Droste Effect

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This is the last chapter of a project that goes under the name of Practices as an Intersection in a Fragile Environment, an independent research investigating the relationship between Art and the Public Sphere in a state of cultural nomadism. The title São Paulo Out Of Reach originates from a 2012 exhibition by Brazilian artist Mauro Restiffe at Instituto Moureira Salles in Rio de Janeiro; a statement that points out very clearly the impossibility of reaching, defining and understanding the city in just one gaze. This chapter is dedicated to the city of São Paulo and mainly focuses on its Architecture and Urbanism ...
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Artist residency on Extreme Lands. A dialog curated by Eleonora Castagna with Ramdom, Lia Cecchin, Carolina Valencia Caicedo + Riccardo Giacconi What are the Extreme Lands? Extreme compared to what? How can we narrate them? The first bilingual issue of Bulletin is dedicated to the artist residency Sino alla fine del Mare (Until the End of the Sea) and follows the dialog between residency curator Claudio Zecchi, artists Lia Cecchin, Carolina Valencia Caicedo + Riccardo Giacconi, and Droste Effect curator Eleonora Castagna.
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Collective Çukurcuma included video works of Funa Ye and the Istanbul Queer Art Collective as part of the FLOW OUT exhibition, hosted by Bilsart, Istanbul until June 30, 2019. The program is based on the common practice of thinking, expressing and writing collectively about the present. As co-authors, they continued to write the collective essay through email exchanges — no one is the owner of the piece, whereas each of them is a participant. FLOW OUT does not belong to a place, but it refers to contemporaneity, addressing the problem of authorship in a collaboration, and experimenting with the idea ...
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This paper is aimed to invoke a different direction to the crisis that digital life and the Anthropocene are forcing us to face as humanity: instead of a speculative imagination about egress, it will propose an intense recuperation of the potency of our sense of being nature, an extension of Earth, in our most immediate present. It seems as if the shift that Western theory is making in order to think of an alternative to the irreversible damage we have provoked to our mother Earth over the last century, and the highly unstable and tormenting damage that adapting to the rhythm of ...
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What happens when we surf the Internet from a country that exerts strong censorship? The aims of an Internet researcher might be considerably influenced by the territorialisation of their Internet surfing. The starting point in this non-academic paper is the author’s personal research on Hito Steyerl’s work. From that, he has come to provide a partial perspective of communication in Turkey’s contemporary politics. This Bulletin is focused on the accessibility of the information about Kurdish issues, and on how a new digital passport allows one to attain knowledge otherwise hidden.
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Bulletin #1: Broadcasting the Archive by Gemma Medina Estupiñan and Alessandra Saviotti Broadcasting the Archive è un progetto che ha come scopo principale la diffusione dell’archivio di Arte Útil, al di fuori dell’istituzione che ne custodisce i materiali. Il concetto di Arte Útil è stato sviluppato dall’artista cubana Tania Bruguera in collaborazione con i curatori, curatrici e ricercatrici del Queens Museum di New York e del Van Abbemuseum di Eindhoven, in Olanda. L’archivio è stato composto da Gemma Medina Estupiñan e Alessandra Saviotti, che hanno quindi iniziato a pensare a come diffondere le potenzialità di questo strumento anche al di fuori dell’ambito artistico. ...
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Bulletin #2: Urban Care: Shifting Strategies by Maia Nichols Imagine a grain and a fencer. A grain of rice, a grain of fabric, a grain of smoke. In a discussion with a fencer, the grain matters little. Here, three projects are examined to consider covert hierarchies. A garden bed spells out Zu Spät (too late). A reconfiguration of the Weinheber Monument by a collaborative group based in Vienna lifts up the earth around its base. A video following the Workers Leaving the Googleplex starts tackling the systemic malaise of ranking workers. These projects are considered for what they achieve in approaching the effects of guilt, through interventions ...
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Bulletin #3. Peeling Back Robert W. Newmann: Narrative Portfolio by Antonia Dapena-Tretter Unpacking Robert W. Newmann’s portfolio requires a layered approach with equal attention paid to biography, aesthetics, and the larger art market of the 1970s to the present. These diverse methodologies intertwine to reveal the artist’s surprising rejection of the Washington Color School tradition of ethereal stained canvases in favor of the real space of large-scale installations. Literal layers—taking the form of pigment added to the canvas or inches of substrate sandblasted away—separate Newmann’s art from that of his teachers and serve as a common thread, tying together enormous shifts in practice ...
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Bulletin #4. Chance and control. Photography, video and the web. Part I 01 If something eludes us 02 Video-photographic devices Since the coming of image technologies (and particularly with photography, video, and the Web) contemporary culture has lost control over images, which became more and more independent from their author. Luca Panaro formulates his thesis by reinterpreting the works of theorists (Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Vilém Flusser), writers (Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Penelope Lively), even film directors (Buster Keaton, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wayne Wang), and finally contemporary artists (Franco Vaccari, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Wolfgang Staehle, Roberto Cuoghi, Carlo Zanni, Eva and Franco Mattes). Translation ...
