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The Future is Now. James Voorhies

Sam Peck sent me the following link this week, check it out. The pdf is the book ‘The Future is Now’ by James Voorhies and has a sentence or two on each page with the essentials making it so easy, I’ve just read it twice. It looks at the exhibition, the role of the curator, artwork being exhibited as itself without the gallery or exhibition space. Super interesting stuff.

The Future is Now

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OPEN BY APPOINTMENT (WE BOTH HAVE STUDIOS IN THE BUILDING, SO WE'RE HERE ALL THE TIME) UPSTAIRS 249 MARGARET STREET, TOOWOOMBA RAYGUN PROJECTS is an artist run initiative run by artists Alexandra Lawson and Tarn McLean located in the CBD of Toowoomba, Australia.

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  1. So if the future is now, then what do we do with the history of art so far? Do we not have a gallery any more nor a curator? Do we just have public spaces where artists and non artists just ‘change’ the space to make people think about the space they are occupying, seeing? So the artist as curator, or participant as artist? Has art become the everyday? The garden, the party, the street, the public toilet? Do we even need art when there are the movies or television that can visually send us a message and engage far more people at a time, thus having far more impact on our culture? Tarn

  2. Tarn – Do we just have public spaces where artists and non artists just ‘change’ the space to make people think about the space they are occupying, seeing? So the artist as curator, or participant as artist? Has art become the everyday? The garden, the party, the street, the public toilet?

    Sam – the everyday can be Art with the capital “A” but its about context and who is making it, what is their practice like, how are they engaging in the everyday? How is that everyday being brought within the dialogue of art? I think how these questions are addressed within the work of the artist.

    Tarn – Do we even need art when there are the movies or television that can visually send us a message and engage far more people at a time, thus having far more impact on our culture?

    Sam – Benjamin, and Sontag talk about cinema as the ultimate art form. Within cinema you have music, theater, painting, etc. It is a time based sequential art after all. Maybe the new medium is video, It’s impact is felt even faster with social media. Is the form of the idea important to how relevant it is in the conversation about art? Goya’s images

    http://postfiles13.naver.net/20110121_188/ped6009_1295570976163boxu2_JPEG/1808-5-3.jpg?type=w3

    of the Spanish war crimes still erupt a passion from within me against corruption. That makes them part of the dialogue, I know I enjoy those paintings. Does the message of a work need to touch more than 1 heart? The question of the curator as artist shouldn’t threaten whether work is relevant. TV and video do hit a wider audience because they see the work faster. This doesn’t signify a death to other forms. Commercial lithography and Intaglio died a long time ago but they are still relevant art forms in Art. That relevancy comes from them being valued by someone else besides the maker not necessarily from the mediums ability to impact culture on a large scale. The curator’s control of the interpretation of that message is what needs a watchful eye not the act of the curator itself.

    Tarn – So if the future is now, then what do we do with the history of art so far?

    Sam – What to do with the history of Art, learn as it happens.

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