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ISSUE 64

JUL/AUG 2009

Issue 64
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Editor's Letter

New Frontiers

As advances in science reshape society, artists embracing new media have increasingly sophisticated means for perceiving and reinterpreting the world. ArtAsiaPacific’s July/August issue focuses on artists who use technology to explore new frontiers.

China
News

Ai Weiwei Challenges China’s Government Over Earthquake

The Chinese government rarely makes concessions to its citizens, especially when it involves allegations of governmental mismanagement and the actions of artist Ai Weiwei.

USA Korea, South
News

Mr. Paik Goes to Washington

The archives of Nam June Paik have found a new home in the American capital. The guardians of Paik’s estate chose the Smithsonian American Art Museum, as major museums in the United States vied for the thousands of objects, artworks and documents belonging to the late artist.

United Arab Emirates
News

Labor Abuses Reported on Museum Island

As construction is about to begin on Abu Dhabi’s new USD 27 billion museum complex, the emirate’s cultural-tourism development on Saadiyat Island has come under criticism for its treatment of laborers working there.

Germany
Essays: Case Study

Model Intercourse

Even for artist-prankster Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997), his Modell Interconti (1987) is a high point in the subversion of art and its institutions.

USA Philippines
Profiles: Interview

Accessing Other Dimensions
Paul Pfeiffer

In the hands of digital wizard Paul Pfeiffer, images of professional athletes and celebrities get an uncanny makeover.

China
Features

Multiplayer Online Cultural Revolution
Feng Mengbo

Venturing out onto the virtual battlefield, a young painter trailblazes new media in the People’s Republic.

India
Features

Talking Cure
Raqs Media Collective

Independent urbanists, new-media theorists, social psychologists—call them what you will—the New Delhi trio Raqs Media Collective weave together poetic threads from multidisciplinary research into their lecture-performances, web platforms, films and installations.

United Arab Emirates
Reviews
Sharjah Art Museum & Various Locations

Provisions for the Future
Sharjah Biennial 9

Spelled out in flowers on a grass bank along an entry road leading into Sharjah is the welcoming phrase: “Smile You Are in Sharjah.”

Australia Malaysia
Reviews
Museum of Contemporary Art & Breenspace

Gathering
Simryn Gill

Good artists have a way of taking over your psychic space. Exiting Simryn Gill’s solo survey exhibition “Gathering,” at Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), I started to comb through material layers in downtown Sydney with the kind of ardent attention Gill instigates.

Japan
Reviews
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

+/- [the infinite between 0 and 1]
Ryoji Ikeda

Paris-based Ryoji Ikeda is a leading Japanese electronic-music composer and visual artist who produces music albums, sound and video installations, and composes music for theater performances and other artists’ projects internationally.

India
Reviews
Anant Art Gallery

State of Mind
Subba Ghosh

The New Delhi-based painter, animator, installation and video artist Subba Ghosh is a mercurial figure in India’s art scene.

USA Lebanon
Projects

Where I Work
Ayah Bdeir

The clicking heels of Ayah Bdeir’s leather boots echo across the concrete floor at Eyebeam in Chelsea, New York’s contemporary gallery district, doing away with the Friday noon lull.

Print Content
PROJECTS
Questionnaire: Tabaimo
My Eight: Xu Bing
Keyword: Value
The Last Word: Elusive Aesthetics
Proposal X: TV Santosh
NEWS
Los Angeles: Dispute Over Murakami Prints
Auckland: Auckland Gets Major Donation of Modernists
Tokyo: Kyoshi Awazu (1929–2009)
Round Up: Deep Shift or Quick Fix?
The Point: June 4, 2009
Auction Report: Glimmers of Life in May Sales
Art Fair Report: All’s Well That Ends Well
Whispering Gallery
ESSAYS
Perspective: Possibilities of the Unreal
Current Affairs: YouTube and Mu
PROFILES
Personal History: Ellen Pau
Interview: Tejal Shah
In Depth: Johnnie Walker
FEATURES
Romy Achituv: Mediating Memory
New-Media Roundtable: Crossing Open-Source Frontiers
SymbioticA: The Art-Science Incubator
REVIEWS
Taipei: Peng Hung Chih
Beijing: Qiu Zhijie
Hong Kong: “Forever Until Now”
London: Choi Jeong Hwa
New York: “Artists in Exile”
Los Angeles: Atelier Bow-Wow
Book Review: New Titles on Media Art