Monthly archive

enero 2016

What Is Modern Propaganda?

in ACC Network/English

 

We bring you very cool projects in Mexico, Paris, Warsaw, New York City and… we also bring you an exclusive interview with the legend himself: Blek Le Rat. He talked about ‘Propaganda’ his upcoming art show at Wunderkammern Gallery, which opens to the public on January 20th in Milan. Italy!

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✏︎ Mural Central project in Saltillo, Mexico.

✏︎ ‘Propaganda’ is the new exhibition by Blek Le Rat in Milan, Italy.

✏︎ British artis Hush curated Vandal’s Restaurant Decor in Bowery, New York.

✏︎ Ai Weiwei’s new installation at Le Bon Marché in Paris

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Did You Know?

✏︎ PanGenerator and Disney animated a listening Mickey Mouse installation using visual rhythmic sequences at the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw?

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Take a sit and listen up!

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16 Artists to Follow This 2016 by All City Canvas!

in ACC Network/English

Happy 2016! We missed you so but we are back! And we begin the year with our very own All City Canvas watchlist with 16 artists we predicted to become household names this 2016! Check them out! ?

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 1. Drew Meritt 
NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES. LIVES AND WORKS IN LOS ANGELES.
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2. Marguerite Humeau
FRANCE. LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON.
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3. Hilda Palafox 
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. LIVES AND WORKS IN MEXICO CITY.
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4. Richard Colman 
BETHESDA – MARYLAND, UNITED STATES. LIVES AND WORKS IN SAN FRANCISCO.
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5.  Cornelia Baltes 
MÖNCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY. LIVES AND WORKS IN BERLIN AND LONDON.
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6. Alejandra Atáres
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN. LIVES AND WORKS IN BARCELONA.
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7. Juliana Huxtable
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS. LIVES AND WORKS IN NEW YORK.
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8. Telmo Miel (Telmo Pieper & Miel Krutzmann) 
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS. LIVES AND WORKS IN ROTTERDAM.
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9. Christiaan Conradie 
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. LIVES AND WORKS IN MEXICO CITY.

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10. Mazatl
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO. LIVES AND WORKS IN MEXICO CITY.

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11. Marina Merlini

BOLOGNA, ITALY. LIVES AND WORKS IN MILAN & BOLOGNA.
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12. Dominique Pétrin
MONTREAL, CANADA. LIVES AND WORKS IN MONTREAL.
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13. Jade Rivera 
JUNÍN, PERÚ. LIVES AND WORKS IN LIMA.
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14. Cinta Vidal 
BARCELONA, SPAIN. LIVES AND WORKS IN BARCELONA.
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15. Mateus Bailon 
ITAJAÍ, BRAZIL. LIVES AND WORKS IN SAO PAULO.
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16. Gola Hundun 
CESENA, ITALY. LIVES AND WORKS IN BARCELONA.
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Many thanks to ‘La Teatrería’ for lending us such a great space for this episode! La Teatrería, set on the Roma borough of Mexico City, is an independent theater which also houses a restaurant, bar and a specialty coffee project. The idea is to make national and international perfoming arts more accesible and attractive to the city’s young and urbanite crowd.

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Thanks for tuning back! And for those of you just joining, welcome to All City Canvas!

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Enjoy ?Share ? and see y’all on the flip-side!!!

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2016: IT IS SAFE TO BE SKEPTICAL ?

in Blog/English
By Nicole Chaput

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Every single year it is the same thing. Good morning, it is the 31 and it is time to think about the year that is about to expire. All the thoughts result in an existential quest of what is truly important for the ones who can put up with the weight of such question.

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What is truly important?

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In this day and age it is hard to tell; the answers we come up with have more to do with coping mechanisms than with meditation. Being a good person is tricky when absolutely everything can be rationalized.

This year I thought about resolutions, all vain and all selfish, all having to do with our conception of happiness and how it is achieved. A new year is not a rebirth and should not be the only point of reflection. We have stopped questioning our behaviors as a generation because the answers reveal our ongoing state of somnambulism. Looking for answers in a desert of interrogation can become problematic. This New Year’s Eve I thought about targets for the upcoming year and questioned where should these orbit from an ethical standpoint. The answer to this question still lingers, but I think it is an important question to ask at the risk of sacrificing the greedy ego that drives most of us. Many cultural patterns feed the soul hungry for recognition, but it is essential to reflect on these phenomena to restructure the observation of our personal aspirations and to what degree they relate to our atmosphere. Cultural patterns reveal the growing distance in our relationships and how they are impaired by agents of capitalism. Maybe a fair “resolution” is to exercise our skepticism.

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  1. Social Capital

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How much are we willing to do for a “like”? What contents get more likes than others and why should this be feared?

If the rule of supply and demand is applied to social media there is a great deal to uncover of what we find entertaining or desirable. We are exchanging privacy for a new currency that begs for the reconsideration of its value. Are we worth being adhered to a number of likes only to be reduced to the digitalization of our persona? Putting ourselves out there for sale provides great insight of what we think is our value. We ask our “friends” to invest because we want to be recognized. There is a mask of vanity and narcissism in social media, but that only shows we value ourselves too little.

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  1. Trust No Bitch

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Acknowledging most of what we read is biased to satisfy a capitalist agenda should prevent us from forming an opinion of what is being pitched by media. Social and political issues are highlighted for profit; facts are no longer facts but rather marketing strategies. Opinions by professionals are sold and it is no surprise they are manipulated to have a wider range of consumers. Personal interest comes before everything most times at the cost of unbiased information.

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  1. Snapchat

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This is the most troubling form of social media. The snapchat users in my sightline perform a version of their life that is more attractive. Snapchat is problematic because instead of experiencing a moment it is recorded in its optimized form to sell a moment that is scripted. Instead of enjoying or despising a moment a Snapchat user is more concerned with how that moment can be exploited in a way that will maximize the value of his or her life. Recording every single moment reduces any possibility for intimacy. Is intimacy what we dread, and if so, why are we so scared of saving our lives for ourselves and what does that entail?

Many friends tell me Snapchat is great because it gives them insight of what their close ones are doing. Other friends have said that they do not feel the need of contacting their friends because they are updated on their whereabouts instantaneously. That is what is alarming, that the life that is performed can no longer be distinguished from the reality of the individual and maybe this is a common desire that is all the more scary. Snapchat allows its users to conceive themselves as others do, in their ideal life that preaches their grass is greener. Social media in its most extreme forms distracts the individual from getting to know themselves outside social conventions, which is a significant task I fear has been forgotten or conveniently covered. There is not only a distance from one loved one to another, but rather, social media equips individuals to distance themselves from an undesired intimate self.

Is social media yet another agent of Capitalism that prevents the development of our singularity to facilitate our manipulation into being consumers?

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  1. Emoji

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Emoji is a pretend band aid.

Emoji pretends to mend the broken ribs and absorb the blood of our broken language. Emoji pretends to represent the warmth of a smile and the humidity of a tear. Emoji is representing the golfer, the beer, the bee, the cactus and the fried egg. What a relief. We no longer need to type out this makes me cringe or I love you. What will happen when words become extinct, does this foreshadow the exhaustion of our feelings as well.

The emoji of the heart is murdering our I love you.

Ford, Domino’s and Dell have incorporated emojis for marketing campaigns and the response from the public made their profits soar.

Is emoji the language imposed by Capitalism so we get lost in our own tongues and invest our whole time performing and consuming?

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We must be skeptical of how cultural patterns are destroying any hope for intimacy and communication. Are we selling a pseudo happiness because we are aware of its exclusivity?

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* Featured image by Sergey ZukClub in Russia, 2015. 
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