Your Waste of Time

May 15th, 2013

An other module of the EXPO 1: New York exhibition was the sculpture “Your Waste of Time” by Olafur Eliasson. He placed several massive pieces of ice that broke off from Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, in a big room that was cooled down below 0°. The oldest ice in the glacier is estimated to have originated some 800 years ago. Of course the power needed to do this, comes from solar panels that were installed especially on the roof of the MoMA PS1.
You can experience this sculpture at the MoMA PS1 in NYC till September 2nd.

Your Waste of Time by Olafur Eliasson

Your Waste of Time by Olafur Eliasson

Your Waste of Time by Olafur Eliasson

Your Waste of Time by Olafur Eliasson

475 VOLVER

May 15th, 2013

I was quite happy to find a video piece by Cinthia Marcelle at the EXPO 1: New York exhibition.

One JCB machine goes through the form of an infinite symbol transporting dirt from one side to the other and then repeats the movement from that side back to the other, like a kind of enlarged sand filled hour glass that never stops rotating.

You might also like this other work by her: Fountain 193.

475 VOLVER by Cinthia Marcelle

Rain Room

May 15th, 2013

The Rain Room by rAndom International is an interactive installation which is also part of the EXPO 1: New York exhibition. The Rain Room is a 100 square metre field of falling water that visitors may walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. 10 people can be tracked by the system and everywhere they go, the rain will stop. It’s really a magical experience. You can visit the Rain Room at the MoMA in NYC till July 28th.

In the first 2 photos you can see a dance performance by the choreographer Wayne McGregor.

Rain Room by rAndom International

Rain Room by rAndom International

Rain Room by rAndom International

Here’s a video form the Rain Room when it was installed at the Barbican in London.

EXPO 1: New York

May 14th, 2013

Last Friday I was invited by Volkswagen to attend to pre-opening of the exhibition EXPO 1: New York in New York City. Actually the full description of the exhibition is: “EXPO 1: New York, an exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and socio-political instability of the early 21st century”. It takes place at 3 locations: the MoMA PS1, The Museum of Modern Art, and Rockaway Beach.

Acting in the guise of a festival-as-institution, EXPO 1: New York imagines a contemporary art museum dedicated to ecological concerns, presenting a simultaneity of modules, interventions, solo projects, and group exhibitions including a school, a colony, a cinema, a geodesic dome, Rain Room, and more. EXPO 1: New York is made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen Group of America. Rain Room is on view at MoMA, courtesy of RH, Restoration Hardware.

The concept of EXPO 1: New York was developed by MoMA PS1 Director and MoMA Chief Curator-at-Large Klaus Biesenbach with Hans Ulrich Obrist and an advisory group including Peter Eleey, Paola Antonelli, Pedro Gadanho, Laura Hoptman, Roxana Marcoci, and Jenny Schlenzka.

At the MoMA PS1 it occupies the entire building with large-scale exhibitions and solo projects exploring the theme of dark optimism.
In my opinion the exhibitions at MoMA PS1 were a little to chaotic, a little too much. But there were definitely some highlights like the module ProBio which explored the theme of dark optimism within the context of the human body and technology. Or the sculpture “Your Waste of Time” by Olafur Eliasson and several other single artworks like “La inocencia de los animales” by Adrián Villar Rojas.
The Rain Room at the MoMA is definitely worth visiting, but I’m not sure if it is MoMA-level piece of work.

Volkswagen Group of America is a partner of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1.

EXPO 1: New York

On Saturday I visited Rockaway Beach, which was very badly hit by hurricane Sandy last year. On March 29th they opened the VW Dome 2 right a the beach with a call for ideas to create a sustainable waterfront. 25 projects were selected and you will be able to see them there until June 30th.

EXPO 1: New York

EXPO 1: New York

Emerging Artist

May 12th, 2013

One module at the EXPO 1: New York exhibition was called ProBio. Josh Kline curated this module which explores the theme of “dark optimism” within the context of the human body and technology. One of the artworks was a video by DIS called “Emerging Artist”. 3 pregnant women caressed each others bellies while a narrative voice talked about the fact that the world is waiting for the next artist to be born. I’m a big fan of DIS.

Here’s a very short clip. I hope they publish it soon online.

Emerging Artist by DIS Magazine

Emerging Artist by DIS Magazine

UPDATE:
Here’s the full video


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