Today’s Robots are Tomorrow’s Artists

In an attempt to bridge the gap, breakdown barriers and perhaps change culturally ingrained perceptions created by literature and the film industry about how humans and robots interact, artists Mathias Gommel, Marinta Haitz, and Jan Zapper of robotlab, have set up a sophisticated play date between humans and robots, in order to ease the transition into this inevitable partnering. Their …

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Modernism, Postmodernism, Remoderism

Stuckism is not about being stuck in the past but about taking a different fork in the road. It’s been called Re-modernism in the Stuckist Manifesto, and takes the stand that Modernism started off well, but took a wrong turn and disappeared into pure idea like a puff of smoke. So we’re going back to take the untravelled fork-in-the-road to …

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Why I Left Chicago

Paul Germanos: How old are you? Where are you from? When did you come here? Is Chicago one of many stops on your journey? Mark Staff Brandl: I just turned 60! I am an artist of the venticento, was born, mid novecento, in 1955 in Peoria and went to high school in Pekin, Illinois. I visited Chicago a lot as …

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Declaration of the Independence of Mind

Brain workers, comrades, scattered throughout the world, kept apart for five years by the armies, the censorship and the mutual hatred of the warring nations, now that barriers are falling and frontiers are being reopened, we issue to you a call to reconstitute our brotherly union, but to make of it a new union more firmly founded and more strongly …

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How to Act Ethically in Art

Don’t fuck the curator. Or the artist, the gallerist, the writer, or their editor. Unless, of course, you really want to. And, it almost goes without saying, they also really want to. But it’s best avoided, really, as the power dynamics are messy. But so is love. So is desire. So, it turns out, is art. There is no guide …

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New Growth Needed from the Decay

The market driven art establishment and its complicit media are a catastrophe for the arts. That annoying hum you hear in the background, is being provided by the arts for the powers that be, and it is not just a hum. I have come to realize that the equivalent of the current state of the art world is, to state …

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Jimi Dams’ Letter

Dear friends, As of August 4th, envoy enterprises will close its gallery space. While we will continue to exist, the time has come to take a step back and change the formula. The reason for my decision is simple…. it is not fun anymore. In my opinion the art industry has developed into an uninteresting, boring entity. I have no …

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Speakeasy

The Art World As I Have Experienced It My journey into the arts has its beginnings in reading and watching documentaries on art history. In college I read every book and watched ever video i could find concerning art and its history. I wanted to learn everything I could. The art world I had envisioned and the real art world …

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The Plight of the Image

Susan Sontag wrote in ‘On Photography’, that everything today exists to end in a photograph. John Berger in Ways of Seeing told us that reproduction had reinforced an agreed canon of images and given us the expectation of what we see and its worth before we see it. Giacometti in his thinned out, sculptured busts brought sculpture near to the …

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