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December 2004 : "Old News" Jesper Fabriciuseditor freelance
curator Copenhagen .2005
press relaéase from the Pork Salad :
Old News: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles, 29. June-11. September 05), Dunkers Kulturhus (Helsingborg, Spring 2006) and cneai = le des impressionnistes (Chatou, Fall 2006).
A project about the media and recycled news. The articles are be cut from newspapers or magazine in the language of the artists choice. Participating in Old News Volume #1 / 2004: Jakob Kolding (Denmark) / Loke Fowler (Scotland), Emily Jacir (USA) / Cesare Pietroiusti (Italy), Tercerunquinto (Mexico) / Erick Beltran (Mexico), Tania Bruguera (Cuba) / Jessica Almy-Pagan (USA), Alfredo Jaar (Chile) / Mauricio Arango (Columbia), Carolina Caycedo (Columbia) / Andrea Riviere (Columbia), Julie Ault (USA) / Stephan Pascher (USA), Sabah Naim (Egypt) / Mohamed Able (Egypt), Sam Nhlengethwa (South Africa) / Velaphi Mzimba (South Africa), Rivane Neuenschwander(Brazil) / Cao Guimares (Brazil), Takuji Kogo (Japan) / YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES (South Korea) and Jesper Fabricius (Denmark) / Camilla Nørgård (Denmark)
At Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions the following artists will participate with new clippings: Andrea Bowers, Kaucyila Brook, Mari Eastman, Morgan Fisher, Sharon Hayes, Marc Herbst, Elliott Hundley, Mary Kelly, , Laura Owens, Ed Ruscha, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Lincoln Tobier Pae White.
There is nothing new about Old News
"There are 4,000 holes in the road in Blackburn, Lancashire, or one twenty-sixth of a hole per person, according to a council survey. If Blackburn is typical, there are two million holes in Britains roads, and 300,000 in London".
This was what John Lennon read in Daily Mails Far and Near column on 17 January 1967. Lennon transformed the news into the last verse of the song A Day In A Life, the last song on The Beatles 1967 album Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Reading about the 4,000 potholes in Blackburn, Lancashire, may start you thinking about the flood of information that is constantly printed and possibly read by millions of people around the globe. You may begin to think about the amount of information that is accessible to an individual. Read, unread, understood, misunderstood.
Old News is a project about information and media.
In Old News you will find images and articles selected by 24 individuals. It could have been 24 farmers, dental technicians or real estate agents choosing the articles and images, but the information in Old News was selected by artists. Starting in January 2004, I invited one artist a month and continued to do so for twelve months. Each invited artist was asked to invite a fellow artist to participate and both clipped four articles or images (possibly one every week) from news sources s/he read during the designated month. All articles appear, as they were sent to me. Some have been reduced in size, due to the size of the original clipping, but otherwise they have not been edited. A few artists have culled their articles and images from webnews sources, some have re-worked them graphically, and that is how they are shown here.
It is still true that the media now form an integral part of reality effects by creating a media-oriented vision of reality that contributes to creating the reality it claims to describe. Patrick Champagne: The Weight of the World. Social Suffering in Contemporary Society, Ed. Pierre Bourdieu et al., Stanford University Press, 1999.
When I first started thinking about Old News, I thought about how news, newspapers and information influence my life. How I select my news sources and how information can be manipulated in the media. I thought of how I would react to my own Old News request. Would I read and look at the daily paper differently? While you read this, you might think about what you would do.
I was curious how 24 artists would react to my request and make their selections. The artists approached the Old News project in a variety of ways. Besides the 24 artists clipping articles, I asked the artists John Miller and Joachim Koester to write short essays for the cover of the premiere issue of Old News.
News and newspapers have been used in many different creative processes long before Lennon discovered the 4,000 holes. Recycling news articles, headlines, images and using information from the print media were at the core of visual art in the 20th century. The expressions are many and varied from intervention, incorporation, appropriation, reproduction of news to self published newspapers and montaged newspaper fragments.
Many artists, writers and musicians have inspired me in my research. I would like to mention Sylvan Hoffman and C. Hartley Grattan's book News of the World, a History of the World in Newspaper-style (1953), On Kawaras I read (1966 to the present), the news paper insert in Dead Kennedy's album Bedtime for Democracy (1986), Tom Lehrer's That Was The Year That Was (1965), Ken Loach's segment from the film September 11 and Guy Schraenen's exhibition Kunstzeitung/Zeitungskunst about the history of artworks in and around newspapers. I looked for, but regrettably never found, Aleksandr Mosolov's Four Newspaper Advertisements (Chetyre gazetnyh obyavlenya) a 1926 composition inspired by real advertisements in the Russian newspaper Izvestija.
This is the first issue of Old News. There are more to come. The Old News project will also be presented at different exhibition venues and take on many different shapes and forms.
If you would like to contribute to the Old News archives, send your articles or images to: Old News / Jacob Fabricius / Dannevirkegade 2, 1th / DK-1763 Copenhagen / Denmark. Please, remember to clip and submit date and news source along with your name and address. Thank you.
The Impossible Real, The Danish Pavilion, Venedig Biennalen 2005
Sanne Kofod Olsen (curator) and Jacob Fabricius (co-curator/editor)
Eva Koch, Joachim Koester, Peter Land, Ann Lislegaard and Gitte Villesen
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