[-empyre-] More Art
Michael Angelo Tata, PhD
mtata at ipublishingllc.com
Sat Apr 18 19:17:21 EST 2009
Wow! I love your Webby intrusions and incursions: have you exhibited any in a gallery or exhibition space? Your adjusted pages make me think of Hans Haacke and his marvelous infiltration of the real estate industry with works like Shapolsky et al, or even his Manet '74 and its exposure of the provenance of a Manet masterpiece and its connection to activities of the Third Reich.
Please say some more about direct aesthetic responses to current corporate greed, the bursting of housing bubbles, or the ineluctable smirk of Bernie Madoff. I know some fab visual artist is making fiery canvases depicting the faces of the guilty, but I cannot think of his name. Do you know who I mean? For example, he paints Madoff, or that creepy Angelo from Countrywide, then goes to the street and encourages strangers to mark up the canvas with words, expressions and graffiti expressing their anger, grief and dissatisfaction.
Michael Angelo Tata, PhD 347.776.1931-USA
> Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 13:07:11 -0400
> From: nak44 at cornell.edu
> To: empyre at gamera.cofa.unsw.edu.au
> Subject: [-empyre-] Artists' responses to the so-called "crisis"
> Dear empyre,
> It's strange that it's the 16th of the month (at least where I am), yet
> there has been little sustained discussion of present-day artistic
> responses to this so-called financial "crisis"--one that exists in a
> mythical realm of numbers-that-we-cannot-perceive, but that sadly has
> very real impacts on people. Responses by students, academics, and
> activists have not been limited to the resignation of acceptance, nor
> abstract theorizing in and of itself, but rather have taken, at times,
> forms of protest and occupation throughout the world, as well as direct
> actions against banking institutions. (See, in particular the story of
> Enric Duran:
> http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20090319182858556 and
> http://17-s.info/en .) How then might we understand these actions
> within the context of our own theorizing activities?
> This should reflect a special concern as to the impact of this "crisis"
> on academic and cultural institutions. Indeed, the occupations and
> protests at schools---NYU, the New School, University of Rochester,
> institutions in Italy and France and Spain and...---suggest the deep
> worry that many have regarding how the "crisis" might ultimately move to
> transform culture and learning into more and more reified situations
> governed by numbers and the market. (The Bologna process is coming to
> the states: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/education/09educ.html .)
> In response there have been discussions and interviews about how we can
> use this time of "crisis" to develop new models that exist in parallel
> to concurrent struggles to force governments to provide for the basic
> needs of people. (See in particular "Interviewing the Crisis":
> http://www.interviewingthecrisis.org/ .) How might we then reconsider
> actions and activities of the past and present and future---TAZs,
> tactical media, pirate radio, and many, many, more---in light of calls
> for more standardization and more "accountability"?
> And whither the academic institution? Corporations have fairly free
> reign in many departments at colleges and universities in the United
> States. Are we to expect even more of these so-called "public-private
> partnerships" in the future? What is the role of the institution in
> producing the people who created the "crisis" in the first place? Who
> will follow the links between the powerful actors in order to map their
> I present here a recent project of mine that is my own attempt to face
> some of these issues. MAICgregator (http://maicgregator.org) is a
> Firefox extension that aggregates information about colleges and
> universities embedded in the military-academic-industrial (MAIC)
> complex. It searches government funding databases, private news sources,
> private press releases, and public information about trustees to try and
> produce a radical cartography of the modern university via the
> replacement or overlay of this information on academic websites.
> MAICgregator is available for download right now:
> http://maicgregator.org/download . If you want to see what MAICgregator
> does to a website without downloading it, you can look at some
> screenshots: http://maicgregator.org/docs/screenshots . This is its
> first public release, so expect that things might not work properly.
> I have written an extensive statement about MAICgregator that tries to
> contextualize it within discourses of net.art, the
> military-academic-industrial complex, "data mining", and activist
> artistic practices. As the statement is rife with embedded links,
> please read it online:
> I welcome any feedback or discussion that this might provoke; if you
> want to e-mail the project authors directly, please e-mail info --at--
> maicgregator ---dot--- org.
> nick knouf
> empyre forum
> empyre at lists.cofa.unsw.edu.au
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