an avalanche of images and works from the fair. Let's start light and very fast with a few art pieces that demonstrate that even artists shown at art fairs have a sense of humour:

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21 Rue de la Huchette Photography Art blog: Francesca Woodman - Self Portraits

21 Rue de la Huchette Photography Art blog: Francesca Woodman - Self Portraits | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

More than thirty years after her death, the moment is ripe for a historical reconsideration of her work and its reception. Woodman’s oeuvre represents a remarkably rich and singular exploration of the human body in space and of the genre of self-portraiture in particular...


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MoMA | Performance 4: Roman Ondák

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MoMA | Performance 4: Roman Ondák...Viewers play a vital role in the creation of Measuring the Universe (2007), by Slovakian artist Roman Ondák (b. 1966). Over the course of the exhibition, attendants mark Museum visitors' heights, first names, and date of the measurement on the gallery walls. Beginning as an empty white space, over time the gallery gradually accumulates the traces of thousands of people.
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Creative Review - Monica Grzymala tapes up Sumarria Lunn

Creative Review - Monica Grzymala tapes up Sumarria Lunn | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Artist Monika Grzymala has created this dramatic installation, made entirely with black tape, within the Sumarria Lunn gallery in London...

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Manifesto for a Theory of the ‘New Aesthetic’ | Mute

Manifesto for a Theory of the ‘New Aesthetic’ | Mute | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
At this high-point of high-tech, machines are producing aesthetic experiences for us as never before. Should we respectfully thank them and consider ourselves their peers?
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TateShots: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling studied at the Royal College of Art with David Hockney and Derek Boshier.
Bowling's shift from Figuration to Abstraction came when he moved from London to New York. Here, Bowling looks back over his long career and explains why he made the change.

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Excerpt from "Quasi-Objects / Cinematic Environment 3" (2008)

"Quasi-Objects" is a new media art project consisting of 3d generated videos and prints; a practice of organic re-design - started in 2003 and still in progress - that aims to stimulate thought and dialogue about the progressive relativisation of natural forms of life as a result of techno-biological evolution.

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Jonathan Zawada and Kris Moyes interview /// Concrete Playground Sydney

Concrete Playground presents Conspirators Episode 1 /// Long-time friends and collaborators Jonathan Zawada (artist, creative director and Trust Fun! founder) and Kris Moyes (artist and director) discuss with each other some of their more brutally honest thoughts and feelings about what drives them as artists and the industry as a whole. http://concreteplayground.com.au

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Jorge Oteiza’s Radical Thought

Jorge Oteiza’s Radical Thought | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

“Art does not transform anything, it does not change the world, it does not change reality. What really transforms the artist, whilst advancing, transforming and completing his modes of expression, is himself. And it is this man, transformed by art, who can attempt to transform reality through life.”

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Contemporary art collectives: gelitin, Bernadette Corporation, Paper Rad, Claire Fontaine, Artists Anonymous

Contemporary art collectives: gelitin, Bernadette Corporation, Paper Rad, Claire Fontaine, Artists Anonymous | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Art collectives make up some of the most distinctive players in today's contemporary art scene. Our overview presents established stars alongside emerging art collectives.
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