Archive for October, 2013

The beauty of the “unfinished” Captives by Quayola

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Michelangelo’s unfinished sculpture series Prigioni (1513-1534) was an early reference point for Quayola’s new exhibition Captives, which see’s him recreate his own unfinished sculptures in both traditional and digital format.

The central theme of Captives is Michelangelo’s “non-finito” technique – the act of not finishing something. This is presented as a digital manifestation of large scale sculptures and digital video works.

The sculptural works were created using advanced robotic technology – a fascinating presentation of the binary between new and traditional sculpture. After being programmed with up to 1.2 million intricate lines of data instructions, robots then milled the sculptures using custom built software commands.

 

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The video artwork on display in conjunction with the physical works offers insight into the creation process of the sculptures. Exposing the intricate robotics and creative software procedures used to create the sculptures, Captives highlights the increasing economic viability of using robotics in artistic practice rather than just for industrial purposes.

As an exhibition defined by mathematical functions and processes, Captives offers a digitally sophisticated, contemporary homage to Michelangelo and sculpture as one of the earliest forms of art.

The exhibition marks Quayola’s first foray in producing physical pieces as opposed to screen based artwork. On Sedition, Quayola integrates dramatically lit plants with computer-generated material that explores the ambiguity of realism in the digital realm for his Natures Collection.

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Captives is currently exhibiting at MU Strijp Gallery in Eindhoven until 22nd December 2013.

Sedition takes a Silver Lovie Award.

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2013 is proving to be a year full of exciting surprises. In April, Sedition became an official honoree at the 2013 Webby Awards by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Today, we are thrilled to announce that Sedition has been recognised as one of the most innovative art websites in Europe by the Lovie Awards and was awarded a Silver Award in the Art category. Other websites in this category included Red Bull Collective Arts and the Art Council England & BBC’s on-demand art website The Space.

Now in its third year, The Lovie Awards continues to champion digital creativity across Europe; choosing the best websites from a number of different fields including art, advertising, and social media. The awards are presented and judged by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences; a body of leading business figures, web experts, luminaries, creative celebrities and internet professionals. The Lovie Awards are named after Ada Lovelace who is often noted as the world’s very first computer programmer. Notes Lovelace made on early computer systems are said to have contained the first algorithms to ever be processed by a computer.

We would like to dedicate this award to EVERY SEDITION MEMBER who has supported Sedition and its innovative concept to bring great art in digital format to any screen and device.

THANK YOU!

Own an edition of Mat Collishaw’s Prosopopoeia with EDITION Hotels

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Sedition recently joined forces with EDITION Hotels to bring you the very best of Frieze London 2013. Over on the EDITION Hotels Facebook page you can look back at our Frieze highlights and see an exclusive interview with Sedition director Rory Blain.

Frieze Week may be over, but fans of Sedition and EDITION Hotels still have the chance to own their very own digital edition of Mat Collishaw’s Prosopopeia. The stunning 5 minute piece was commissioned by EDITION Hotels and was installed at the launch event of the new London EDITION, we have a nice video of the installation. Prosopopeia was offered as a gift to a select group of hotel guests and is not otherwise available to purchase. But we have great news for you, for a limited time only, EDITION Hotels offer you the chance to you can obtain your free edition by visiting the Sedition tab on the EDITION Hotels Facebook page.

HERE IS HOW TO CLAIM YOUR DIGITAL EDITION

1. Visit the EDITION Hotel’s Facebook Page, ‘Like’ the page and click on “Claim Here”.

2. Click the link to take you to the Sedition website. Click the “Collect Your Artwork” button and sign up or join Sedition using your email address or Facebook.

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3. Once you have logged in you instantly receive the edition transferred to your Sedition account. You are now the owner of a unique digital art edition by Mat Collishaw and you can see the edition number you own.

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4. To view your artwork, click ‘View In Vault’. Your Vault is the central hub where all your artworks are stored. From there you can play the artwork in full screen or you can download a low resolution image to use as a wallpaper or send the image to your device to set as wallpaper.

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5. Display your stunning 5 minute artwork on any of your devices: computer, tablet, smartphone or stream via projector onto your wall and connect the audio to a sound system. If you play the work directly from your Vault, make sure you have a stable internet connection. You can also download one of the free Sedition apps for iOS, Android or Samsung.

Remember that Sedition stores your artworks securely on your Vault and  you can access them anytime and from anywhere using your Sedition account. For more information about digital art collecting with Sedition, visit our dedicated “How It Works” page or leave a comment.

