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    VEIT LAURENT KURZ
    [=== VEIT === LAURENT == KURZ =]

    Chernobyl “Lava” – stream called “Elephant Foot”
    1990
    Source: Khlopin Radium Institute

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH VEIT LAURENT KURZ

    Ghosts

    The ghosts I see are of a different Nature.

    Its not the imprint of a passed away spirit

    Of human or animal

    Its the gathering of particles

    into Invisible shapes and bodies.

    Those bodies find life through my thoughts

    They come of a sudden

    and leave when they decide.

    I am told they are inventions

    But they are logic

    Universal logic.

    I feel their traces, existents of various kind.

    I communicate through my fear,

    And Protect myself through repetition.

    At the beginning the ghosts were nostalgic

    until they morphed into nature

    Turned into milk, mushroom or dairy

    they abandoned those

    and turned into universal matter

    molecules of each kind

    New ghosts were created

    and met with fear

    MAYA ZACK
    [== MAYA == ZACK ===]

    Maya Zack
    Black and White Rule
    HD video, 17:45 min
    2011
    Courtesy the artist and
    Marie-Laure Fleisch Gallery, Brussels

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MAYA ZACK

    The video Black and White Rule by Artist Maya Zack is the 2nd part of her Memory-Trilogy. It deals with the human attempt to impose order and form onto reality through training and discipline procedures.
    On an oversized chess-board two poodle dogs submit to the orders of their trainer while through the use of a Camera-Obscura their actions are being monitored and registered by a clerk in her office located alongside the chess-board. At a certain moment the orderly routine is disrupted…
    Black and White Rule is a visual experience and a homage to the art of drawing.

    DAFNA MAIMON
    [=== DAFNA ==== MAIMON ==]

    Dafna Maimon
    Video still and dialogue from “Indigestibles: And Then There’s Today / Can Us Hear Us”
    4K Video and immersive installation
    2020
    Courtesy of the artist

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH DAFNA MAIMON

    The protagonist is watching a nonstop report on the death of the last orangutan. She is also upset about having had to get up twice from the couch to answer the phone, both times to her mother calling by accident. Her fridge is stocked full with processed meats that she devours all day with no pause, while her intestines send up S.O.S. burps containing the following urgent messages:

    us don’t understand us? do us understand us?
    can us hear us?
    uh, us.. let us tell us.. that, us like us..
    hello? hi. hi?
    can us stop us?

    MARCELLO MALOBERTI
    [== MARCELLO ==== MALOBERTI =]
    NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2020
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    Marcello Maloberti
    SE PERDO ME TROVO TE /
    IF I LOSE ME I FIND YOU
    Martellate, 2020
    courtesy the Artist and Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH MARCELLO MALOBERTI

    MY WORK COMES FROM A SCARE

    CHRISTINE SUN KIM
    [=== CHRISTINE === SUN = KIM ===]
    NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2020
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    Christine Sun Kim
    Three variations of “See Zero”
    2018
    Charcoal and oil pastel on paper
    125×125 cm each
    Photo credit: 2019 White Space Beijing and Yang Wei

     

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH CHRISTINE SUN KIM

    Since American Sign Language (ASL) does not have a written component like most other languages, we use English words as loan words (loosely known as “deaf English”) to express some signed visual concepts as written text via email or on social media.
    “See Zero” could mean three things: “I see nothing,” “I can’t see a thing,” and “There’s nothing to see here.”

    ADELAIDE CIONI
    [= ADELAIDE ==== CIONI ==]
    NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2019
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    Adelaide Cioni
    Pink Punk Piece
    2018
    Fabric, costumes for Pink Punk Performance
    Courtesy the artist and P420, Bologna

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH ADELAIDE CIONI

    To dress up as naked
    I had to dress first
    To ask myself what is it that I cover when I slip into jeans and t-shirt.
    Then to undress once,
    to think again about the pink of the flesh
    as of something fake,
    a convention, a cliché.
    It can be true or false nobody cares.
    I wondered what pink is.
    I thought first of all it is to be exposed.
    Maybe indecent, certainly vulnerable.
    What a joyful color though, what sea of bliss.
    To be in the skin. Maybe then, shame is in sex.
    It’s in red it’s in black. These are the violent colors.
    Here you really fight. You suffer. You are ferocious.
    Immediately after that, shyness.
    We’re all naked under our clothes.
    Sometimes we are naked on top of them.

