A blog of personal reflections, adventures both close to home and far away, political musings and commentary, and thoughts on negotiating life as a twenty-something, queer Mainer transplanted to New York City hoping to write, inspire, teach and change the world.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

General Idea Retrospective

General Idea Retrospective
Originally uploaded by killerfemme.
At the Kunswerke, a really interesting center for modern and contemporary art, this Canadian artists collective had a retrospective. They also worked with ideas of design, art, media and life, but in a much, much different way than the Bauhaus. They designed publicity to call attention to AIDS (their most famous being the word AIDS in the style of Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture), staged a beauty pageant by mail and published an art magazine called FILE based on LIFE magazine. The best part was you could read photocopied versions of FILE and look at the originals in glass cases. Though it was a magazine, it seemed to have a zine ethic and even reviewed early fanzines, and I think for me it was quite an inspiration for riffRAG to see that...


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