terça-feira, 31 de julho de 2018

Anish Kapoor (abstraction)

Dirty Corner (2015) by Anish Kapoor, as it was.
Courtesy of the Château de Versailles Instagram @ Phaydon

Mother is a Mountain


—on Anish Kapoor and his search of darkness, by António Cerveira Pinto

As I realized looking closely at Lucio Fontana’s artworks, the same happened as I observed Kapoor’s objects: abstraction strategies in both artists are but a sublimation of man’s erotic phantasies about women in all its most vivid colors or dark reflexions. They both developed some of the sharpest, sometimes elegant representations of a very specific and pregnant generative duality: the sexual opposition and attraction of male and female.

(all words from Anish Kapoor’s James T. Demetrion Lecture)

material vs. non-material
the monad
I like models
nanotechnology
the blackest material in the Universe after the Black Hole
the interior is bigger than what’s outside
we are bigger inside
a hermaphrodite body on the ground/ a way of thinking
male and female forms
a form is negative and positive/ day and night/ male and female…
pigment
icebergs
poking out into conscience
what does it mean to make an object
all fiction/ complete lies
folly
art is all about illusion/ all about untruth
a kind of language
a trip to Japan…
Japanese garden/ what an extraordinary reality
ritual matters
most of the object is underground
the problem is, composition
not Caro
there is something beyond composition
Judd discovered something really important
I’m deeply interested in motherhood, of course
darkness
what does it mean to make an object that is really not an object?
so, darkness…
Adam
voided objects
non-object vs darkness, matters
not Brancusi
involution
a pregnant bump/ a fuzz on a wall
concavity has a curious history
convex mirror objects
concave mirror things do very weird things
they turn the world upside down
the mirror sublime
am I just doing Disney?
very big and very small/ it depends where you are…
big things are fascinating if they’re right if they get it right
what is art if it isn’t a wonder?
a kind of dismembered object
you can see that what I’m referring to, all the time, is the body
the work is always bodily, or body something
it needs a name…
I’m pretty convinced that artists don’t make objects/ we make mythological facts, realities, truths, whatever/ that have emotional replay… recall… whatever the word is
oppositeness
I’m interested in color as a ritual matter
I’ve no wish to illustrate anything/ I’ve no wish to say anything particularly
all forms good all forms work
dirty corner
and then Versailles!
a moment of darkness
she is sitting there
“Never waste a good crisis!”
a vortex that gurgles/

my add-on: vagina dentata

Three videos





sábado, 28 de julho de 2018

Orgulho e preconceito

Foto: Luis Tejido/EPA
Quando convidei a jovem Joana Vasconcelos para a Bienal da Maia, em 1999, sofri uma forte oposição de vários jovens artistas que insistiram na sua não inclusão na bienal. Incluí-a. Os que mais protestaram, no meu gabinete apenas, claro, não chegaram a durar como artistas... Goste-se ou não, é uma artista bem mais original e corajosa do que os Juliões e os Cabrita Reis que continuam a dominar a descerebrada corja institucional deste sítio à beira-mar plantado.

GUGGENHEIM
PRESS RELEASE (pdf
Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your MirrorJune 29—November 11, 2018
Dates: June 29—November 11, 2018
Curators: Enrique Juncosa and Petra Joos, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Sponsored by Seguros Bilbao 
- Through the construction of light-hearted yet strikingly direct images that refer to socio-political issues relevant to post-colonial, globalized and consumerist societies, Joana Vasconcelos addresses topics ranging from immigration to gender violence.
- Like an alchemist of daily life, the artist transforms the everyday objects and clichés of the consumer society into open artworks laden with meaning. 
- The exhibition includes previously unseen works like I’ll Be Your Mirror, an enormous Venetian mask formed by mirrors framed in bronze, and Solitaire, a gigantic engagement ring made from the wheel rims of luxury cars and glass whisky tumblers, thus combining some of the most stereotyped symbols of masculine and feminine desire. 
- Egeria, a work which spreads through the Atrium of the Museum like a plant made of different fabrics, colors, and textures, constitutes a metaphor for the occupation of museums by women. 
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents the exhibition Joana Vasconcelos. I’m Your Mirror, a selection of thirty works produced between 1997 and the present day by the most internationally reputed Portuguese artist, including a site-specific installation for the Atrium of the Museum and various other new works. In this show, sponsored by Seguros Bilbao, viewers can submerge themselves completely in the universe of an artist with a direct and humorous vision of the world, whose work explains many of our society’s contradictions without any apparent effort.

sexta-feira, 6 de julho de 2018

Contra a pós-arte

Transformar os artistas em burocratas à cata de pós-graduações e pseudo projetos de investigação é chão que não deu, nem dará uvas.

