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Book Review: Nechvatal’s Immersive Noise Theory


Immersion Into NoiseImmersion Into Noise
Joseph Nechvatal’s Immersive Noise Theory
by Yuting Zou
Published in The Brooklyn Rail April Issue 2011

Joseph Nechvatal
Immersion Into Noise

Lee Wells and the Blowback of Empire Porn

FEBRUARY 17 – MARCH 12, 2011

Pirate Flag #2, 2010, HD Video, 10 minutes

Wikipedia: Blowback is the espionage term for the violent, unintended consequences of a covert operation that are suffered by the civil population of the aggressor government. To the civilians suffering the blowback of covert operations, the effect typically manifests itself as “random” acts of political violence without a discernible, direct cause; because the public—in whose name the intelligence agency acted—are ignorant of the effected secret attacks that provoked revenge (counter-attack) against them.


February 22, 2011. What's in a name? "Action for Freedom", the generic, boosterish title of Lee Wells' new exhibition of paintings and recycled digital video, at first sounds like a grassroots community organization, a vigilante committee, even a policy wonk's think tank. But those two fully loaded buzzwords, which might suggest engagement or advocacy in another context, are defused here, rendered open-ended and non-specific. Like other bland amalgams which tend to litter the political landscape - could Wells have titled his exhibition "New Republic" or "National Review"? - the connotation is intentionally ambiguous.

Some Thoughts on Wojnarowicz and the Never Ending Culture Wars

David Wojnarowicz "A Fire in My Belly" Original from ppow_gallery on Vimeo.

December 16, 2010. The above is taken from the Vimeo page of PPOW Gallery and from the archives of NYU's Fales Library. It represents two segments, of approximately 13 and 7 minutes, that David Wojnarowicz shot and edited on Super 8 in 1986-87, which he entitled "A Fire In My Belly". It is NOT the four minute piece that was yanked from the National Portrait Gallery show on December 1. It is also NOT the video I posted earlier on this blog, with its Diamanda Galas banshee wail/dirge of "Unclean". Nor the segment I have seen with an overlaid soundtrack of a 1980s ACT UP demonstration. Wojnarowicz shot and presented his original footage without sound, a suggestion of the urgency and severity of the political climate that led to the mantra of "Silence = Death".

It is two weeks since the "silencing" of "A Fire In My Belly", and as we near Sunday's rally on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum, it's clear that the culture wars are by no means over. This is hardly news to anyone following the hurtful antics of the Tea Party. Ever more empowered by their victories in the midterm election, the same purveyors of fear and purposeful obfuscation who demonized Obama for the past two years are trying to legislate and coerce the cultural landscape, to make art conform to their hypocritical and faux Christian yardstick. The fact that their cynical misunderstanding and bad intentions AGAIN fall directly on Wojnarowicz's shoulders is testimony to the enduring raw, elemental, and confrontational power of his art. Although the forces of reaction and censorship will always find something to belittle and attempt to repress, we almost have to thank them for forcing the issue and focusing attention on work that especially needs to be discussed and re-evaluated right now, as an antidote to right wing resurgence.

Royalism & Humanity II

Recent events, and business prospects before me,
have engendered a second "review" of cultural documents that support royalism, particularly UK royalism.

First, whatever has been proposed for Disney dolls stands. That's right, Wolfgang, at least to the point of discrediting such dolls, I stand by the view that young girls, like my daughter, should not be growing up wanting to be a princess.

Movies & History

Here is a simultaneous review, or series of comments, on two films.

Royalism & Humanity

While it's fun to see Susan Philipsz getting the Turner Prize, it's worrisome that, with such an
honor, art remains in service of the Empah.

We can all enjoy the paahty, to quote Jay Jopling,
and we can all realize that life gets on, doesn't it, without too much muss or fuss.

Consider what will happen this year, 2011.

Miami Slice: Art Basel Early Bird Special. White Vinyl. Perrotin. Diet. Dorsch. Seven. (in progress)

Saturday, November 27, 2010. Landing in Miami a few days before the wall-to-wall insanity commenced, I had a chance to take the temperature of the town, to selectively buzz through various Wynwood galleries and project spaces, to survey the tents of Art Miami, -Scope et. al. on Midtown Boulevard, to watch the graffiti boys throw up a mural on the side of a garage, to hook up both with the local scene and with other recent arrivals lured by the heady promise of Art Basel week.

In other words, I felt commendably and reassuringly early. That is, until Jill Clark, an art adviser from New York now relocated to South Beach, informed me that Basel-themed parties generally start in the middle of November, two full weeks before my arrival. Faced with the looming, inevitable immanence of the Great Influx and its concomitant doses of frenzy and glamor, many art dealers, club owners, party promoters, real estate speculators, fashion doyennes and benefit committees cannot resist the obvious marketing ploy. They resolutely hang their efforts on that familiar ABMB shingle, hoping to define their event as some sort of preamble

Die Umnachtung der Eliten

finally a sober analysis of the euro crisis and an idea how to fix the mess. from taz, 11/25/2010:

IRLAND Immer mehr EU-Länder gehen pleite. Wir brauchen einen europäischen Währungsfonds, der die Zinspolitik verändert und die Realwirtschaft stärkt

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Florent Founès

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