Archive for October, 2010

People of the 20th Century

October 25, 2010

I don’t know how this is possible but it seems that August Sander’s People of the 20th Century, a 7 volume set of books is currently on sale for $122.85 on Amazon.

I have the set and I can tell you that it’s definitely worth having around.

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Boy with Toy Train

October 23, 2010

Actual Size:
3.25 x 5.50 inches

Hans Ulrich Obrist

October 23, 2010

PS1MoMA is hosting an event today to celebrate the release of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist’s new book of interviews.

Obrist will be in attendance and will be interviewed by artist Paul Chan. There will also be a conversation about the Interview Project with PS1 Director Klaus Bienbach, and a new interview by Obrist with astronomer Dimitar Sasselov. Marina Abramovic and Terence Koh are also scheduled to do a joint performance to celebrate the ongoing Interview Project.

The event happens today:

PS1MoMA in Long Island City
Saturday, October 23, 2010
4:00 – 6:00 PM

The Clock

October 23, 2010

Christian Marclay, The Clock, 2010 – Courtesy White Cube

In 1993 there was Douglas Gordon’s 24 Hour Psycho and now there is another 24 hour long video installation called The Clock made this year by Christian Marclay and currently on view at White Cube in London.

I haven’t seen this piece but it looks like quite a feat and must be an intense experience to watch.

From the press release:

The Clock is constructed out of moments in cinema when time is expressed or when a character interacts with a clock, watch or just a particular time of day. Marclay has excerpted thousands of these fragments and edited them so that they flow in real time. While The Clock examines how time, plot and duration are depicted in cinema, the video is also a working timepiece that is synchronised to the local time zone. At any moment, the viewer can look at the work and use it to tell the time. Yet the audience watching The Clock experiences a vast range of narratives, settings and moods within the space of a few minutes, making time unravel in countless directions at once. Even while The Clock tells the time, it ruptures any sense of chronological coherence.”

In my mind at least, all these variations of extreme cinema are indebted to Warhol.

Here’s hoping that Marclay makes the piece available as portable iPhone application with built in alarm feature.

More info about the making of the piece can be found in this article at The Economist.