Friday, February 09, 2007 has published an interview with me by painter Ana Cardoso, [for a translated version click here].

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Aspects, Forms, and Figures

Curated by João Ribas & Becky Smith
134 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10011
February 8th-March 10th, 2007

Opening reception February 8, 6-8 pm

Carol Bove
Aaron Curry
Christopher Deeton
Jack Goldstein
Jonah Groeneboer
Alice Könitz
Adelina Lopes
Anthony Pearson
Nathan Mabry
John McCracken
Stephen G. Rhodes
Emily Sundblad
Gordon Terry

‘Aspects, Forms, and Figures’ looks to the archaic, noumenal, and totemic character of form. Rather than literal or phenomenological readings, it proposes aspects of form beyond phenomena yet present only in form itself.

Can form be a figure of the numinous, where objects of human labor are filled with a sense of immanence, of being wholly ‘other’? As Karl Marx writes in Capital:

The form of wood is altered if a table is made out of it. Nevertheless the table continues to be wood, an ordinary, sensuous thing, But as soon as it emerges as a commodity, it changes into a thing which transcends sensuousness. It not only stands with its feet on the ground, but, in relation to all other commodities, it stands on its head, and evolves out of its wooden brain grotesque ideas, far more wonderful than if it were to begin dancing of its own free will.

The roots of the “numinous” do not relate directly to magic, but to a realm of knowledge beyond the empirical: ineffable knowledge only partly manifested in visible or quantifiable phenomena. This aspect emerges through form, and only through form can it be apprehended or intoned, even if this “thing-in-itself” remains radically unknowable. It takes many guises, from atavistic and archaic forms (Christopher Deeton, John McCracken, Nathan Mabry), to the Kantian noumenon and the immanence to objects and places (Adelina Lopes, Anthony Pearson, Emily Sundblad), the 'dark matter' of the universe (Jonah Groeneboer, Jack Goldstein), ontology and metaphysics (Gordon Terry, Aaron Curry), commodity-form and reification (Carol Bove, Alice Könitz), dialectical materialism (Stephen G. Rhodes), and the philosophical concern with aesthetics.

Beyond a means to resist literal or phenomenological readings of form, what is revealed in this noumenal aspect is that meaning is a glimpse of ‘other’ knowledge, making the art object a sensuous thing both supra-sensible and social—even if anachronistic in a society that renders such metaphysics meaningless, not to mention useless.

Expanded Cinema

Expanded Cinema has new posts with work by Abbas Kiarostami, Mara Mattuschka, and an early abstract short by Walter Ruttmann.

Here are the filmmakers and artists included so far:

Walerian Borowczyk
Toshio Matsumoto
Martin Arnold
Raul Ruiz
Harun Farocki
Marie Menken
Groupe Medvedkine
Norman McLaren
Peter Kubelka
Georges Schwizgebel
Charles and Ray Eames
Viking Eggeling
Ed Emshwiller
Joseph Beuys
Hollis Frampton
Paul and Marlene Kos
Abigail Child
Lutz Mommartz
Owen Land (ne George Landow)
Len Lye
Popol Vuh
Wojciech Bruszewski
René Viénet
Maya Deren
Wolf Vostell
René Laloux
Sergei Eisenstein
Peter Tscherkassky
Germaine Dulac
Peter Greenaway
Abbas Kiarostami
Mara Mattuschka
Walter Ruttmann