SERVICES - 2005
Haus, Radkersburg, Austria, October 8, 2005.
are presenting Binder
Archives with binders by:
Josh MacPhee, Alexis Petroff, Céline Duval, Harold Jefferies,
Lori Couve, Street Flyer and Public Notice Archive, Peter Redgrave,
Jesse Bercowetz and Matt Bua, Melinda Fries and Jakob Kolding
Fashion - By
Courtenay Smith and Sean Topham, Prestel Verlag, Munich · Berlin
· New York, 2005
This new book contains documentation of a project we realized with Biggest
Fags Ever (Zena Sakowski and Rob Kelly). The project was Mid
West Side Story.
From Prestel's site:
Xtreme Fashion authors Courtenay Smith and Sean Topham turn their
attention to the fashion world, where haute couture is taking a backseat
to serious concerns about the environment, personal safety, and privacy.
Featuring more than 300 color photos and fascinating text, the authors
show how real fashion starts on the streets, born of urban conditions
from gang culture to teenybopper worship.
They showcase the works of designers, artists, and other creative
individuals such as Moreno Ferrari, Freddie Robins, Vexed Generation,
Alicia Framis, Daniele Buetti, Lucy Orta, and Hussein Chalayan to
illustrate the demand for clothing that can protect, extend, alter,
mark or mask the human body. Putting forth the idea that truly extreme
fashion is not designed to be outlandish, but useful, Xtreme Fashion
looks beyond the latest hemlines to clothing and accessories that
respond to the world we live in.
Petroff - Mess
Hall, September 23, 2005
are big fans of Alexis' work ever since he contributed to Binder
Archives. We have asked Alexis to fill Mess
Hall with recent and older projects this fall. He agreed
and will present photographs, paintings, a video installation, exquisite
artist books and more.
Valverde wrote an introduction to Alexis' work.
Petroff Overview Page
the Artists - Populism,
Various locations: Contemporary Art Center,Vilnius, Lithuania; Stedelijk
Museum, Amsterdam; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, starting April
We made the first in a series of guides - download
below - to depictions of artists in films and television shows. In addition
to the guide, we have produced a video of clips cullled from various
sources that show these depictions. Both the guide and video are presented
as a part of the Populism series of exhibitions.
From the introduction to our guide:
representations of art and biographical films about dead artists are
common in mainstream media, despite the lack of concern with living
visual artists and their projects. So what do these representations
reveal to us about artists and their work?
Many depictions center on artists’ unusual behavior, love affairs,
or self-destruction through drugs and alcohol. Jokes about not being
able to understand modern art are endless. Very few biographies of
actual or fictive artists seriously attempt to consider the artist’s
creative process in a nuanced way.
Framing The Artists is an overview of many examples of these characterizations.
The reviews that follow are but a few examples of portrayals of artists
and their work in film and television. We have watched hundreds of
hours of video and concede that our research has only just begun.
Framing the Artists - Artists & Art in Film & Television,
Volume 1 (3.7 mb)
The Populism exhibition is described as:
Populism project tries to formulate concrete spaces for experience,
reflection, and discussion linked to a contemporary political phenomenon
that is as complex as it is widespread. There is little doubt that
populist movements gain large parts of their persuasive power from
their ability to play on emotions and desires that are supposedly
exempt from the procedures of official democratic politics. It is
at this level that an art exhibition can provide a space for reflection
and experience that differs from that of other public forums. The
point of departure is the idea that the emotions and desires that
characterize populist politics are not necessarily separate from the
ones that find expression in the sphere of art. In this way, key questions
are how forms of populism – whether left wing or right wing,
progressive or reactionary – promote themselves and their quest
for mass appeal through a stylistic and aesthetic consciousness. It
is in these economies of signs and desires that the political imagination
of visual art can get involved, and address current cultural discussions
by creating spaces and images for remodelling democracy.
Creativity - Curated
by «What, How & for Whom» (WHW), Kunsthalle Fridericianium,
Kassel, Germany, May 1 - July 17, 2005.
are presenting an extensive version of Prisoners'
the Fridericianium's web site:
exhibition on collective practices & group enjoyment
exhibition deals with different forms of collective artistic creativity
whose protagonists share common programs, ways of life, methodologies
or political standpoints. Although the work of collectives is in many
ways determined by certain historical, existential, intellectual or
political contexts, the exhibition is interested in specific kinds
of social tensions that serve as a common axis around which various
group activities are being organized.
