December 15, 2009 - Bidoun - Issue 19: NOISE out now
December 15, 2009

Issue 19: NOISE out now

Issue 19: NOISE out now


“Though equally proud of her three daughters, she can “hardly touch the ground” when thinking about her son’s success. “You know you live life and you give birth and then one of your children turns out to be Steven Spielberg.”
-LIFE magazine, 1996

Just in time for the winter holidays, Bidoun releases NOISE.

Bidoun responds to the deafening gears of cultural production with NOISE, its own irreverent trespass through the worlds of art, celebrity, and culture at large. The portrait, the pull-out quote, the letter to the editor, the supposition that images necessarily need to correspond to the articles beside them—all of these magazine conventions are called into question as NOISE collapses all that preceded it, and all that is to come. The result is, very occasionally, an indiscernible babble.

NOISE features Kuwaiti car crashes, Dennis Hopper, Frank Stella, Nate Lowman, Taylor Mead, Shirin Neshat, Vito Acconci, the Iranian Futurist FM 2030, Young Syrian Painters, Alan Bishop of the Sun City Girls, and the Indian Whistlers’ Association.

Also in these pages are essays on Alighiero Boetti’s Afghan wanderings, the Persian dubs of John Wayne, channel surfing in Qatar, Omar Suleiman and the politics of authenticity, as well in-depth conversations as to how some of our favorite noise musicians and aesthetes from around the world developed their particular ears. A special feature in Bidoun’s ongoing series on children’s books, “Revolution for Kids,” takes on the 70s-era publishing house Dar El Fara El Arabi.

Included are essays on works in progress by artists Serhat Köksal, as well as the duo of Alessandro Yazbeck and Media Farzin. Reviews include Hito Steyerl/Made in Iran/Iran Inside Out/11th Istanbul Biennial/Nasreen Mohamedi/Rosalind Nashashibi/The Pick 4/Pages/Guy Tillim/Beirut Video Works.

Bidoun 19 • NOISE • 184 pages •
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