Thursday, November 20, 2008

Art and Money

The Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, CCCS, at the Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy, will present from 14 November 2008 to 11 January 2009:

ART, PRICE AND VALUE – Contemporary art and the market, curated by the critic Piroschka Dossi, author of Hype! Kunst und Geld, Deutsche Taschenbuch Verlag 2007, and Franziska Nori, project director of the CCCS.

The exhibition will examine the increased links between contemporary art and the international market. The power now exerted by the economy on political, social and cultural life has extended its hold on art production so that the whole system is undergoing a complete transformation in response to the demands of an increasingly global market. Contemporary art plays an ever more prominent role in our culture. Its economic power is reflected in the exorbitant prices now reached at international auctions and in the increased popularity of exhibitions, biennales, festivals, shows and mega-happenings.

In the last twenty years contemporary art has become a specialized industry with its own rules and a network of professional operators. Artists are drawn into the international dynamics of a highly competitive system. This places them in competition with artists from widely different backgrounds but demands they speak a global and commercial language. There has been a drastic change in the rules: witness the impact of the emergence of contemporary Chinese art on the market. In recent years with the growing interest of collectors, galleries and institutions in the west it has become the ideal environment for speculators. With pressing demands for the new and sensational, the process of production and commercialization is speeded up but art is also increasingly drawn into mass culture and commerce.

The exhibition will feature the work of contemporary artists which throws light on the mechanisms of the international art system. The selection explores different points of view, ranging from complete conformity to the prevailing rules of the market to irony and sarcasm and even to an 'anti-market' stance taken by those anxious to avoid the commercial aspects of the art market entirely. Artists, whose work may be included, are Luchezar Boyadjiev (Bulgaria), Marco Brambilla (USA), Marc Bijl (Netherlands), Fabio Cifariello (Italy), Claude Closky (France), Denis Darzacq (France), Eva Grubinger (Germany), Pablo Helguera (Mexico), Damien Hirst (UK), Bethan Huws (UK), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Michael Landy (UK), Atelier van Lieshout (Netherlands), Thomas Locher (Austria), Aernout Mik (Netherlands), Takashi Murakami (Japan) Antoni Muntadas (Spain), Josh On (USA), Dan Perjovschi (Rumania), Wilfredo Prieto (Cuba) and Cesare Pietroiusti (Italy).

The exhibition will be accompanied by a bilingual (Italian/English) catalogue published by Silvana Editoriale in which all the art works will be documented along with essays written by the curators: Dr Boris Groys (professor of Aesthetics, Art History, and Media Theory, Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, University of Karlsruhe); Pier Luigi Sacco (professor of Economy of Culture, IUAV, Venice); Julian Stallabrass (reader in modern and contemporary art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London); and Wolfgang Ullrich (professor of art history and media theory, University of Karlsruhe). The project will also be complemented by a lecture programme to stimulate an interdisciplinary debate on the topics addressed by the show.


ART, PRICE AND VALUE, Contemporary art and the market
Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, CCCS
CCCS, Palazzo Strozzi, 50123 Firenze, Italy
Phone: +39 055 2645155
Fax: +39 055 2646560
Contact: Franziska Nori

from 14 November 2008 to 11 January 2009

Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 to 20.00,
Thursday 10.00 to 23.00,
Monday closed

in time: I was a bit surprise when i did not see any derivart artwork in this exhibition. There were the pioneers in this field (they stardet t do such thing in 2004, 3 years before Piroschka Dossi write his book) and their contribution for this connection between art and finance is enormous....

Friday, November 14, 2008

Bio Terrorism

Can you imagine Warsaw under bio terrorist attack?

The artist Robert B. Lisek made exactly this. He applied the technique of molecular biology by analyzingthe most fundamental process in the nature - selfreplication that means exponential grow and spreading of structures. He especially focus on DNA selfreplication.
As result of his research in conjunction with Molecular Biology Lab at Wroclaw University he generated the new gender of the bacterium E-coli [1XkZF no name yet],that quickly spreads in the water.

He also prepared a map/graph that represent the best way to infect Warsaw city. The map provides an understanding of how ‘pathogens’ (in this case the artist’s E-coli bacteria) spread and the connections between multiple biological and communicative networks. In graphic terms, a narrative of bacterial infection demonstrates how easily new dangerous bacteria strands can be grown and how quickly they might spread in a metropolis such as Warsaw.

This radical project in which author deals with genes hacking, DNA self-replication and shows scenario of bioterrorism attack of Warsaw will be presented as installation and exhibition of graphs/maps in the Leto Gallery.

please see some details
and text by Joasia Krysa & Geoff Cox


Robert B. Lisek

self-replication of pathogen

curators: Joasia Krysa & Geoff Cox

exhibition: 17.10 - 13.11. 2008

LETO Gallery
ul. Hoża 9c
00-528 Warszawa
022 499 59 16, 0501 696 440,

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Marilyn Manson: the painter

Just a parenthesis in the new media field to talk about watercolor. I received a press release about an exhibition of Marilyn Manson. I have to confess that my first reaction was to think: o Gosh, one more artist trying to to something else based on his previous fame.

But I was surprised by the paintings.. they are not original or super amazing but they are good. at least in my opinion. Some of them looks like a self portrait... Evil... He keeps with the grotesque in mind and create images that fits with his personality. For those who got curious about check this link and go to the gallery. Maybe he passes trough there...

Marilyn Manson: Trismegistus
December 5, 2008 - February 20, 2009

Vernissage: December 5, 7-9 pm

101 NE 40th Street, Miami

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Nobel Textiles

It is always interesting when you put together science and art. This was the challenge presented by Central Saint Martins College and the Medical Research Council. They invited 5 nobel winners and put them to work with 5 top fashion textile design.

The result you can view on their website here.