Art Monthly issue 363

Art Monthly issue 363

Art Monthly

February 8, 2013

February 2013

Remains of the Day: Jonas Mekas interviewed by Gilda Williams
Jonas Mekas, central to the 1960s avant-garde scene in New York, is one of the most important figures in the history of experimental film. Here he discusses happiness as a subject, the role of technology in filmmaking, what prompted art galleries to exhibit film and why he refuses to describe himself as an artist.

Virtual Reality Check: Nicholas Warner on exhibiting net art
With so much artistic activity taking place online, why is it that galleries struggle to exhibit internet art? Is it because the art itself, by artists like Ken Goldberg and Natalie Bookchin, with its origins in the 1990s movement and affinity with Fluxus, is resistant to exhibition culture?

The Curator’s New Medium: Omar Kholeif discusses the culture of virtual curating
Traditional curatorial notions of researching, selecting and articulating are increasingly under threat from algorithmic approaches to gathering artefacts, epitomised by online efforts to tag artworks with searchable categories. Isn’t it time for critically minded curators to get to grips with the internet as a medium before it is subsumed by commercial interests?

Being-Online: Morgan Quaintance on the phenomenon of virtual lives
While it is increasingly possible to live your entire social life online, the technology companies that enable such interactions have their own commercial imperatives for shaping that intercourse. How do artists such as Denis Knopf and Thomson & Craighead reflect the channelled experience that is being-online?

Ebacc to School
The coalition government’s attack on the arts and humanities in higher education has expanded into secondary education with the ill-conceived Ebacc proposal to squeeze the arts out of the national curriculum. But when even business lobbies argue the case for the arts, shouldn’t the government listen?

Chancellor George Osborne announces further cuts on top of those already inflicted; culture secretary Maria Miller accuses the arts lobby of peddling ‘pure fiction’ while relying on misleading data of her own; the battle over the sale of a Henry Moore sculpture takes a twist; artists continue their protests against the construction of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi; Third Text loses its founding editor Rasheed Araeen; Flash Art launches its own art fair; galleries open and close; all the latest news on appointments, events, acquisitions, prizes and more.

Film in Space Camden Arts Centre, London – Christopher Townsend
London Fieldworks: Null Object: Gustav Metzger thinks about nothing Work, London – Paul Carey-Kent
Keith Arnatt Maureen Paley, London – Cherry Smyth
Joel Sternfeld C/O Berlin – Mark Prince
Lawrence Weiner: Be That As It May Lisson Gallery, London – Deborah Schultz
Prophetic Diagrams George and Jorgen, London – David Barrett
Members Show 2012 Outpost, Norwich – Adam Pugh
Savorr X Samson & Hercules, Norwich – Nicholas Warner
London Round-up 1 Rod Barton • Arcade Fine Arts • Hilary Crisp • Cabinet – Chris Fite-Wassilak
London Round-up 2 Ceri Hand • Sadie Coles • Simon Lee • Studio 1.1 – Peter Suchin
Kochi-Muziris Biennale various venues, Kochi – Teresa Gleadowe
Light from the Middle East: New Photography V&A Museum, London – Omar Kholeif

Round-up: A Selection of Collections of Perspectives
Sally O’Reilly examines a crop of recent titles

Three Reflections on Jonas Mekas
Christopher Townsend, Kate Villevoye and John Lowe

Experimental Film Round-up
Maxa Zoller on the art film in the age of YouTube

Moral Rights: A Suitable Case For Treatment?
Henry Lydiate reviews the success or otherwise of the UK’s legislation 

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