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25 JUNE 2012

e-flux: an international visual art network

"Established in January 1999 in New York, e–flux is an international network which reaches more than 90,000 visual art professionals on a daily basis through its website, e–mail list and special projects. Its news digest – e–flux announcements – distributes information on some of the world's most important contemporary art exhibitions, publications and symposia.

The daily digest is put together in cooperation with nearly two thousand leading international museums, art centers, foundations, galleries, biennials and art journals. Our focused and selective approach to the information we choose to distribute has been rewarded by an exceptionally high degree of attention and responsiveness from our readers."

(e–flux)

Fig.1 "Pussy Riot" performing on top of Lobnoye Mesto stone platform on Red Square in Moscow. Photograph: Anna Artemeva/AFP/Getty Images.
Fig.2 Sally Mann "Candy Cigarette" 1989. Immediate Family. New York: Aperture, 1992.

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Simon Perkins
05 NOVEMBER 2009

Alexander Calder magically breathed life into inanimate objects

"Alexander Calder magically breathed life into inanimate objects, using wire and recycled materials to create this army of circus characters. Beginning in 1927, Calder performed the Circus in Paris, New York, and elsewhere. He would issue invitations to his guests, who would sit on makeshift bleachers munching peanuts, just like the real circus. With the crash of cymbals and music from an old gramophone, the circus would begin. Many of the individual circus animals and performers include mechanized parts – Calder was originally trained as a mechanical engineer.

It wasn't the tricks or gimmicks of the circus that appealed to Calder, but the dynamic movement of bodies in space. He first went to the Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus in 1925. He was inspired by the mechanics of the circus and made hundreds of drawings of the equipment and the ropes and the guy wires for the tents. Later in his career, Calder turned his attention to more abstract work. ... He went on to invent the mobile and other works of moving sculpture."

(Adam Weinberg, Whitney Museum of American Art)

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19271955ad-hocAlexander Calderanimationart • Barnum & Bailey • bodies in spacecharacterchoreographycircusdrawing • dynamic movement • improvisationinanimate objects • mobile sculpture • motionmovement • moving sculpture • performancepioneerpuppetry • Ringling Brothers • theatreWhitney MuseumWhitney Museum of American Art

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Simon Perkins
04 JUNE 2006

The Battle Of Algiers: A Generative Newmedia Interpretation

Whitney Museum of American Art
The Battle of Algiers recomposes scenes from the 1965 film of the same name by Italian director Gillo Pontecorvo. The original film is a reenactment of the Algerian nationalist struggle leading to independence from France in 1962. The success of the actual battle for independence has been attributed to the nationalists' organisation: a pyramidal structure of self–organized cells. Lafia and Lin recomposed the film along a cell–based structure, in which French Authority and the Algerian Nationalist cells are represented by stills from the film and move according to different rule sets. When cells of different camps intersect, they trigger video cells displaying each side's tactics (as depicted in the film) according to the rules of the system.

The Battle of Algiers is the second in a series of three works co–commissioned in collaboration with Tate Online.

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Francegenerativeinterpretative • Pontecorvo • Steve McQueenTaiwan • Tate Online • visualisationWhitney Museum
16 NOVEMBER 2004

A Net Art Idea Line: mapping lines of thought through time

"The Idea Line displays a timeline of net artworks, arranged in a fan of luminous threads. Each thread corresponds to a particular kind of artwork or type of technology. The brightness of each thread varies with the number of artworks that it contains in each year, so you can watch the ebb and flow of different lines of thought over time."

(Martin Wattenberg)

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16 NOVEMBER 2004

The Peoples Portrait: a global networked public art project

"On 27 October [2004], media artist Zhang Ga and students from Parsons will debut The Peoples' Portrait: A Global Networked Public Art Project' on the world's largest digital display at the Reuters North American Headquarters in Times Square, and simultaneously in cities around the world. The Peoples' Portrait harnesses the Internet to create global portraits of a diverse range of people in their unique environments, rendered in real time and displayed instantaneously in New York, Brisbane (Australia), Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Linz (Austria), and Singapore."

(Parsons Public Relations, 25/10/2004)

Originally posted on the Whitney Museum Portal at: http://www.whitney.org/artport/gatepages/november04.shtml (this link is now dead).

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