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Yolanda Domínguez: “Gallery”

Self-Hacking: Die spanische Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez stellt ihr Smartphone mit ihren privaten Bildern aus: “The project “Gallery” deals on the public spreading of intimate images of female celebrities (actresses, models, politicians, athletes…). The show contain a single art piece: the artist’s smartphone displayed in the gallery space, allowing the visitor to freely access her private photo-gallery, which will be only visible through the device. With this experience the artist gives the spectator the chance to decide whether to have a look or not, suggesting some issues like the vulnerability we are exposed to by using mobile devices, the constant exposure of the woman’s body in the media or the market that these images generate.” Vgl. auch “iPhone live” von Johannes P Osterhoff. Via: Mail

Yolanda Domínguez: “Register”

Die neue Aktion der spanischen Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez: Frauen in ganz Spanien haben ihren Körper bei der Handelskammer als Eigentum angemeldet. “A collective action in which women of different cities in Spain go to the Chamber of Commerce to Register the “ownership” of their bodies. On the 5th. of February 2014 various queues formed in the Chamber of Commerce of Personal Property in Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao, Seville, Pamplona and Pontevedra: women who demanded to officially certify that their bodies belong to them. The body is a territory which needs to be reconquered by women: a body which has been moulded by and for others, converted into an object, used as merchandise, assaulted, manipulated and subjected to impossible stereotypes. Added to these difficulties is a Draft Bill of the Abortion Law presented by the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, which means to limit the decision making capacity regarding maternity and morals themselves. The forms presented and stamped are part of a symbolic action which aims to make this conflict visible. The action is still being done every day by women’s groups in different parts of Spain such as Alicante, Tenerife, Valencia, Salamanca, Asturias, Huesca, Albacete, Burgos, Santander, Valladolid, Zaragoza… and being a leading news of national and international media.” Via: Mail

Yolanda Domínguez: “Fashion Victims”

Eine neue Performance der spanischen Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez: “Fashion Victims” bezieht sich auf die eingestürzte Textilfabrik in Bangladesh, bei der Anfang Mai 1127 Menschen getötet worden sind. “Fashion Victims” is an urban action inspired by the recent events in Bangladesh which means to bring into the light of day the real “fashion victims”: the enslaved workers and child exploitation and the millions harmed by the contamination that the factories produce in the production countries. Brands, designers, bloggers, media… the fashion world cannot dodge the facts and look the other way. We are all responsible for this reality. This is an appeal for responsible production and consumption, both for people and the planet.” Via: Mail

Und sonst so? : 08. 01. 13

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* Am 11.Januar bis 13. Januar bin ich in Stuttgart beim “26. Stuttgarter Filmwinter 2013“. Die Ausstellung “Network Culture” und “Medien im Raum” ist im Wilhelmspalais. Nicht verpassen! Das kann nur groß werden, wenn der Aram & Hasi auch am Start sind!

* Und am 16. Januar spreche ich an der Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden über “Street Art, Fakes & Interventionen – Kunst als Ausdruck des Politischen“. Los geht´s um 18.30 – und mein Namensvetter Christoph Bieber sowie Anja Besand sind außerdem dabei! Hoffe wir sehen uns!

* “Art Gone Wild“: Im Zoo von Oklahoma sind wirklich alle Tiere Künstler – da malen sogar Schlangen, Flamingos und Grizzlybären. Ab 100 Euro bekommt man ein Original: “Each work of art has been made especially for the show by the Zoo’s resident animal artists, with some help from their keepers. Some animals use a paint brush while others choose to paint with their paws, claws, tails and scales. Artist animals will include elephants, snakes, rhinoceros, flamingos, grizzly bears, and more! New artists this year are sure to make a splash as the archer fish have gotten into the painting mix. Each painting is unique, and each artist has his or her unique techniques.” Via

* Guerilla-Curating: “The Street Museum of Art has launched its second venture in “guerilla curating” in London’s artsy district of Shoreditch. Like their first exhibition, it’s basically a self-guided street art tour with museum-like wall labels”. Via

* Mitmach-Aktion von Yolanda Dominguez: “Are you sick of the stereotypes of the fashion world? Do you think that the poses of the models are absurd and denigrate the image of women? Do you think that advertising makes women into objects? If you do not feel identified with the image of women in the media and think you are much more than a handbag and shoes: this is yours! Join this artistic action of Yolanda Dominguez: Call a friend and imitate together the image of the new Chanel campaign: a couple of women in front of a landmark hotel of your city (drained on the couch, looking silly and looking to customers) and send me a mini recorded video of the action to info@yolandadominguez.com”