Off-Frieze, an alternative guide to art events alongside Frieze Art Fair 2013

It’s that time of year again. Frieze Week sees the world’s most esteemed galleries, artists and collectors congregate in London for a week-long celebration of contemporary art. At the heart of this celebration is the famous Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park which showcases over 170 leading contemporary art galleries from around the globe. Frieze Masters is also returning for its second year, with a dedicated programme honouring pre-21st Century artworks.

Sedition has partnered with EDITION Hotels to bring you our guide to Frieze London 2013. During the next few days you will find our recommendations over on the EDITION Hotels Facebook Page.

But there’s also a plethora of art to be seen outside of the confines of Regent’s Park. London is awash with private views, workshops, talks, parties and gallery openings during Frieze Week. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our top off-Frieze picks on our blog – for adventurous art goers in the capital this week.

WEDNESDAY 16th OCTOBER 2013

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Candy: Damien Hirst & Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Blain Southern Gallery

4 Hanover Square

London

W1S 1BP

16th October – 30th November

Candy  opens at Blain Southern, featuring the works of celebrated artists Damien Hirst and Felix Gonzalez-Torres. This is the first time Hirst’s Visual Candy paintings have been presented together exclusively. They will be displayed alongside one of Gonzalez-Torres Candy Spill works – visitors of the exhibition will be encouraged to interact with the piece by touching – or even consuming – the candy on display.

More info: Candy at Blain Southern

THURSDAY 17th OCTOBER 2013

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Moving Image

Oxo Tower Wharf

Bargehouse Street

London

SE1 9PH

17th October – 20th October

Moving Image is London’s first contemporary video art fair, dedicated to the medium of the moving image. Bringing together artists from all across the globe, the fair showcases the best emerging talent in video art. Exhibitors include established artists, commercial galleries and non-profit organisations. Our favourite installation is the International #Selfie Portrait Gallery which sees a host of artists poke fun at the pop cultural phenomenon that is the ‘selfie’ (the act of taking a photo of oneself to post online).

Thursday 17th between 6pm-8pm will see Bring your Own Beamer (or BYOB for short) return to London as part of Moving Image. BYOB is an international movement initiated by Sedition artist Rafael Rozendaal. Moving image artists – professionals and amateurs alike – are encouraged to bring their own projection equipment and simultaneously screen their works alongside their peers. The result is a unique collaborative project that has taken place in over 40 international cities.

More info: Moving Image and Bring Your Own Beamer

 

The Vinyl Factory Presents: Dinos Chapman (Live)

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77A Charterhouse St

London

EC1M 6HJ

Dinos Chapman’s first audio-visual show at Sonar in Barcelona was an unbridled hit. Now the artist and producer is bringing his new show ‘Luftbobler’ to London’s famous Fabric nightclub. A triptych of screens will present a series of short films which will be accompanied by an experimental electronic soundtrack to create a consuming, eerie and exhilarating ambiance. You can listen to one of the tracks from Dinos Chapman’s new EP ‘LUV2H8’ here.

More Info: Fabric

Post-Net Aesthetics

12 Carlton House Terrace

Charing Cross

London

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This event is a part of the ICA’s off-site season. Deliberating the notion of ‘post-internet’ as a discourse in the realms of contemporary art practice, this event brings together a host of notable figures from new media, art and academia to discuss. The panel will tackle questions such as whether post-internet art is in ‘vogue’ and what the future holds for its practitioners.

The event and panel has been curated in conjunction with Rhizome. Tickets have sold out – whilst there may be returns on the door, the event will be able to stream live online.

More info: Post-Net Aesthetics

FRIDAY 18th OCTOBER 2013

 89Plus Marathon

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Serpentine Gallery

Kensington Gardens,

London

W2 3XA

 18th – 19th October 2013

The 89Plus Marathon hosted by The Serpentine Gallery is a two-day event bringing together the greatest minds of practitioners born during or after 1989. The goal of 89Plus is to give a platform for a younger generation of thinkers who have yet to have their voices heard. Merging the art, architecture, music, activism, science, and technology fields – this multi-disciplinary event will explore the socio-political questions and challenges that these industries face.

