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Diary

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31 January, 2015

3D Virtual Tour

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Photo documentation and virtual tour are up, go to stockimagesofwar.amaliaulman.eu

Also there was a note on artsy about it click here to read it.

 

 

22 December, 2014

Stock Images Of War

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Stock Images Of War is a solo exhibition by Amalia Ulman about our lack of empathy, how we torture each other and how war is adulthoods’ favorite game.
My confinement is the victory of the skyscrapers over my bones.
In a global community of emotions, war is gossip, torture is a parallel act of deconstruction and images serve the function of heavy artillery.
Cherry Picker, Sherwood Forest, Pink Rose, Night Blossoms
Becoming a log: logging in, logging out.
When narcissism becomes a stratagem we need mirrors to learn our poses, to attract and seduce like England does with a third world country.  
Being more specific, what is it that you will see at Stock Images of War. In the dark, only illuminated by spotlights, a series of augmented wire figures produced during confinement will weakly find their place in the empty room, constantly fighting to stand their ground, maybe hesitating between standing and laying down. And all of this happens in the midst of a nauseating smell of Apple Cinnamon Medley, of someone cooking apple strudel in factory quantities, of someone cooking and dancing to teenage hits, to easy political songs, because only in a state of neoteny it is possible to believe in the fantasy of the dehumanized other, the other as cake.

We don't need no water let the motherfucker burn,
Burn motherfucker burn.

 

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Other Press

New York Magazine - Excellences & perfections

New York Observer - Miami Basel Instagram Talk

New York Times -Rhizome archiving tool

W MAG - Seeking Arrangements

More press here

 

Group Shows & Fairs & Talks

Silly Canvas (Australia)

Lunch Bytes (Amsterdam)

Post Digital Cultures (Laussanne)

Officielle Paris 2014 (France)

Miami Basel (NADA) 2014 (USA)

The Moving Museum 2014 (Istanbul)

The St. Petersburg Paradox (NYC)

 

30 December 2014

NY TIMES - Satan etc.

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Very disappointed with this note written by Christopher Glazek for the NY Times, on three different levels. Firstly because it keeps on exploiting the accident for juicy sensationalistic reasons, secondly because I only sold work to Stefan twice (therefore I don’t think I should be opening the note), finally, because it takes out of context what I said about these paintings, from Savings & Shelves, a show that I was always very fond of.

It reads as if I didn’t care about these works when, the truth is that the reason for not being attached to the materiality of them, responds to the fact of the show being designed for the sake of its own documentation. The exhibition in itself didn’t last more than one weekend and the idea was for the photographs and the panorama environment to overshadow the physical immersive experience, because, although it did work very well IRL, Headquarters, the project space run by Adam Cruces, was inside a corporate building surrounded by the snow during a cold winter in Zurich.

More people was going to see it online than in person, obviously. That was the point of everything I was doing at the time.

I did change my modus operandi a while ago, when I started paying as much attention to the lived experience of my exhibitions (with sound, smell and other mind tricks) as to the online documentation, sometimes even neglecting the latter.

Every single artwork is conceived in a different way, and it is upsetting to read my words taken out of context, taking for granted that certain detachment was only derived by lack of prospects instead of taking into consideration the actual reason, which is that these works were meant to be destroyed after being photographed.

smh

11 December 2014

Perpetual Provisional Selves

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"I think I want to talk about the sort of narcissism that makes it hard for me to conduct interviews, and what that has to do with performing the self on social media—an endless interview with no interviewers and competing interviewees projecting the questions they want to answer onto an audience that may already be largely preoccupied with questions they were wishing to be asked."

Rob horning and I worked on a text for Rhizome in an attempt to contextualise Excellences & Perfections, you can read it here: Perpetual Provisional Selves

 

7 November 2014

Social Anxiety - The Fader

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Emilie Friedlander writes a note about Excellences & Perfections for The Fader - CLICK HERE

"It's extremely tempting to show my friends back at home the uncharacteristically glamorous turn my life has taken in the past 24 hours—I was flown in from New York to report on a festival that's happening here—but I'm not sure if I'm going to go through with it. I wouldn't be the only person on my feed who's posted a photo of hanging out on the rooftop at the Ace Hotel while most everybody else I know is stuck at home, grinding away in cold and rainy New York."

