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F Studio Visits: Lyndsey Marko
January 30, 2013
F visits SAIC artist Lyndsey Marko
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EXPO Chicago officially launches today, and for SAIC students, the weekend-long event and all of its associated programs will be available for free.
One student's reflections on the artist, mentor, and leader in the SAIC community and beyond.
Kenneth Goldsmith shapes the Internet into crowdsourced poetics, co-opting existing and open-source information into questions about the shapes of art's contexts and the meanings of authorship.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Riot Fest. To celebrate, the festival will be hosting ten special performances in which bands will play their “classic” albums from start to finish. Multimedia editor Patrick Reynolds shares his thoughts on the nine selected bands and albums, presented in order of how far he was able to make it through the album before turning it off.
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Lisbon’s Igreja de São Roque (Church of Saint Roch) sports a deceptively plain white facade, but the interior of the 17th-century building is home to some of the most prized (and allegedly expensive) Catholic art and architecture in all of Europe.
I was walking down Michigan Avenue this morning when the sudden deafeningly loud sound of an overhead fighter jet filled the air. Curious, I (along with several other bystanders) stopped walking to look up at the plane as it darted across the gaps of sky between the buildings lining the street.
The U.S. Supreme Court cited the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to strike down the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate, exempting Hobby Lobby’s owners from providing insurance coverage for birth control for female employees.
The narrow mouth of a communist-era air-raid shelter beneath an apartment building is the home to Tirana’s independent artist-run gallery space.
Police arrested and detained Tokyo-based artist Megumi Igarashi, who works under the name Rokudenashi-ko ("No-good girl"), on the accusation of selling the code that could be used to reproduce her own vagina with a 3D printer.
Sia Furler is the lyrical mastermind behind an endless stream of pop hits including Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and David Guetta’s “Titanium.” Unlike her A-list collaborators, Sia prefers to avoid the spotlight entirely and focus solely on her work as a writer.
The sounds of New York car horns in the 1960s are audible beneath the uninflected, steady narration of Yvonne Rainer delivering instructions for movement. A set of chairs faces the window where the audience is able to sit and listen.
Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets this June chanting “FIFA go home,” to the World Cup organization that The Nation’s Dave Zirin called “a neoliberal Trojan horse.”
The Barbican Center’s Digital Revolution exemplifies the most frustrating aspects of a life fully infiltrated by technology.
A review of the Speed of Sound experimental concert at the Farnborough Wind Tunnel.
Over the next two weeks, Chicago's Music Box Theatre will be hosting the second edition of its 70mm film festival, celebrating the unprecedented beauty of 70mm cinema.
The iconic painter has passed away at the age of 81.
A visit to The New Interfaces in Musical Expression Conference 2014, London, UK
Here, There and Everywhere: Truth and Liveness is a two-person show featuring works by recent SAIC alumni Angharad Davies and Stephen Kwok. The exhibition’s opening coincided with Kwok’s performance piece, Pineapple, which was featured in the March issue of F Newsmagazine.
“Attachments features 19 works by graduating design students in the Master of Fine Arts in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Designed Objects; Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment; Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture; and Master of Architecture programs."
Detroit's recently established Write A House.
Whether it’s a consumer stroll in the Ikea labyrinth or an aesthete promenade in a design museum, we all enjoy looking at beautiful functional objects. Northern European countries often come to mind when we think about interior design, however, there is another region — often underestimated — that seems to have greatly attracted and inspired designers in this past century: Latin America.
My Hands are My Bite: On View until August 2.
A Brief History of "The New Aesthetic" and Its Infinite Tumblr Scroll
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This summer UIC is offering free studio and art history classes in Chicago with prominent artists from Chicago and beyond.
When a colleague at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago mentioned volleyball as one of the ways he was spending his summer, he must have recognized in my face the spark of interest I felt. He stopped talking and said, “what, you like volleyball?”
Highlights from the student runway show.
This year's Nippon Steel + SAIC Exhibition brings student work to an international audience.
More from F Newsmagazine's Flash Fiction Literary Contest.
The work of architectural collective Somos Mexas.
Are the women of the technology industry always wearing top hats and blowing kisses?
