Friday, February 27, 2009




Sunday, February 22, 2009

Marcin Ramocki Facebook

"Marcin Ramocki Facebook Portrait"
acrylic on canvas on panel 26x24x2.25" 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Future Is Not What It Used to Be

From: Networked_Performance -
The Future Is Not What It Used To BeKevin Bewersdorf, Charles Broskoski, Marc Horowitz, Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung, Kristin Lucas, Michael Mandiberg, Eva and Franco Mattes, Joe McKay, JooYoun Paek, Marcin Ramocki & Paul Slocum (with Spiritsurfers) :: February 28 - April 4, 2009 :: Opening: February 28; 6-8 pm :: Postmasters Gallery, 459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue), New York, NY.

The Future Is Not What It Used To Be brings together artists engaged in the Internet shaped culture. Through drawings, photographs, sculpture, video, and online projects they explore social interaction in a networked world, reflection in the times of speed, new communication tools and smart technologies affecting cultural and sociopolitical reality, sustainable strategies for contemporary life, connectivity and dis-connect, digital/analog divide, instantaneity and obsolescence, the web as the largest image depository ever, and new forms of appropriation, means of production, and modes of political engagement.

What we do today shapes our tomorrows.

Kevin Bewersdorf conducts Google searches for images that he then orders printed onto variety of objects employing online services like These remotely made “Promotional Objects” transcend banality of its origins as private found imagery: from infinite web space onto a limited product, the unwitting subjects are made physical once again, staring at you across time and space.

Charles Broskoski’s “Films” reverse the culture of image overload. On his site, six well known films (Pulp Fiction, Terminator 2 and When Harry Met Sally among them) play continuously on a fixed daily schedule. There is a catch: the screen is black save only for the subtitles of the dialog; an absurd comfort of knowing that the movies are always there to serve as a catalyst for visual memory.

Marc Horowitz found an analog way to connect with his fellow twitterers: “for the next 100 people that add me on twitter I’ll send you a small drawing.” The 100 drawings on view will be mailed out at the end of the show. In addition every afternoon Horowitz will broadcast “” - a livestream video and chat talkshow with scheduled field trips, interviews, concerts, covert meetings, cooking instruction, comedians, reviews, round tables, celebrity guests, LA artist studio visits, road trips, and more.

Kenneth Tin-Kin Hung has been called “the John Heartfield of the digital era.” His collages and animations composed entirely of imagery appropriated from the web deliver a biting political satire. New series -“In God We Trust” - presents global and domestic challenges facing the new Obama administration with the savior president cast as different deities (Jesus Christ, Muhammad, Krishna, prophet Abraham, Yoruba Orisha Trickster God Elegua/Eshu, Buddha, and Guadalupe)

Kristin Lucas pays homage to the ever-replaceable technological marvels: maclassic, a 25 years old icon of personal computing, and other nearly forgotten hardware objects are cast in colored wax as beautiful yet perishable candles

Michael Mandiberg’s altered encyclopedias, dictionaries, and newspapers, words incised into them with a laser cutter, highlight the loosing battle of printmedia at a time of user generated content, rapid online delivery and the never ending newness of information. Everyday a fresh copy of The New York Times with the words “old news” cut onto it will be delivered to the gallery, a stack accumulating over the course of the exhibition.

Eva and Franco Mattes ( inject new synthetic life into art long gone. Their avatars in a virtual world Second Life re-enact seminal performance works from the seventies. Gilbert and George’s “The Singing Sculpture” (1971) and Marina Abramovic and Ulay’s “Imponderabilia” (1977) are staged for a very different audience.

Joe McKay finds the ghosts of Google Street View van and Mapjack car. His photographs recreate these stealth vehicles from partial reflections in store windows in San Francisco.

JooYoun Paek’s inflatable objects are smart appliances for urban survival. A bicycle cover made from garbage bags provides inconspicuous “blend-in” protection for a city cyclist, and a self-sustainable chair inflated by walking offers its user an independence from the urban infrastructure.

Sharing and communal nature and of online engagement has lead to formation of surfing clubs: group blogging sites with fast-paced conceptual exchange based on treatment and analysis of online material. Marcin Ramocki & Paul Slocum (with Spiritsurfers) will present “Where is it?,” a short video based on the blog posts of Spiritsurfers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Iraq Veterans against the War

Aron Namenwirth "Saddam red-eye increase" ink-jet print and acrylic w/hand painted red-eye
11x8.5" 2008-09

Artists Open Call, Benefit Exhibition: Iraq Veterans Against the War 'Winter Soldier Project'


via email:

Artworks will be on sale for $100 each for the duration of the exhibition.

All proceeds will benefit IVAW's Winter Soldier Project which collects soldiers' firsthand accounts of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while providing legal and mental health support.

