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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Measure of Discontent: Foot Tap Amplifier

Foot Tap Amplifier from Michael Kontopoulos on Vimeo.

A system for monitoring nervous foot-tapping. Inspired by “Restless Leg Syndrome”, this system addresses the uncontrollable urge to relieve bodily stress by shaking the legs and/or tapping the feet.
The wearable component consists of a leg-brace which detects acceleration caused by tapping and shaking. Additional electronics are housed in a tethered carrying case, which can be rested on the back of a chair. When a tap is detected, a wireless signal is transmitted to a nearby stationary unit, which strikes a cinder block once with a chisel. Over time, the nervous tapping of the individual is externalized and visualized by the gradual reduction of the concrete.
Part of a series called “Measure of Discontent”, from my MFA work at UCLA’s department of Design and Media Arts.
This work stems from the concept of measuring and representing anxiety. I was inspired by certain countries’ efforts to impose quantifiable values to the “happiness” of its people—Notably, the tradition of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan. Or even contemporary magazine articles that aim to report the worlds “happiest countries.”
It follows that if you can measure happiness than you can also measure unhappiness. Taking this as my point of departure, this work investigates the idea of quantifying the subjective—in this case, national anxiety.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Home within Home

Do Ho Suh
Home Within Home
8 September – 22 October, 2011
540 West 26th Street

Lehmann Maupin Gallery presents Home Within Home on view 8 September – 22 October, 2011 at 540 W. 26th Street.

In Home Within Home, Do Ho Suh will present a series of works that reflect the artist’s ongoing exploration of themes surrounding cultural displacement and the co-existence of cultural identities, as well as the perception of our surroundings and how one constructs a memory of a space. Suh’s own feeling of displacement when he arrived in the U.S. in 1991 to study at RISD led him to measure spaces in order to establish relationships with his new surroundings. Years later, the artist developed the idea of taking these measurements and using them to replicate and transport spaces. Suh constructs these architectural spaces and the elements within them in various mediums including fabrics, resin, and Styrofoam. Among the works exhibited in this show will be Fallen Star 1/5, Home Within Home, and a series of fabric objects, all personally revealing works which invite viewers into his homes.

Hold the line

KAWS' second solo exhibition at Honor Fraser Gallery in LA.
Hold the Line opens Sept 10th-Oct 22, 2011. Just love his work. Wish I was in LA to see this!

Haunch of Venison

Haunch of Venison is delighted to present ‘Boundaries Obscured’ from 23 September to 5 November 2011, a group exhibition that will mark the gallery’s inaugural exhibition in its new Chelsea location at 550 West 21st Street. The show will feature new works by artists including Ahmed Alsoudani, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Kevin Francis Gray, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Jitish Kallat, Patricia Piccinini, Peter Saul, Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, Gunther Uecker and Joana Vasconcelos. Several of the aforementioned artists will also have solo shows in the new space over the next year.

Sept 23-Nov 25, 2011
550 W21st Street, NYC

The map of the land of feeling

Rirkrit Tiravanija
UNTITLED 2008-2011
(the map of the land of feeling) I-III

Sept. 8 – October 22, 2011
Tue – Sat 11-6
Opening: Thursday Sept. 8, 6-8pm
at Carolina Nitsch Project Room 5 3 4 W e s t 2 2 n d S t r e e t

This work essentially chronicles the last 20 years of his life, his recurring themes and historical references. The maps and arrows record locations where Tiravanija has traveled and exhibited. There are recipes which refer to his practice of preparing and feeding visitors at his exhibitions. Interspersed throughout each of the three scrolls are repeated silhouettes of iconic art works by Duchamp and Broodthaers. Duchamp’s famous “Fountain” inspired Tiravanija to become an artist and Marcel Broodthaers incorporation of mussels in cooking pots as appropriated objects clearly influenced Tiravanija’s own cooking performances and installations.
Tirvanija was born to Thai parents in Buenos Aires in 1963 and was raised in Argentina, Bangkok, Ethiopia, and Canada. Tiravanija’s work is both autobiographical and relational to the societies and institutions he lives in and passes through. His work defies media-based description, as his practice combines traditional object making, public and private performances, teaching, and other forms of public service and social action.