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Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Mesh Networks: An Interview with Dan Phiffer

Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Mesh Networks: An Interview with Dan Phiffer

In his final interview for the “Future” issue, writer-in-residence Ben Valentine talks to artist Dan Phiffer about the challenges of building alternatives to the Big Internet.

Go! Push Pops, The Clitney Perennial, a collective feminist performance protest at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 2014. Courtesy of the artists, New York. © Go! Push Pops.

New Kids on the Block

The Go! Push Pops on Future Feminisms

New Kids on the Block

The Go! Push Pops on Future Feminisms

Go! Push Pops—a transnational radical queer feminist performance art collective—creates “work that visually represents a future of feminism as a form of healing.”

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Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Mapping: An Interview with Clement Valla

Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Mapping: An Interview with Clement Valla

Ben Valentine talks to new media artist and RISD professor Clement Valla about contemporary mapping technologies.

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Uncaged: Coco Fusco and Planet of the Apes

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Uncaged: Coco Fusco and Planet of the Apes

Artist Elia Alba talks to artist Coco Fusco about taking on the role of Dr. Zira from Planet of the Apes.

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From the series Excerpts from Silver Meadows, 1996-2013.

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Print to Pixels: The Digital Photobook

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Print to Pixels: The Digital Photobook

What is the potential of the digital photobook? Guest contributor Allie Haeusslein highlights “thought provoking” models such as Todd Hido’s forthcoming digital publication of Excerpts from Silver Meadows.

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It’s Getting Complicated

It’s Getting Complicated

Photographer Eirik Johnson recounts his travels to the northernmost point of Alaska, the Peruvian Amazon, and Oregon’s Cascade mountains.

Isamu Noguchi, Escultura para ser vista de Marte, 1947, areia

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Love On Other Planets—A Mixtape for an Uninhabitable World

Now Playing

Love On Other Planets—A Mixtape for an Uninhabitable World

A playlist evoking space, longing, distance, and, in some cases, extraterrestrial themes.

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Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Social Media: An Interview with Simone C. Niquille

Writer-in-Residence

The Future of Social Media: An Interview with Simone C. Niquille

Writer-in-residence Ben Valentine continues his technology series by interviewing designer and researcher Simone C. Niquille, whose “bold style addresses important issues of our time.”

Image courtesy of Adobe Bookstore and Collective.

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Books to Read Now About the Future

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Books to Read Now About the Future

A future-focused reading list, courtesy of AdobeBooks and Arts Cooperative, a multidisciplinary hub for arts and culture in San Francisco.

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Black Futurism: The Creative Destruction and Reconstruction of Race in Contemporary Art

Black Futurism: The Creative Destruction and Reconstruction of Race in Contemporary Art

Contemporary black artists often refute conventional notions or images of blackness and replace them with altered realities.

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After the Hot Mess: Philippe Parreno at the Palais de Tokyo

After the Hot Mess: Philippe Parreno at the Palais de Tokyo

A look back at Philippe Parreno’s exhibition “Anywhere, Anywhere, Out of the World” at Palais de Tokyo.

James Bridle Drone Shadow 002, 2012. Documentation of installation. Image courtesy James Bridle. © James Bridle.

Writer-in-Residence

Drones: An Interview with Ingrid Burrington

Writer-in-Residence

Drones: An Interview with Ingrid Burrington

Ben Valentine kicks off his ART21 writing residency by interviewing artist, designer, and writer Ingrid Burrington who investigates the Internet and surveillance technologies.

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The ART21/CUE Book Club Takes a Wild Ride

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The ART21/CUE Book Club Takes a Wild Ride

The ART21/CUE Book Club meets again on June 26, 2014.

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Solar Boom: Looking at a Possible Energy Future

Solar Boom: Looking at a Possible Energy Future

What is the future of solar energy? The Center for Land Use Interpretations offers insight into six solar booming regions in the southwest.

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part II

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part II

In part two of Willa Koerner’s article on digital art, she looks at new models for collecting, highlighting three platforms that “shake up the traditional notion of the arts patron.”

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Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Letter from the Editor

The Future Is Now

Guest editor Rachel Craft introduces the summer issue, “Future.”

