[spectre] New Reviews at Furtherfield.org April 2008.
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed Apr 23 13:59:53 CEST 2008
New Reviews at Furtherfield.org April 2008.
Artwork by Willy LeMaitre & Eric Rosenzveig
Artwork Title - The Appearance Machine
Review by Natasha Chuk
Review Title - Trash Talk: A Review of The Appearance Machine by Willy
Le Maitre and Eric Rosenzveig.
For nearly ten years, trash has been the focus of a massive project, an
audiovisual work called The Appearance Machine, by artists Willy Le
Maitre & Eric Rosenzveig. This is a project that deals firsthand with an
overabundance of material that won't go away, and about seeing the
beautiful possibilities of trash, giving the act of recycling a new
context. The result is conflicting, producing in the viewer a sense of
alienation and comfort, disbelief and wonder.
Artwork by Richard Wright
Artwork Title - The Internet Speaks
Review by Mark Hancock
The Internet Speaks: contemplating the nature of images on the net and
how we read them without recourse to text and context.
There are two versions to this project. The gallery based piece that
automatically selects random images and displays them on the gallery
wall, and the Internet version that offers the viewer a next and back
button with which to scroll through and reverse the sequence so that
they can return and reconsider the images. The second, Internet-based
work allows the viewer to cheat a little bit, giving them the
opportunity to think through the sequence and rework the narrative as it
Artwork by Kate Armstrong
Artwork Title - Why Some Dolls Are Bad
Review by Eliza Fernbach
Review Title - Dolls behaving truly madly, but not really badly...
Why Some Dolls are Bad invites the user to a collection of streamed
images culled from the Internet, which take on random editorial
positions in the frame of an original text written by Armstrong. The
result- a bespoke book for the users of Facebook, an infinite
precipitation of stirred structure. A ribald evolving commentary on our
world of Good and Bad dolls. The same page never appears twice but the
user can capture and save a favorite page. This is an intriguing
re-enactment of the experience of reading a narrative book where
particular passages haunt the imagination and are saved to our cognitive
SwanQuake - the user manual
Artists - Igloo
Review by by Rob Myers
SwanQuake - the user manual, is a collection of essays regarding a major
interactive virtual installation art project by igloo (Ruth Gibson &
Bruno Martelli) and their collaborators. SwanQuake is, as its name
suggests, a meeting of computer game technology and dance. It consists
of a series of interactive virtual environments built using the Unreal
Engine 3D game system and populated by characters animated using motion
capture techniques. Edited by Scott deLahunta. Essays by Johannes
Birringer, Helen Stuckey, Shiralee Saul, Bruno Martelli, Ruth Gibson,
John McCormick, Katharine Neil, Alex Jevremovic, Adam Nash, Helen Sloan,
Marco Gillies, Harry Brenton & David Surman.
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