More Real? Catalogue!

more real catalogue

I’m reading the More Real? exhibition catalogue right now and love the essay Make-Believe: Parafiction and Plausibility, by Carrie Lambert-Beatty. You can read an older version of the essay on October magazine, though I’d totally recommend the whole More Real? catalogue:

“Fiction or fictiveness has emerged as an important category in recent art. But like a paramedic as opposed to a medical doctor, a parafiction is related to but not quite a member of the category of fiction as established in literary and dramatic art. It remains a bit outside. It does not perform its procedures in the hygienic clinics of literature but has one foot in the field of the real. Unlike historical fiction’s fact-based but imagined worlds, in parafictional real and/or imaginary personages and stories intersect with the world as it is being lived. Post-simulacral, paraficitonal strategies are oriented less toward the disappearance of the real than toward the pragmatics of trust. Simply put, with various degrees of success, for various durations, and for various purposes, these fictions are experienced as fact. They achieve truth status – for some of the people some of the time.”





More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness

After being at SITE Santa Fe the exhibition More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness opens tomorrow at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. We’re showing Catt and No Fun, and it’s one of the best shows we’ve ever been part of, all info here

“Over the past century, a period of unprecedented technological change and global social upheaval, once agreed-upon beliefs, or “truths,” have been cast into doubt, changing and shaping our understanding and experience of reality. More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness features work by 28 of today’s most accomplished and promising international artists, including Ai Weiwei, Vik Muniz and Thomas Demand, who explore our shifting experience of reality.”

BTW, about truthiness…





Talk at the New School

theothers exhib newschool

We’re giving a short talk about our new work The Others at the New School tomorrow March 13, 6:00 – 7:30 pm as part of the show Public Private curated by Christiane Paul.

More info here. Hope you can make it!





Emily’s Video

emilys video

Emily’s Video compiles the reactions of random volunteers who replied to the call we posted here to watch “the worst video ever”. The original video has been destroyed, only these second hand experiences are proof of its existence.

You can see some excerpts of Emily’s Video here





Camping in the Art World

camping in the art world

Camping in the Art World is a compelling essay on our work recently written by Melissa Gronlund, for a publication called Anonymous, untitled, dimensions variable, you can now read the essay here





Best of 2012?

emilys video workers

Our last work Emily’s Video was among ARTINFO’s Picks for the Best Art We Saw This Year

So, either the work is good or this year’s art sucked? You decide!

Anyway, very glad to be among some of my favorite artists.





Photo of a party

whitney gala

where I didn’t know anybody and didn’t actually belong, but then if you watch this photo you’d probably assume I was having tons of fun. Photos do not document reality, they create a parallel reality.






The Influencers 2012 videos now online

Should have sent this one way back, here are the videos of the last edition of The Influencers, the festival we co-curate in Barcelona: Evan RothJRJill MagidVoinaConstant DullaartBiotic Baking BrigadeReverend Billy & The Church of Stop Shopping

…bonus track: here‘s the action Reverend Billy and Savitri D carried out for the festival, if you were there, THANKS! If you were not, then don’t miss the next Influencers!





Collect the WWWorld @ 319 Scholes

U in NYC? Next Thursday join us for the latest version of Collect the WWWorld, group show curated by Domenico Quaranta at the amazing artist-run space 319 Scholes, all info here

U not in NYC? Check the exhib’s ongoing Tumblr





Blog friend: time for action!

We’re working on a secret project and we need you.

1: You must live in New York (sorry non-NYkers)

2: Emily will come to your apartment bringing a mysterious video

3: She will film you watching the video. You can be alone or with friends

4: Emily may contact you again

NOTE: Emily’s Video is extremely graphic and extremely violent. EXTREMELY. We don’t recommend it to anybody.

This said, if you want to do this email Emily <XXXXX@XXXXX.XXX> or txt her XXX XXX XXXX