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Book: The Speed Book By Aram Bartholl
Some time ago I wrote about the question “How to democratize art?”. Aram Bartholl’s work is maybe one of the best examples of how to engage a large group of people with contemporary art. Bartholl meticulously tore down those boundaries built around the image of the ‘artwork’ as something far from our everyday lives, converting people into active participants of his projects. Gestalten dedicated one of its latest publications to him. The Speed Book is the first comprehensive monograph of Bartholl’s projects, with essays on his work, an interview and AB News #1 and #2, supplements conceived in the shape of a magazine.
Some of Bartholl’s projects gained him plenty of publicity, such as Map (the big red Google Maps marker that was turned physical and placed in urban space) or Dead Drops, a file-sharing network installed in public spaces through USB sticks placed into walls of landmarks or buildings, which we already mentioned in a previous post. These interventions perfectly underline the nature of his work as a smart critique on the digital world through public projects that bring typical Internet culture elements and video-gaming (which everyone knows and can be easily understood) straight into our lives and our cities. …
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