“Art Post-Internet” was an exhibition curated by Karen Archey and Robin Peckham for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing in spring 2014. This is the specially designed pdf catalogue whose with the front page is created each time with the IP and quite approximated location of the user. It includes tentatively definition of “post-internet” by Cory Arcangel, Simon Denny, and Bunny Rogers, art critics Ben Davis and Paddy Johnson, academics Mark Tribe and Esther Choi, and museum professionals Christiane Paul, Raffael Dörig, Jamillah James, Ben Vickers, Omar Kholeif and Gene McHugh.
CD – Artek Sounds
Here we find a vocal stuttering, a sort of gibberish where a series of hardly decipherable words are emitted, winning us over. We are talking about “Sermon On Wings And Tergal Lobes”, the first track of “Wormsongs”, a not-easily decipherable album, suspended between lyricisms and noise,micro-minimal drives and refined electronica. The mind thinks thanks to words, oriental philosophy teaches us – in this case the automated emission of random vocalizations helps to break any scheme of ordinary communication, even though the rhythms of religious tunes and spoken-word forms (so dear to a certain avant-garde) survive. Everything seems driven by the vocal automatisms, though certain traditional instruments also peek out, such as piano, violins and various percussion – elements that support the strong musicality of the experience. Eight tracks are presented; we think “Light Code”, (the one with Bart De Vrees working the percussion) is particularly successful, with its free-form envelopes. On the next track, “Set Song”, Anat Spiegel’s beautiful voice is in evidence, very calibrated in its recitative stressing and editing, and part of a very strong, non-conventional, theatrical climax. The album was made using SuperCollider, an environment and programming language for real-time sound synthesis and algorithmic composition, following the idea of lyrical verses, substituted by automatic instruments activated to generate an equal number of “automatisms” of vocal nature.