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Ratking

Ratking is a rap group straight out of Brooklyn by way of the Upper West Side, Harlem, Long Island City and New York City’s public imagination. The trio consists of young gun vocalists Wiki (Patrick Morales) and Hak (Hakeem Lewis), and their more seasoned producers Sporting Life (Eric Adiele) and Ramon. Eschewing the monoculture of [...]

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YANG FUDONG at Capo d’Arte, Gagliano del Capo (LE)

Hosted in the historical spaces of Capo d’Arte, a non-profit organization near Lecce, in Southern Italy, the exhibition “Altrove: Yang Fudong” (26 July – 4 September) aims to offer a glimpse into the profound complexity of Chinese culture by presenting the work of one of the most important and widely recognized contemporary Chinese artists. From [...]

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“The Double”
by Richard Ayoade

All of us have probably wondered at some point what our lives would be like if we were slightly more enterprising, charming or bold (or: shrewd, slick and manipulative). Richard Ayoade’s 2013 film The Double, an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s short story by the same name, plays on this thin psychological line between the courageous and [...]

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Mohamed Bourouissa’s “TEMPS MORT” published by Études Books and kamel mennour, Paris

“Rien n’a changé à part le change, je demande un temps mort” (Nothing has changed apart from the exchange rate—I demand some time out), said French rapper Booba in his 2002 song, whose title Mohamed Bourouissa borrowed for his project TEMPS MORT. The Paris-based Algerian artist is known for his photographic work around urban communities [...]

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FOAM, a peripatetic project
by artist Mat Jenner

In an era in which physical materials are replaced with their digital representations and the processes of experiencing art take place in the nebulous space of the Internet, FOAM explores the problematized relationship of the art object with material presence, empirical experience, spectatorship, and circulation. A nomadic, ephemeral project by artist Mat Jenner, which manifests [...]

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ALEX GARTENFELD
words by Nicolás Guagnini

I met Alex Gartenfeld sometime between 2004 and 2006. Where I met him is also fuzzy in my memory — maybe in the corridors of Columbia University’s Barnard College, or at some opening in the very incipient Lower East Side. At

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LUCA LO PINTO
words by Ilaria Gianni

Luca Lo Pinto and I have known each other for a long time, since we met in 2002 in a contemporary art history class at the University of Rome. Even then, it was very clear to him that he wanted to become a curator. He has always

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JOHN ARMLEDER
interview by Andrea Bellini

ANDREA BELLINI: Ecart is a group of artists, an independent space and a publishing company you founded in Geneva with Patrick Lucchini and Claude Rychner in 1969. But your activity and your friendship with the Ecart

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CURATING THE INTERNET
moderated by Karen Archey

KAREN ARCHEY: As the verb “to curate” has spilled into popular usage in recent years (“curate your closet!”, etc.), it has become a broader term, a synonym for the action of accumulating things: objects, texts, images, artworks, words,

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CURATING THE GALLERY
moderated by Alessio Ascari

ALESSIO ASCARI: Increasingly, curators are looking back to under-recognized artists from the past — a tendency well exemplified by your work with the gallery, which you described as driven by an attempt to “undermine

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“EXPANDED RADIO”
NTS founder Femi Adeyemi interviewed by Hans Ulrich Obrist

HANS ULRICH OBRIST: Growing up in Switzerland I was inspired by curators like Harald Szeemann, but strangely enough my most important influences came from outside art like Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes and

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“APPROPRIATING EXHIBITIONS”
Bob Nickas interviewed by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen

BOB NICKAS: From the vantage of contemporary art, art history has usually been about the distant past. But in our time the past seems to have caught up. For my generation, moving to New York in 1984 and beginning to write and

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“TRUTH TO ELEMENTS”
Stephan Trüby interviewed by Carson Chan

CARSON CHAN: You’ve been teaching Spatial Design at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) since 2009, and later this year you will start teaching at Technical University Munich. In your pedagogy, what is architecture?