As a designer, Frank Lloyd Wright constantly experimented with materials and planes. Chicago's Robie House is no exception.
Chicago's free events are actually pretty good.
Students prepare for the spring film, video, new media, and animation showcase at SAIC.
Alvin Lucier (b 1931) composes within the subtle spaces of sound. Many of his pioneering works are simple, yet striking explorations of acoustical phenomena: the beating of interfering frequencies, the natural resonance of rooms, and the possibilities in the movement of speaker cones.
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Strange Residencies for Artists.
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Erica Brooks, Daniella Lathrop, Gabriella Mendez, Darcy Provencher, Michelle Seo.
Pope.L invited speakers that were willing to be were clothed in full coverage costumes, mainly mascot costumes that are designed to cover the entire body.
An interview with Avant-Garde Japanese Poetry Translator David Michael Ramirez II.
Was it planned for a long time or an act of depression? Was Yamout acting out against his default role of a leader because he wanted to be an anarchist?
The user of the readymade frequently has the task of finding objects with muted histories.
More from the F Newsmagazine "Flash Fiction" literary contest.
The winner of F Newsmagazine's Flash Fiction Literary Contest of short narrative on the theme of "transitional movement."
The sister duo of Taraka and Nimai Larson have made six albums in the last four years after joining Animal Collective's Paw Tracks label. They've recently produced a performance at the Whitney Museum and an exhibition at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art with their performative psychedelic disco aesthetic.
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A critique of Holland Cotter's review of the Carrie Mae Weems show.
Chicago Hosts the Trans 100.
Ruminations on the global implications of Malala Yousafazai’s I Am Malala.
Listening to Roberta Smith talk about her job during her lecture (yes, art criticism is her job — nothing more, nothing less) is similar to how she argues viewing art should be: it requires intuitive reaction, close inspection and zero pretentions.
An Art School Zodiac.
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From World Leader to Painting Putin.
The Rights of Interns and The Issues of Credit-based Internships
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At King's Spa, a Korean man in a leopard-print speedo scrubbed my naked body with a mesh cloth.
Wandering around the Mitchell Park Conservatory.
The Grand Budapest Hotel Is Just Another Step.
Interviews with students in the AIADO "Industry Projects: Milan" course.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, J-Pop, and Japan's "Cultural Odor."
A Conversation With Thurston Moore.
Chicago wages could suffer.
Laurie Palmer, longtime Professor of Sculpture at SAIC, began a research project to understand, through her own partiality and subjectivity, the processes that people carry out to transform the freely given materials of the earth into private commodities.
Jeff Becks' take on participatory musical projects
Portraits of students with a message of solidarity.
The documentary film, 5 Broken Cameras, depicts the lives and struggles of the people of Bili’n, from the point of view of Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer living in the village.
David Gondek and the art of artificial intelligence.
Trevor Paglen’s blurry vision of the USA secret state
Beijing Silvermine, Part of the Museum of Contemporary Photography’s Archive State Exhibition.
Christopher Williams at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Urban Relationships in Damascus and New York.
The fight for cyber civil rights.
Revisiting the Affordable Care Act.
