Out There: Group Shows

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** if interested
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**1/2 ZoneZero: An archive of information for the fifth "Latin American Colloqium of Photography" (September 1996), this site also features photos by a broad range of photographers. Marcos Lopez's Pop images of Argentina are the most arresting. (10/96)

**1/2 Aprofundamento '95: This is the online version of the show of the same name at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts in Rio de Janeiro. Painting is the medium of choice and the works look remarkably good online. Check out Ogeni's dream-like canvases and Rose van Lengen's acrylic-on-polaroid Jardim Botanico, a Pomo hommage to Monet. (10/96)

**** PhotoCollect Virtual Gallery: This low-key commercial site has valuable research potential for the collector and non-. High quality scanned photos range from the contemporary (I was fascinated by the eerie, masked images of Alida Fish) to the canonical--including Edward Weston, Berenice Abbott and Ansel Adams. (10/96)

*** Postmasters Gallery: See cyber-projects by RL New York gallery owners Magda Sawon and Tamas Banovich--but not their current, digital show. Twenty-two artists' works are featured; highlights include Thomas Muller's "Understanding Concrete Poetry" and Janine Cirincione & Michael Ferraro's "Dead Souls." (11/96)

** CyberClipper: Using the old clipper trading vessels as metaphor, Lee Boot and Frank Fietzek embark on a "transatlantic technological adventure" to further cultural exchange through networked computers--our modern-day "cyberclippers." This exhibition, sponsored by The Contemporary in Baltimore, MD and The Kunsthaus in Hamburg, will be up through January 10, 1997. (11/96)

**3/4 A Day in the Life of Cyberspace: MIT's Media Lab celebrated its 10th anniversary with this high-falutin' sounding "snapshot of the dawn of the digital Renaissance." It's better to think of this old-fashioned enterprise as "A Family of Digital Man." (3/96)

***1/2 Art Crimes: Katherine Gates's astonishingly large archive of international graffiti photos has become a clubhouse for graffitists worldwide. Photo-documentation is now augmented by bulletin board chat. It's a virtual community! (See Centerpieces in Issue #1)

**1/2 Future less Future: Paul Warren curated this mixed-bag-of-a-10-artist-show that encompasses everything from his own images of cyberbodies to Catsura Watanabe's new agey compositions. An essay by Donald Kuspit is promised. (4/96)

*** Hanover-New York Express Three veteran New York graffitists--Lee Quinones, Daze and Crash--joined the younger German graffitists Jedi 167, Bryom, Mars 173, and Tack in decorating a new tram station in Hanover. Stills, audio and a Quick Time movie document the project.

***1/4 Lot Project: Contributing to Mobility: A large group of mostly European artists and collectives pondering mobility and nomadism in paired (arresting) images and texts. The effect suggests an anthology of artists' projects.

*1/2 Museum of Bad Art: This Boston-based, ersatz "museum"-site is no fun; it doesn't even offer deliciously campy images. No irony? No theory? What's the point?

*** Net Work (through12/96): Christopher Eamon curated this show of three, politically-engaged, web-works: The File Room by Muntadas (see Solo shows); VNS, a techno-femme site that's nothing but a fabulous self-portrait-cum-manifesto of these "saboteurs of a big daddy main frame;" and "Diseases of Consciousness," a new and appealing work by Critical Art Ensemble wherein theory and analysis assume the form of psychological case history. En masse this web-show is less than the sum of its admirable parts, but at least it's an attempt by a museum to do something with on-line material.




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