Exploring procedures, standpoints, effects, strategies, and social
possibilities of collective activity, the exhibition attempts to outline
different forms of collectivity inevitably generated by group work.
In the focus are therefore different emancipatory aspects of collective
work where collaborative creativity is not only a form of resisting
the dominant art system and capitalism call for specialization, but
also a productive and performative criticism of social institutions
and politics. Which strategies are taken by collectives in public
space, which alternative forms of «sociability» are generated,
in which ways do they occupy and change the system and the conditions
of production and representation, how do they affect the social order?
Download the poster we made for this project (6 mb)
Placements - Incorporated:
a recent (incomplete) history of infiltrations, actions and propositions
utilizing contemporary art, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, February
12 - May 8, 2005.
"Incorporated" is described as follows:
subversion and activism is not unique to the art world, bands of artists
such as the Situationists, and the Dadaists and Surrealists before
them, discovered that a unified voice can project much farther than
an individual artist or object. The mere suggestion of an authoritative
voice backed by supporting members and organizations is enough to
assume control of a certain bandwidth of social consciousness.
"Subversion, which forged its first weapons from art, has now
become the art of handling every sort of weapon." - From The
Revolution of Everyday Life, Raoul Vaneigem, 1967.
This exhibition and accompanying activities will comprise the work
of six artists/artist groups who have adopted institutional and/or
pseudo-institutional fronts to engage in critical political and socio-economic
activities. Oftentimes these artist groups have employed nothing more
that a Web site to infiltrate organizations of global stature. The
scope of the exhibition will include nuanced (and irreverent) discussions
about community-building, corporate espionage, international politics
and civil disobedience.
exhibition is curated by assistant curator Matt Distel.
Sunset Blvd between Alvarado and Park in Echo Park
Site - Outpost
for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, April 17 - May 1, 2005.
the help of trusted collaborators Rob Kelly and Zena
Sakowski, we will develop an outdoor project on an empty lot
in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park. “Construction Site”
is a socially interactive environment that will develop spontaneously
and collaboratively in the neighborhood for two weeks.
Working with volunteers, friends, students, and passersby, Temporary
Services will create structures largely from cast off materials. The
site will be transformed into an outdoor arena for discussions, film
screenings, meals, and other events. Please check back in April for
a list of participants and a schedule of events.
Location: Sunset Blvd between Alvarado and Park in Echo Park. Across
the street from the new public library and right next to the car wash
on the corner.
Dates & Times: April 17 – May 1, 2005, open from 11 - 6 pm
In addition, a new free booklet, “Public Phenomena,” will
be distributed during “Construction Site” as well as through
a variety of national and international channels. This booklet features
selections from a large photographic archive Temporary Services has
amassed of compelling phenomena found in publicly trafficked space.
for Contemporary Art
- London Inaugural Lecture: "What are we doing? What is happening
to us? What needs to be done? I prefer not to" -
by msdm, February 19th – March 6th, 2005 at the Elastic residence,
Window Show - Boarded
up buildings in Baltimore, February 12, 2005 until gone.
Artwork installed on more than 40 boarded windows of vacant homes in
the District. This public art project involves more than 100 artists
citywide. Outdoors all day.
by Gary Kachadourian, Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts
installed at Transmediale
05 - Berlin,
February 4 - 8, 2005.
are participating in the WORKSPACE section of the transmediale festival.
We will be presenting Prisoners'
Inventions and talking about the lack of access prisoners
have to computers, the internet or most things digital. Angelo, who
illustrated the Prisoners' Inventions book we published with WhiteWalls,
has never seen the interenet.
fesitval is described as:
is the biggest and most significant festival for art and the creative
usage of digital media. Once a year the festival presents new and
outstanding projects in the field of digital culture and provides
reflexions on the role of digital technologies in contemporary society.
It is a forum of communication for artists, media workers and a broad
public interested in arts of vital and still increasing international