De-installation will take place on Monday March 23rd.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Maya Joseph-Goteiner & Chere Krakovsky
Benefit Exhibition Organizers
Artists and Participants Include (so far, and counting):
Danya Abt, Grace Ann Alfiero, Waleed Ashad, Carol Ashley, Perry Bard, Nina Berman, Wafaa Bilal, Jean Christian Bourcart, Sherrard Bostwick, Orna Bradshaw, Pam Butler, Doris Ca├žoilo, Drew Cameron, Damian Catera, Sarawut Chutiwongpeti, Susanna Coffey, Michael Courvoisier, Carla Cubit, Larry Cyr, Peter Delman, Alyssa Dreyfus, Elise Engler, Danielle Fotopoulos, Marilyn Freeman, Joy Garnett, Ariel Goldberg, Sam Gould, Aaron Glantz, Lori Grinker, Fariba Hajamadi, Tara Hughes-Hall, Rene Farkass, Basem Hassan, Diane Hodack, Aaron Hughes, Lanna Joffrey, Andrew Ellis Johnson, David Joseph-Goteiner, Wonder Koch, Joyce Kozloff, Dorothy Krakovsky, Jason Laning, Tyler Lee Zabe, Ju-Pong Lin, Ardele Lister, Melissa Macalpin, Kyla Mathis-Angress, Suzanne McClelland, Steve McCurry, Dato Mio, James Nachtwey, Nobuho Nagasawa, Aron Namenwirth, Farah Nosh, David Opdyke, Alexander Optivion, Zach Osif, Franc Palaia, Paul Park, Caroline Parker, John Paul, Kenneth Pietrobono, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Lucian Read, Paul Root, Martha Rosler, Erika Rothenberg, Safa Samiezade-Yazd, Susan Silas, Elin O’Hara Slavick, Susanne Slavick, Qais Al-Sindy, Joan Snyder, Molly Snyder-Fink Chrysanne Stathacos, Jon Turner, Betsy Van Die, Christopher Vongsawat, Nathaniel Ward, AJ Wilhelm, Sarah Nelson Wright, Agnes Wszolkowski, Suyeon Yun, Tyler Zabel, The Artists Against The War, The Combat Paper Project…

Monday, February 16, 2009

Brooklyn DIY

Sold out opening night
Last to leave afterparty
Mike Ballou's studio

Marcin Ramocki and The Museum of Modern Art have the pleasure to invite you to the world premiere of "Brooklyn DIY".
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 8:30 p.m.
The Museum of Modern Art
(212) 708-9400
11 West 53 Street,
between Fifth and Sixth avenues
New York, NY 10019-5497

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Brooklyn DIY. 2009. USA.
The History of Williamsburg Art Scene 1987-2007
Directed by Marcin Ramocki.

Brooklyn DIY is a long overdue examination of the creative renaissance in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Home to underground warehouse parties, anarchistic street creativity, and artist-run galleries and performance spaces, Williamsburg gave birth to one of the most vibrant and rebellious artistic communities to arise in the 1980s, permanently changing the city's cultural landscape. Featuring interviews with a host of artists and neighborhood characters, Ramocki's film captures life in a utopian universe made by artists, for artists—along with its inevitable decline in the face of real estate development, gentrification, and the post–September 11 market collapse. 71 min.

Cinematography: Lalo Molina
Edit: Jessie Stead
Associate Producers: Carlton Bright, Jason Roque
Assistant Director: Jessie Stead
Production Assistants: Zoe Willoughby, Jenine Orzechowski
Sound Mix: Chris Burke

Featuring interviews with: Joe Amrhein, Daniel Aycock, Mike Ballou, Ken Butler, Don Carroll, Lauren Cornell, Ebon Fisher, Matt Freedman & Jude Talllichet, Jillian Mcdonald, Aron Namenwirth & Nancy Horowitz, Sarah Schmerler, Ward Shelley, Amy Sillman, Becky Smith, Larry Tee, Conrad Ventur and Eric Z.
Special appearances by: Medea, Gene Pool, Adam Simon, Brian & Leon Dewan, Brian Conley, Charles Beronio, Mike Smith, Lexy Grey, Golden Triangle, Tim Spelios and many more.

World premiere. Q&A with director
In the Film exhibition Documentary Fortnight 2009
Screening tickets info:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

US Secretary of the Arts petition

Brandon with Eric Shiner at Devon Dikeou's - "Marilyn Monroe Wanted to be Buried in Pucci"
Moore College of Art and Design

Momoyo Torimitsu sporting ring given to Marilyn by Joe DiMaggio

Subject: US Secretary of the Arts petition

To all of you with an interest in the arts

Fwd: Secretary of the Arts

You may already have received this, but it is so important, I am passing it on.
Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, The United States has never created such a position. We, in the arts, need this and the country needs the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues.

Please pass it on.
Maria Celi
Director of Visitor Services
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128
tel: 212-423-3679

Momoyo Torimitsu
studio: 166 N 12th Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11211 USA
tel: +1-917-676-3028

Sunday, February 1, 2009

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