Mobile Homestead by Mike Kelley


In 1995, during an interview, Mike Kelley claimed to be contrary to public art saying “I’ve always had an aversion to public art, which I feel is too often imposed upon the viewer.” Maybe, after 15 years, Kelley has changed his opinion. If he did, there might be a good reason why.

Mobile Homestead is the first installment of a major new work by Mike Kelley – both a public sculpture and a private, personal architecture – based on the artist’s childhood home on Palmer Road in Westland, a neighborhood of Detroit. On Saturday 25 September 2010, Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead makes its maiden voyage from its new home in Midtown Detroit (on the grounds of MOCAD) to return to the original Kelley home in the suburbs.


What happened to Jean-Luc Godard?

We really want to see what’s going to happen.

The motion picture Academy has spent almost 24 frantic hours trying to reach the iconoclastic filmmaker (“Breathless”) to inform him he’s getting an honorary Oscar — and by late Wednesday they still hadn’t been able to find him.

Godard, a Swiss citizen born in Paris, is notoriously anti-Hollywood. He’s also anti-flying and has avoided long plane flights, one insider said, because he’s not allowed to smoke.

This means Godard, 79, could be one of the rare no-shows for an honorary award. Audrey Hepburn died in 1993 before her prize could be presented.

“We’ve been attempting to reach him since 7 o’clock Tuesday evening and we have as yet had no confirmation,” Bruce Davis, the Academy’s executive director, said late Wednesday afternoon. “We have tried by telephone, by fax, by emails to various friends and associates. We have sent a formal letter by FedEx. But we have certainly not been told he will show up at this point.”


Mario Garcia Torres. I Will Be With You Shortly


until July 24, 2010
Peep-Hole,  Milan

These are last days to see the first solo project in Italy by Mario Garcia Torres. A young mexican artist that we mentioned before by publishing a conversation between him and David Askevold on NERO n.17.

For I Will Be With You Shortly Garcia Torres conceived a project rooted in themes of time, silent, the unsaid and the forgotten, all concerns that have been central to his practice. The artist exposes the various actions that lie behind the production of each work and sets out a space for waiting, for reading, for creating and for writing.

The starting point of the exhibition is Unspoken Dailies (2003-2009), a feature film that will be screened only once during the run of the exhibition June 26 at Cinema Spazio Oberdan. The film is based on an essay by Garcia Torres about the work of Bas Jan Ader. The main character – actor Diego Luna (Milk, 2008; Mister Lonely, 2006; Y tu mama también, 2001) – silently reads Garcia Torres’s text to himself. Only the actor has read the essay, which was destroyed right after the shooting. The memory of the artist’s words is in the care of the actor only. Composed of a 66 minutes tracking shot, the film becomes an “essay” on the concept of real time and cinematic time. (more…)

Strictly formal


Visiting artists websites can be mind blasting. By looking at Cory Archangel’s web pages one can pass from a short extract from a Robbie Williams live to intense reflections on art. We strongly recommend you the brilliant conversation with Mary Helimann published on Cory’s new blog, dedicated to interviews with interesting people and their day 2 day grind of making stuff.


Despite the intelligent critics of the detractors, 2009 was undeniably the year of Animal Collective. Plexifilm today releases the dvd ODDSAC, a new visual album by AC. Those who watched the movie speak about horror subgenres like Italian giallo, Cronenbergian suggestions and low budget visuals in a Herzog and Lynch style. The Guardian wrote “A mind-frazzling piece full of vampire monks, demonic fakirs, and lengthy episodes of trance-inducing pattern loops. A confrontational and immersive experience.” Maybe checking is due.


Weather Diaries by George Kuchar


These are the last days to visit the 6th edition of the Berlin Biennale and before it ends I recommend you to check out the work of George Kuchar. It’s a dark room with all the Weather Diaries that he shot in the past twenty years. A melodramatic and subjective portrait of Tornado Valley which made me reflect on how the perception of lightning and rain makes humans connect to something that goes beyond the surface of things. Here below you can find a few pages from a fanzine that I found in the Biennale with some interesting memories by Kuchar. On Ubuweb you can see the Weather Diary 1 -1986. (lmg)