It's a gorgeous fall day here in Omaha, so I'm only going to post a few items of interest that have passed through my inbox this week -- then a bit of open studio for some visitors -- then I'm going pumpkin picking!
1. The show SHE WHO SEES THE UNKNOWN by Eyebeam resident artist Morehshin Allahyari opens at Transfer Gallery exploring "digital colonialism, feminism, magic, speculative poetics and ceremonial 3D scanning & printing". In particular, Allahyari "moves beyond a simple binary view of West vs Islam, tech-future vs. religious history", especially in relation to the "performativity of the Jihadists" in conflict with Western techno-colonialism.
2. Artist/writer Tyler Coburn presents his nonlinear online essay-story series Ergonomic Futures, which imagines future scenarios for imagining new types of human bodies through the lens of "speculative evolutionary theory". The site is elegantly designed; the writing is compact, free-ranging, cryptic and witty; for example, from the section simply titled Telepath: "Nothing under the sun, no matter how unbelievable or fantastic, is immune to the pressures of evolution. Take science fiction. The Force, the mind meld-the entire field of psionics, for that matter-- have the look of yellowing comic books, the taste of stale popcorn. Hollywood has proved to be more powerful than natural selection, building menageries in the form of franchises, gilding cages for endangered ideas. The future has never looked older."
3. The long-awaited book A Primer for Cadavers by digital animation artist and avatar poet Ed Atkins has been released, to great critical appraisal. The book collects the poetically absurd, morbidly corporeal writings that drive Ed's work -- notable for its textual density -- but which isn't necessarily represented or comprehensible in his videos' final exhibition form. The rahpsodic review quotes in the press release are practically a book in themselves; e.g. "Atkins’ writing spores from the body, scraping through life matter’s nervous stuff, leaving us agitated and eager. What’s appealed to us is an odd mix of mimetic futures. Cancer exists, tattoos, squids, and kissing exist – all felt in the mouth as pulsing questions."
4. On a lighter note, L.A. Times arts writer Caroline Miranda claims that memes are the language of this insane 2016 election, and smartly connects meme culture to the overall history of political & propaganda art.
Grab a pumpkin spice latte and a cardigan, and happy reading,
Love from Omaha,
"Mr. Autumn Man"