EVENTS: ‘Becoming Robot’ Nam June Paik | Asia Society NY
Nam June Paik (1932–2006) was a visionary artist, thinker, and innovator. Considered the “father of video art,” his groundbreaking use of video technology blurred past distinctions between science, fine art, and popular culture to create a new visual language. Paik’s interest in exploring the human condition through the lens of technology and science has created a far-reaching legacy that may be seen in broad recognition of new media art and the growing numbers of subsequent generations of artists who now use various forms of technology in their work.
The artist was born in 1932, in Seoul, Korea. He moved to Germany in 1956 to pursue his study of music, and then to New York City in 1964. Upon his arrival Paik quickly developed collaborative relationships with a circle of now iconic American artists — John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Yoko Ono, and Bill Viola, among others — and spent the duration of his career, which spanned four decades, in the United States. Through his progressive ideas and artworks, the artist dared to imagine a future where today’s technological innovations might exist, and it is this pioneering vision that has continued to shape contemporary visual culture in the United States and internationally.
Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to the artist to open in New York City in more than a decade, and focuses on Paik’s process and his philosophy toward technology, especially the relationship between technology and the body, and the intersection of technology and culture. The exhibition presents key works from public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia to show one artist’s perspective on modern society’s dependence on technology. Paik’s wildly creative artistic practice and his innovative working methods provide a backdrop for visitors to contemplate the central role technology will continue to play in art and culture for future generations.
Nam June Paik Becoming Robot Sep 5, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 Asia Society | New York 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street +12122886400 / asiasociety.org
As orderly as it looks, the digital world made of grids, patterns, and mathematical algorithms, in daily use often looks chaotic. Noa Raviv, a 26-year-old Tel Aviv based fashion designer, creates for this realm. Raviv’s latest collection, Hard Copy, is somewhere between the virtual and physical worlds, creating a ravishing mishmash of rather chaotic beauty. Her pieces are initially designed by 3D rendering, where she can basically enter any fuck-ups that break the program and result in visually explosive patterns. She then 3D prints the materials she needs to bring the beautifully fragmented and fluid designs to life. Drawing inspiration from classic Greek sculptures in their familiarly aged and deconstructed forms: an arm lopped off here, a leg missing there, Raviv designs endless copies, reproductions, façades, and rip-offs that those sculptures were missing throughout the centuries. Although it looks like its all digital, at the end lots of garments are made through very traditional means. A lot of hand stitching, very little machine stitch, lots of draping, that creates some sort of a paradox, because even though it could theoretically be reproduced, it cannot. And so every piece is unique, as it is impossible to recreate exactly the same pieces because of all that draping and hand stitching.
When London based Moiré appeared on the music scene last year, many critiques were comparing him to Actress. And it wasn’t because of his collaboration with Werkdiscs, either. His debut for the label, Never Sleep, and its followup on Rush Hour, Rolx, owed a strong debt to Darren Cunningham seen in his taste for sandpaper patterns, unusual sound mashups and subtly denatured grooves. Moiré’s signature skill was streamlining these sounds into something with greater dance floor utility. This EP, his return to Werkdiscs, goes on in a similar manner , though as ever, there’s a subtle prankster streak that keeps everybody on his toes. As to the BBOY 202, the video is apparently a “response” to Never Sleep highlight “Lose It.” While it goes well as a partner piece, there’s little surface evidence of the song’s shared sound materials. If anything, its mighty groove and looping vocal samples recall the likes of Midland—except the arpeggiating bassline is a bit more wayward, the hi-hats wheeze rather than tick along crisply, along with the top quality mix, as if the sound of the basements it’s intended for has been added in advance.
Quentin Shih is a self-taught photographer who is currently living and working in between New York and Beijing. In college, Shih started out shooting for local underground musicians and artists. After he graduated, he decided to move to Beijing to hone his skills and his career as an artist. Shih is known as one of the leading Chinese photographers, with works featured in the Danforth Museum of Art as well as the Worcester Museum of Art. Having fleshed out his career, Shih is now returning to fine art photography, incorporating it into his commercial and fashion photography to achieve a unique symbiosis.
Born in the late 90s to Greek and Ukrainian parents David Marinos has started traveling to Germany, Spain, Russia, France, USA & Greece at a very young age. Embedding classical imagery which he then transforms and enlivens with vivid colors, Marinos’ work is solid, fresh and dynamic. David works with various brands and magazines, one of his latest project was a collaboration with We Are Selecters, where they gave him a ‘carte blanche’ to illustrate images of the brands SS14 collections that are currently available in their Stores - Bibi Chemnitz, Boys Left Girls Right, DIM. E CRES., Vidur., Mandarin & General, 91,2 Nineone Two, Meshit, YESIMFRENCH, Yulia Yefimtchuk+, Maid in Love. To complete that, he drew inspiration from the brands and models themselves, trying to fulfill the composition with colors and various textures, he remixed the garments with colorful patterns that creates a completely new image.
