Doug Aitken

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PARK CITY, Utah — It feels slightly unfair to label the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, which wrapped Sunday after a ten-day stint, flat and underwhelming due to a lack of a breakout, buzzing, hit movie along the lines of last year’s Fruitvale Station or the preceding’s Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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LONDON — If all art is subjective, mirrored art is doubly so. And if there is one tendency at Frieze this year which cannot be ignored it is the use of reflective surfaces, as if to cause you twice as much grief in judging the work.

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Books

Sleepwalkers in a Box

by Jillian Steinhauer on August 3, 2012

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Doug Aitken, Princeton Architectural Press and DFA Records have attempted to repackaging the magic of Aitken’s “Sleepwalkers” film in a box.

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Reactor

When Advertising Follows Art

by Hrag Vartanian on April 2, 2012

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Sometimes advertising follows art, and this is one of those times. Presenting Doug Aitkens’ “Migration” (2008) and a very recent commercial for Residence Inn (2012).

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MTV is trying to rekindle the “visual playground” of the 1980s and they hope the new art commercials by Rashaad Newsome, Mickalene Thomas, Tala Madani, Jani Ruscica and Mads Lynnerup will help them do it.

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Articles

YouTube Archive + Anarchy, Part 2

by Brent Burket on November 19, 2010

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For the second in his series of YouTube Essays, YouTube Archive + Anarchy, blogger and curator Brent Burket selects a mix of art and music, collecting YouTube music videos, amateur documentation of video art pieces and performance art. Check out a Katy Perry introduction and feminist firecracker Karen Finley invading a Sinead O’Connor song, to disastrous and hilarious effect. Click through for the complete VJ set.

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Starting Wednesday, Brooklyn blogger and curator Brent Burket will be curating a three-day YouTube retrospective that mines the insanity of the online video juggernaut to find gems and germs that are sometimes painful to watch but always entertaining. His mission was to present an array of short videos that would give us a taste of the art world there and wait till you see what he has discovered.

Paul Virilio has written extensively about how advances in technology have changed our relationship to time and space. YouTube has been supremely guilty of that crime, AND it’s allowed us to hit repeat it when necessary. Um, awesome …

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A group of unidentified New York art bloggers were spotted at the 2010 Whitney Biennial press preview staging an absurd protest of a painting that was lent to the show by New York’s 303 Gallery. The work, Maureen Gallace, “August” (2009), was the unfortunate recipient of the bloggers’ wrath but the protesters told me that their action was not directed towards Gallace but her gallery, 303, which continues to maintain a strict anti-photography policy that is despised by many of the city’s art bloggers.

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