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Emanuel Rossetti
at Kunsthalle Bern

Emanuel Rossetti’s practice seems evasive at times. Encountering his work, you often feel like you have arrived either too early or too late—and never at the right time. This is perhaps because Rossetti seems less concerned with organizing discrete, individual encounters with things and more interested in the contagion of collective spirits within a particular [...]

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Sapporo International Art Festival

A self-defined “Creative City,” this summer the Japanese city of Sapporo will see the inaugural edition of the International Art Festival open under the theme “City and Nature,” aiming to examine how urban and natural environments can coexist in the future. Directing proceedings will be guest director Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose own artistic practice is the [...]

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Evidence

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Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s “Evidence” published by D.A.P.

Deconstructing the pedestrian elements of life is one of the ways art expands our conceptual horizons. In their cult 1977 book Evidence, Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel furthered this assumption with impressive results. Having published a second edition in 2004, which sold out quickly and became nearly impossible to find, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers has now [...]

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FKA Twigs

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LP1 by FKA twigs

In a media soundscape where over-emotional vocal convolutions have become cross-genre and predominant to the extent of being considered synonymous with “technique,” FKA twigs‘ exercise in constraint is an R&B aural caress. Born Tahliah Barnett, FKA started as backup dancer in music videos—a career she recalls in Video Girl: “The camera’s on your pain that [...]

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Here and Elsewhere

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“Here and Elsewhere”
at New Museum, New York

At first glance, political and historical matters surrounding the Arab art world seem daunting to encapsulate, and understandably so. Wafa Hourani’s mixed media sculptures, Qalandia 2087 (2009), give us a look into a dioramic perspective of Palestinian refugee camps, with strangely soft lighting peaking through each window and faint sounds and music streaming through the [...]

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CURRENT ISSUE

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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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SARAH RIFKY
words by Laura McLean-Ferris

Sarah Rifky once chose to sing Haddaway’s 1990s Eurodance hit “What is Love?” in a talk explaining the difficulties of approaching the question “what is an institution?” (Lyrics: “What is right? What is wrong? Give me a sign. What is love? Baby

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HANNE MUGAAS
words by Gerd Elise Mørland

In moving from a major international urban art hub to life in a small city way out in the art periphery, from New York to Norway to become director of Kunsthall Stavanger, curator Hanne Mugaas was following the pattern set by her generation of curators:

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ANTHONY YUNG
words by Pauline J. Yao

In the ever-expanding field of contemporary art, the definition of a curator has become an increasingly slippery one. The word has seeped into our everyday language, with everything from music festivals to birthday parties to cheese plates being “curated.”

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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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CURATING NON-PROFIT
moderated by Jason Hwang

JASON HWANG: If museums and galleries are the elephants and crocodiles of art spaces, what kind of animal is your space? And why? KUNSTHALLE LISSABON (Luis Silva and João Mourão): We have to go with the fox. When googling

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CURATING LARGE-SCALE
moderated by Chris Sharp

CHRIS SHARP: The large-scale exhibition is an exciting and challenging topic. Some people have a very antagonistic relationship vis-à-vis the large-scale, or perhaps better put, perennial exhibition, seeing in it little more than a prolonged instant of curatorial hubris,

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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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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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“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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