Archive for the ‘Amended Histories’ Category

Amended Histories / Hyungkoo Lee : Animatus (2006)

27/07/11

Hyungkoo Lee’s installation at the 52nd Venice Biennale, Animatus (2006) manipulated the viewer’s belief in the vocabulary (both visual and technical) of museums, science, archeology, and forensics to create a situation suggestive of newly discovered skeletons whose anatomy points organisms indistinguishable from cartoon characters.

Amended Histories / The Crystal Palace Iguanodon

27/07/11

The discovery and classification of the Iguanodon spanned a good part of the early nineteenth century, mis-understanding and legend infused early descriptions of the dinosaur. In a particularly bizarre formation the scientist Richard Owen constructed a brick and concrete heavy set version of the Iguanodon, unfortunately this was completed, replete with banqueting table, after the death of Gideon Mantell who had purportedly discovered the first evidence of the reptile, and who had realised that it had stood on its hind legs and had much slenderer arms.

Amended Histories / Xu Zhen : Dinosaurs (2007)

27/07/11

Xu Zhen’s 2007 absurdist appropriation from art history Dinosaurs brings – not for the first time – the contingency of the original object or artefact in both history and especially art history, where value is ascribed by the singularity of the original object rather than just it’s significance.

Amended Histories / Lester Hayes at Triple Candie NYC (2007)

27/07/11

The Lester Hayes retrospective at Triple Candie, New York, in 2007 seemed to provide all the of art world’s favourite back-stories; a under appreciated politically on trend post minimalist before his time, who embodied the twentieth century version of misunderstood artist in his institutional garret. Yet the Gallery’s initial admission that all the works on show were replicas as a tragic result of a 2004 house fire in which all Hayes’ artworks were destroyed belied the true extent of the fake; the convincing authorial and autobigraphical provenance we all fabricated by the Gallery, the art works were not fakes, but nor could they said to have been made by the artist.

Amended Histories / Jakob Jakobson

27/07/11

In December 2010 – as part of a reappraisal of the Scandinavian history of the Situationist International – students from the History Home project and the Funen Art Academy (Odense DK) informed the local press that they had discovered a SI sculpture thought to have thrown out in the 1980s, the Nash Cross in an allotment garden. Once digested and broadcast by the media, the students declared the cross a fake, that they had built it themselves leading the media to redefine the presumed significance of the cross.

Amended Histories / Harburg Anti-Fascist Memorial (1986 – 1993)

27/07/11

Believing that no permanent memorial could justly substitute the fight against injustice the artists Jochen Gerz and Esther Shalev-Gerz erected a 12 metre lead tower in Harberg and asked the towns residents to inscribe their names and thoughts on it as it was lowered section by section into the ground. On the 10th November 1993 the memorial was completely lowered into its brick base, now still visible through a glass window in the brick the perhaps cathartic initial lowering is mitigated by its new symbolic reference to the suppression of the memory of the Holocaust.

Amended Histories / Doctured Egyptian Presidential Press Photograph

27/07/11

On the 17th of September 2010 the Egyptian state-run newspaper Al-Ahram, defended it’s decision to doctor a photograph taken during middle east peace talks at the White House, saying that it was simply meant to illustrate Egypt’s leading role in the talks, yet many were fearful for its political implications.

Amended Histories / Jeremy Deller : The Battle of Orgreave (2001)

27/07/11

The 1983 – 85 miners strikes in Yorkshire were, according to Deller, mis-represented by the press and questionable official history as the dispute bitterly polarised ideologically separated sections of society. Jeremy Deller’s 2001 re-enaction of a particularly fierce battle between strikers and the police, which included original participants and actors sought to act as a locus for a new understanding in the community with an invigorated transparency and depth to the historical account through oral and written testimonies. 

Amended Histories / Wikipedia’s Edit History

27/07/11

Whist the ability to edit the description attributed to events, words and objects (etc) has radically altered the authority of knowledge, the mutations, perversions and disparities evident in the revision of the information on wikipedia perhaps give a much clearer sense of the myriad experiences and viewpoints that form but are not evident in more a traditional conveyance of history or knowledge.

Amended Histories / Janice Kerbel : Bird Island (2000 – ongoing)

27/07/11

Janice Kerbel’s meticulous research and web based presentation of the fabricated topography of Bird Island, an investment and development opportunity of the perfect yet fictitious island paradise.