East Contemporary

Category: Europe

GHMP: Hulacova – Keresztes – Janousek “Entomos”

Prague, November 21, 2018 – March 3, 2019, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace 3F, http://www.ghmp.cz A duo-exhibition of two young sculptors. The exhibition space was located in an old crumbling palace, but the insides of the rooms were transformed in a white-cube setup, and I could feel that the exhibition architecture was considered as an inherent part of…

GHMP: Roman Stetina “Foreword”

Prague, November 21, 2018 – February 24, 2019, Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace 2F, http://www.ghmp.cz The space in which the exhibition took place was by itself very impressive: An old, crumbling palace, walls covered in red canvas surrounded with golden ornaments on white background, some in marble, creaking wooden parquet flooring, large crystal chandelier… Within the space I…

Porticus: Arin Rungjang „Bengawan Solo“

Frankfurt am Main, June 30 – September 2, 2018, http://www.portikus.de/ The installation of Arim Rungjang, a Thai artist who made his first biennale appearances in the last few years, consisted of one large dark room with video projections on all walls except the entrance. The room was very dark, especially as one was entering straight…

Arko Art Center: Cody Choi & Lee Wan “Counterbalance: The Stone and the Mountain” (Korean Pavilion Biennale Arte Venice 2017)

Seoul, March 20 – May 20, 2018, http://www.arko.or.kr Last year’s Venice Biennale Korea pavilion came back “home” and is on display at Arko. The package on show is a well-balanced combination of old and new, Korean and international, conceptual and pop, etc. There is almost everything, and the variety that the two artists managed to…

transmediale: Jonathan Beller, Baruch Gottlieb, Katerina Krtilova, Ewa Majewska “Confronting Social Cybernetics”

Berlin, Feb 4, 2018, https://transmediale.de This was the concluding panel of transmediale. I was expecting some references to Norbert Wiener and Roy Ascott. Instead panelists stubbornly kept invoking Marshall McLuhan and Friedrich Kittler. Of course not only. I found Eva Majewska’s introduction of the concept of counterpublics at least interesting (a social group delimiting itself…

transmediale: Stefan Heidenreich & Rachel O’Dwyer “Stop Making Money: Valuation and Non-Monetary Utopias”

Berlin, 12:30, Feb 04, 2018, https://transmediale.de A freeform conversation between Heidenreich (art theory lecturer) and O’Dwyer (digital/blockchain researcher). Heidenreich’s main thesis was to abolish money and think about other forms of “matching” supply and demand. Nevertheless in his examples he kept falling back on some systems of ranking and recording that again used numeric form,…

transmediale: Eric Snodgrass, Shaka McGlotten, Elly Clarke, Emile Devereaux, Helen Pritchard, Magda Tyzlik-Carver “Hard Feelings: A Conversation on Computation and Affect”

Berlin, 16:30, Feb 3, 2018, https://transmediale.de Eric Snodgrass: Affect is the capacity to be affected, it is what happens before describable and communicate-able “feelings” emerge. Hard Feelings is a title taken from Lorde’s album. A moment when the future collapses upon you. Shaka McGlotten: Manipulation of affect has become a data driven industry today, but…

transmediale: Ruth Catlow, Zachary Formwalt, Demystification Committee “Capturing the Face of Finance”

Berlin, 19:30, Feb 2, 2018, https://transmediale.de Ruth Catlow: Finance is the coordination of large amounts of money and capital. Destruction of indigenous lifestyles, replaced by capitalism. We are all indigenous. Brett Scott (Book: Heretics guide to Finance) worked in finance as an “undercover anthropologist”. Zachary Formwalt: Representation of stock exchange building architecture. Existing stock exchanges,…