Posts in November, 2014
The emergence of mobile network technologies greatly enhanced the communicational possibilities of the Internet. With capabilities to communicate and establish collective and democratic mobile platforms, cellular networks may represent to some artists a significant revolution in participatory proposals. However, many sources dealing with these subjects do not acknowledge that nearly all wireless platforms are generally governed by commercial entities.
Depuis plus d’un siècle, les artistes modernes et contemporains, par le biais des technologies qui surgissent avec le progrès scientifique, cherchent de nouvelles manières de transmettre un « regard » original sur le monde. L’une d’entre elles se traduit par l’invitation à la participation du spectateur dans l’œuvre, sa distribution et/ou sa conservation.
The title of this article, "Always Something Between Us," ("sempre algo entre nós" in Portuguese) is aimed at establishing a sharing relationship with the artists with whom I maintain a dialog in my artistic practice. This title in Portuguese is the same as the title of an artwork by Vitor Cesar, who in 2012 produced an A2-sized, white, stencil-type poster with the letters of this phrase cut out of the paper.
This article stems from a concern with how contemporary art addresses and is subject to flows of intercultural exchange and communication. To critically address the social, political, ecological, and dialogical implications of art under globalization within local environments, the recent solo exhibition Germaine Koh: Weather Systems at the Kamloops Art Gallery (6 April – 15 June, 2013) serves as this text’s case study.
The paper concerns an artist-led, participative project called Moon Vehicle (2008) that took place in India as a cultural response to the launch of the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. It delineates the particularity of the space of the project's intervention, which is characterised as intimate. This contrasts with more habitual imaginaries of large-scale space technology and publics.