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WEB SPECIALS

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Kwan Sheung Chi with Christopher Schreck

Christopher Schreck: You were recently awarded the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award. Considering that a number of your past projects have critiqued such prizes and the celebrity that comes with winning them, I’d be curious to hear how

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Ute Meta Bauer with Melanie Pocock

MELANIE POCOCK: I’d like to begin by returning to the conversation you had with Carson Chan for Kaleidoscope two years ago, where you

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Imran Qureshi with Simone Krug

Simone Krug: Your large-scale installation piece that recently closed at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art roof garden, And How Many

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Xu Zhen with Matt Packer

Matt Packer: To begin, perhaps we could turn back to 2009 when MadeIn Company was first founded. Could you describe the decision to

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THE ASIA CONVERSATIONS:
Pratchaya Phinthong with Nick Warner

Nick Warner: How did you go about producing your recent exhibition at Chisenhale? I’ve been looking forward to getting a first hand account

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FRANCESCO VEZZOLI
essay by Andrea Viliani

As a critic, I’ve often asked myself what makes Francesco Vezzoli such a controversial figure. Both influential and highly criticized, Vezzoli pushes his position as an artist to the brink of self-destruction. More than any other,

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LORETTA FAHRENHOLZ
words by Michele D’Aurizio

Loretta Fahrenholz’s films confront a cynical understanding of a prevailing reality with an ingrained affection for human life—an ethos one might call “emo-core.” The prosaic muteness of some of the characters in her films could be

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NED VENA
words by Mathieu Malouf

Since the mid-20th century, painted abstraction has been associated with utopian transcendence, the emancipation of the unconscious and much more. If it has been declared dead several times, abstraction has also been restated and

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ELLA KRUGLYANSKAYA
words by Chris Sharp

The secret to the work of the Latvian-born, New York-based painter Ella Kruglyanskaya is barely a secret. Or better yet, it is an open one. And that secret is tension: raw, mediated, utterly captivating tension. If it is a secret, it is

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SHANGHAI
interview with Birdhead by Davide Quadrio

DAVIDE QUADRIO: Interviewing Birdhead, also known as Song Tao and Ji Wenyu, is like talking to a whole generation of Shanghainese: global, yet completely and radically existing through their beloved city of Shanghai. You

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FRANCESCO VEZZOLI
interview by Kevin McGarry

KEVIN McGARRY: I am looking at these images that you’ve created to accompany this interview: iPhone screens showing mock Grindr profile pages with your pictures.

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SIMON CASTETS
interview by Carson Chan

CARSON CHAN: Congratulations, it has been a big year for you! Amongst other activity, in January 2012, you launched 89plus, a multi-platform research project on the generation of artists and makers born after 1989 with Hans

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#VOICEOVER: OUT OF SYNC
words by Pablo Larios

Moments before the cut to commercial, the child realizes this cartoon is not actually for him at all. It’s for his parents, or older sister, or perverted uncle. Despite the friendliness of onomatopoetic dings and dongs, and boings and bangs and gongs,

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#VOICEOVER: UNDER THE SKIN
words by Shama Khanna

The memorable reveal of the man behind the curtain twiddling knobs and simulating the booming, god-like voice of Oz by rascally Toto the dog is an apt metaphor for how the authority of the voice-over crumbled towards a post-historical pluralism of voices. The persistence of

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KOKI TANAKA
words by Miwako Tezuka

There have been a number of correspondences between artist Koki Tanaka and I since our first meeting in 2004 in New York. As he was

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“THE MAKING OF A MUSEUM”
Lars Nittve interviewed by Alessio Ascari

Alessio Ascari: In a recent public talk, you presented a graphic representation of the founding idea for M+ — a spiral with Hong Kong in the

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YANG FUDONG
essay by Davide Quadrio and Noah Cowan

It seems easier for Yang Fudong to speak about what he is not rather than determine the elements that define him and his work. Critics and

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KEIICHI TANAAMI
interview by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen

Fredi Fischli & Niels Olsen: You’ve said that your dreams are a significant source of inspiration for you. Have dreams been important to you

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“THE MAKING OF A MODERNITY”
Cao Fei interviewed by Gavin Wade

Gavin Wade: Your latest work, Haze and Fog, is a new type of zombie movie set in modern Beijing. During the making you mentioned the

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OU NING
interview by Carson Chan

Carson Chan: You work under so many different titles: curator, artist, poet, editor and activist. You’re probably one of the people most apt to

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