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More Than a Magazine — ‘Parkett ─220 Artists Editions & Collaborations Since 1984’

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art, Interviews (uncategorized) by sylvielin on January 15, 2014

“Since its inception, Parkett has asserted itself as one of the best publications on contemporary art available today. It is one of those rare periodicals that does not resemble a magazine. The quality of its operations and topicality of its discussions combine to make Parkett both a luxurious and necessary publication.”
Centre Georges Pompidou【1】 (more…)

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A Radical Shift in the Aesthetics of Photography-The Work of Diane Arbus

Posted in about Art, about Photography by sylvielin on January 15, 2014

‘She created her photographs out of who she was.’

──Joel Meyerowitz, photographer〔1〕 (more…)

Parkett Then and Now, an Interview with Dieter von Graffenried, Publisher

Posted in about Art, Interviews (uncategorized) by sylvielin on January 15, 2014

With a PhD in economics, Dieter von Graffenried founded Parkett magazine in 1984 in Zurich, and has been its publisher ever since. Always deeply involved in Parkett’s projects with artists, he has also been co-Chairman of the Swiss Institute in New York, among other roles. As one of the very first bilingual art magazines to have attempted to bridge the art worlds of Europe and in America and with an in-depth approach in close collaboration with top international artists, Parkett now stands as an essential archive of contemporary art and, with the commissioned works (‘editions’), a musée-appartement that tours museums and institutions worldwide. (more…)

‘Cinema Otherness of Cinema’ : A Film and Art Exhibition of Kao Chung-Li(高重黎). Dissect the Image. Gaze upon the History

Posted in about Art, about Video Art, Between Art & Cinema by sylvielin on July 28, 2013
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The hand-held projector modified by Kao Chung-Li is constituted of an old cassette as its structure. The viewer sees 8mm film by operating the handle. Courtesy――Tina Keng Gallery, EX!T Experimental Media Art Festival in Taiwan. Copyright――Kao Chung-Li

‘[…]here, if we regard the visual culture of image as an arena for struggles, never follow the rhythm and the pace of other competitors : such passivity is the curse for which one is bound to be won over and colonized.’

――Kao Chung-Li, ‘The Reform of Visual Writing’〈1〉 (more…)

Where the Wild Things Are : Taipei Biennial

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art by sylvielin on April 11, 2013
Extract : 
As Franke states, the show addresses the need to “break free from the ‘frame’ of colonial modernity and its narratives, its way of describing the world, and the need to tell different histories of modernity (… ) ”. He writes, “The idea is to make an exhibition that shifts between fiction and historical analysis, just as the identity, or face of the ‘monster’ in this exhibition constantly changes.” (1) The entire repertoire consists of contributions from around 43 artists (a third of the works were commissioned for the Biennial) and several “mini-museums.” It features some of the most interesting Taiwanese artists such as Kao Chung-Li (高重黎) whose “Taste of Human Flesh,” an audio-visual installation with slide show and audio cassette, reveals the story of his father who got shot during the civil war in China around 1948. The work employs a mixture of images including archival photos, footage, hand-drawn animation; the work is narrated from the point of view of the bullet that remains inside the father’s body, voicing an overall criticism on the political and economic mutations which are brought on in times of war, colonization and globalization. (2)”

(Originally published on 2012.12.20. Read the entire article : http://www.randian-online.com/np_review/where-the-wild-things-are-taipei-biennial/)

Changing Faces of the Monster: Taipei Biennial 2012

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art by sylvielin on April 11, 2013

Review by Sylvie Lin, published in Yishu journal, Volume 12, Number 2, March/April 2013. More info :
http://yishu-online.com/browse-articles/?661

Extract :
A Symptomatic Mirror
In his curatorial statement Franke writes, “The systemic aspect of modernity is willfully ignorant of culture and human relations, and this is its strength, and its anonymous monstrosity.” The Taipei Biennial 2012 represented an attempt to disclose the multiple incarnations of the monster of modernity that lie under the masks of rationality, progress, culture, or, in their more advanced and elaborated forms, as colonialism, internationalism, neoliberalism, and globalization. Each of the works and the Mini-Museums in the show tackled a certain aspect of the monstrosity, as if holding up a symptomatic mirror that revealed the processes, causes, and possible fictions around the great myth called modernity.”

Interview with Jérôme Glicenstein, Theorist of History of Exhibition

Posted in about Art, Interviews (uncategorized) by sylvielin on February 16, 2013

“As you said, there are particular tendencies in the art world at certain historical moments. It’s like fashion: we repeat the same styles every twenty years. In contemporary art, for example, in the 1980s, there was a global return to traditional or figurative art forms: many artists who produced conceptual art in the 1970s shifted to painting and sculpture.”
—- Jérôme Glicenstein, quoted from the interview (more…)

Chen Chieh-Jen : une pratique artistique comme moyen de résistance

texte par Sylvie Lin

Né en 1960 à Taoyuan à Taïwan, Chen Chieh-Jen a débuté sa pratique artistique dans les années quatre-vingt, l’époque où la loi martiale était encore en vigueur dans le pays. Dans cette ambiance lourde et contrôlée, Chen Chieh-Jen et certains artistes menaient des performances, parfois dans la rue, qui représentaient une provocation par rapport au système politique. (more…)

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History of the Photographed – The Age of Provocation. Interview with Chen Chieh-Jen (Part I)

Posted in about Art, about Photography, about Video Art, Interviews with Artists by sylvielin on December 8, 2012

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Film set of Happiness Building I: Apartments

(Courtesy- Chen Chieh-Jen Studio)

Chen Chieh-Jen is the most renowned Taiwanese artist in the international art scene. His work focuses on the situations and psychological states of exploited social classes such as that of workers. In his works, he explores issues of colonization, globalization and capitalism in history and the contemporary world. In the second half of the 1990s, he made photographic works by means of computer imaging techniques, based on archive images of tortures or massacres before focusing on making video works. The interview with the artist traces his youth and education during the era of martial laws as well as his action art projects on the streets at the time. He also talks about the ideas of his photographic work and how, through his own practice, he attempts to construct a perspective on photography and cinema that distinguishes itself from its western counterparts.

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Interview with Anselm Franke, Curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012

Posted in about Art, about Photography, Interviews with Curators/Museum Directors by sylvielin on September 30, 2012

Monster, History, Fiction

Interview with Anselm Franke, Curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012

 

Interview made on the 22nd July, 2012, in Taipei

by Sylvie Lin

In contemporary art, photographical elements are often integrated into installation works or being used as a means of archiving. VOP interviewed Anselm Franke, curator of the Taipei Biennial 2012 (to be held in September) to talk about the topic of the biennial, ‘Modern Monsters / Death and Life of Fiction’ and specific photographic works that will be shown in the exhibition. 

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