* Buch-Tipp I: “Billboard Bandits – Outlaw Artists in the sky“. “While graffiti itself is illusive in nature, billboard graffiti takes it a step further as one of the most daring aspects of the craft. The book itself includes photos and interviews from artists all over America and the UK. The first hand accounts enable the reader to feel present in the world of these individual artists. Some of them are raw and gritty vandals while others provide more of a fine art feel. They specialize in everything from integrating their pieces into the advertisement itself to adding their artwork to the blank billboard back.” Via

* Buch-Tipp II: “Going Public: Public Architecture, Urbanism and Interventions“. Via

* Magazin/Buch-Tipp: “Critical Making – a handmade book project by Garnet Hertz in the field of critical technical practice and critically-engaged maker culture. Critical making is defined by Ratto as exploring how hands-on productive work – making – can supplement and extend critical reflection on the relations between digital technologies and society. It also can be thought of as an appeal to makers to be critically engaged with culture, history and society.” Via

* Magazin-Tipp: Großartiges Graffiti-Fanzine: Bergerstrasse. Via

* Graffiti-Fotografie: Joe Volt porträtiert in seiner Reihe “Life with the hungry ones” Trainwriter. Via

* Film-Tipp: “Branded ist ein modernes Märchen, in dem reale Phänomene und Mechanismen des Markensystems verarbeitet werden, teils in wortwörtlich monströsen Metaphern. Zugrunde liegt eine fundamentale Branding-Kritik: “It’s all the Brands, it’s the System, it’s an occupation [...] It used to be that Brands were formed from peoples desires. Now it is the people that are formed according to the desires of the brands” spricht der Held. Er sieht wie Brand-Images die Welt und das Bewusstsein der Menschen kolonialisieren – sie schaffen Sehnsüchte und beeinflussen das Handeln jedes einzelnen Menschen und sie lenken den kulturellen Drift. Nicht einzelne Marken werden kritisiert, sondern das Paradigma Branding und die Kraft mit der es individuelle und kollektive Vorstellungen etabliert. Aus dem massenhaften Wahrnehmen, Nachahmen und Weitergeben von Markenbotschaften und -Bildern steigen Monster hervor.” Via

* “The underground art rebels of Paris“. Via

* Hate-Mail von Mr. Bingo. Via

Yolanda Domínguez: “The Metamorphosis”

Eine neue Performance von Yolanda Domínguez – unnötig zu erwähnen, dass ich Kafkas “Die Verwandlung” liebe. “In a Milan library, a young woman picks up a book from a shelf: Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis”. She sits down to read it and starts to pull out the sheets from the book, make balls out of them and fill up her bra with them to increase her breast size. In this way starts off an obsessive and delirious transformation which disconcerts all those around her and that finishes up with her unavoidable expulsion from the room. The aim of the action is to question the body cult as a new route to access the world of work, submitting it to physical transformations that establish our relationship with our environment. The subjugation of women to the male gaze, the incapacity of choice and the constant feeling of guilt are some of the knowing winks to Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” through which the main character is referred to: a person totally subjugated, transformed into an insect and whose aspect determines her relationship with those surrounding her, awaking a mixture somewhere between fear, pity and laughter that culminates in tragedy.” Via: Mail

Yolanda Domínguez: “Zurück in 5 Minuten – bin beim Fettabsaugen”

Die neue Aktion der spanischen Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez thematisiert Schönheitsoperationen in Brasilien. Angestellte in Supermärkten und Shops brachten Schilder mit dem Hinweis “Bin in 5 Minuten zurück, lasse mir Fett absaugen” oder “Bin gleich zurück – mache mir Silikon rein”. “BACK IN 5 MINUTES” is a series of actions in Brazil, within the NOVA Contemporary Culture Festival 2012, which engages the viewer in an absurd situation that highlights the alarming use of cosmetic surgery and excessive value which is given in our society to the external appearance: several women who attend the tail of a museum, a supermarket or a public service leave his job putting up posters like “BACK IN 5 MINUTES I’M GOING TO PUT SILICONE” or “ONCE AGAIN I’M GOING TO MAKE A LIPOSUCTION” before the astonished eyes of the customers that react to this event with amazement, indignation or laughter and stoically waiting for someone to attend as many questions remain floating in the air: is good this normalization of something that has serious physical and psychological risks? Do we prefer to grow the silicon instead of neuron? Or is it that after all our only purpose as a species is sexual reproduction?” Via Mail, gracias!

