SwampSpace : Oceans of Notions

I realize now that I’m posting this a tad late but the show will still be on all throughout basel so go by and check it out!

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Guccivuitton : Luxury Face Dec. 1

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Luxury Face
Ida Eritsland, Geir Haraldseth and Agatha Wara
in collaboration with Bj
ørnar Pedersen

December 01 2014 – January 10, 201


Monday, December 01, 2014
8375 NE 2nd Ave
Miami FL 33138

ABMB Hours: December 02-03, 12-5pm
Closed: December 04-07

What does it mean to have a Luxury Face, or a blue-chip investment face? The potential for luxury is everywhere, even in your blue-genes. Beauty that is aesthetically proportionate, following a golden ratio (Φ), and delivers. How have you chosen to express value?

As contemporary art has become the luxury good for the 1% niche-segment consumer, the issue of luxury is simultaneously presenting itself as fuelling the next wave of global capitalism. The new mode of luxury is creating complex value-systems, but whereas standard luxury goods like watches, jewelry or real estate answer to various conspicuous reasons for consumption, art taps into a different source of connoisseurial consumerism. Expressing its value in multiple forms and legitimized through intellectual enhancement, art is nevertheless also an object of affection, objectified and refined through the same modes of strategic differentiation as the other ‘luxury goods.’ Luxury is a prism of choice, of privilege, that reflects back onto the world, with a promise to enrich our lives.

As non-artists, non-philosophers, and non-specialists we are complicit in the mechanisms of art’s value creation, always laboring under the solarwinds given-off by the artistic gesture. In other words, art is a luxury, and what makes it so is us, it’s you and me, whether you and me are the curator, critic, art market, or all of the above.

A work in progress, Luxury Face at Guccivuitton is the presentation of a research-phase, a visual mindset, a forecasting, that treats the strategic ebbs and flows of art discourse and luxury lifestyle as material for manipulation. What ends up in the exhibition space are things that look like artworks—aesthetic objects of blended image and language with the suggestion of meaning—though unpoliced in a maneuver, perhaps, of intellectual objectification.

Luxury Face is bringing something into the world, diving head first into the fjord of luxury, of nature, of babies and ghosts. Luxury Face, what is it? It’s a vehicle and it’s also I don’t know.

Luxury Face and Guccivuitton would like to give a special thanks to Rolf Hoff. Additional gratitude to Bjørnar Pedersen, Andreas Breivik, Iselin Steiro, Lene Nordermoen and Bleed Oslo.

MAKE ART WORK: NWSA Dance Division X MDC Live Arts

The Dance Division and MDC Live Arts

cordially invite you to attend an upcoming


in which MacArthur Award-winning Choreographer/Visual Artist

Shen Wei


will converse with

Charles L. Reinhart


When: Wednesday, December 3rd  at 9:00am – 10:30am
Where:  NWSA 8th floor Studio A

There will be an opportunity for Q & A


When Sat Nov 22, 2014 6pm – 9pm (EST)
Where Michael Jon Gallery
Who Michael Jon Gallery*
Lifted, Belaxis Buil – Opening Reception
When Sat Nov 22, 2014 7pm – 10pm (EST)
Where and gallery
Who and gallery*
Works-In-Progress Performance: Rhino …
When Sat Nov 22, 2014 7pm – 10pm (EST)
Where RIFT Blackbox Theater
Who Pioneer Winter*
When Sat Nov 22, 2014 7pm – 10pm (EST)
Where ArtCenter/ South Florida
Who ArtCenter/ South Florida*
Leaps & Bounds
When Sat Nov 22, 2014 7pm – 10pm (EST)
Where elemental
Who YOmiami*

Vera list recipient of 2014 Abounaddara

Hey guys! Domingo thought you’d all enjoy reading this interesting project about social practice, the art world, and the political spectrum.


Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Recipient of 2014 Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics

Vera List Center for Art and Politics
The New School
66 West 12th Street
New York City


The Vera List Center for Art and Politics is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2014 Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics, Syrian film collective Abounaddara. An anonymous collective that emerged at the onset of the civil uprising that led to the Syrian Civil War, Abounaddara—Arabic for “man with glasses”—posts one video on Vimeo every week about individual Syrians on all sides of the conflict, providing an immediate, disturbing and intimate record of one of the greatest humanitarian crises of our age.

A self-styled “emergency cinema,” Abounaddara transcends mainstream war reporting by making use of both the wide reach and anonymity afforded by online video platforms. Through brief impressionistic videos often focusing on a single individual, the group’s work depicts daily life in a society wracked by ongoing atrocities: a sniper—whose interview is intercut with images of a shooting video game—who estimates that he has killed up to 600 people but still cries for his wife’s miscarried child; an “unknown soldier,” depicted in shadows and tortured by memories of the atrocities he has seen; an Alawite woman discussing how she became a rebel sympathizer; a young man disappeared into police custody. To Abounaddara, defending the “right to the image” as a human right drives their work. Collectively these weekly video missives fight for the freedom and dignity of all Syrians, implying that the Syrian crisis is far from “local” or “isolated,” but is a matter of global concern and global doing.

Abounaddara was selected after an international search from among 22 projects worldwide. Nominees were based in locations including Johannesburg, Guatemala City, Berlin, and Sydney, submitted by nominators representing 16 countries. Launched in 2012 to celebrate the center’s 20th anniversary, the biennial Vera List Center Prize honors an artist or group of artists who have taken great risks to advance social justice in profound and visionary ways. International in scope, the prize is awarded for a particular project’s long-term impact, boldness, and artistic excellence. An international jury, chaired by Helen Molesworth and comprising Ruth Wilson GilmoreCarin KuoniTony KushnerLydia Matthews, and Doris Salcedo, selected Abounaddara as the prize winner the prize winner from among 22 projects worldwide. Nominees were based in locations including Johannesburg, Guatemala City, Berlin, and Sydney, submitted by nominators representing 16 countries.

“Via a combination of the temporality of journalism and the poetics of cinema, the mixture of documentary and aesthetic values, Abounaddara’s work possesses a quality of multiplicity, making it at home equally on the internet, in film theaters, and in art exhibitions. It’s possible, that in the age of the ‘selfie,’ Abounaddara is at work on a new form of portraiture,” the jury wrote in its citation. Added VLC Director, Carin Kuoni, “we are humbled by Abounaddara’s bold acts of creating counter narratives that challenge our notions of what makes a filmmaker, an artist, an activist—but also implicate us as viewers, and as Americans. Their videos are laying the ground work for reconciliation long before such legal processes can be put into place.”

The Vera List Center Prize represents a two-year commitment by the New School community and external audiences to the prize winner and their project. The prize, which includes a grant and provides for various forms of engagement over several semesters, including a scholarly conference, lectures and an exhibition in Parsons’ Sheila C. Johnson Design Center in fall 2015, challenges the public to consider how arts advance social justice and how such work is examined. In addition, students and faculty at The New School will engage with Abounaddara’s members and methods in classes and research projects that explore the collective’s singular approach to the intersection of aesthetics and politics. The inaugural prize was granted to Theaster Gates, who brought his installation A Way of Working to The New School in 2013.

Click here to see The New York Times feature.
Click here for the New School’s press release.

Founded in 1992 and named in honor of the late philanthropist Vera List, the Vera List Center for Art and Politics is a public forum for discussion on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created. The Center organizes programs, seminars, workshops, performances, exhibitions, classes and publications that respond to some of the pressing social and political issues of our time. It focuses on cultural production that emerges from within and outside the traditional art world and seeks to intervene in contemporary political debates. Positioned where scholarship develops into resource, policy and civic engagement, the center calls on the university community, the people of New York, and national and international audiences to explore new possibilities for civic engagement. Learn more at www.veralistcenter.org.