Magazine article Artforum International

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda: Following Their First Major Solo Exhibition in the US, at Redcat in Los Angeles This Past Summer, Artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda Are Currently Preparing a Show to Open at Francesca Pia Gallery, Zurich, in 2013. They Live and Work in Berlin

Magazine article Artforum International

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda: Following Their First Major Solo Exhibition in the US, at Redcat in Los Angeles This Past Summer, Artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda Are Currently Preparing a Show to Open at Francesca Pia Gallery, Zurich, in 2013. They Live and Work in Berlin

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1 ROBERT MUSIL, THE MAN WITHOUT QUALITIES (1930-42) In one of the many subplots of this expansive Viennese novel, General Stumm von Bordwehr makes a visit to the Imperial Library. Neither a socialite nor one much for literature, Stumm hopes that by reading the same books as Diotima (his elusive muse and the hostess of Austria's leading salon), he might come to better understand her and "the arts of peace." Little does Stumm know, Diotima is chronically unable to think for herself--her words are merely lines parroted from Arnheim, the German businessman with whom she, in turn, is infatuated.

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2 MILOS FORMAN, AMADEUS (1984) This film, written by the English playwright Peter Shaffer, sparked a worldwide Mozart craze. We like to think it was because audiences identified with the immortally bitter and covetous Salieri, the story's real hero. It's funny that when Shaffer describes the film's success he happens to sound just like Mozart's rival, writing: "More people actually received and rejoiced in Mozart's music in one year than in all the nearly two hundred years since his death. ... The tapes of our sound track (designed by myself)[,] misused in apparently every cafe on earth1,1 could not stale the eternal miracle of his sound."

3 JANA EULER Cutthroat Stadelschule students: rumor or legend? In the stormy twilight scene of one recent painting by this Stadel alum, dancers-slash-synchronized-swimmers balance on pedestals, half-submerged. The figures' sinewy, Speedo-clad bodies form letters of the alphabet, while their faces contort into abstract grimaces and smiles. Taken together, the bodies spell out A-N-O-N-Y-M-O-U-S, while the heads, which appear to be melting, read P-O-W-E-R-G-A-M-E. The work resonated so greatly with its audience when it was unveiled last year, it immediately incited a three-way bidding war.

4 KAZUO ISHIGURO, NEVER LET ME GO (2005) The sheltered teenage protagonists in this book imitate what they see on TV, lie about their virginity, engage one another in mind games, and generally aspire to be cool. At times the novel rings true, but Ishiguro's apparent artlessness renders his characters' preoccupations trivial, as if to imply that, in the grand scheme of things, life-and-death matters are insignificant. Set in a dystopian future, the story quickly reveals the kids to be clones--adolescents raised in private institutions not for their own aesthetic enlightenment, as they first believe, but for their vital organs--viscera to be harvested, one operation at a time.

5 TRUEFACE.COM could spell the undoing of your perfect Facebook profile. On this social-networking platform, you won't create your own page; someone else will anonymously create one about you. As others update your profile, an identity will gradually emerge. See something about yourself you don't like? You can't delete it, though you can respond. Through this site you will come to know how you're seen in the eyes Of others, be it with admiration or with scorn.

6 LOUISE LAWLER, THEY HAVE ALWAYS WANTED ME TO DO THIS, 1995 This photograph is just like her others in that it self-reflexively depicts art as displayed in real space--in particular, art by artists who have immediately recognizable styles. With this piece, however, Lawler takes this strategy to its tautological limit by rephotographing Auction II, 1990, a work of her own (which, in turn, features a Warhol and a Lichtenstein), hanging against a background of floral wallpaper. …

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