First Person Accounts from Chicago's Demolished High Rises Illustration by Meghan Ryan Morris. According to the Red Eye’s Tracking Homicides in Chicago website, there were 23 homicides in January 2014. That is roughly half the total in January 2013. While such violent crime statistics represent a complicated mix of socio-economic and political disenfranchisement, Chicago is a city that has long lived under the stigma of high murder rates. Unfortunately, the idea of Chicago as a gangland warzone (our own veritable “Chiraq”) has condemned many of the city’s most vulnerable citizens to lives half-lived under the yokes of violence and fear. What complicates these twin issues of safety and citizenry within a large urban metropolis, is how larger governmental and infrastructural failures affect specific areas and mark them as incubators of poverty and crime. The most recognizable signifiers of such phenomena are the perceptions and realities that surround a city’s public housing. Chicago has been long marked by the stigmas associated with housing projects such as Cabrini-Green or the Robert Taylor Homes. Following thier demolition in the years between 2007–2011, the thousands of people who lived there were dispersed from their communities. Attempts to unpack the mythos of life at these housing projects present an intrinsic challenge. The residents are no longer resident, and even when they were, first person accounts were not commonly presented in media accounts, despite the local activist contingents. Cabrini-Green’s mediated history includes being the setting of the seminal television program Good Times, and the media coverage of the brutal 1997 assault of Girl X. While the images of life in the housing projects that are disseminated throughout various channels of communication can range from heartwarming to horrifying, it is crucial to note that they exist within a realm of spectatorship. Someone watching a news report on Chicago public housing, in the comfort of his or her own home, does not feel or experience anything which resembles the reality of the lived experience. At its height, Cabrini housed 15,000 people in over 3,000 units. It may seem simplistic to state but an outside perspective depicted through a television screen does not accurately represent daily residential life within Chicago’s public housing projects. As clichéd as it sounds, it is commonly forgotten in discussions of public housing that human beings live behind walls that are regularly vilified and denounced by governments big and small. Illustration by Meghan Ryan Morris. While these questions of reality versus perception and the cyclical nature of governmental failure seem to be insurmountable, the Voice of Witness series’ High Rise Stories Voices from Chicago Public Housing, edited by Audrey Petty, serves to humanely and intelligently unpack the common assumptions that haunt the discourses surrounding public housing. High Rise Stories takes both panoramic and microscopic views to understand the legacies and repercussions of communities engrained as hopeless and dangerous in the city’s psyche. The book balances the personal narratives of those who lived in Cabrini-Green, Rockwell Gardens, Stateway Gardens, Ogden Courts and the Robert Taylor Homes with helpful appendices of historical context. The inclusion of many civil rights battles, political struggles and social upheavals that directly impacted the residents of Chicago’s public housing is informative, but the book’s power lies in the personal narratives. As a reader, the stories feel as intimate as a conversation between yourself and the narrator and serve to dispel any preconceptions one might possess regarding the trials or tribulations of life within a housing project. Readers will learn about the people behind the statistics and about institutionalized fear. For instance, High Rise’s first tale belongs to Dolores Wilson, formerly of Cabrini-Green. Eighty-three year old Dolores is a retired community organizer and city worker who happened to be one of the first families to reside in Cabrini-Green. She and her family arrived in Cabrini-Green during a time period when such projects represented a new beginning for many families. Many of these first families (Dolores’ included) moved to Cabrini-Green and other housing projects during the nascent years of the Civil Rights Movement. While not all of the early Cabrini-Green families were African-American, many were members of disenfranchised socio-political groups. Thus Cabrini, in a sense, provided all of these families a safe place and community in a broader world. As Dolores recounts the passing of time and the emergence of gangs, drugs and guns into Cabrini-Green, there remains that original sense of community and strength. For example, during the tail end of her time there she recalls being asked by a reporter if she was scared to live in her community. In response Dolores stated that the “only time I’m afraid is when I’m outside of the community. In Cabrini I’m just not afraid.” While all of the narratives possess the extraordinary qualities of lives well lived, another exceptional story is that of Eddie Leman, a former resident of the Robert Taylor homes. Eddie recounts several childhood memories in the projects during the 1970s. He remembers his uncle and others who lived at Robert Taylor speaking about how the projects were built next to the Dan Ryan expressway because “if there was ever an uprising or something, [there was] easy access for tanks to come down the Dan Ryan and target the buildings.” Chicago poet Sam Greenlee’s period work, The Spook Who Sat By The Door explores the paranoia of riots. During Eddie’s childhood the possibility of riots in Chicago’s disenfranchised areas was a distinct possibility. It would be presumptuous to suggest that these two personal stories encompass the breadth and depth of the incongruity of life lived in under the shadows of the myth of public housing. Yet, High Rise Stories brings us all closer to knowing and understanding the people who lived behind a notorious perception for too long.
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Reports have documented unsafe and unfair working and living conditions among the construction workers erecting the Guggenheim Abu-Dhabi.
Interviews with members of the weekly soccer club.
The evolution of the video game narrative.
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Moving past the femme fatale.
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A New Community and Complex of Arts Activity in Pilsen
Virtual Conversation with Hong-Kong Artist Lee Kit.
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Student and Faculty Groups Take Action on Social Difference at SAIC.
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