Simon Denny Turned the World’s Most Overused Tech Term into Art

How one artist is using startup culture to pull back the thin veil separating creativity and commerce.

Simon Denny. Installation view of New Management at Portikus, Frankfurt, 2014. Photo Helena Schlichting

To New Zealand artist Simon Denny, success doesn’t equal happiness. The 33-year-old, Berlin-based creative has achieved quite a bit of success—he just mounted a solo exhibition at Museum of Modern Art’s PS1, he is represented by one of New York’s most prestigious galleries, and, next month, he is New Zealand’s entrant in the Venice Biennale. “Success is a complicated thing,” he said over Skype from his studio in Berlin. “For me, it’s just work. It’s rewarding to get projects done that are worth doing. The myth of success is something else than achieving things I want to achieve.”

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Bjork’s Black Lake is an Exquisite, Panoramic Ode to Sadness

In honor of the Icelandic singer’s MoMA retrospective, we speak with one of the creative masterminds that made it all possible.

From the trailer for Black Lake

There’s a feeling of an unknown trepidation when you enter the Black Lake, the centerpiece of the newly unveiled Bjork retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. It’s very dark, and unnaturally quiet. There’s a chill in the air, and you know something is going to happen, but you’re not sure what. Completely vulnerable inside this dark abyss, you are free to exit at any point if the uncertainty is too much. But no one left while I was there.

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Mass Wikipedia Edit To Make The Internet Less Sexist

Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon gives women artists their digital due this weekend at the MoMA.

This Saturday, one tech-savvy group is hoping to correct a major gender imbalance on the internet. After the recent, much publicized GamerGate controversy, in which several female developers and cultural critics were victims of a “sustained campaign of misogynistic attacks” and advanced trolling, this help is certainly needed. The Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, currently in its second year, is an all-day mass update of Wikipedia entries pertaining to art and women, meant to increase female involvement with, and coverage on, the predominantly male website. Wikipedia’s problems with gender distribution are legendary, and a 2011 survey by the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 8.5% of contributors were female. This has led (by default) to a paucity of entries on seminal women—especially in the arts. To help rectify this, on March 7th, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will turn the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building into mission control for a vast international effort to help promote, create, and edit articles on female artists and movements. At last year’s event, participants at 31 locations created more than 100 new articles and added content to another 90. This year’s Edit-a-thon, falling conveniently on International Women’s Day weekend (March 7-8, 2015), will incorporate 55+ satellite events internationally, taking place simultaneously at the Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands, the Dowse Art Museum in New Zealand, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. and many others.

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Food for Thinkers: What if Your Food Hired an Architect to Redesign Your Kitchen?

Architect Nick Sowers asks why high-end kitchen design relegates food behind smooth, generic, and glossy surfaces.

The kitchen has been a favored site for architects to implement their theories for modern living for more than a century, as MoMA's current "Counter Space" exhibition makes clear. In the hands of designers, changing ideas about the role of women, new space-age technologies, and the spread of consumer culture have all inspired new kitchen layouts, fittings, and even implements.

The results of these kitchen experiments have been fascinating, occasionally beautiful, and sometimes useful. They have also been widely adopted, shaping our vision of what the kitchen can and should be.

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