More info: 89Plus at The Serpentine Gallery

SATURDAY 19th OCTOBER 2013

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Collecting Art in the Age of Digital Technology

ICA off-site at The Old Selfridges Hotel

1 Orchard Street

W1H 6HQ

12:30pm

Another event from the Institute of Contemporary Art’s ‘off-site’ season, the organisation have instigated a meeting of minds to discuss the ever evolving role of the art collector in the digital age. With the rise of online auctions and digital art facilitators like Sedition, the topic is becoming increasingly relevant in the wider art world. Speakers include Rhizome’s Executive Director Heather Corcoran, art advisors Sabrina Buell, gallerist Jonathon Carroll, and Thomas Balgraith from Paddle8. Tickets are free but seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

More info: ICA Presents: Collecting Art in the Age of Digital Technology

 

Do it, England: The Hamlet Doctrine

Tate Modern

Bankside

London

SE1 9TG

The Hamlet Doctrine is a critical re-examination of Shakespeare’s Hamlet – reading the drama alongside writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts – Schmitt, Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce – to claim Shakespeare as a modernist precursor, providing a language for articulating contradiction and transformation. The event is hosted by Jamieson Webster, Simon Critchley, and Tom McCarthy and promises to leave audiences with a deeper understanding of  politics of the era and the exigencies of desire.

More Info: Tate Modern

 

SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2013

The Other Art Fair

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The Other Art Fair

The Old Truman Brewery

Brick Lane

London

E1 6QL

17th October – 20th October 2o13

Artists represented by leading commercial galleries account for less than 1% of working artists. The Other Art Fair recognises this as a stumbling block for many creatives and as a result, over 100 of the most talented – yet unrepresented – contemporary artists are invited to exhibit each year. Unlike major art fairs like Frieze, The Other Art Fair champions new and emerging artists and galleries, meaning visitors get a look at the very zeitgeist of the London art scene. It’s also great news for burgeoning-collectors as artworks tend to be much more favourably priced.

More info: The Other Art Fair

 

Bob & Roberta Smith creates special edition for Saatchi Gallery Magazine’s Fifth Year Anniversary

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We recently partnered with the Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art & Music to present a special digital limited edition by Bob & Roberta Smith, celebrating the publication’s five-year anniversary. The artist created  Art Makes Children Powerful, a limited edition animated artwork that  features on the cover of Saatchi Gallery Magazine’s Autumn 2013 issue. The  digital edition is available for purchase exclusively on Sedition in an edition of 300.

The Autumn issue was launched last September in Hackney Wick as part of Water Music, an event organised by Floating Cinema, The Canal Project and Number 90. During the opening, visitors enjoyed a day of workshops, screenings, art and music.

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Art Makes Children Powerful is based on a 2012 work consisting of sign-writer’s paint on board. It is also the title of Smith’s first solo exhibition in Ireland, organised as part of the 40th Kilkenny Arts Festival. Art Makes Children Powerful is not only a slogan that errs toward political cliché, it is also a call for activism and consciousness against the political establishment; an appeal for political action regarding an issue about which Smith feels passionately. Through his solo exhibition, Smith challenged established values and questioned respected authorities. Watch an interview with the artist discussing one of his installations:

Bob & Roberta Smith (b. 1963, London) is famous for his political, often humorous, and empowering artworks. Smith graduated with an MFA from Goldsmith College, London, in 1993 and shortly thereafter chose his pseudonym, which references his sister Roberta with whom he collaborated creatively in the early years. Bob and Roberta Smith have had numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious institutions including at the Hayward Gallery, London; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Pierogi, New York; and Galleria Carboneto, Torino. View his digital edition Art Makes Children Powerful on Sedition or read more on the Saatchi Gallery Magazine website.

In the studio: Interview with Ergin Çavuşoğlu discussing his work inspired by Marcel Duchamp

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Following his recent launch on Sedition, we caught up with Ergin Çavuşoğlu who talked us through his latest artworks, his interest in Marcel Duchamp, and his meticulous creative process.

Could you tell us a little more about the pieces you have created for Sedition?

I created specifically for Sedition three video pieces entitled One Hundred Thousand Balls, Joker Shuffle and Bubble Dart, all (2013). All three works convey ideas influenced by and comment on Marcel Duchamp’s ironic certificate called the Monte Carlo Bond or Obligation pour la Roulette de Monte Carlo, which he issued in 1924. For instance One Hundred Thousand Balls reflects on the Company Statutes document, which Duchamp used to advisedly legitimise his illicit bonds. Bubble Dart on the other hand substitutes with a dartboard the roulette wheel onto which his photograph taken by Man Ray is superimposed, thus making him a target. Moreover Joker Shuffle visually and contextually interprets his portrait with hair covered in foam and shaped into pointed horns, and so on and so forth.

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Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s studio in Camden, London

Can you tell us about your creative process when approaching making new works?

