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The Productive Body
published by Zero Books

The London-based publishing house Zero Books is responsible for launching some of the most interesting books dedicated to radical politics, cultural critique and contemporary philosophy: their compelling roster of authors includes Mark Fisher, Nina Power, Steven Shapiro and Dominic Fox, among others. The press has recently published the first English edition of Le Corps Productif [...]

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The Book Lovers

Curated by David Maroto and Joanna Zielinska, The Book Lovers is an ongoing project that focuses on the phenomenon of artist novels by collecting them, while also studying and celebrating them through an online database, a pop-up bookstore and a series of exhibitions and public programs. After being hosted by institutions such as M HKA [...]

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San Rafael, Mexico City

Conveniently close to the city center but still spared by the otherwise galloping gentrification, Colonia San Rafael is the new hideout for artists in search of spectacular accommodation and cheap studio spaces in sprawling Mexico City. The most recent additions to the neighborhood are Lodos Contemporáneo, a tiny exhibition space run by artist Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, [...]

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Avery Singer

Avery Singer’s black and white paintings might have arrived midway through the second decade of the 21st century, but they come haunted with earlier epochs. Her work Happening (2014) depicts a scene where a set of clunky characters perform rudimentary creative actions — playing the recorder, sitting at an easel, strutting a pose in the [...]

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Metahaven’s “Black Transparency”
published by Sternberg Press

Comprising a videogram, exhibition and series of interviews, Black Transparency: The Right to Know in the Age of Mass Surveillance, is a recent project by Metahaven’s Daniel van der Velden and Vinca Kruk. In the eponymous book which will be published by Sternberg Press, the Amsterdam-based studio for design and research questions the ideology of [...]

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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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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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