Interview with new media artist Michael Bielicky (Sven Spieker). Recorded on 11/15/09 in Los Angeles. Over the past twenty‐five years, Bielicky has participated in many international exhibitions, festivals and symposia, presenting projects that experiment with navigation, video‐communication, virtual reality, and data visualization technologies. He has collaborated with the ZKM (Karlsruhe); Ars Electronica (Linz); and High Tech Center in Berlin‐Babelsberg. Recently Bielicky has been featured in prestigious exhibitions at institutions that included the Centre Pompidou; MOMA; the National Gallery Prague; the Kunsthaus Zürich; ZKM; and Ars Electronica. In this interview, Bielicky discusses his career and background, beginning with his early days at the Düsseldorf Kunstakademie. Bielicky currently heads the New Media department at ZKM, Karlsruhe.
Articles: Joan Kee (Ann Arbor) considers the problem of scale in contemporary art practice. Carla Macchiavello (Bogotá) discusses the problem of influence in Latin American art during the 1970s and 1980s. Ruben and Maja Fowkes (Budapest) examine East European artists' approaches to the natural environment during the 1970s and beyond.
In the Document section, we present two pre-revolution Iranian manifestos of modern art (introduction/translation: Bavand Behpoor).
Artist Project: Shady El Noshokaty (Cairo), Rat Diaries, a series of drawings that attempts to map the intensity of everyday life in Egypt intertwined with intuitive visual and verbal comments on art practice.
Review Article: Monica Amor (Baltimore) discusses the exhibition Cold America: Geometric Abstraction in Latin America (1934-1973) and Alejandro Crispiani's book Objetos para transformar el mundo: Trayectorias del arte concreto-invención, Argentina y Chile, 1940-1970 [Objects to Transform the World: Trajectories of Concrete-Invention Art, Argentina and Chile, 1940-1970].
Two independent outlets, in separate media, of one and the same publication.
PRINT: Contemporary art in a global context
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