Posts Tagged “politics”

The Shape of the Archive

04.24.2013  |  By
Filed under: Essay, Projects/Series

“Every rhythm is a sense of something.” —Octavio Paz

Filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Périot reuses photographs and bits of old film already set tightly inside the grammar of history. He stacks or lists the sequences of archival pictures into new rhythms and velocities. The films are inflected by the aging body of media, the familiar grain of film sto... More

Proposal for a Museum: Paulina Ołowska, Yael Bartana, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw

12.18.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

In 2013 SFMOMA will close for an expansion project planned to last nearly three years. Reflecting on the closure, grupa o.k. asked several friends and colleagues to imagine their own proposals for a museum in San Francisco. And now and then, the editors will present “proposals” discovered elsewhere. Today: Paulina Ołowska, Yael Bartana, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.

Above is an image of Christian Kerez’s projected plan for the Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej (Museum of Modern Art) in Warsaw, Poland. It’s a buildi... More

Diary of a Crazy Artist: Is Ross Mirkarimi Really the Batman?

04.26.2012  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

OK, I can’t resist: when did Ross Mirkarimi stop beating his wife?

Or did he beat his wife? Or is she an abuse victim too afraid to come forward, heroically rescued by her neighbor?

People want to know!!

I mean, it’s not every day that the writer of a female superhero comic book called Huntress just happens to be the neighbor of the newly elect... More

Do These Images Really Threaten the Very Fabric of Our Society, Corrupt our Children and Poison the Well of Moral Goodness we All Live by?

03.04.2011  |  By
Filed under: Essay

While poets and writers may wonder if anyone pays attention to their words, nobody can deny the power of images.

Just ask the religious right. They are, after all, the ones who object the loudest, push the hardest, punish the harshest, and pray the loudest. More than anyone, they know the value of symbols, signs and metaphors. Lest we forget – th... More

One More Tweet Before I Die

02.08.2011  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

No one ever thinks they will get killed for using Twitter. Or beaten for taking a photograph. Or arrested for making a video. Or for making a sign critical of the government. But apparently such things have been happening in Egypt. According to Human Rights Watch, about 300 people have been killed since the anti-government uprising began two weeks ago. It’s hard to say for sure how many have been arrested or “disappeared.” One thing is for certain, it’s an all-out technology war with one side using internet tools as a means of expressio... More