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KALEIDOSCOPE issue 16
(Fall 2012)

We are pleased to announce the release of Issue 16, soon to be presented in Milan, London (during Frieze Art Fair) and Paris (during FIAC). This issue will mark the first year of the visionary art direction by leading London design firm OK-RM. This issue’s opening section, HIGHLIGHTS, features Aleksandra Domanović, whose videos and sculptures [...]

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Shanaynay

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Independent exhibition space Shanaynay, Paris

Shanaynay is what its founders Jason Hwang, an artist and curator from Los Angeles, and Romain Chenais, a curator from Paris, hesitantly call an “Independent Exhibition Space.” Their space is situated in a storefront in the 20th arrondissement of Paris, “close enough to the hip young galleries in Belleville to not be excluded and far [...]

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TOP 10 SUMMER SHOWS
Rank 1: “Steel Life” at
Michael Benevento,
Los Angeles

The premise of “Steel Life” relies on a pun, but it’s no one-liner. Organized by NY-based Zak Kitnick, this self-aware group show lacks the conceit of a high concept. Instead eighteen artists present eighteen different treatments of the titular material: “steel brackets,” “steel pipes,” “sheet steel,” “welded steel,” “steel plates.” The show trades industrial monumentalism [...]

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TOP 10 SUMMER SHOWS
Rank 2: “Panem et Circenses”
at Rob Tufnell, London

As Olympic mania crescendos in London, sport-themed summer exhibitions are legion. Featuring historical and contemporary works by a disparate group of artists, “Panem Et Circenses” (Bread and Games) offers a timely riposte to the games motto, “Inspiring a generation.” Guy Debord’s film Society of the Spectacle (1967) sets the tone for “Panem Et Circenses,” an [...]

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TOP 10 SUMMER SHOWS
Rank 3: “People Who Work Here” at David Zwirner, New York

As they relate to the art world, the complementary notions of center and periphery are still a touchy subject. Are you in the center, moving towards it or so far out on the periphery that you established a center of your own? David Zwirner gallery plays with these notions in “People who work here.” This [...]

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TRI ANGLE RECORDS
words by Ruth Saxelby

“Pop is religion. Overground is underground.” So reads London/New York label Tri Angle’s SoundCloud profile. Led by label boss Robin Carolan, Tri Angle has released some of the most cutting-edge and [...]

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SYLVIA SLEIGH
words by Joanna Fiduccia

Sylvia Sleigh was 57 years old when she met Paul Rosano. In those days, numerous New York artists and critics came under the British painter’s brush, but it was Rosano she seemed to love the best. He was her Victorine [...]

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PRISONER OF FLESH
words by Michele D’Aurizio

Case had become a prisoner of his own flesh. The thief he was, he had stolen from his employers, who instead of killing him had chosen to cripple his nervous system, depriving him of the capacity to access cyberspace [...]

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TALKING TO MACHINES
Jason Brown and Brody Condon
introduced by DIS

When Kaleidoscope asked DIS to discuss Cyberpunk, we took a look at our stories from the past couple of years and found that, with its attendant style markers and signifiers [...]

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FRANK BENSON
words by Alessandro Rabottini

Long before the critical terminology of contemporary art began to misuse the concept of the “end”— the end of modernity, the end of the organic body, the end of reality—the language of art discussed representation as a [...]

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LIZ MAGIC LASER
interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist

LIZ MAGIC LASER For my Performa project I was working with a number of interviews that I was splicing up and adapting into a romantic drama. The first interview I found was the sarah Palin/glenn Beck interview that [...]

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WEB SPECIALS

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THREE POSITIONS ON THE ART OF DAMIEN HIRST
words by Isobel Harbison, Laura McLean-Ferris and Carson Chan

MORE BOOM THAN DOOM
by Isobel Harbison

Hirst is a modern hero. It’s true. He will go down in the history books, or virals, or whatever format history [...]

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RE-BUNK!
words by Isobel Harbison

In 1946, a gang of artists, writers, poets and benefactors, with racy aspirations and an aversion to the trappings of a modern museum set up London’s ICA. The term “art center” seemed too parochial [...]

