Posts Tagged ‘conceptual art’

The Evolution of Art

August 25, 2012

Although it is fundamental that new art builds upon that of the past, it is not often that we have a clear and obvious example of this with near-immediate worldwide effect. Fortuitously, a new artwork, la Nueva version de Ecce Homo de Borja (AKA Furry Jesus) demonstrates that process quite literally.  The new work was physically constructed upon the old.

Both the new and old Ecce Homo are located in the Santuario de la Misericordia in Borja, Spain.  Although the city of Borja has apparently initiated plans to attempt a “restoration” of the foundational version of Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez, an online petition (several actually) have arisen in an effort to stop the hasty removal of the nueva Ecce Homo by Cecilia Gimenez.  One petition author suggests that the new work represents a subtle criticism of the church’s theology, creationism particularly.    The work can also be interpreted as a comment upon modern copyright law.  As a conceptual piece, (nueva) Ecce Homo is not only a physical work; the act of creating the work itself is fundamental aspect of its meaning.

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In Artifactum’s view, we should not rush to erase la nueva [version de] Ecce Homo.  The place of this new work in the history of art and its value to world culture should be preserved.  Please consider signing the petition:

http://www.change.org/petitions/ayuntamiento-de-borja-zaragoza-mantenimiento-de-la-nueva-versi%C3%B3n-del-ecce-homo-de-borja

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Nam June Paik Archive at the Smithsonian

May 3, 2009

The Smithsonian American Art Museum announced that it has acquired the archives of the preeminent electronic and video media artist, Nam June Paik.

Mr. Paik was born in Korea, lived in Japan and Germany, and relocated to the U.S. in 1964. He produced numerous conceptual artworks that incorporated electronic devices and phenomena, utilizing both sound and video.  Along with Shuya Abe, he created the first video synthesizing machine, which transformed the process of creating moving-image works. In many ways his early artwork prefigured the advent of the internet and global culture through the positioning of electronic media, including television, and recognized it as a conduit for intercultural communication. He is credited with first using the term “electronic superhighway.”

SAAM was awarded the entire Paik archives by the artist’s estate after it and other institutions submitted proposals. The archive contains a variety of materials that document Paik’s art and innovative perspective, both in terms of art and technology. It will serve as an important and significant resource for artists, curators, and scholars.

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