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13 September to 13 October 2003

A free exhibition by the Centre of Attention presented on
curated by Pierre Coinde and Gary O'Dwyer

Matti Blind+Lotte Møller (Berlin)
Adam Chodzko (Whitstable, Moscow)
Meredith Etherington-Smith (London)
AmirAli Ghasemi (Tehran)
RoseLee Goldberg (New York)
Dave Muller (Los Angeles, Lyon)
Abner Nolan (San Francisco)
Steve Reinke (Chicago)
Martha Rosler (Brooklyn)
Chiara Somajni (Milan)
Johnnie Walker (Tokyo)

A network of operatives covering the globe. This show aligns and deploys art world practitioners using the power of digital technology to survey the art scenes from across the world.

Surveillance enables us at the Centre to provide an alternative version of events and to challenge the hegemony of those who persist in setting our agenda.

Each of the selected web-loggers will file regular reports on art related matters from their assigned territories.
Ideas don't burn.

Log on daily from Sept 13 and read the latest news received from around the world.

Join the network and expand our global information coverage: email your weblogs for publication to indicating your current world position.

blog on, blog in, blog out


Matti Blind + Lotte Møller are an artist and a curator who both live and work in Berlin. Matti recently exhibited at Capri Gallery, Staatsbank Berlin and WBS Gallery also in Berlin. Lotte is an assistant to Tacita Dean and John Bock and a freelance curator and art historian.
Adam Chodzko's work is an evolving question about what we might imagine (particularly concerning life's endings, edges and disappearances) and how we attempt to describe this. Working with members of the public and many media, Chodzko uses the activity of the 'search' and the form of the 'meeting' to propose new social spaces such as assemblies of owners of a particular jacket, the children 'murdered' in the Pasolini's film Salò; a god look-alike contest; strangers asked where The End should take place, lighting - technicians asked to advise on the light in heaven, or a London gallery's entire archive given to a group of Kurdish asylum seekers to edit and hide outside the capital.
AmirAli Ghasemi studies at the Art & Architecture Faculty of Azad University in Tehran. He also runs Parkingallery, a contemporary art space. AmirAli has shown his work extensively including at the Tehran Contemporary Art Museum. He recently had solo exhibitions at the Bahman Cultural Center and Haft Samar Art Gallery also in Tehran.
RoseLee Goldberg is a historian, curator, and critic who pioneered the study of performance art. A graduate of the Courtauld Institute, she was director of the Royal College of Art Gallery in London and curator of the Kitchen in New York. Her publications include "Performance Art from Futurism to the Present" (1979/2001), "Performance Since 1960" (1998) and "Laurie Anderson" (2000) A frequent contributor to Artforum and other magazines, Goldberg teaches art history at New York University.
Meredith Etherington-Smith is editor-in-chief of both the London-based Art Review and the international Christie's Magazine. She has written three biographies, including a definitive volume on Dali (Dalí, Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992). As a magazine editor she has sat at the helm of U.S. GQ, Paris Vogue and Harpers & Queen.
Dave Muller is known for running a nomadic Los Angeles art project called 'Three Day Weekend', which functions simultaneously as a social situation and artwork showcase. This traveling party/exhibition has taken place in various countries. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Murray Guy, New York and the Approach in London and recently the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard and UCLA Hammer Museum. While Dave lives and works in Los Angeles, he will also be reporting from the Lyon Biennale for this project.
Abner Nolan is a San Francisco based artist. His work has been included in exhibitions throughout the US including "Bay Area Now" at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. A limited edition book of his work published by Trillium Press will be released in October. He is currently the gallery director at Spanganga, a performing and visual arts in San Francisco's mission district.
Steve Reinke is an artist and writer best known for his videos ('The Hundred Video's'). He is also editor of many publications on video and film (By the Skin of their Tongues: Artists Video Scripts (1997) and Lux: A Decade of Film and Video by Artists (2000)). He is currently Assistant Professor of Film/Video at the University of Illinois, Chicago. His work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), MACBA (Barcelona).
Martha Rosler is an artist who works primarily with images and texts. Most of her work concerns social issues, which are manifested at sites as various as the kitchen, the television set, the streets and the transport systems. Rosler's career retrospective, "Positions in the Life World," was exhibited in five European cities and two museums in New York City. Rosler lives in Brooklyn.
Chiara Somajni is contributing editor of 'Il sole 24 ore - Domenica', the Italian financial daily's cultural supplement.
Joni Waka (Johnnie Walker), director of A.R.T. (artist residency tokyo), a Japanese Jew who for twenty years in Tokyo has single handedly run his own art foundation supporting avant-garde culture in Asia and Asian avant-garde culture abroad, providing exhibition, performance, and residency spaces working with unknown artists to such names as Gilbert and George, Francesco Clemente, Joseph Kosuth, Kazuo Ohno, Yayoi Kusama, and dumb type and such institutions as the Tate, the Guggenheim, and Venice biennale. A.R.T. operates in two buildings in Tokyo: a contemporary version of a machiya, a traditional Kyoto town house, designed by Hiroo Nanjo, which has served as an artist in residency space for such institutions as the Tate, the Menil museum, and AFAA; and a gallery/event space designed by Koji Takematsu, the architect of Mariko Mori's dream temple.


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