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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Artist opens subversive supermarket in Shanghai

Lisa Movius The Art Newspaper 13 April 2016
Xu Zhen's Supermarket project.

The Chinese artist Xu Zhen has taken his Xu Zhen Supermarket project to the streets of Shanghai—to the bewilderment of many a Chinese granny. The conceptual art supermarket, which has “Fill the void” as its sales slogan, is a spot-on recreation of China’s ubiquitous mini-marts, peddling soft drinks and booze, junk food, cigarettes, condoms, and other familiar products. All of the branded packages have been emptied of their products, however. On Friday, 8 April, the store opened its doors at 1386 Yuyuan Lu of Changning District, a lively residential and business neighborhood. It is due to remain in business until 29 April, opening daily from 7am until midnight to welcome—and perplex—regular shoppers. There are fliers explaining the concept and anyone purchasing something gets an explanation at the checkout along with a receipt.

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