FOOD is a short film directed by aritst/photographer Robert Frank about Gordon Matta-Clark and Carol Goodden's conceptual restaurant. Founded in 1972 in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City, FOOD brought together many factors of the local community, artists and otherwise, becoming a space for dialogue and conversation as well as a living piece in it of itself.
Last week I had a conversation online with Philadelphia based artist Alexandra Gorczynski about her work.
I discovered her through Hologram City, an incredibly engaging curatorial project she does. The images she posts range from the hopeless, to the grotesque, to the violent, to the explicit, to the materialistic, to the humorous.
To really get the 'full experience', check out her work before you read the interview. Thank you. Oh and here's to hoping you enjoy her work as much as I do. Thank you
JA: Yes, many. I’ll tell you about one, which is interesting. Orwell’s dictum, “He who controls the present controls the past, and he who controls the past controls the future,” was never truer than it is now. With digital archives, with these digital repositories of our intellectual record, control over the present allows one to perform an absolutely untraceable removal of the past. More than ever before, the past can be made to completely, utterly, and irrevocably disappear in an undetectable way.Orwell’s dictum came about as result of what happened in 1953 to the Great Soviet Encyclopedia. That year, Stalin died and Beria fell out of favor. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia had a page and a half on Beria from before he fell out of favor, and it was decided that the positive description of Beria had to go. So, an addendum page was made and sent to all registered holders of this encyclopedia with instructions specifying that the previous page should be pasted over with the new page, which was an expanded section on the Bering Straight. However, users of the encyclopedia would later see that the page had been pasted over or ripped out—everyone became aware of the replacement or omission, and so we know about it today. That’s what Orwell was getting at. In 2008, one of the richest men in the UK, Nadhmi Auchi—an Iraqi who grew rich under one of Saddam Husain’s oil ministries and left to settle in the UK in the early 1980s—engaged in a series of libel threats against newspapers and blogs. He had been convicted of corruption in France in 2003 by the then magistrate Eva Joly in relation to the Elf Aquitaine scandal.
Takeshi Murata makes really amazing video work, but in his most recent exhibition, the work is comprimised of 3D renderings of real world objects, materialized as prints. The piece's call to mind Claes Oldenberg's sewn sculptures of instruments, René Magritte's grappling with mediated reality, and kitschy horror films all illuminated with, and might I add appropriately so, early-90s style product photography lighting.