    EVA & FRANCO MATTES
    [=== EVA ==== FRANCO ===== MATTES ==]
    NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2019
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    Eva and Franco Mattes
    Personal Photographs, September 2009
    2019
    Cable tray, ethernet cables, digital images, Raspberry Pi single-board computers, micro SD cards, USB flash drives, custom software
    Dimensions variable
    Exhibition view, Team Gallery
    Photo credits: Jeff McLane

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH EVA AND FRANCO MATTES

    #!/bin/sh

    echo “Beginning photo sync…”

    #if [ “$(hostname)”==”rpa.local” ]; then
    #echo “$(hostname -s)”
    if [ “$(hostname -s)” = “rpa” ]; then
    recipient_host=”rpb.local”
    #recipient_host=”10.0.0.49″ #rpb
    #recipient_host=”rpb”
    echo “Sending photos to “$recipient_host”…”
    else
    recipient_host=”rpa.local”
    #recipient_host=”10.0.0.1″ #rpa
    #recipient_host=”rpa”
    echo “Sending photos to “$recipient_host”…”
    fi

    usb_drive_name=”$(ls /media/pi/ | head -n 1)”
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=”(command printf ‘%q’ $usb_drive_name)”
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=${$usb_drive_name// /\ }
    #usb_drive_name_escaped=${usb_drive_name// /_}

    echo “Using USB drive:” $usb_drive_name

    sender_path=/media/pi/$usb_drive_name/sending

    recipient_path=/media/pi/$usb_drive_name/receiving

    echo “Sending files in:” $sender_path
    echo “Sending files to:” $recipient_host:$recipient_path

    rsync –progress -a –recursive –ignore-times $sender_path/. pi@$recipient_host:$recipient_path

    echo “Fin.”

    GENESIS BELANGER
    [= GENESIS == BELANGER ==]
    NEWSLETTER JULY 2019
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    Genesis Belanger
    coins for the ferryman
    2019
    Porcelain and stoneware
    Size variable
    Courtesy the artist and Francois Ghebaly Gallery,
    Los Angeles CA
    Photo credits: Pauline Shapiro

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH GENESIS BELANGER

    There seems to be a gulf between how little we understand what motivates our actions. Originally, I was fascinated by this unknowing and how it was – almost – weaponized against us by the advertising industry. More recently I have noticed how this inner disconnect affects us in a more intimate context: how we grieve. Loss is an inevitable part of life, yet we are so obsessed with living we have very little support for it culturally. This disincentivizes a present tense understanding of how we are affected by our grief. We mourn many things – a death being paramount – but the gravity of an ultimate loss does not negate the pain of lesser losses. We all mourn the big and small absences. It is time to pull all these messy feelings into the known.

    ALEJANDRA HERNANDEZ
    [=== ALEJANDRA = HERNANDEZ =]
    NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019
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    Alejandra Hernández Studio, Bogotà, 2019
    in the background
    Alejandra Hernández, Andrea & Santiago, 2019

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH ALEJANDRA HERNÁNDEZ

    What I intend to do are basically portraits of our time, of different ways of living, more than a final painting I see it as a document of people who are walking this earth and whom I sometimes have the pleasure to meet and translate said meeting into a canvas. More than a painting I see it as a social construct, where both sides are in constant dialogue and all our baggage can just drop for a few hours while we share the experience and concretely render it into a painting.

    SANTIAGO REYES VILLAVECES
    [=== SANTIAGO == REYES == VILLAVECES ==]
    NEWSLETTER MAY 2019
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    Santiago Reyes Villaveces, Harp, 2019.
    Courtesy The artist, The Blank Contemporary Art, Fondazione Amleto Bertoni
    Installation view. Sacristy of Sant’Ignazio former church, Saluzzo (CN), Italy

    THE BLANK CONTEMPORARY ART
    99 WORDS WITH SANTIAGO REYES VILLAVECES

    The Harp project consists in constructing an exploded copy of the Tópaga harp (1680) that occupies the architectural space of Sacristy of the Church of Sant’Ignazio.
    The instrument’s design is deformed through the use of an elliptical structure with two foci-bridges.
    Making use of the Sacristy’s open drawers, windows, and physical structure itself as resonance boxes, Harp fabricates a polyarchic harp (of multiple origins) as a flow of historical, architectonic, embodied, and decolonising frequencies that aim to destabilize the origin story delivered to the “new world” by the Jesuit harp.

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