So here is how itâ€™s going to go. I have a brand new copy of former BAS guest Trevor Paglenâ€™s book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagonâ€™s Secret World. Duncan has been M.I.A. since the start of the Southern Graphics Council Convention this past week. The best comment that answers where Duncan is hiding wins. You have until Sunday April 5th.
â€œBlank Spots on the Map is an expose of an empire that continues to grow every yearâ€”and which, officially, it isnâ€™t even there. It is the adventurous, insightful, and often chilling story of a young geographerâ€™s road trip through the underworld of U.S. military and C.I.A. â€˜black opsâ€™ sites. This is a shadow nation of state secrets: clandestine military bases, ultra-secret black sites, classified factories, hidden laboratories, and top-secret agencies making up what defense and intelligence insiders themselves call the â€˜black world.â€™ Run by an amorphous group of government agencies and private companies, this empireâ€™s ever expanding budget dwarfs that of many good sized countries, yet it denies its own existence.â€
In other Paglen related news, earlier in the week Art Fag City posted a video of him speaking at the Google Mountain View HQ to discuss Blank Spots.
Check out the video here.
Check out Ben Streetâ€™s thoughtful and timely essay on curatorial practice of the institutional kind posted today on the Art 21 blog. Best line: â€œ…(G)reat curatorship hides itself, or, put another way, the first rule of curating is you donâ€™t talk about curating.â€ Here, here!
Via Art Fag City.
Jessica Slavenâ€™s untitled exhibition via Art Fag City
Last night as I was readying myself to listen to this weeks podcast (I heart Paddy Johnson) I was trolling Art Fag City to see what I might have missed while being distracted by my day job. What I found was Jonson’s curated online show with Add-Art titled The Future of Online Advertising. Add-Art (developed by Eyebeam) replaces the advertisements found on websites with art from a database that is curated regularly. Unfortunately, I had a few problems. Instead of seeing art my advertisements were blacked out (which was still nice) and it made Firefox crash. Especially when i was visiting the BAS website. It seems though that these problems have been fixed so I will give it another shot.
A little bit about this show via Add Art
“The Future of Online Advertising, a group exhibition featuring the work of Ben Coonley, Jason Corace, Charles Gute, Brian Kennon, Elke Lehmann, Jessica Slaven, Maya Schindler, and Sheila Wilson appropriates a familiar turn of phrase in the same way the participating artists in this show draw upon pre-existing cultural material. Taken from the similarly named annual New York online advertising conference, the title means to broadly describe a utopic form of advertising; which is to say, in the future, all advertising is art. It is aesthetically challenging and engaging, it is inventive and it is smart.” Read the rest of the statement here.
If you are interested in trying it out for yourself download it here
This week the blogosphere unites! Duncan checks in with Paddy Johnson the author of the wildly popular New York art blog, Art Fag City.
Art Fag City is as relevant as Eric Fischl. New York art news, reviews and gossip.
Trivia of note. This week Duncan asks a question that shatters all prior records for length clocking in at a breathtaking 2:51!
Guinness will be sending people to confirm the record.