Russian-born Sabinna is a young fashion designer who is traveling around Vienna, the city where she grew up, and London, where she is currently finishing the last year of training at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Sabinna have a vast professional experience, which varies from working as a stylist at the atelier of Schella Kann, to her job at the leading Parisian fashion house, Christian Dior in 2012, also for the London based label Mary Katrantzou in 2013. Her latest collection is called “I am everybody. I am nobody” and is inspired by her mother’s young years, who lived in USSR, between the years 1975-1982. Concentrating her research in young people who struggle with a political system of Soviet communism, which forced them to be like everyone else, Sabinna decided to emphasize that defense of personal identity and the sense of belonging to a group, designin a sportswear white basic look that is completed with vivid details and manufactured with high quality materials from Austria and Italy.
After finishing her studies at College of Fashion in London and the National Institute of Design in New Delhi, Radha Dumra launched her first knitwear collection. Dumra is looking forward into gathering together an emotional and intellectual response from the wearer, rather than going after the recent trends and tendencies in fashion. Her Autumn/Winter 2014 ‘Eco’ collection brings out the image of an inner eco-warrior and invites you go back to the essentials of the nature roots with fashion forward sports sleek looks, inspired by tropical nature and plants, seen in details such as laser cutting, perforations, cutouts, mesh panelling and quilting.
DOCUMENTARY: Internet Machine – Invisible infrastructures of the internet | Timo Arnall
Produced by Timo Arnall, Internet Machine is a three-screen documentary about the invisible infrastructures of the internet. The film was made to bring out the hidden reality of our data by exploring some of the machines that are transmitting and transforming the internet cloud. The documentary was shot in one of the biggest, most secure and ‘fault-tolerant’ data-centers in the world, run by Telefonica in Alcalá, Spain. It was filmed by using a 3D mapping technique, where photographs and video are mapped to a simulated 3D environment, which practically makes it possible to create of camera-rig-like movement of the camera without resorting to actual rig equipment.
There is no place like home. The not a single one. The mere idea of wrapping yourself in the coziness of home, appears to be more delightful that wrapping yourself head to toes in haute couture. For her Pre-Fall collection Roksanda Illincic seized her inspiration from cozy blankets and other domestic accoutrements. The bold, colorful and linear quality of her designs bring out the homely elegance of Soviet constructivist artist. The collection is all based on contracts whimsical vs. hard-edged—defined lines. There is everything: huge coat cut from the actual mohair fur from real teddy bears, dress adorned with big, industrial, rubberized flowers. Balancing between soft and stiff, casual and formal, fit and flare, the result is more than striking, incorporating her signature elongated monumentalism the Pre-Fall 2013 collection is rendered in juicy seventies palette of jade, purple, orange, maroon, and royal blue, the looks were finished by men’s shoes from designer Nicholas Kirkwood.
“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014” exposition is not set to build a certain history but to refurnish the major social and political ‘issues’ that shaped the country’s visual culture between the 1960s and the present day. The exhibition includes works and collated material which are divided into three chapters: before, after, and during the Iranian Revolution of 1979 through 1988. Camera-based mediums dominate, and the collection is closely manifested aiming to inform viewers about a history of cultural aspirations fueled by an agenda to be modern. The show brings out the country’s previously pursued and inflicted modernist legacy, that is represented by a calm, small presentation of graphic posters and vitrined press. One of the standout pieces of the exhibition is Bahman Kiarostami’s video Flowers, 2013, which sampled TV reports from April 1, 1979, the day the revolution was announced, and acts as a sort of portal to the feverish on-air, off-the-cuff experience of that particular time and place.
“Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014” MUSÉE D’ART MODERNE DE LA VILLE DE PARIS (MAM) 11 avenue du Président Wilson May 16–August 24
Australian designer Josh Goot has decided to switch from vivid digital prints and abstract floral prints that were present in his previous collection, and introduced a completely monochrome, geometric designs for SS14/15. Inspired by the conceptual works of artist Robert Morris, the collection comes along in clean and minimalist forms, that incorporate comfortable folds, oversized pieces completed with layers of patterns. The collection brings out the contrast between the structured and simple clothing — combining 20th century futurism with internet era ideals. Shallow, yet well-mastered, Josh Goot’s new collection is unexpected in all possible ways.
Solid and substantial. Those are two words that are fully describing what Erin Beatty and her partner Max Osterweis created for their Resort 2015 collection. With an emphasis on durable fabrics such as denim or a wool-nylon blend, the collection stands out with its sense of elevation. The perfectly tailored pieces show up a very functioning, minimalist forms along with some heavy hand-embroidered crystal bling. According to Beatty and Osterweis, the main goal was to bring out more handwork to all these pieces, which will in a way, make them feel more personal and special. The denim was by far the most evident example of that, along with some few designs in coated terry and in bouclé that was also covered in handmade embroidery. Boasting a unique textural opulence alongside with the diversity in patterns and prints, SUNO combines it with masterful tailoring of the perfectly fitted knit dresses. As a result, the collection perfectly combines the chic and down-to-earth clothing.
Emphasizing the tension between old and new, kind and evil, spiritual and physical Thomas Rousset and Raphaël Verona created a book about their recent trip to Bolivia, focusing on a mystical world of doctors, spiritual healers and medicine men. By applying a beautiful mixture of photojournalism and staged photography the photo book follows them to Altiplano, Bolivia; revealing the rites and rituals of these ancient tribes.
The book ‘Waska Tatay’ may be purchased from IDPURE.