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part I

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

From Mail Art to Tumblr: Making the Future ’Net Work, Part I

Guest contributor Willa Köerner questions if a system where artists can earn money for networked art is at odds with the nature of the Internet itself.

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Writer-in-Residence

A Quiet Kind of Act

Writer-in-Residence

A Quiet Kind of Act

In her final piece for the “Value” issue, writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based community quilter Clara Wainwright.

Tom Sachs. "Hermés Value Meal," 1997. Cardboard, thermal adhesive; 15.35 x 7.87 x 7.87 inches.

Flashback

What is the value of art?

Flashback

What is the value of art?

In 2009, during the Great Recession, we asked, “What is the value of art?” Here’s how our writers responded.

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Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

Alchemy of Inspiration

Accidental Activists: SuttonBeresCuller

An artist collective is turning a derelict gas station in Seattle, WA into a living work of art.

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Manifesta 10: A Biennial in Question

Manifesta 10: A Biennial in Question

Russian writer Sergey Guskov reports on the controversies surrounding Manifesta 10, scheduled to open next month.

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Staff Pick

Jane Jin Kaisen’s “Reiterations of Dissent”

Staff Pick

Jane Jin Kaisen’s “Reiterations of Dissent”

Art21′s new development associate picks “a powerful reminder of the ways that the best art troubles and confronts seemingly given truths.”

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Value in the Zone

Value in the Zone

Brian Holmes and Rozalinda Borcila’s “Foreign Trade Zone: A People’s Consultancy,” on view now at threewalls, Chicago.

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Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Reflecting on the National Art Education Association’s Annual Conference

Art21 Senior Education Advisor and columnist Joe Fusaro summarizes the 2014 NAEA conference.

Artist Kalup Linzy tours The Armory Show art fair at Pier 92/94 (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, 03.04.11). Production still from the New York Close Up film Kalup Linzy Makes His Way Through the Art World. © Art21, Inc. 2012. Cinematography by Don Edler.

Flashback

Ten Artists on Value

Flashback

Ten Artists on Value

A roundup of Art21 videos featuring artists describing their own perceptions of the value of their work.

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Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Elizabeth Devlin on how “digital media redefines our perceptions of ownership.”

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Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

Creative Intervention and the Dhaka Art Summit

The second Dhaka Art Summit in Bangladesh presented art works with “a strong sense of pluralism that welcomes universal aspects.”

Félix González-Torres (American, 1957–1996). "Untitled" (Portrait of Ross in L.A.), 1991. Candies individually wrapped in multicolored cellophane, endless supply. Overall dimensions vary with installation, ideal weight: 175 lb. The Art Institute of Chicago; promised gift of Donna and Howard Stone. Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York © The Félix González-Torres Foundation

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Beyond Good and Bad

Art21 Educator Jack Watson on teaching students to delay judgement, and the “balancing act” involved in evaluating art.

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Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

Now Playing

Twenty-One Songs from Pinar Yolaçan

In this eclectic playlist, artist Pinar Yolaçan mixes funk carioca, Turkish percussion, Afrobeat, early American R&B, and more.

Pat Falco. The Only Painting That Will Sell, 2013. Acrylic on found painting; 18x18 inches. Courtesy the artist.

Read Between the One-Liners

Read Between the One-Liners

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based artist Pat Falco who made his museum debut in the 2013 deCordova Biennial.

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Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Graem Whyte’s Carnal Optimism

Guest contributor John Corso digs into the deeply playful works of Detroit-based artist Graem Whyte.

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Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Copy That!

The Grift Economy

Columnist Joy Garnett offers a new spin on a common letter.

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Occupation: Artist

Occupation: Artist

Guest writer Jayna Swartzman-Brosky surveys the myriad ways that contemporary artists monetize their practice and negotiate the value of their labor.

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The Nature of Worth

The Nature of Worth

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin shares her plans for the “Value” issue.

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Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

Money: worth more than the paper it’s written on

“Like economic value, an artwork’s meaning (its aesthetic value) is derived through a critical judgment that employs comparisons…”

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New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

New Kids on the Block

BFAMFAPhD: An Imaginative School of Thought

Caroline Woolard’s collaborative project, BFAMFAPhD.com, “endeavors to unite artists in order to address the problems of their rising population” in the U.S.