Ken Wentworth


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Art spinning into a continually unfolding experience.

Posted on May 26, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Doug Aitken "spins art into a continually unfolding experience...that incorporates our memories and sensibilities with life’s landscape...and which rejects... not just limits of form and function, time and space, but those conditions by which subjective dogmas, including Aitken’s, obligate our thinking".

Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Doug Aitken is Redefining How We Experience Art”.

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Make your own universe.

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:40 PM

'When he says, “I don’t want to be part of the club, I want to make my own universe,” it’s not bravado but an aspiration he figures everyone shares, and wonders why not if they don’t. He speaks in futurist koans and canny non sequiturs, in terms of systems and liquid architecture and the constellations of invisible beacons, as if he assumes it’s a shared language everyone intuitively understands'

Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Do...

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A kind of map.

Posted on May 25, 2018 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

“it’s a kind of map” that evolves out of the ingredients of its own place.. Aitken’s work isn’t “fixed or frozen, not something you just see and interpret... It creates an infinite library of musical notes that can be played and repositioned, reordered."

Erickson, Steve. 2013.“Doug Aitken is Redefining How We Experience Art”.

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The conditions we live under.

Posted on May 12, 2018 at 10:40 AM

'I think we are coming into a really interesting information landscape, and the ways we absorb information and experience is so radically different than decades in the past. The idea now that there is an organic space, the tactile one that I can walk outside and put my hand on the ground and feel the snow  today, versus I can feel my pocket ringing and I can open it up and there is an image of snow falling. That idea I think presents a different condition, a different perceptual conditio...

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Made up out of component parts, rather than being part of a unified whole.

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 9:55 AM

'Showing subjectivity as something more fractured and made up out of component parts, rather than being part of a unified whole... how she positions her body in space and her relationship to her body in a way, as simultaneously an outside observer, but having to inhabit her body at the same time, I think that is a really interesting idea... I'm interested in exploring identity and the self, the persona that is multifaceted and is continuously shifting, so it's the idea of the self and identit...

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To be both boundless and inclusive

Posted on March 30, 2018 at 10:10 PM

In seeking to understand pop and the self/s that are constructed by it [Sue Dodd] produced the Gossip Pop project. The duplicitous and multivalent role of “pop" (subject, medium, music, art, celebrity, gossip, object, process, audience, genres and more) that Gossip Pop investigates, above all else presents the somewhat utopic and impossible desire for creative work, the art object and the artist’s domain to be both boundless and inclusive.

Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. ...

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Freezing a "moment"

Posted on March 19, 2018 at 9:55 PM

'[Gossip pop] reveals the undecidability or subjectivity inherent in all knowledge production and reception, thereby proposing (authorised) knowledge and theory as inherently speculative. Gossip Pop further interrupts the inherent timebase of pop and gossip, taking and freezing a “moment” from its endless cyclic flow. This transformative act demonstrates how art practice can archive, make manifest and generate new meanings for the temporal epistemological constructions of pop role...

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A mediated sphere that demonstrates the constructedness of life

Posted on March 16, 2018 at 9:45 PM

'Whilst pop as a field of knowledge is authorless, and unauthorised, the optimised individual, the celebrity role (role-model) is played out in a mediated sphere that demonstrates the constructedness of life (and of work) and, hence, for Gossip Pop and contemporary art, suggests practical methodologies and commensurate production potential. Celebrities adopt and act out a range of roles and are slotted into the revelations, fabrications and recycled scripts of tabloid vernacular.'


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The disguise for an eternal sameness

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 8:00 PM

What parades as progress in the culture industry, as the incessantly new which it offers up, remains the disguise for an eternal sameness; everywhere the changes mask a skeleton which has changed just as little as the profit motive itself since the time it first gained its predominance over culture.

—Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry

Dodd, Sue Ellen. 2013. "Gossip Pop: A Performative Investigation Of The Role Of Pop In Contemporary Art Practice". Vuir.Vu.Edu.A...

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To enable a playful engagement.

Posted on March 12, 2018 at 7:25 PM

'The Gossip Pop artwork addresses an imagined “knowing” audience and aims to enable a playful engagement with existing celebrity gossip “texts” from a variety of perspectives. The knowingness implied by the Gossip Pop project also encourages a heightened awareness of the complex complicity, as consumers and producers, of celebrity culture and art, within the capitalist consumption production system. Adorno calls this the “culture industry,”'

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Repetitive and cyclic

Posted on March 9, 2018 at 3:10 PM

'These images are likewise highly repetitive and cyclic. The repetition occurs both within individual pages of particular magazine editions, articles or photonarratives and over weeks, months and years as the same celebrity subjects are depicted in a seemingly endless parade of replayed situations. Big stories are strung out over time as crumbs of new detail are added. Yet, the mass media stories constantly refer back to ageless archetypal narratives and recurring or favourite tabloid themes....

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collective acts of commodification

Posted on March 1, 2018 at 2:30 PM

'Hence, celebrity culture—cultivated, watched and consumed—becomes a logical extension of our own acts because it performs these collective acts of commodification of all aspects of life via particular recognisable individuals, symbols or simulacra for their audiences, in the discursive, public and social spheres. Celebrity culture has become, like the internalised drives to self-optimisation, utterly familiar (despite our better judgment). In other words, I suggest, celebrities d...

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The new colonisation

Posted on February 28, 2018 at 5:25 PM

Collective cultural metadata is the new frontier to be explored, analysed and colonised. We are single cells or specimens in the metephorical petri dish that is the ephemeral digital matrix that we all inhabit. A systematic virtual and ephemeral structure that encloses, envelopes us by 'choice' in a constructed cultural landscape. Text inspired by artwork: Metadata Petri Dish, 2015.

Grasping at outdated constructs

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Is our culture grasping onto outdated constructs, moving vacantly forward, mindlessly following rules of engagement and holding onto an empty sense of security. Blocking out peripheral cultural complexities, in an attempt to deny the need for collective and individual change. As the world very slowly falters, and we lack collective conviction to agree to do anything about it. We keep following outdated cultural frameworks as the natural environment metaphorically and literally disintegrates ...

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