Martin John Callanan is Okay – Pin board project

The Pin Board Project opens with Martin John Callanan. It is an attractive exhibit that makes so much sense right now. and it is so clear and frank and simple and has such a nice taste. This exhibit has no rubbish in it – it doesn’t have anything at all really. It is okay. We know it’s okay because Martin told us. We hope the work in this show will leave you alone more or less and only grab your mind. which is okay. But no experiences. we hate experiences in art. We prefer to experience things in real life.

Pin Board Project

Pin board project
space is everywhere

The Pin board project is organized by Angus Braithwaite, Benedict Drew, Rudolf Reiber and Julia Tcharfas who are reasonably modish and quite friendly group of artists. The project is currently situated in studio 5 at the Slade School of Fine Art, which is located on Gower Street in London. The Pin board constructed by Angus (and fucking beautifully I might add), was assembled from Benedict and Julia’s recycled art works and can quite seamlessly fit into any institution or space and can appear in almost any locations in the future. The exhibitions will alternate biweekly starting on Thursday, November 20. 2010, each show chosen by the artists that preceded it. Thus the project will curate itself really. and maybe have something new to offer each time, and maybe something interesting even.

Finally an art space that is like a momentary revelation one has passing something unexpected on the sidewalk. or a quick glance of the eye of a nice stranger. or a pleasant high. It is like everything radical that’s happened in New York in the 70′s and in other symbolic places. An encounter that you are not sure whether it is or isn’t a work of art and you want to steal it. and you can. because they are just ideas. And it doesn’t matter what you decide to do with your ideas. which you can just think about. or use. or throw away. And everything is always a reproduction including this text: which is like the one I read in an art magazine by Gregory Battcock. But I shouldn’t talk about that because I should focus on the art. and it’s okay in this case because it’s good art.

And another thing about this project is that perhaps it isn’t an art space but a space for ideas that are not intended to be any more than ideas. As such they are pretty much invisible. which in itself is a good idea. We’ve suspected. for some time now. that art perhaps can be integrated in our daily lives and now it is. Therefore there’s nothing that can be damaged and we don’t have to worry about lighting and hole filler.

Martin John Callanan is okay
Wednesday 24th November 2010 – Tuesday December 7th
Studio 5, Slade School of Fine Art, Gower St. London

I Wanted to See All the News From Today on shortlist for FILE Prix Lux

‘I Wanted To See All the News From Today’ is a finalist in the first FILE Lux Prix for electronic and digital art.

To vote simply select the work ‘I Wanted To See All the News From Today’, enter your email address to vote, then verify your vote by clicking on the link you receive to your inbox.

FILE PRIX LUX has the intent of rewarding, motivating and stimulating the emergence of new talents in the area of electronic and digital languages. Since 2000, FILE – Electronic Language International Festival constitutes an international interdisciplinary platform for the development of innovative and creative projects in the area of arts and technologies. FILE is a cultural, nonprofit organization that promotes a reflection on the main themes of the global contemporary electronic-digital context, always in a transdisciplinary vision in the political complexity of our time’s cultural universe. For ten years now, FILE has collaborated, through exhibitions and symposiums, with the aesthetic-technological development that the new electronic-digital languages offer to contemporary cultures, as well as it has positioned Brazil in the world context of those new trends. In 2010, FILE will accomplish a long-awaited objective: to award to some of the projects an international prize in money.

Thank you!

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encoding_experience/

Martin John Callanan is Okay will be shown at encoding_experience/ Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Australia. 10 October – 31 October 2008

encoding_experience/ is the first of a series of exhibitions inspired by the ways in which artists are embracing critical, hands on interventive strategies towards the understanding of, and experimentation with media. The artists in the show open up issues of privacy, piracy and control, paradigms that are deeply embedded into technology and the way technology is designed. Most of the artists favour a collaborative, socio-centric approach to their work. They have an agenda about thinking through questions such as; Where does the technology come from? What is the real use of a computer? What are the social issues around regular access to domestic machines i.e. game consoles, home stereos and digital cameras. How do we use and question systems that tirelessly reproduce and augment environments, image and sound?

Actively engaging with conceptual concerns, DaDa-esque notions of performance, hacking and intellectual property; encoding_experience presents an insight into how electronic media and craft knowledge operates in current art practice, not only in terms of its functionality, but also in regards to artists who have a critical approach towards the politics, aesthetics and ecconomies coded into these systems.

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