REVIEWS

Juan Downey’s “With Energy Beyond These Walls”

RUTIGA GOLVET AT THE ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ART, Stockholm

View of Juan Downey’s “With Energy Beyond These Walls,” Rutiga Golvet, The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, 2018.
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Axel Wieder

Juan Downey (1940–1993) has been recognized as an early pioneer of video art, but like many of his contemporaries, his interest was much broader than a single medium. Initially trained as an architect in Chile, where he was born, he traveled throughout Europe, meeting artists working with kinetics and interaction,... continue reading
Sofia Hultén, History in Imaginary Time, 2012.
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Aoife Rosenmeyer

I just didn’t get Sofia Hultén’s work Pattern Recognition (2017). Several sets of 12 small perforated metal sheets, like those that hang on workshop walls, are arranged in tidy grids. Each set holds a number of tools or objects, short pieces of chain on one, plastic cutting templates on another,... continue reading
“transmediale festival 2018: face value”

HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT, Berlin

Larry Achiampong and David Blandy, Finding Fanon (Part Three), 2016.
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Patrick J. Reed

To my left the casual love of mismatched hearts is expiring. The American woman says, “you’re sad,” and the Frenchman nods. She tells him to calm down. It is breathtakingly awkward. They resign themselves to stillness until a grinding electronic drone heralds their graceless end. She makes a break for... continue reading
International Film Festival Rotterdam

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, Rotterdam

Zhou Tao, The Worldly Cave, 2017.
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Matt Turner

The scale and ambition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which packs 593 short and feature films into 12 days of independent cinema, as well as talks, performances, and gallery installations in venues across the city, makes it almost uniquely difficult to approach, even for the experienced visitor. The sprawling... continue reading
pascALEjandro’s “Alchemical Love”

BLUM AND POE, Los Angeles

View of pascALEjandro’s “Alchemical Love,” Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, 2018.
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Andrew Berardini

For true mystics, there is no division between the real and the spiritual. The symbolic folds into our lives, shaping the world and us in it. The cool kiss of rain can be a curse or a blessing from the gods. Stumbling in the street en route to meet your... continue reading
Sondra Perry

BRIDGET DONAHUE, New York

View of "Sondra Perry," Bridget Donahue, New York, 2018.
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Natasha Marie Llorens

For Sondra Perry’s solo exhibition at Bridget Donahue, New York, all the walls are painted Rosco Chroma Key Blue. The deeply saturated color is used on television sets and in the production of special effects for movies and videogames because it contrasts so profoundly with most human skin colors. Chroma... continue reading

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