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REVIEW:
7TH BERLIN BIENNALE
words by Anca Rujoiu

The 7th Berlin Biennale sets up clear expectations through a straightforward curatorial statement about what it embraces, excludes and loathes. [...]

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REVIEW:
GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL
words by Alhena Katsof

The Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, more commonly known as GI, is distinct from the conventional biennial in both format and [...]

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:
Justin Lieberman answers to
Chris Sharp’s essay on
Neo Camp

Chris Sharp is rightly ambivalent in his excellent essay on the current uses of camp and dandyism by the artists [...]

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HASSAN KHAN AND
WAEL SHAWKY
mediated by Shahira Issa

SHAHIRA ISSA Perhaps I’ll start by asking you both how you consider your present practice…
HASSAN KHAN I’ve never had a set idea of what I am supposed to [...]

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ON THE DIVERSITY OF
AFRICAN MUSIC
words by Benjamin Lebrave

There is more genetic diversity among Africans than within the rest of the world. This means if you look at the DNA of Africans from different ethnic backgrounds, you will statistically [...]

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Andressen

A CULTURAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
words by Nana Oforiatta-Ayim

Growing up, I had a mythic imagination of England, a place of sliced white bread, of rolling glades and hillsides, girls in straw boater hats, the Beatles, marmalade, a hand-bag toting [...]

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NICHOLAS HLOBO
essay by Tracy Murinik

Over the past, prolific decade, Nicholas Hlobo has engaged in richly enigmatic conversations with his audience that explore themes of sexual and cultural identity via the suggestiveness of materiality that compose his [...]

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LYNETTE YIADOM–BOAKYE
interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist

HANS ULRICH OBRIST In your paintings you have a very clear methodology, which is actually quite conceptual. It sounds like, in a sort of On Kawara way, a painting a day. Can you talk about this? It seems [...]

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ELVIRA DYANGANI OSE
interview by Carson Chan

CARSON CHAN You were recently appointed Curator of International Art at Tate Modern and, given your expertise in African art, you will be contributing to Tate’s ambitions to expand its reach on the [...]

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ALEXANDRA BACHZETSIS
interview by Catherine Wood

CATHERINE WOOD Your dances seem, alternately, like very private passages of thought and deliberately brash “showtime.” What is relationship between your “inside” and “outside” when it comes to inventing and [...]

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155 FREEMAN
interview by Chris Wiley

CHRIS WILEY To begin, can you each describe the impetus behind your projects, and how they first came about? LIGHT INDUSTRY Light Industry began in 2008. At that time, we were thinking about how New York [...]

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THE RESURGENCE OF R&B
words by Tim Small

When, a few years from now, we look back at what’s happening now in pop music, we won’t be able to escape discussions of the resurgence of R&B. The contemporary renaissance of smooth sounds and soulful [...]

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CAMP + DANDYISM = NEO-CAMP
words by Chris Sharp

Soft, pure and uninflected colors. Lavender, yellow, baby blue. Peaceful interiors and the decorative accoutrements that populate them. Everything sharply delineated [...]

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CATHY WILKES’S “NON-VERBAL,” 2005-2011
words by Isobel Harbison

Non-Verbal, as a title for a work, is a contradiction in terms. Non-verbal communication uses the paralanguages of gesture, image, arrangement, pitch, volume or intonation, rather than [...]

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UTE META BAUER
interview by Carson Chan

CARSON CHAN You curated the Third Berlin Biennial in 2004, and the theme was Berlin itself. The social, economic and historic context of the city was source material for your curation, operating in what Maria Lind [...]

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ED ATKINS
interview by Hans Ulrich Obrist

HANS ULRICH OBRIST I wanted to ask you about how it all started. How did you come to art, or did art come to you? Was it an epiphany or a gradual process?
ED ATKINS In retrospect, it seems [...]

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PIERRE HUYGHE
interview by Barbara Casavecchia

BARBARA CASAVECCHIA This summer, I read Douglas Coupland’s book on Marshall Mcluhan, You Know Nothing of My Work! and found something I thought you might like: Mcluhan says that the work of the artist [...]

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PRADA
Nicholas Cullinan and
Francesco Vezzoli in conversation

NICHOLAS CULLINAN The first question is long and usually horrifies people when I wonder it aloud. I think the art world is a lot more like the fashion world than it wants to [...]

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