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Gareth James, Tobias Madison and Jeff Nagy in the INCUBATORACCELERATOR

June 21, 2015

INCUBATORACCELERATOR An Art in General New Commission Curated by Kristen Chappa Storefront Project Space

This week in the INCUBATORACCELERATOR are Gareth James, Tobias Madison and Jeff Nagy.

Previous artists in the series included KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers), Cara Benedetto, Rachel Rose, and John Russell.

INCUBATORACCELERATOR is a New Commission by Art in General, located at 79 Walker St storefront in New York City.

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Powering Down On Authority

Author(s): Avital Ronell
Editor(s): Monika Szewczyk
Translator(s): Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

Powering Down on Authority is Avital Ronell’s response to Witte de With’s invitation for her to reflect, in lengthy essay form, on the questions of power and authority in our time. Ronell has a long history of examining questions of authority and this essay is in large part a summary of years of research. It is also a daring speculation on – and perhaps even an active example of – often overlooked dimensions of democratic practice, such as desire and jouissance.

Observing the absence or myriad crises of authority in our time, Ronell asks us to consider “the disastrous consequences of relinquishing authority, be it that of God or nation-state, or of all that is insinuated by the trickledown divinity of the work of art,” but she does not rush in to fill the void. Rather, her essay takes up the question of authority with characteristic wisdom, wit and a spirit of adventure, traversing the thought of Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Alexandre Kojève, Jean-Luc Nancy, Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe and Jacques Derrida. Along the way, she arrives at a fork in the road where Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Politics diverge, precisely over the question of authority and the role of the Father as authority’s irrepressible cipher. She lingers here long enough to consider the broader implications of the intellectual battles, which she navigates in the academy, on the hopes and horizons of contemporary democracy.

Ronell did the bulk of the writing in the fall of 2011, (ironically) just as Hurricane Irene raged in her now-native New York, threatening and delivering power-failures. This highly charged atmosphere is palpable in her electric prose, as are the currents of history, which continue to shape our daily affairs. Indeed, the recent democratic upheavals sweeping the Middle East and the emergence of the Occupy Movement in the trans-Atlantic sphere can be considered afresh here as developments defining authority’s multifaceted crisis.

Such stylistically effervescent writing is notoriously difficult to translate and, in this task, Witte de With Publishers has been very fortunate to collaborate with Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, a PhD student of Ronell’s at the European Graduate School, who also generously facilitated the introduction to his professor and colleague. Alongside Powering Down on Authority, Witte de With Publishers thus proudly presents Autoriteit de macht ontnemen, the first translation of Avital Ronell’s work into the Dutch.

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New Siren

Artist(s): Wangechi Mutu

To create, for me, is to come up with something new as opposed to destroying,” explains Nairobi-born, Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu, whose brightly hued collages, films and installations provoke both aesthetic pleasure and a sense of chaos. “I want to make something in which the viewer can lose themselves, away from the hardness and banality of life, and see what it’s like to be human.”

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Author(s): DataArbitrage

DataArbitrage is a program that generates money by selling your personal data and uses that money to purchase fake social media accounts. DataArbitrage then sells the data from the fake social media accounts,buys new social media accounts and commences a process of data arbitrage whose result is the dilution of useful data due to the overabundance of fake personal information!

Through DataArbitrage, we can undermine the value of data, until it becomes too uncertain and too costly for companies to collect and understand. When the cost to collect a terabyte of data surpasses its value, then the data economy will stop running.
Our analysts have projected 2020 as the year we will break the data economy.  In the mean time we have already started making a dent in the data economy.

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Lonely Samurai 3: Take Your Shoes Off When You Talk To Me

Author(s): Anicka Yi, Thomas Alexander

Anicka is in conversation with intellectual property/anticompetition lawyer and contemporary-art collector Thomas Alexander. They raise a glass to joke-writing techniques, condiment wars and so much more…


Douglas Houses: Puke In The Bus Till

June 11, 2015

Chrome Ribena Projects 79 Walker st. New York, NY 10013


Douglas Houses: Puke In The Bus Till June 11th – 27th

In conjunction with Chrome Ribena Projects and HALMOS, Art in General is pleased to present Douglas Houses’ Puke In The Bus Till, a New Work commissioned and executed specifically for the HALMOS street-level vested residency combinator.

Retreating ahead of the vicious short-circuit of local direct action into spot-prices gofundme embezzled in Houses’ previous works, Peaky Buzzkill turns its gaze and a fortiori that of any audience radically, paralyzingly inward, ostracizing community collectively. The title alludes to the moment this unevoked and uneducable unity passes from a transfixed but clandestine popular praxis into the inverse of an infallible emetic administered to Litch Bank of ATMs, specially adapted for SoMaMo fog drone and otherwise difficult to reterritorialize, refusing to deepen the field of vision to the goods on display within, which nevertheless do exist and exert a certain occult attraction. Like cortically-enhanced lichen screening vitrine of worker enactment, Houses scripts a vertical engagingly open to the merest reader but endurable for all.

Although they multi-platform the Crypto-Babadook Slashfic of Houses’ previous ecodurational lend-lease program Edible Arrangements (2012) and Incredible Arrangements (2014), the custom-framed and -glazed panels execute logic-chop my choice is predetermined Puke In The Bastille welcomes the specificity of co-incubated exhibitors help into extreme relief, thriving on proximate synergy but utilizing a system of tubing to come there subtweet.