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Bulletin #5. Chance and control. Photography, video and the web. Part II Part II: 02 Online filming 03 An art that generates itself Part I on Bulletin #4 Since the coming of image technologies (and particularly with photography, video, and the Web) contemporary culture has lost control over images, which became more and more independent from their author. Luca Panaro formulates his thesis by reinterpreting the works of theorists (Susan Sontag, Walter Benjamin, Vilém Flusser), writers (Luigi Pirandello, Italo Calvino, Penelope Lively), even film directors (Buster Keaton, Michelangelo Antonioni, Wayne Wang), and finally contemporary artists (Franco Vaccari, Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno, Wolfgang Staehle, Roberto Cuoghi, Carlo ...
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Droste Effect Bulletin #6: B(est-of )ulletin – End of 2016 Issue Index: Foreword by Matilde Soligno About 2016. End of Year Notes by Vincenzo Estremo, Flaka Haliti, and Studio Miessen (Berlin) 2016’s TOP 5 by Luca Panaro
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Bulletin #7. In Defence of the Academic Troll – A word on the new heroes of «Infotainment» The 2016 US elections marked the rise of Internet trolls, such as Milo Yiannopoulos, and inflammatory news websites, such as Breitbart, in what could be described as a pivotal moment in the era of «post representation». But these events are merely indicative of a discourse which spans beyond American politics and has so far led artists, thinkers and activists to wonder: How is knowledge redefined when information and entertainment are rendered indistinguishable? Furthermore, could the same malicious strategies used by the far right be appreciated ...
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Media Art is a controversial term that identifies manifold artistic experimentations that refer to the use of media technologies as objects and/or as a subject of investigation. The larger part of this field developed independently from the usual art circuits, proliferating in contexts like festivals, research centers, academic institutions, but also on the Internet, through communities, mailing lists, and social networks. The classical institutions of art have for a long time now recognized and hosted some of the emerging forms that traditionally belong to Media Art, however, they also demonstrated suspicion and distance which limited the possible integration and understanding ...
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On Monday, November 16th 2015, I take the subway to Hoboken from the 14th street PATH station. There, I buy a copy of the New York Times and a ham sandwich with a bottle of water. I also carry with me a printed-out-from-the-internet copy of a text written by Robert Smithson in 1967. Next, I go to the automatic ticket machine and buy a one-way Bus 85 ticket to Passaic (including a change for Bus 190) and a one-way train ticket to come back. I am early, so I sit down and open the Times. After futilely trying to glance at the art ...
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James R. Southard has been working with small community groups in the hopes of building collaborative digital photo and video projects. Each series has been catered to the issues and concerns of each region through documenting local habits, patterns, rituals, language, history, and so on. This most recent year, James has started to turn the lens around towards himself. He has started to alter this regional material gathering technique into a biographical survey of his late father’s experiences in the 1970s. The resulting work has been a digital collage of still and moving images along with life action shots, building ...
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“I have been photographing myself since 1982. If I fail to take a picture on a given day, I advance the film one frame so no image is recorded. This visual calendar consists of 2,500+ photographs that include my body from head to toe, as well as my environment. On occasion, I insert digital reenactment files to contrast with specific images or add an old family photograph for more context. Most often I’m by myself in these straightforward images, but sometimes I’m with family and friends. As time passes, births, deaths, celebrations, and bad days happen. Pets come and go, fashions ...
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Robotics and soft AI are bringing everyday changes both to the work field and to our free time. How does this condition reflect itself on the artistic practice? Can we humans liberate ourselves from our anthropocentric viewpoint and accept the intellective superiority of machines? Will we be able to overcome our fear of automation? In the utopian view of a fully automated production, not only work ethics should be re-thought, but also our certainties about aesthetics.
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Published on occasion of Débora Delmar’s exhibition Stressed, Blessed and Coffee Obsessed at Gallleriapiù, Bologna. Starting from Débora Delmar’s portfolio, Daniel Garza Usabiaga narrates the pivotal events and turning points in the artist’s career. Narrative Portfolio is one of three formats in Droste Effect’s publication Bulletin. Narrative Portfolios are aimed at investigating the practice and personal taste of international established artists.
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The legend says that coffee was introduced in the Austrian Empire after the end of the Siege of Vienna in 1683. On that occasion, Turkish troops left behind several sacks of «strange» beans while leaving the city. It is said that the soldiers of the Austrian army were impressed as they smelled the fragrance of the beans thrown on a fire. In reality, this is nothing more than a legend, but it is interesting to note that in the story the fascination with coffee starts by chance, even though it is not by chance that coffee started ruling the world, ...
A new project by Droste Effect magazine, Bulletin is a monthly online publication dedicated to curated non-academic art papers. Bulletin aims to explore the diverse ways in which the complexities of being in contemporary art are expressed. It is fundamental for us to investigate the cultures around the contemporary art world, and to understand what constructs our present. Through non-academic writings from a number of disciplines in the humanities, together with contributions by artists, filmmakers, poets, and theoreticians, Bulletin aims to map the dynamic ways in which cultures use visual means to record, redefine and question once again the historical context ...

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