According to Timur Si-Quin’s Transformers posters, there is a film and it is COMING SOON. Atop the generic graphics, which could advertise any number of iterations of the franchise, the artist has pressed bruised petals or littered the surface with delicate green leaves. The uncanny juxtaposition, adds a sense of play onto the deadening economic determinism of the modern Marvel corporation. Read more on TANK MAGAZINE.LINEBREAK

CRITICS’ PICKS: Selbstbildnis at Société

“Selbstbildnis” examines the evolution of self-portraiture from the 1970s to today amid contradicting movements. While most of the artworks in the exhibition are pulled from the gallery’s roster of contemporary artists—Trisha Baga, Petra Cortright, and Ned Vena, among others—the show’s selection of historical pieces weaves a curatorial thread that deploys a meditative rather than disputative tone to complicate static notions of identity. Read full review on ARTFORUM.LINEBREAK

Klingklong, hier geht’s in die Gaminghölle

Lu Yang wiederum liefert mit ihren immerfort rein- und rauszoomenden Perspektiven die passenden Bilder für die Generation Post-Internet: Digitaler Eskapismus hat zumindest lange nicht mehr so aufregend ausgesehen wie in der “Luyanghell”. Read in German on der Spiegel.LINEBREAK

“Micro Era”: Spektakuläre Medienkunst aus China in Berlin

In Lu Yangs großformatigen, schnell und bunt flimmernden Arbeiten kann man sich verirren wie in den Labyrinthen einer Comic Convention. Ihre Werke entstehen ausschließlich am Computer, als virtuelle Welten und in der Ästhetik hochaktueller Videospiele. “Mangas haben meine ganze Kindheit begleitet”, kommentiert die in Schanghai lebende Künstlerin. Read in German on Deutsche Welle.LINEBREAK

Cyborg ärgere dich nicht

Noch mehr zeigt nur Lu Yang, Jahrgang 1984 und damit die junge Generation chinesischer Medienkunst. Ihre durch mehrere Räume mäandernde Geisterbahn aus Videos, Plakaten und monsterhaften Skulpturen koppelt das Weltwissen aus dem Internet egalitär zusammen. Egal, ob es sich um Mythen, historische Rituale oder Cyber-Fantasien handelt, alles ist verfügbar. Read in German on Der Tagesspiegel.LINEBREAK

Podcast: NONFOOD (Lucy Chinen, Sean Raspet, Busta, Keller, @LILINTERNET)

Founders of nonfood, Lucy Chinen & Sean Raspet discuss contemporary food supply chains and sustainable food futures, including the R&D of their own algae-based nonbar. Along the way, we address: monocultures, fear, skeuomorphic flavor, cellular agriculture, and the real cost of “all-natural.” Listen here.LINEBREAK

The Sci-fi Future of Food

The Nonbar (2017) is the first product from Nonfood, a company started by artist-entrepreneurs Lucy Chinen and Sean Raspet. Made from pressed lemna, chlorella and spirulina algae, with some roasted broad beans thrown in for added protein, the Nonbar is an attempt to make a food source that is stubbornly nutritious and optimistically sustainable. Read more on Frieze.LINEBREAK

“Micro Era. Media Art from China” at Kulturforum, Berlin

Kulturforum in Berlin to host “Micro Era. Media Art from China” from September 5, 2019. It is being organized by the Nationalgalerie — Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Gesellschaft fur Deutsch-Chinesischen kulturellen Austausch e.V. (GeKA e.V. 德中文化交流基金会), on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the city partnership Berlin-Beijing. The exhibition is a dialogue between artists Chinese artists Cao Fei, Lu Yang, Fang Di, and Zhang Peili. Read more on BLOUINARTINFO.LINEBREAK

Bunny Rogers, Ed Atkins, and Other Artists Are Set to Debut Their First-Ever Performances at This Fall’s Performa Biennial

Video and installation artist Bunny Rogers will present her first live theatrical work at a local public school. Revisiting territory she explored in a trilogy of videos about the Columbine High School massacre, the new project will take the form of a high school talent show, touching on the way adolescent violence has evolved from school-yard bullying to the emotional torment waged online today. Read more on artnet news.LINEBREAK

Joy of Missing Out: Petra Cortright

I’m definitely interested in domestic images and the domestic space. I am a longtime subscriber to the homemaking magazine Martha Stewart Living, which I always look at to get ideas for paintings. Sometimes I think of those domestic images as modern-day still-lifes. (…) Read full interview on Mousse Magazine.LINEBREAK

Conceptual art goes molecular with works you can smell but can’t see, and one that ‘sees’ you

Sean Raspet is a 38-year-old conceptual artist in Detroit who used to work with hair gel. These days, his material of choice is even more unconventional. He has literally stripped his practice down to the molecular level, as he considers the role of art in an age dominated by global capitalism, environmental concerns and quantum leaps in technology.LINEBREAKHis first Hong Kong solo exhibition is called “New Molecules and Stem Cell Retinoid Screen”, a literal description of the two works he has brought to Empty Gallery’s minimally lit space. Read more on South China Morning Post.LINEBREAK

Scented Trip: Sean Raspet

Raspet is an artist; flavor and fragrance chemist; and cofounder of the algae-based food company nonfood. He did not primarily train as a scientist, but developed a visceral interest in chemicals, and in the chemistry and materiality underlying the built environment and the economy at large, as a result of looking into the material conditions of our present times. Read more on Mousse Magazine. LINEBREAK

Kaspar Müller at Vleeshal, Middelburg, the Netherlands

“Kaspar Müller: Allegiance & Oblivion” is on view at Vleeshal in Middelburg, the Netherlands, through Sunday, June 30. The survey, curated by Roos Gortzak, brings together work made over the past decade and is the Swiss artist’s first institutional show in the Netherlands. See more on ARTNEWS.LINEBREAK

Lu Yang was named winner of the BMW Art Journey Award

Through the BMW Art Journey Award, Lu will travel through Indonesia, India, and Japan to study traditional and contemporary dance, with the ultimate goal of reinterpreting the movement she witnesses through robotics. She said in a statement, “This is not just an art journey. It will be a wonderful start for me to open a new chapter of my creation.” Read more on ARTNEWS.LINEBREAK

Gianni Jetzer, the man behind Art Basel’s supersized Unlimited exhibition

Contemporary works still dominate, though, and Jetzer highlights the youngest artist in his show, Bunny Rogers (born 1990), who brings a new series of 15 computer-generated self-portraits that explore the ambivalent reactions to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre incorporating the artist’s discovery of a teenage subculture that obsesses about the shooters (Société gallery). Read more on Financial Times.LINEBREAK

The Most Important Young Galleries in the World

At first, it seemed like purely a provocative stunt: At Frieze New York in 2016, the gallery Société had a solo booth by the artist Sean Raspet consisting of fridges filled with Soylent, which the dealers were giving out for free. But as is often the case with Société, there was more than met the eye. Raspet was hired by Soylent to create a new flavor that would be “abstract” in the way that his edible and smellable work usually is—making the meal replacement drink both the medium and message for the artist. Gallery founder Daniel Wichelhaus has built one of Berlin’s most exciting art spaces by pushing his artists to expand their platforms. Read more on Artsy.LINEBREAK