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Seven American Deaths and Disasters

Author(s): Kenneth Goldsmith

What are the words we use to describe something that we never thought we’d have to describe? In Seven American Deaths and Disasters, Kenneth Goldsmith transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they unfurl, revealing an extraordinarily rich linguistic panorama of passionate description. Taking its title from the series of Andy Warhol paintings by the same name, Goldsmith recasts the mundane as the iconic, creating a series of prose poems that encapsulate seven pivotal moments in recent American history: the John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and John Lennon assassinations, the space shuttle Challenger disaster, the Columbine shootings, 9/11, and the death of Michael Jackson. While we’ve become accustomed to watching endless reruns of these tragic spectacles—often to the point of cliché—once rendered in text, they become unfamiliar, and revealing new dimensions emerge. Impartial reportage is revealed to be laced with subjectivity, bias, mystery, second-guessing, and, in many cases, white-knuckled fear. Part nostalgia, part myth, these words render pivotal moments in American history through the communal lens of media.

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Primitive Games

Artist(s): Birgit Rathsmann
Contributor(s): Becket Bowes, Mary Houlihan, Lorelei Ramirez

Three virtual shapes rendered by an unseen animator attain sentience. This project considers the building of thought and improv comedy.

In computer animation, “primitives” are building blocks for complex shapes. In “Primitive Games”, some simple shapes recently acquired consciousness. This artificial intelligence is neither a romantic projection nor a threat to our way of life. Rather, these bits of code struggle to understand bodies. And love. “Primitive Games” is an abstract, improvised and animated comedy.
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Author(s): Dexter Sinister
Contributor(s): Erik Wysocan

Time is like that — both point AND duration. This is how it can bend and warp. A week, a second, a season: all are specific and discrete, but none are the same. The present can be cut to any number of lengths, from a single electric pulse of an electronic circuit to the display period of a digital timepiece.

Wyoscan is a reverse-engineered clock. It has been programmed to slowly render the current time from left to right, scanning across the screen, completing 1 cycle every 2 seconds (0.5 hz).

You’ll notice that reading this clock requires more attention than usual, as the seven segments of each digit are lit one by one across the display. This speed may be adjusted. Double tap the screen of your device and move your finger up or down to change the display rate until it reaches the limits of your perception. You and your clock are now in tune.

Wyoscan evolved from Watch Wyoscan 0.5 hz, a digital watch produced by Halmos and designed by Dexter Sinister. This new iOS app mines the logic of the original but leaves its hardware behind.

Available for iPhone and iPad.

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Mind Trap

Artist(s): Martin Creed


May 5, 2015

An Art in General New Commission

Curated by Kristen Chappa

Storefront Project Space

Exhibition: May 16, 2015 – June 27, 2015

Halmos is pleased to announce INCUBATORACCELERATOR, a New Commission by  Art in General.  Utilizing the AiG Storefront Project Space, Halmos will co-opt the Silicon Valley notion of the “incubator” or “accelerator” as a mode of art production. The storefront will be adapted as a space to develop work on a daily basis, where past and future Halmos contributors will be invited for discussion, work, and window display design. Art in General’s storefront will serve to display the visible output of the incubator, rotating on a bi-weekly basis with presentations created on-site.

Areas of inquiry during Halmos’ residency will include the future of publishing in the age of the internet, Block Chain publishing, texting the future, walled gardens, publishing objects, and digital object libraries. Participating artists, either in-person or via cloud hosting, will include Cara Benedetto, Gareth James, KAYA (Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers), Tobias Madison, Jeff Nagy, Rachel Rose, and John Russell.


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Between Artists: John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom

Author(s): John Baldessari, Barbara Bloom
Editor(s): Alejandro Cesarco

About the “Between Artists” series

“Between Artists” is an ongoing series of books edited by Alejandro Cesarco and originally published by A.R.T. Press. They are based on artist to artist conversations. The conversation format permits a thorough and at the same time informal investigation of the artists’ practice and the larger social issues that inform it. By virtue of their clarity, personal focus, affordability, and innovative method of distribution, these books make possible the presentation of contemporary artists and their work to a wide readership.

Since the first “Between Artists” books were released in 2005, they have gained a cult following, and a number of them have been out of print. Badlands Unlimited, in association with A.R.T. Press, is pleased to reissue “Between Artists” as e-books for a new generation of readers.

About John Baldessari and Barbara Bloom

A witty and elegant visual exchange around the uses and functions of chairs doubles as an excuse to address a number of the artists’ interests and working methodologies. A conversation that has developed through years of friendship, deep admiration and understanding of each other’s work, this book presents Baldessari and Bloom at the peak of their form.

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Flatlands 3D

Artist(s): Trisha Baga

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Author(s): Emil Kozole


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“Seen” is a font that has a preloaded set of sensitive “spook words” that the NSA and other agencies are using to scan through our documents. The typeface can be used in any popular software such as Illustrator, Indesign, Word or in a browser. It can be used normally to write text as any other font does, but once one of these trigger words is written the font automatically crosses it out. Therefore giving you an overview of your text in terms of these trigger words. This system highlights where you are potentially prone to being surveilled whilst also preventing you from potentially being tracked. Seen is an experiment of evasive and reflexive techniques around the topic of online privacy.

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Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera

Artist(s): Mark Leckey, Florian Hecker

In 2010, acclaimed German sound experimentalist Florian Hecker and multidisciplinary artist Mark Leckey came together for the first time. Their combined Hecker Leckey Sound Voice Chimera—a mutant configuration of two geneti- cally discrete solo works—was originally presented as part of a two-day performance event at the Tate Modern called Push and Pull, and arrives as PAN’s inaugural offering of 2015. Both artists, as the art historian Alex Kitnick notes in his text accompanying the release, have a demonstrated interest in sound and its material effects; Hecker’s acute, algorithmic computer music is noted for impacting the very molecular infrastructure of its listeners, while Leckey’s work across performance, sculpture, and installation takes up transcendence and the occupation (or animation) of new bodies and modes of being.