The title refers to a time when art could still be discussed as a chain of progress from one breakthrough to another. Today no such sense of progress exists. 9 Artists celebrates this confusion. More
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9 Artists—an international, multigenerational group exhibition—examines the changing role of the artist in contemporary culture. Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue featuring an essay by curator Bartholomew Ryan, in which he wrestles with the show’s themes and the questions posed by each artist. Here Ryan presents in serial form each “chapter” from this extended essay. In addition to Ryan’s essay, each artist has contributed a 16-page artist’s book to the catalogue, exploring some aspect of their practice, often in collaboration with other artists, writers, or designers.
In This Series
I. Happy Pixels Hop Off into Low-Resolution, Gif Loop!
Not so much an early adopter as an eager adapter, Hito Steyerl’s work has an eerie sense of timeliness, of being able to read the tea leaves of historical materialism within the present. More
II. Our Interdependency Is Not about Love, It’s about Function
Like many of the eight artists, all of whom will hate this sentence, Nástio Mosquito is (within reason) his own institution and plays a part in constructing the vision of what that might mean. More
III. He Wants to See You Again, and Just Be Two Fags Who Kill
Bjarne Melgaard’s work displays a keen politics that deliberately opposes representation that simplifies, essentializes, purifies, or sublimates the messy factitude of human experience. More
IV. On a Dark Day in a Dark Building
Liam Gillick’s practice is complex, and for many frustrating, in its refusal to decide upon a definitive site in which the “art” exists; rather, he insists on multiple points of engagement. More
V. I Can’t Work Like This
Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s desire to study the “mechanisms of representation” is also a desire to evade them, or at least to disjoint the easy flow of prescribed information. More
VI. Here Lies One Whose Name Was Writ in Water
“If I am working with identity, then it should be a bit more fucked up,” says Danh Vo, “because identities aren’t stable nowadays, they are complex and schizophrenic.” More
VIII. We Will Be Strong in Our Weakness
Yael Bartana has woven from the tortured strands of identity a trilogy that takes language out of the mouths of the eloquent and passes it into a cavernous realm of complexity and possibility. More