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Live Stage: Magid + Bunting [nl Amsterdam]

Disclosing The Invisible: Jill Magid and Heath Bunting; Moderator: Huib Haye van der Werf, curator Nederlands Architectuurinstituut :: March 25, 2011; 1:30 pm :: Stedelijk Museum, Paulus Potterstraat 13, Amsterdam.

WikiLeaks’ recent exertions have revealed that a great deal of information is never made public. Their activities, along with the rapid advances in technology and recently in politics, have resulted in shifts in power relations in the public domain. Governments, private organisations, the media and the public at large are seemingly being obliged to reconsider their roles and tasks. The work of Heath Bunting and Jill Magid centres on notions of power and control, and the ways in which these are underpinned by visibility, invisibility and secrecy. Bunting’s work examines the permeability of boundaries – in both the physical and the virtual space – and tries to discover ways of evading or undermining existing structures. Jill Magid focuses on the tools used by power structures: secret services and technologies of control. Which strategies and media do these artists use to transform invisible structures into the visible constructs of our society? And how does this contribute to the public debate?

Jill Magid (Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1973) lives and works in New York. Taking institutional structures, rules, laws, and language as her media, Magid has developed a largely performance-based practice in which she seeks to engage institutions of power on a personal, intimate level. For her installation Evidence Locker she developed a close relationship with Citywatch (Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council), whose function is citywide video surveillance, having them film her on several occasions during a 31 day stay in Liverpool. In the Netherlands she is known for her commissioned project for the AIVD, resulting among others in her installation and book Becoming Tarden. Magid studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA and was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She has exhibited in various institutions around the world including the Whitney Museum in New York, Tate Modern in London, Stroom Den Haag, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, Gagosian Gallery in New York, Sparwasser in Berlin and Galerie Yvon Lambert in Paris and New York.

Heath Bunting (United Kingdom, 1966) is a contemporary British artist based in Bristol. He is the founder of the site irational.org and was one of the early practitioners in the 1990s of Net.art. Bunting’s work is based on creating open and democratic systems by modifying communications technologies and social systems. His work often explores the porosity of borders, both in physical space and online. In 1997, his online work Visitors Guide to London was included in the 10th Documenta exhibition in Kassel. An activist, he created a dummy site for the European Lab for Network Collision (CERN) and works to maintain a list of pirate radio stations in London. Bunting has been commissioned and exhibited at a range of venues including Tate, London; The ICC, Tokyo; The New Museum, New York, The Banff Centre, Canada; Lovebytes Festival, Sheffield; Art Teleporticia, Moscow; The Arts Council England; Proboscis, London; The Watershed, Bristol and DA2, London, amongst others. For SKOR Bunting is working on a commission that is a further elaboration of his The Status Project. It was presented in February 2011 at Transmediale in Berlin.

ARTISTS IN PUBLIC is initiated by SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain and is part of a more extensive public programme.


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