One month ago the French Minister of Culture dismissed Nicolas Bourriaud from his post as director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, in an astonishing decision that caused a storm in French - and international - media, replete with rumors of high-level intrigue and allegations of nepotism.
Now Bourriaud tells his version of events. What did the renowned curator and theorist's dismissal have to do with Ralph Lauren? How come the students couldn't work in their studios for six days beforehand? And what are his hopes for the future of the institution?
In the past decade we've seen art flow and exponentially overflow through information networks. Pallasvuo's years as a practicing artist have overlapped with the peak years of sharing culture. Now he just wants to shut the fuck up.
At what point does critique become collusion? Does the visualization of a network, a corporate ideology, or an advertising slogan assimilate the viewer into its logic? Critical and complicit by turns, Simon Denny works with academics, corporate entities, and re-found institutions, as well as with artists then and now. His installations archive, subsume and re-visualize their structures and methodologies. Pablo Larios explores how the Berlin-based, New Zealand-born artist reformulates questions of form and representation in his material excavations of current paranoia and progress.