Houve e há uma produção universitária excedentária de 'artistas', logo de desemprego. Em tempo de vacas gordas criou-se o cenário das pós-graduações como forma de mitigar a exposição crítica do fenómeno (excesso de licenciados sem capacidade de devolver o investimento neles realizado). Mas agora, com a falênca galopante dos governos, e os preços exorbitantes das pós-graduações (que não têm fim!), há um modelo que começa a morrer. É tempo de voltar ao ensino das Belas Artes baseado na pequena escala, no trabalho de atelier/oficina/workstation/seminário, e na relação mestre/aprendiz. A massificação é um embuste muito caro, que já ninguém está em condições ou disposto a suportar. É duro escrever isto, mas é o que temos...

quinta-feira, 5 de julho de 2018

Maker Art 2018


Scratch Built

The New Art Fest '18 lança feira de arte tecnológica


Dando seguimento à ideia de promover, em cada edição The New Art Fest, lugar e tempo para o encontro de fazedores de arte tecnológica e os seus públicos e clientes (entre os quais se encontram artistas que não computam, mas que precisam da computação ;) iniciaremos no festival deste ano uma coisa a que chamámos Maker Art.

O conceito é auto-evidente, creio ;)

Para este efeito chegámos a acordo com a Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes (SNBA), a qual disponibilizará gratuitamente o seu grande salão durante uma semana (26-30 de novembro), para aí se instalar o Maker Art 2018, como um dos eventos The New Art Fest.

Neste espaço serão mostradas e experimentadas obras de arte, montadas bancadas de trabalho, e balcões de vendas de serviços (por exemplo cursos e workshops de computação e tecnologia), bem como uma dúzia de sofás velhos para conversar, combinar projetos, ou até realizar negócios!

Esta feira de arte tecnológica será ainda o lugar ideal para concertos e performances experimentais, demonstrações de hardware e software, e aulas espontâneas.

Será ainda o sítio ideal para anunciar novos projetos e trocar ideias.

A presença de artistas, tecnólogos, associações criativas e empresas de tecnologia é bem-vinda.

Uma das iniciativas previstas para este Maker Art 2018, é a instalação de um espaço dedicado à história dos videojogos, com recurso à emulação dos mesmos. Quantos videojogos foram criados até hoje? Tente adivinhar.

quarta-feira, 4 de julho de 2018

The New Art Fest '18 - Call

Black Raven - The New Art Fest Award

Made in smartphone

The New Art Fest ‘18, Lisbon, November 2-30

OPEN CALL_1
You are terrified of your own children since they are natives in a world where you will always be immigrants. John Perry Barlow, 1996
Not only digital natives, also known as the Generation Z (1995-2009), use more smartphones than desktop/laptop computers and tablets. We all do! But if we look at what statistics say (Pew) than we’ll learn that post-millennials will probably spend most of their communication, social and creative time online. At least for now, smartphones are the most advanced convenient mobile device to interact with location-based media and mixed reality. It follows from here that asking for made in smartphone art seems only natural, don’t you think?

This is a call for art made for/with mobile devices—made by smartphones, made with smartphones, made for smartphones, or not. Smartphones are as open as any digital device can be. Any art proposal for this section of the festival should only take this new realm into consideration.

Twelve artworks will be selected for exhibition on everyone’s smartphone.

A prize committee will decide which of these twelve nominees will receive the Black Raven for the best artwork made for/with smartphones.

Contact: geral@ocupart.pt


Bit Street 2018

The New Art Fest ‘18, Lisbon, November 2-30

OPEN CALL_2

48 interactive displays @ TOMI Lisboa Smart City

Only original videos accepted. Artworks cannot publicly endorse any store, restaurant, brand, company or politician. Since these videos are primarily for public view on a street level, participants should consider this condition when submitting. Sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, racist and other offensive, or extreme-violent content will be automatically excluded. Nudity not allowed (TOMI’s policy).

Open call: non-anonymous artists, non-anonymous artworks

Deadline: September 30/ 2018

Venue: 48 electronic indoor and outdoor interactive street displays, Lisbon

Screening: November 2 thru 30 (24/7)

Only twelve artworks will be selected for public screening

No screening fees

Please include:

1) Your name
2) Country of origin
3) Phone, e-mail, website, social networks
4) Title
5) Brief description (max: 800 char)

Technical rider

TOMI (vertical screen)
-Duration: 10 seconds (TNAF credits: 2 seconds)
-Format: mp4
-Codec: H264
-Widescreen (16:9)
-Resolution: 1080 x 1920 px (Full HD Vertical)
-Bitrate: Up to 6 Mbps
-Size (max.): 100 Mb each spot

TOMI (horizontal screen)
-Duration: 20 seconds (TNAF credits: 2 seconds)
-Format: mp4
-Codec: H264
-Widescreen (16:9)
-Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD Horizontal)
-Bitrate: Up to 6 Mbps
-Size (max): 100 Mb each spot

A prize committee will decide which one of the twelve selected artworks will receive the Black Raven for the best TOMI short video.

Contact: geral@ocupart.pt