Tag Archives: Zoya Mirzaghitova

A Total Jizz Fest and the Colonization of the Internet

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

Jennifer Chan, A Total Jizzfest (video still), 2012, Courtesy of the artist

When I first saw *A Total Jizz Fest* by Jennifer Chan I didn’t like it. I always get annoyed at myself for jumping to conclusions like that but I found it hard to get past the 90s digital aesthetic. I thought the overwhelming effects were unnecessary just to show us that most of the big web developers are white men. We already know that, anyway. And, I am embarrassed to say, I never delved deeper in to the work but dismissed it as just another piece of video art I don’t want to watch more than I have to. Continue reading

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You Can’t See All of the Louvre in One Day.

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

louvre-museum-paris

The Louvre—the world’s mecca of art museums; it’s legendary, spectacular, perpetually crowded, overrated?—maybe, but definitely very, very big. Despite all of its qualities, the thing I hear most about the Louvre is that you can’t see it all in one day. The truth is that you can. On my first visit to the Louvre, we saw every corner of it in just under seven hours, and this includes a lunch break in one of its many cafes. However, what I realized while walking around the museum was how true it really is that you can’t see it all in one day. You can physically walk around and see everything but the size of the collection is so overwhelming that by the end you either glaze over or find some other way to adapt to the amount of information coming at you at every turn. Continue reading

20 Questions Series: Germaine Koh

What is this, 20 questions?

We caught Germaine Koh at her studio in Elm Park to ask her a few questions, well, 20 to be exact. This is the inaugural video of a new series by Satellite Gallery: 20 Questions! Continue reading

Mini San Francisco Art City Guide

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

SF Art City Guide Ed

A few weeks ago I decided that I needed to go somewhere. Where I really wanted to go was New York or Europe (I know, pretty stereotypical..) but there was no way my student budget would allow it. So I decided that I will go somewhere on the west coast of the States, far enough away that it’s different but close enough that it’s cheap. The cheapest tickets ended up being to San Francisco, so off I went. Continue reading

It Happened at Pomona, Art at the Edge of Los Angeles

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

Pomona College Project, Michael Asher

Michael Asher, Pomona College Project

 

Pomona College in Claremont, California is not very well known; thought for a moment in history, more precisely 1969 to 1973, it became an avant-garde centre for radical and conceptual art. The moment was brief, many artists who participated went on to leave a mark in the history of art and at the end, the entire fine art department faculty at Pomona resigned or had their contracts terminated. Continue reading

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Tate’s Gallery of Lost Art

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

With the emergence of experimental and innovative ways to exhibit art, the internet has seen its fair share of exhibitions. Websites such as the Google Art Project, ARTstor, gallery websites and other blog or tumblr driven collections of images have filled the internet with opportunities to see works from all over the world. Although many would agree that an old fashioned visit to the gallery beats looking at an image on your screen, no matter the resolution. Despite the various new possibilities of the online medium, these collections have tried their best to stick to the traditional art-on-the-white-wall exhibition method. Online exhibits have yet to offer anything innovative—until now. Continue reading

The Town is the Venue

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

Bike

There is a small town in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, called Huntley, with a population of 4500 people. It has been the site for a unique art experiment. Deveron Arts, a group of artists based there, began to use the entire town as a sort of art gallery. There is no established exhibition place but instead artists are invited for three-month residencies during which they can live in the town and find out about topics and issues relevant to the people there. They turn these topics into artworks that can take the shape of a festival, bike race, drive-in cinema, town tour, or any number of other unconventional events. The artists draw from their environment and, in turn, contribute to broader conversations about local issues, and potentially provide some solutions. Continue reading