:: Sunday, January 04, 2004 ::

This week Net Art Review features "Geographical Architectures in Contemporary Indian Video Art" by Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, presented for our readers in collaboration with its author. (December 2003 © R. Ferrera-Balanquet. All right reserved.)

EXCERPT: The window opens and closes. The sound of the train fades into the sound of running water and the title “Pure” remains static for a few seconds. In Sudda Gupta’s piece, a naked man takes a shower in a very small bathroom. The performative nature of the act recalls the architecture of the process: a daily act becomes a performance and the body, the center of representation. The sensation of the long take hooks me on the present. Clean vs. Dirt unfolds as a dichotomy until I realized that a mechanism of regression takes places in the lower side of the frame. Technology is brought to question the process of mixing temporal spaces…

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Ferrera-Balanquet reviews an exhibition of contemporary Indian video art at the museum in Merida, Mexico, with poignancy and nostalgia for a past that is strangely familiar, yet, not his own. The artists in their in video selections, however, are less conscious of a relative distance from the here-and-now and represent an India that is sincere, dimensional, and very contemporary.

Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, MFA is an artist, writer and curator.

This week Net Art Review features "DESERT STORM/ EXTREME BEAUTY" by Francesca De Nicolò, presented for our readers in collaboration with its author. (December 2003 © F. De Nicolò. All right reserved.)

EXCERPT: Yael Kanarek is the winner of the international competition of net-art called Netizens (created from Sala 1, a galley in Rome, Italy) and she was invited to participate with a solo show in the same gallery from November 25th to December 10th of 2003…

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De Nicolò escorts the reader through the created world of artist Yael Kanarek’s para-mythic Explorer. Part fantasy, part sociological examination, De Nicolò presents Karanek’s unique world vision.

Francesca De Nicolò is a contributing writer for Net Art Review based in Rome, Italy.