Thursday, October 26, 2006

DAY #2

Yesterday we visited the Walker’s new exhibition Heart of Darkness (HOD). HOD features the work of Ellen Gallagher, Thomas Hirschhorn, and Kai Althoff. Here are some links for you to check out.

We also talked about ideas that the class was interested in. James talked about a public project that he created featuring humans devolving into monkeys presented over the 94 tunnel. Lauren is interested in creating an urban legend/myth. Vlad wants to create a projection that appears to be 3-D. Nicholas said that he is inspired by a recent Sigur Ros video. Hayleigh wants to do something with projection on water or the appearance of walking on water. Bailey expressed the desire to make a politically/socially involved movie. Hopefully I listed the majority of the ideas presented. Anyway, please start thinking about what you want to do and bring your ideas to Monday’s class.

Enjoy the links.

Ellen Gallagher

This is the film installation featuring the Super Boo (the blonde monster horror film) and Murmur: Watery Ecstatic (based on the mythical Black Atlantis). Make sure to poke around on the Art 21 website. and click on all the interactive features – there is a slide show & process feature – both worthwhile.

Thomas Hirschhorn

Cavemanman is the winding cave that leads through what appears to be a combination of a library and a shrine to pop culture.

If you have time check out the Artist Talk where Hirschhorn talks about his project Musée Précaire Albinet (the Precarious Museum of Albinet). Some of us talked about this project –Hirschhorn and the community built a museum out of cardboard and packing tape in a depressed neighborhood in Paris. Hirschhorn managed to work out a deal with Centre Pompidou to exhibit the works of Duchamp, Malevich, Beuys, Warhol, Dali, and Mondrian. Million dollar works of art shown in a shabby shack!

Some of you guys were interested in how the cave was built – check out this article about the installation.

Kai Althoff

Althoff’s work is the installation that looks like a thrift store explosion. His work is filled with sexually charged imagery, real body fluids, and references to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, a Germany filmmaker whose films often featured openly gay characters.


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