The Walker Curates the News: 08.04.14

Alfredo Jaar. A Logo for America, 1986. Public intervention at Times Square, New York, USA. © Alfredo Jaar, courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York.

Alfredo Jaar. A Logo for America, 1986. Public intervention at Times Square, New York, USA. Courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York. © Alfredo Jaar

In 1986, the words “This is not America” appeared inside an outline of the US on a Times Square billboard every six minutes. Alfredo Jaar’s A Logo for America returns, but will new conditions—it screens from 11:57 pm and 12:00 am throughout August—render it futile?

  • Filmmaker/video artist Harun Farocki, whose works were “deeply critical of the media and ways in which images have shaped contemporary life and ideology,” passed away July 30 at age 70. His “Serious Games” series—a four-part look at modern warfare—is currently on view at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof. ArtFCity offers a round-up of tributes.
  • In “Gaza and the Loss of Civilization,” David Byrne hosts two editorials on Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza. In one, Brian Eno wrestles with the US’s “blind support of this one-sided exercise”; in the other, Peter Schwartz looks at a “historic impasse” in which “[t]here is no way back.”
  • From shiny inflatable “cobblestones” used during May Day protests in Berlin to radio power resistors pinned to Poles’ lapels in the Soviet Union, the V&A’s new exhibition, Disobedient Objects, illuminates the history of protest design.
  • Elsewhere in Twitter-art news, Greg Allen has created a series of unsanctioned silkscreens based on tweets by @TheRealHennessy, aka artist Jayson Musson. The project, writes Allen, is inspired by Donelle Woolford’s Dick Joke series: “Wittingly parodying the uncomplicated jokes from vernacular literature, the artist has found a way of incorporating a difficult subject-matter—humor—into a deeply serious artistic practice.”

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