CLICK HERE

 

 

 

8 November 2014

destruction of experience

The Destruction Of Experience

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The website for The Destruction of Experience is finally up:

http://destruction.amaliaulman.eu/

And there is some press worth checking out in:

✔ Dis Magazine - CLICK HERE

Destruction of Experience is an immersive installation which calls upon the sterile hygiene of a doctor’s waiting room, or perhaps the soft-spoken politeness of an office lobby. Ulman speaks this bland language as a way to perform critique. She teases the relationship between corporate identity, consumerism and beauty through subtly altered replications: motivational boards, customized office calendars and room odorizers. These are embedded with a profound personal as well as cultural anxiety, an anxiety of beauty standards and ‘success’ in a time of extreme socializing individualism.

✔ Opening Ceremony - CLICK HERE

For her latest show, it’s an immersive installation enveloping sound, scent, sculpture, and delicate wall-based works that offer a techno-social mediation on time, body clocks, and the body as a perishable asset. 

 

 

5 November 2014

The Future Ahead

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"As the powerful figure he was created to become, he has the supreme authority to perpetuate stereotypes as much as to create trends that are to be followed by teenagers from all over the world. Justin Bieber is part of the universal audiovisual masturbatory mechanism. He slowly tried to escape from his feminine role as a keeper of orgasmic force and within the “penetrable-penetrating” binomial, Justin has chosen to be a penetrator." WATCH HERE

Hope you like it ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Remember that you can read the PDF here - READ THE FUTURE AHEAD

 

 

 

 

 

30 October 2014

i-D Mag - Excellences & Perfections

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Dean Kissick wrote a note about my work for i-D Magazine, you can read it HERE

"All sorts of things happen in accidents. After his car crashed into a ditch on the outskirts of Milan in 1909 Italian poet Filippo Tommaso Marinetti wrote the Futurist Manifesto. Frida Kahlo was never the same after she was almost killed in a bus collision in downtown Mexico City in 1925 aged only 18. And after he wrote off his Lexus on the highway leading to the W Hotel in Los Angeles in 2002, Kanye West went into the studio with his mouth wired shut and recorded a song that would change his career forever."

 

 

 

 

17 October 2014

ICA OFFSITE - Do you follow?

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"But, what about our bodies? Bodies can crumble, perish, disappoint us, promote us. Bodies represent who we are, what our history is, where do we come from.
We can’t scape our bodies.
Bodies are suitcases for our consciousness but “who’s this suitcase by?” “What label?” “Which designer”. It could be a Mulberry, or a Kelly, or a Vuitton, or a Vans backpack, or a Tesco plastic bag, or a Zara tote."

Michael Connor (Rhizome) put together a talk during Frieze London where I was speaking next to the brilliant Hannah Black and Derica Shields.

You can watch the video here - Art in Circulation Livestream

 

 

 

 

30 August 2014

Babyfootprints Crowsfeet

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"I guess that If I’m cooking quinoa, I could make some extra for him, for the baby.

If I’m making a coffee… well if I’m making a coffee I could make something like, baby friendly, like milk or whatever babies drink

Then, I don’t know, when I work from home… A baby could be there? That’s fine, in the background, that’d be fine.

I mean I’m basically just doing crafts, and thats like kindergarden stuff"

 

Babyfootprints Crowsfeet is a solo show that took place @ Ellis King (Dublin)

Watch video trailer

✔ Check the documentation out!

 

Previous diary entries here

My Livejournal

 

 

 

Buyer Walker Rover - Video Essay

 

Salon - 89Plus - On Branding - Miami Basel '14

 

The Destruction Of Experience - Virtual Tour

 

Delicious Works @ Smart Objects (trailer)

 

Used & New @ ltd Los Angeles (trailer)