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. 41, No. 2, September-October

Alternative Histories: New York Art Spaces, 1960 to 2010
EDITED BY LAUREN ROSATI AND MARY ANNE STANISZEWSKI/EXIT ART AND MIT PRESS/2012/408 PP./$40.00 (HB) Beginning in the 1960s, and accelerating in the 1970s, the New York City art world began to undergo a transformation as grassroots spaces began to...
At Home and Abroad
Art and War in Iraq symposium Brown University Providence, RI April 5, 2013 Wafaa Bilal: The Ashes Series David Winton Bell Gallery Brown University Providence, Rhode Island April 3-May 26, 2013 Daniel Heyman: I Am Sorry...
Every Breath Taken
Plaisance Midway Contemporary Art Minneapolis April 19-June 22, 2013 Curated by Fionn Meade, Plaisance at Minneapolis' Midway Contemporary Art amassed video, photography, and installed set pieces to offer critical takes on dominant modes...
Floating above the Waterline
The 55th Venice Biennale June 1-November 24, 2013 The Venice Biennale has a unique "brand" different from other major international art fairs and festivals. For example, Art Basel, founded by a few gallerists in 1970, is targeted at collectors...
Gray Area
Soundtrack By Guy Ben-Ner Aspect Ratio Chicago March 15-April 26, 2013 Guy Ben-Ner's videos lie at the junction of home video, social commentary, comedy, and film. As unfussy as his work is, to say that it relies on a modest aesthetic...
Logos Speaks
Experiments in Cinema v8.53 Albuquerque, New Mexico April 3 and 15-21, 2013 Four works from this year's Experiments in Cinema festival give pause for thought about hearing and reading. These will be approached here by way of two texts by Martin...
Marketing and Dreaming
Futures Market (Mercado de futuros) By Mercedes Alvarez Icarus Films/2011/110 min. Dreaming of a Tree House (Der Traum vom Baumhaus) By Beate Lendt Icarus Films/2011/85 min. Two recent European films offer conflicting visions of the...
Reclaiming the Landscape
Landmark: The Fields of Photography Somerset House London, UK March 14-April 28, 2013 On April 17, 2013, dozens of ex-miners gathered at Easington Colliery Club in County Durham in the north of England to commemorate the twentieth anniversary...
Re-Washing at the Kitchen
Maintenance Required The Kitchen New York, New York May 30-June 22, 2013 Oscar Wilde once quipped "it is awfully hard work doing nothing." Although humorous, ultimate futility in the context of a lifetime's work is decidedly more tragic....
Riding the Rails
Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity Yossi Milo Gallery New York City March 7-April 6, 2013 Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity Twin Palms Publishers, 2013 104 pp./$65.00 (hb) [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It was a...
Shutters Open: The Gesture of Photography
The most interesting thing about Saatchi's 2001 publication I Am A Camera is not necessarily the content. Any number of the included artists (Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol, and others) could be singled out and discussed at...
Somewhere There Is History: A Conversation with Carlos Motta
It was difficult to pin down what I would ask Carlos Motta about his work. It is not that what he has created is so far-fetched or incomprehensible, but rather that there is just so much of it, and it is so seemingly diverse in its scope and content....
The Energizing Biennale
9th Shanghai Biennale: Reactivation Power Station of Art October 1, 2012-March 31, 2013 From the time of their internationalization with the third exhibition in 2000, Shanghai Biennales have characteristically represented their themes with...
The Relational in Retrospect
Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe By Amelia Barikin MIT Press, 2012 280 pp./$24.59 (hb) In her engaging study Parallel Presents: The Art of Pierre Huyghe, author Amelia Barikin details insightfully the wide-ranging interdisciplinary...
The Veterans Book Project: A Conversation with Monica Haller
The ability to catalog objects and capture exacting detail aligns photography with the archive. Together the photograph and the archive exude the moral authority required to create "the condition of validity of judgments." (1) As the curator and theorist...
To Tour or Not
On Critical Tourism, Site-Specificity & the Post-Romantic Condition Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts Nida, Lithuania May 16-19, 2013 Located on the Lithuanian Curonian Spit forty-five kilometers south of Klaipeda, minutes...
Uncanny Beauty
John Chiara: Los Angeles Rose Gallery Santa Monica, CA March 23-May 11, 2013 As fires recently raged out of control in Southern California, the image that came to mind was John Chiara's Sierra at Route 14 (2012), a large-scale image of...
Writing on the Wall
E Block: Photographs by Mark Perrott Pittsburgh Filmmakers April 5-June 15, 2013 Pittsburgh-based photographer Mark Perrott has a thing for ruins, having completed major black-and-white photographic projects on an abandoned amusement park...