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the future is not what it used to be, CCA Warsaw Poland

An exhibition curated by Magdalena Sawon
10.11.2010 – 26.12.2010

Tamas Banovich
Kevin Bewersdorf
Mikolaj Dlugosz
Ursula Endlicher
Zach Gage
Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung
Kobas Laksa
Michael Mandiberg
Eva and Franco Mattes (aka 0100101110101101.org)
Joe McKay
JooYoun Paek
The Yes Men

Art has always been a transformative reflection of reality and a moment in time. It is 2010. The screen is the window and the web is the tool to experience and engage in the world. Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Chatroulette, YouTube, Second Life and ebay are not virtual, they are real.

 

No Customs - SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi

No Customs
SAMA Tower, Abu Dhabi
November 4-27, 2010
opening reception: Thursday Nov  4,  7-9 pm
curated by Jennifer and Kevin McCoy
an exhibition of transmissible ideas with:

Vito Acconci, Jason Robert Bell & Marni Kotak, Torsten Z. Burns, Jennifer Dalton & Susan Hamburger, Anthony Discenza, Melissa Dubbin & Aaron Davidson, Bill Durgin, Tara Fracalossi, David Grubbs, Sara Hubbs, Thomas Lail, Michael Mandiberg, MTAA, Marisa Olson, Jonathan Schipper, Mark Tribe, Karen Yasinsky

 

The Philosophy of Money

Lisbon City Council and Miguel Amado Projects are presenting the exhibition “The Philosophy of Money”, which opens on June 22 at 10 pm at the Pavilhão Branco of the Museu da Cidade in Lisbon. This exhibition brings together works by 28 artists who, in the light of the current financial crisis, examine money as the “God of the modern age”.

 

Total Money Makeover

Chas Bowie wrote a really tight insightful essay for the show’s mini-catalogue entitled Total Money Makeover. Pacific Northwest College of Art’s UNTITLED magazine has just re-published the essay here. A choice snippet:

 

The Great Recession

The Great Recession is an exhibition of new work exploring the psychic implications of this most recent burp by the American economy, late Capitalism, gold hoarding, and the end of an empire. Some of the works on display include FDIC Insured, a collection of 220+ cast off investment guide books laser engraved with the logos of all of the failed FDIC insured banks, Under the Floorboards, a video about hiding and hoarding, and 1 Million Iraqi Dinars secured in a Zero-Halliburton case.

 

A short interview video with Michael Mandiberg shot and Edited by Dan Eckstein (daneckstein.com) in March 2009, with Music from Au Revoir Simone at Eyebeam and Postmasters Gallery NYC.

From the dialog:

I’m Michael Mandiberg. I am an artist, designer, and educator, and I am a Senior Fellow at Eyebeam, which is an Art and Technology Center in Chelsea, Manhattan.

As an artist I am pretty omnivorous. I have a background in photography, so it is pretty image based, but I was also a really really good bad high school poet. So I am particularly interested in words and their meaning, and their nuances and their poetic value. So I am always looking at the world around us visually, informationally, and culturally, and politically for inspiration

 

Security Patterns is a studio visit installation of recent laser cut work. These sculptures and drawings are made from old books laser cut with poignant words, and drawings made from industrial patterns, all of which explore transformations in technology and their relationships to evolutions (or devolutions) in economies. Some choice examples include: two display bookshelves with an ever growing collection of 130+ investment guide books and get-rich-quick books (e.g. “Weath is a Choice” or “Investing by the Stars”) all laser engraved with the logos of failed FDIC Insured banks, A shrink wrapped bundle of 12 Yellow Pages that have been cut all the way through with the phrase “GOOGLE” and a dictionary with the phrase “OMG LOL” cut from its pages.

 

Gluten Free Scan
Without hands (click through to see the full 5000px wide image)

Gluten Free Scan with Hands
With hands (click through to see the full 5000px wide image)

 

Studio Visits @Eyebeam Oct 23 & 24 3-6PM

Date: Fri., October 23 + Sat., October 24, 2009 | 3–6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
http://eyebeam.org/events/open-studios-fall-2009

 

Graham Parker stopped by for a studio visit, and we had a great conversation. The highlight was when he told me to “choose my words less carefully.” In the description he writes:

First in a series of studio and show visits with contemporary artists. I’ve known Michael for some years - probably since a friend directed me to his Shop Mandiberg project. He’s recently been a research fellow at Eyebeam and is having an open studio there soon - mostly showing off work he has been producing with a laser cutter. He invited a few people along to do some studio visits in advance of that and I happened to have my camera with me when I went along. He’d set up a lot of work in one of Eyebeam’s main display spaces, so the effect was much more like a solo show than a regular studio visit.

 
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