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The Big Nothing

The Big NothingThe Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is this summer the anchor of a series of exhibitions and events investigating nothing. 36 museums, galleries, science centers and performing arts groups in Philadelphia will address ideas of nothing, nothingness, and negation in contemporary life.

The main exhibition at ICA, Philadelphia, is organized around four themes; pop vacuities, metaphysical absences, negating actions, and the closed or emptied gallery . Among the more than 50 artists, are works by Andy Warhol and Richard Prince exploring pop art's portrayal of a vacuous consumer culture, paintings by Jack Goldstein depicting “invisible” natural phenomena like heat or star clusters, photographs by Louise Lawler of empty or deinstalled museum spaces, and photographs, manifestos, and other ephemera documenting Yves Kleins displacing of art from its normative contexts. The curators are Ingrid Schaffner, Bennett Simpson, Tanya Leighton.

Strike at Basekamp : Installation ViewStrike at Basekamp is a large-scale exhibition of responses to two questions: How does/could/would the withdrawal of art affect the world? And does the answer to the first question reveal ways that art can affect the world or strike a blow on the structures of the world?

Open at Arcadia University Art Gallery is an investigation into the threshold of awareness that emphasizes the process of looking and curiosity.

Dust organized by Lighting for Urban Rooftop Environments (LURE) will manifest itself as an accumulation of media-based projects presented throughout Philadelphia's urban spaces.

Overview over other exhibitions and events. (Link - - broken Nov 04)



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The Big NothingTHE BIG NOTHING - 36 museums, galleries, science centers and performing arts groups in Philadelphia, US, is this summer addressing ideas of nothing, nothingness, and negation!
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GuantanamoGUANTANAMO; A LEGAL BLACK HOLE - The Guantanamo prison camp is a territory beyond the reach of any law and outside the jurisdiction of any court.
Work No. 79: Some Blu-Tack kneaded, rolled into a ball, and depressed against a wall 1993 Blu-Tack, approx. 1cm in diameter © Martin CreedMARTIN CREED: WORK NO. 79: 'SOME BLU-TACK KNEADED, ROLLED INTO A BALL, AND DEPRESSED AGAINST A WALL
Issak Kiflu.  Photo: Trond ThorbjørnsenVACUUM TO NORWAY! Issak Kiflu has been living in Norway for ten years, but formally he does not exist.
Heidi RødstølLOST CHAIR - by Heidi Rødstøl.
Installation in living room, paint on carpet, variable dimensions, 2003.
Stateless24 YEAR OLD GANGA NEUPANE IS STATELESS Like several million persons worldwide Ganga Neupane has no citizenship. Being stateless means not having regular citizenship rights.
Andreas Slominski RAISING OF STREET LAMP FOR PLACING OF TIRE - On November 27, 1996, Andreas Slominski upr ooted a lamppost in order to place an abandoned tire around it. The tire was then later stolen.
feature PENTAGON HAS STOPPED ALL REFERENCE TO "NUMBER KILLED" in official releases. The preferred word "casualties" conceals responsibility and makes moral questions into non-issues. Moreover the number of casualties is a non-subject in the ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
feature BUY NOTHING DAY - exposes the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. ...
feature CREATION OF ANTIMATTER - CERN have announced that they have passed through nature's looking glass and created atoms made of antimatter, or anti-atoms ...
feature REFUGEES ARE NON-PERSONS - taking photographs that could "humanise or personalise" asylum seekers has been banned by former defense minister Peter Reith's office in Australia ...
feature WHAT IS - WHAT IS NOT? - a story about an encounter and about trying to differ between fact and non-fact ...
feature THE RIGHT NOT TO BE BORN - the French parliament has passed a bill that states that "nobody can claim to have been harmed simply by being born". the extraordinary bill was a response to a conviction by the French supreme court that is said to have established the right not to be born ...
feature THE 11,202,803 CHILDREN - who were born out of nothing during the 31 days of Mars 2002 ...
feature NOTHING I KNOW / SOMETHING I DONíT KNOW - by Graham Gussin ...
feature THE NOTHING OF TERROR AND RESPONS ON TERROR - the World Trade Center - Afghanistan and on ...
feature THE POTENT NOTHING OF CYBERSPACE - this virtual reality in which we now are taking part ...

feature NOTHING AT ROOSEUM, Malmö's Center for Contemporary Art, 3 November - 16 December, 2001. works by 35 artists exploring notions of invisibility, imagination and dematerialisation ...

- consisting of two Irish green, empty tents, one raised outside Atelier 35 in Bucharest, and one inside the gallery space ...

- containing, among other things, a motorway, ten tents, a text discussion and an internet diary ...


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