Afterimage

A bimonthly magazine devoted to media art and cultural criticism for the photography, film, video and visual book community. Publishes feature articles of investigative reporting or scholarly research, interviews, essays, reviews of media arts publication

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1-2, September-December

Activating Exodus: The Art of Melissa Shiff
Immediately, the viewer confronts a screen embedded in a crushed velvet pillow surrounded by a wall of matzah, showing a montage of video clips imaging the ten ancient plagues that Yahweh cast on the land of Egypt: blood, frogs, vermin, beasts, cattle...
Activating the Future: Political Documentaries and Media Activism
In January 2006, the Jakarta Film Festival in Indonesia banned the screening of a documentary film about the recent political events in East Timor. This attempt at deactivation ironically, and naturally, fueled the film's potential reach. Passabe (2005),...
Art for Politics: Reflections on the Whitney Biennial
The title of this essay is of course a play on the title of the Whitney Museum of American Art Biennial for 2006--"Day for Night," which ran March 2-May 28. These phrases--this for that--suggest to us that two seemingly contrasted, even contradictory,...
Bringing to Light
JENNY HOLZER: ARCHIVE CHEIM & READ AND YVON LAMBERT NEW YORK, NEW YORK MAY 12-JUNE 17, 2006 JENNY HOLZER: REDACTION PAINTINGS ESSAY BY ROBERT STORR NEW YORK: CHEIM & READ, 2006 112 pp./$65.00 (HB) Jenny Holzer is well-known...
Capturing the Movement: Antiwar Art, Activism, and Affect
On March 20, 2003, just over a month after an all-day, global antiwar rally, "Operation Iraqi Freedom"--the American invasion of Iraq not sanctioned by the United Nations--began. Led by the American and British armies, the "Shock and Awe" campaign...
Existence and the Other: Borders of Identity in Light of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
I read, some days past, that the man who ordered the erection of the almost infinite wall of China was the first Emperor, Shih Huang Ti, who also decreed that all books prior to him be burned ... these two vast operations--the five to six hundred leagues...
Framing Art as Action: Rethinking Refusal in Contemporary Israeli Art
In January 2004 five Israeli men were tried for disobeying a military order. Noam Bahat, Matan Kaminer, Adam Ma'or, Hagai Matar, and Shimri Tzameret had refused to enlist in the Israeli army, a mandatory act for every non-Arab citizen in the state...
Just Say No: Negativland's No Business
A high stakes civil war rages on your laptop; it pits the ever-expanding proprietary commercial music industry empire against the file sharing, grass-roots freedom fighters who transform old sounds into new ideas. It is a war between intellectual property...
New Art Practices in the Field of Political Decision-Making: A Process Report from Projektgruppe
With this article, the collaborative projektgruppe of Hamburg, Germany, would like to offer an insight into the group's collective practice. A major part of the group's activities includes the editing and publishing of the Journal for Northeast Issues....
"Old" Europe Shows New Media Art
EUROPEAN MEDIA ART FESTIVAL (EMAF) OSNABRUCK, GERMANY MAY 10-14, 2006 Peace, freedom, and self-determination were among the themes at the 19th European Media Arts Festival (EMAF), held May 10-14, 2006, in Osnabruck, Germany. This predominantly...
Political Art, Distracted
THOMAS HIRSCHHORN: UTOPIA, UTOPIA = ONE WORLD, ONE WAR, ONE ARMY, ONE DRESS CCA WATTIS INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA MARCH 10-MAY 13, 2006 I imagine Thomas Hirschhorn's exhibition "Utopia, Utopia = One World,...
Power of Mercy
BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFUL FEIGEN CONTEMPORARY NEW YORK, NEW YORK FEBRUARY 10-APRIL 29, 2006 The exhibition "Blessed Are the Merciful," currently showing at Feigen Contemporary, is rich in its painterly materiality. This show of works by...
Reconfiguring the System: RTMark and Agricola De Cologne
The 1990s were a fabulous time for opportunists, visionaries, and entrepreneurs. With the advent of the Internet and the World Wide Web, the potential to communicate with a global audience, with relatively little expense. appealed to many. While a...
Report from Beirut: Days of Culture, Days of Siege
July 14, 2006: I am writing from a cafe in the Hamra district of West Beirut, Lebanon. The electricity has been cut off for a while now, and the city has been surviving on generators. The cafe is dark, hot, and humid. Espresso machines and blenders...
Resistance and Public Art: Cultural Action in a Globalized Terrain
Two photographs of cultural production appearing in newspapers (and not in the "arts" section) during the summer of 2005, pictured stories about projects produced anonymously and collectively, and both projects spoke to big issues: the legacy of racism,...
Reverse Engineering: Dismantling and Customizing for the New Global Media Ecology
In engineering, reverse engineering identifies the system's components and their interrelationships. It then creates representations of the system at another level of abstraction. (1) Reverse engineering dismantles technologies like cars or computer...
Robert Heinecken, 1931-2006: A Remembrance
Robert Heinecken was physically a small man--and toward the end of his long, debilitating illness, he was shockingly tiny. However, when he had his health, one hardly noticed his size because he always seemed, unobtrusively but decidedly, to be at...
Spy Art: Infiltrating the Real
As art's actual purchase on public life steadily diminishes, artworlderers make certain assumptions, perhaps in an unconscious reaction to the ongoing erosion of its social role; they tend to come up with increasingly emphatic claims about art's political...
Tactical Media and the End of the End of History
Tactical media is one of the most inventive and productive streams of critical cultural practice to have emerged over the last decade and a half--and one that is now beginning to enjoy the approval and support of the institutionalized art world. However,...
The Body at Risk
In her catalog for the "The Body at Risk" exhibition, curator Carol Squiers has created an essential document of the history of concerned photography as it addresses issues relate to the health of the human body. The chronological presentation offers...
Toward Activist Photography
THE BODY AT RISK: PHOTOGRAPHY OF DISORDER, ILLNESS, AND HEALING INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY NEW YORK, NEW YORK DECEMBER 9, 2005-FEBRUARY 26, 2006 THE BODY AT RISK: PHOTOGRAPHY OF DISORDER, ILLNESS, AND HEALING BY CAROL SQUIERS...
Uncompromising Hostility: An Interview with Lanfranco Aceti
Lanfranco Aceti holds a PhD in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, United Kingdom. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and a researcher and Leverhulme artist-in-residence...
Womanf of Conscience: An Interview with Victoria Alvarado
Victoria Alvarado, born and raised in San Francisco, California, grew up in a socially active home environment. Her father was conscripted into both the Federal Army and the Revolutionary Army of Poncho Villa during the Mexican Revolution, but fled...