My approach to art making is that it is foremost a scholarly activity and my creative process frequently involves distilling complex visual and textual information and contextual materials that all somehow have hypothetical relevance to the perceived systems of art. Interestingly the visual manifestation of an artwork is the last element I consider in the course of developing an idea. For example this particular body of works begun a while ago with a concept, which I will outline below in the very abstract and incoherent format entered in my notebook:

“Artists indexed market value of currencies. Each country will be rated according to the calibre of artists it produces and their place in the stock market. Rather elitist results predicted. Artists determined market value is the only real value as it is abstract and unsolicited…” (20 August 2012)

Another statement I wrote in my notebook on 17 June 2012 declares that:

“The most creative times are when you are not making artworks, but thinking about them. The making of art devoids of creativity.”

In an essence I first map out and test the concept, content, and context of the project over a prolonged period before I launch into making. Although I am better known for the large-scale spatial video installations, my practice is grounded in classical understanding of art, both in the making and the thinking. Therefore I will approach each concept with the medium it necessitates rather then being driven by so called signature style and medium specificity.

What inspired you to use Duchamp’s Monte Carlo Bond as a reference point for your digital editions on Sedition?

Possibly the most important aspect of Duchamp’s practice for me is the layering of contexts and the engagement with the intellectual rather then the visual. It is that extra depth and complexity in his work I find very rewarding. Moreover in the Monte Carlo Bond he questioned the actual system of art, and in the process helped establishing the current modes of art production, distribution and consumption, which is also curiously related to aspects of the digital format of dissemination employed by Sedition.

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How do the works contribute to your wider practice and ideas explored in your work?

The themes explored in these pieces are very much intrinsic to broader ideas I am currently developing for a large narrative video installation piece. In that sense the films are both part of a larger body of works, but moreover of interrelated systems of creative thinking.

What interests you about distributing your work digitally?

The de-materialisation of the images in the process of digitisation allows the viewer to test the conceptual and contextual parameters of the artwork without the guidance and the tools employed by the traditional art establishments. It is certainly more democratic, but at the same time challenging. The work of art has to compete with an array of visually complex high and low production imagery available across various digital media platforms that are inextricably generative and occupy a large chunk of our everyday interactions and communications with the outside world. I quite like the idea of positioning art within these very competitive and fast-paced domains of popular culture.

What are your favorite artworks on Sedition?

I like works that are intellectually challenging and multifaceted. Works that offer not just visual, or retinal complexity and satisfaction, but also generate an intellectual thought and discourse and thus threading a connectedness to established art forms from past and present.

What are your current projects and exhibitions? What are your plans for the upcoming months?

In the last two years I have been developing a project entitled Desire Lines -Tarot and Chess, which will consist of a large-scale three channel video and sound installation, sculptures, paintings and anamorphic drawings. The work was commissioned by Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp in partnership with Witte de With, Rotterdam, FLACC and 0090 Festival, Belgium and more recently Focal Point, Southend-on-Sea. The final piece will manifest itself next year in a series of large-scale solo exhibitions, site-specific works and process driven projects across the different venues. Desire Lines – Tarot and Chess examines the convergence of destiny and chance, and the disjunction and dissonance that takes place when juxtaposed with notions of the logical, categorical and rational, and which will be broadly positioned in the realms of the speak-able and the visible, or the literary and the pictorial.

The installation will consist of three distinct elements. The conceptual framework is based on the tarot and the game of chess, with references to their depictions in literature. The Tarot section takes its cue from Italo Calvino’s book ‘The Castle of Crossed Destinies’ (1973), whereas Chess remotely reflects on elements from Vladimir Nabokov’s book ‘The Luzhin Defence’ (1930). Calvino’s book portrays an encounter of travelers who tell their adventures (or whose adventures are told for them) using tarot cards instead of words. The interpretations of the cards in the book allude to classic tales such as Faust, Oedipus, and Shakespearian narratives such as Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear. The third component of the installation will be a scene that depicts a poetry-reading event. This scene will act as a catalyst that will attempt to arbitrate between the Tarot and Chess elements. The poems will be commissioned specifically for the project under the theme of Desire Lines. They are broadly paths of will that represent the search for the shortest navigational route between an origin and destination. Structurally the work will attempt to entwine and present a series of moral and philosophical tales in the tangible format of theatrical performance.

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Ergin Çavuşoğlu’s One Hundred Thousand Balls, Joker Shuffle and Bubble Dart are available exclusively on Sedition.

Collectors can take advantage of a 10% discount when purchasing the entire Ergin Çavuşoğlu Collection.