Video / Film

New Directions: Tao Hui at Ullens Center for Contemporary Art


Young Chinese artist Tao Hui is a teller of absurd and disturbing tales; he is a fabulist and a social critic. Born in 1987, his childhood exposed him to the hardships of rural life and to Chinese folk traditions. After graduating from the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute with a BFA in oil painting, he turned to new media to represent the bizarre realities of life[…..]

Aleksandra Domanović: Turbo Sculpture at Atlanta Contemporary

Aleksandra Domanović. Film Still from Turbo Sculpture. 2010-2013. HD video, color, sound. 20 minutes. Edition of 5 + 2 AP. Image courtesy of the artist and Tanya Leighten (Berlin, Germany).

Aleksandra Domanović’s multidisciplinary work has captured the attention of critics and curators across the globe for its striking account of the aesthetic and political changes at work in the Balkan region, specifically the former Yugoslavia. Born in Novi Sad in 1981—a territory that belonged to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia before being dissolved in 2003—Domanović’s work in sculpture, film, and video installation addresses the social,[…..]

Genius/21 Century/Seattle at the Frye Art Museum

Lead Pencil Studio (Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo). Under the Surface, 2008; charcoal graphite and paint on paper; 71 x 58 in. Courtesy of the Artists.

For the last thirteen years, Seattle has cheekily retorted the MacArthur Foundation’s annual announcement of “Genius Grant” winners by presenting a roster of its own local “geniuses” through the Stranger Genius Award. The Stranger, which is the city’s weekly alternative news and entertainment paper, selects and awards five individuals each year, from the fields of art, performance, literature, film, and music, with $5,000 of unrestricted[…..]

Alejandro Almanza Pereda

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From our friends at Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, today we bring you a video of Alejandro Almanza Pereda’s installation at San Francisco Art Institute, which is installed in front of Diego Rivera’s famous mural The Making of a Fresco Showing the Building of a City (1930–1931). Almanza Pereda says, “We were thinking about how to re-think Diego’s piece, and question it a little bit, and question[…..]

Mechanized Bodies: Anxiety and Healing in a Global Economy

Vicky Funari and Sergio De La Torre. Maquilapolis (City of Factories) (still by David Maung), 2006; film; 68:00. Courtesy of the Artists.

Today from our partners at Art Practical, we bring you an essay on art, manufacturing, and workers’ bodies. Author Genevieve Quick explains, “Whether in the U.S., Mexico, or India, workers endure the same cycle: becoming part of a larger network of production that can be disassembled and relocated, rendering them redundant. Assembly-line production has taken its toll on workers’ bodies since the beginning of industrialization, and its absence[…..]

Zoe Beloff: A World Redrawn at the James Gallery, CUNY

Zoe Beloff. Two Marxists in Hollywood, 2015 (film still). Courtesy of the James Gallery, Graduate Center, CUNY.

It is a strange fact that Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Bertolt Brecht all resided in Los Angeles, California, in the 1940s. Unsurprisingly, few of them found their wartime haven a particularly sympathetic milieu. Brecht’s stay was especially ill-fated, ending with his interrogation by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and consequent return to Berlin. A decade earlier, the Latvia-born film director[…..]

From the Archives: Prospect.3 New Orleans

Camille Henrot. Grosse Fatigue, 2013 (film still). Video installation (color, sound) Courtesy of the artist, Silex Films and kamel mennour, Paris.

As President Obama visits New Orleans this week on the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we bring you a look back at last year’s Prospect.3 New Orleans. Tori Bush contextualizes her review of the rocky history of this biennial in a city “suspended in time in space.” This article was originally published on November 11, 2014. Honoré de Balzac wrote: “Ideas are a complete[…..]