Yolanda Domínguez: “Poses”

In ihrer aktuellen Performance reinszeniert Yolanda Domínguez die absurden Verrenkungen von Models in der Werbung: “Poses is a direct criticism of the absurd and artificial world of glamour and of fashion that magazines present. Specifically, the highly-distorted image of women that they transmit through models that do not represent real women and that avoid all those who are not within their restricted parameters. These images are virtually the only feminine reference in the mass media and they have a great influence in both men and women when building our roles in terms of behavior and ways of thinking. Using these impossible stances of the fashion publishing houses as a symbol of how grotesque and unreal this industry is, a group of real women transfer these poses to daily scenes: the queue of a museum, the supermarket or the bus stop, sparking off the reaction of the spectators (on the other hand, regular consumers of these images). The aim: to make it clear how ridiculous, and at times harmful, it can be to follow these models that the world of glamour impose on us.” Via: Mail

Yolanda Domínguez: “Rebajadas”/”Lowered”, 2011

Die spanische Künstlerin Yolanda Domínguez zettelt zum Winterschlußverkauf einen Shopping-Fake-Streit an: “This living deals with making visible something that all women have suffered at some time and which is hardly spoken about, as it takes place in a hidden manner: women’s rivalry, a key subject that has arisen these days in the transition towards new roles and , especially, in women·s development in the labour market, where the majority confess having their worst enemies amongst their own female colleagues and/or bosses. Via this scene placed in a real event that involves rivalry: the queue for the opening day of a big store’s January Sales, two actresses play the role of two women who already know each other and who bump into each other in the queue. One plays the role of the tall, beautiful, young and successful girl (so she’s got all the ingredients to be rejected by the rest) and the other, somewhat older woman rebukes her for having taken her place. The two women exchange remarks and threats, making those waiting in the same queue take part in the story.The dénouement is imminent: the two finish up fighting just as the store doors open , capturing the attention of all the cameras.” Via

Yolanda Dominguez: “Fake Your Orgasm”, 2010

Die neue Aktion von Yolanda Dominguez – Fake-Orgasmus-Fake-Propaganda: “A Living carried out via national radio and which, using an ironic plot, considers an aspect of women’s sexuality that is never talked about: faking orgasms. A famous Spanish sexologist has collaborated on this project, providing real data about this matter and an actress represents the role of a teacher of interpretation who advertises “classes to learn how to fake orgasms” via a flyer she gives out to the passers-by in the city centre. A national radio station that is collaborating with Yolanda Domínguez interviews this odd teacher live to ask her about these classes – how they are, how many clients she has… – as if it were totally real and a space is left for the public to intervene. Both men and women react leaving various messages according to their criteria and their experiences and different reactions are gathered. (Surprisingly, the female majority openly confess faking to be something normal). At the end of the programme, it is revealed that the teacher is not real and that it has all been a living carried out by Yolanda Domínguez who presents the spectators with this question and invites them to reflect upon it.” Mehr hier, via: Mail, thx!

Yolanda Dominguez: “Katy Salinas”

Die Künstlerin Yolanda Dominguez hat eine fiktive, dem Schönheitswahn verfallene Frau, Katy Salinas, erfunden – und mittels Blog die Diskussion um dieses Thema angeheizt: “A new living realised through a peculiar character who in less than a week has awaken doubts, fears, laughs, compassion, hates, love, sadness, anger and shock. Through a blog that has generated more than 18.000 visits and more than 1.000 comments (that have been written down in the blog, in her mail and in a wide range of discussion forums), “Katy Salinas”, a character that represents the beauty obsession taken to the limit, has set out many questions about the value that the current society gives to the appearance and how all the messages that people receives constantly through the mass media can influence to make them want to maintain themselves forever young (specially women). This character recreate the situation of a woman that has spent her entire live following all kind of advices and receipts and has carried out the most horrific actions that she find out at the media to become a beauty and keep younger at any price even forgetting how to live. The work represents, in one hand, an extreme case of unhappiness (generating an spectator repulse) and in the other hand, it’s an “ode to life” because there’s lot of messages that tell her to go out, smile, love, enjoy and live… A small script in a blog shape that has shaked the spectator in different ways.” Mehr von Dominguez auch hier, via: Mail, danke!