A wonderful meditation on Maya Deren by Mark Alice Durant and the intimacy one can feel when researching someone’s life and work.
Saint Lucy is an online publication by Mark Alice Durant devoted to writing about photography and contemporary art.
Nam June Paik is considered by many to be the inventor of video art.
Nam June Paik links in honor of his exhibition at the Asia Society until Jan 4, 2015
Good Morning Mr. Orwell
(Initially broadcast on New Year’s Day, 1984)
Nam June Paik’s rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of 1984, is the first international satellite installation by Video Art pioneer Nam June Paik. Paik’s transcultural satellite extravaganzas links different countries (France, Germany, US), spaces, and times in often chaotic but entertaining collages of art and pop culture, the avant-garde and television. Paik saw Good Morning Mr. Orwell as a rebuttal to Orwell’s dystopian vision of 1984.
>> More Info on project from Asia Society
Nam June Paik website has a good overview essay on Paik’s work, The Worlds of Nam June Paik by John Hanhardt, former film and video curator at the Whitney and Guggenheim and is now the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s video-art curator.
Instagram and Contemporary Image (2016) is a free new downloadable book by Lev Manovich.
The book methods combine traditional qualitative approaches of humanities and computational analysis of 16 millions of Instagram photos in 17 global cities carried out in Manovich’s lab (softwarestudies.com) since 2012.
The book chapters arebeing released online under Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Creative Commons license. The chapters are posted online as they are completed. (Three chapters have already been published, and two more will be added during summer 2016.)
On May 24, 3 days after he received the Prix Pictet, Michael Shmdit died.. The award this year focused on consumption. [see NY TIMES article]. The Prix Pichetet site has a great post about him. A quote:
Michael Schmidt once called himself a ‘blind alley’ photographer, “… that means that I stroll straight into a cul-de-sac and can’t find a way out. Then I come to terms with this as a sort of condition and at some point later on, I’m back on the outside again. (…) That is to say, failure or making mistakes is an integral part of my way of working.”
MICHAEL SCHMIDT | AMERICAN SUBURB X. has several of his series posted. [bookmark American Suburb blog – excellent resource.]
Document, Protest, Memorial: AIDS in the Art World
by Barbara Pollock, ARTnews
It’s been three decades since AIDS first made an impact on the New York art world, annihilating a community and activating one of the most highly effective artist-driven political movements of the 20th century. At that time, for every Keith Haring, David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Felix Gonzalez-Torres lost to the disease, there were scores of lesser-known artists, such as Ray Navarro, Hugh Steers, and Robert Blanchon, who also left their mark with art that documented, protested, memorialized, and reinterpreted the devastation of the era. [read rest of article]
Bill Viola’s Moving Void > good read
Insightful article on video artist Bill Viola’s exhibition in Paris on Hyperallergic. [Good introduction to his work if you don’t know it.] There are several embedded links to view videos online, but the power of Bill Viola’s work is to see it in installation form. See this if you are in Paris before end of July. If we are lucky, the exhibition will travel.
Songs Left Out of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency
Aperture Foundation NY
Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency started as a slide show with music. To mark the third printing of Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency Aperture has put online a piece by Greil Marcus on the soundtrack to Goldin’s original slideshow presentation of the work. Originally printed in Aperture #197 Winter 2009.
They have also assembled a YouTube playlist based on the soundtrack for Goldin’s slideshow, listen here.
Also, see interview and article @ Top Photography FIlms
50 Great Works of Video Art That You Can Watch Online
via Flavorwire, always a good source for lists–this is their best one ever. A great resource. You won’t like them all, but that is what make it’s interesting.