Thursday, February 23, 2006

Czech This Out

Call me provincial but I get a little buzz from this Czechoslovakian art mag article that IBP discovered. Apparently it mentions Aurora and DiverseWorks. Of course, I can't read a word of it. Translators please....

Keep your xoxoxo in Czech, Aurora

Capital A for Allison

Allison Wiese, former Managing Director at Aurora received a Creative Capital Foundation grant in the Multidisciplinary category.

Didn’t He Ramble (Working Title After the New Orleans Funeral Song) – An architectural urban event, relocating debris and rubble from a demolished structure in Houston’s Midtown district, exploring issues of local geography, real estate development, and the changing urban landscape

Three cheers for our ol' first mate!

xoxo Aurora

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

NPR: Enthusiasts Work to Preserve Educational Movies

NPR's Morning Edition, February 14, 2006 · The Academic Film Archive is working with the Library of Congress to make a worldwide database of all the old educational movies it can find. And in St. Louis, in an effort to preserve these classic 16-mm movies, a group is holding monthly screenings of films like The Living Soil, which was produced by Shell Oil Company in the 1960s to extol the virtues of pesticides. Matt Sepic of member station KWMU reports.

Is it possible that Skip, our favorite A/V Geek holds most of the collection?

xxoo Aurora

Monday, February 06, 2006

Nam June Paik 1932-2006

It is with mixed emotions - sadness and a bit of humor - that way say goodbye to the groundbreaking and often controversial videographer Nam June Paik who passed away at his Miami home at 8:00pm EST on Sunday, January 29th, 2006.

John Hanhardt, Guggenheim Museum of Art, Senior Curator of Film and Media Arts's quote is on Paik's homepage:

"Paik's journey as an artist has been truly global, and his impact on the art of video and television has been profound.To foreground the creative process that is distinctive to Paik's artwork, it is necessary to sort through his mercurial movements, from Asia through Europe to the United States, and examine his shifting interests and the ways that individual artworks changed accordingly. It is my argument that Paik's prolific and complex career can be read as a process grounded in his early interests in composition and performance. These would strongly shape his ideas for mediabased art at a time when the electronic moving image and media technologies were increasingly present in our daily lives. In turn, Paik's work would have a profound and sustained impact on the media culture of the late twentieth century; his remarkable career witnessed and influenced the redefinition of broadcast television and transformation of video into an artist's medium.

We shall meet again.... xxoo Aurora

Toot toot your horn for Aurora

Below is a list of Whitney Biennial artists for 2006. The artists with one asteric have screened at Aurora. Two asterics have made in-person presentations. (We had even more artists in the 2004 edition!)

xxoo Aurora

Whitney Biennial 2006

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla
Dawolu Jabari Anderson
Kenneth Anger*
Dominic Angerame (Michelle Silva's boss at Canyon Cinema!)
Christina Battle*
James Benning**
Bernadette Corporation
Amy Blakemore
Louise Bourque*
Mark Bradford
Troy Brauntuch
Anthony Burdin
George Butler
Carolina Caycedo
The Center for Land Use Interpretation**
Paul Chan*
Lori Cheatle and Daisy Wright
Ira Cohen
Martha Colburn*
Dan Colen
Anne Collier
Tony Conrad*
Critical Art Ensemble
Jamal Cyrus
Miles Davis
Deep Dish Television Network
Lucas DeGiulio
Mark di Suvero and Rirkrit Tiravanija
Peter Doig
Trisha Donnelly
Jimmie Durham
Kenya Evans

Urs Fischer
David Gatten*
Joe Gibbons*
Robert Gober
Deva Graf
Rodney Graham
Hannah Greely
Mark Grotjahn
Jay Heikes
Doug Henry
Pierre Huyghe
Dorothy Iannone
Matthew Day Jackson
Cameron Jamie
Natalie Jeremijenko/Bureau of Inverse Technology
Daniel Johnston
Lewis Klahr*
Jutta Koether
Andrew Lampert**
Lisa Lapinski
Liz Larner
Hanna Liden
Jeanne Liotta*
Marie Losier
Florian Maier-Aichen
Monica Majoli
Yuri Masnyj
T. Kelly Mason and Diana Thater
Adam McEwen
Taylor Mead
Josephine Meckseper
Marilyn Minter
Matthew Monahan
JP Munro
Jesús “Bubu” Negrón
Kori Newkirk
Todd Norsten
Jim O’Rourke
Otabenga Jones & Associates
Dan Graham*, with Tony Oursler**, and Rodney Graham, Laurent P. Berger and Japanther
Steven Parrino
Ed Paschke
Mathias Poledna
Robert A. Pruitt
Jennifer Reeves
Richard Serra
Gedi Sibony
Jennie Smith
Dash Snow
Michael Snow
Reena Spaulings
Rudolf Stingel
Angela Strassheim
Zoe Strauss
Studio Film Club
Billy Sullivan
Spencer Sweeney
Ryan Trecartin
Chris Vasell
Francesco Vezzoli
Kelley Walker
Nari Ward
Christopher Williams
Jordan Wolfson
The Wrong Gallery
Aaron Young