Archive: Issue No. 69, May 2003

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Aesthetic Hazard

Michael Betancourt
detail from 'Aesthetic Hazard', 2001 - 2003
Yellow Barricade Tape

Aesthetic Hazard

Aesthetic Hazard

Michael Betancourt
untitled study from 'Aesthetic Hazard' , 2001 - 2003
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Mumbleboy

Mumbleboy
from Pamplemousse 1, 2000


http://www.caracara.org/radar

South Africa's inner cities are more than simply repositories for elegant, built structures. Since the demise of Apartheid, they have become de facto homes to orphaned children and jobless adults. Jane Alexander's recent work has squarely confronted viewers with some of the complex narratives this fact elicits. Looking abroad, this intriguing online project, titled The Art of Being in Danger, asks viewers to reconsider homelessness, hunger and deprivation.

http://www.aesthetichazard.info

'Aesthetic Hazard' is an ongoing project that aims to physically quarantine and deny access to public spaces. The project hijacks a well-known visual sign - the yellow barricade tape - to good effect. In proscribing an array of unusual spaces, the artist aims to make us reconsider what we value visually, and confront us with our own need to have art function as an aesthetically pleasing visual stimulus. By situating it in public places, the 'Aesthetic Hazard' project aims to influence opinions amongst a wider range of non art-specific audiences.

http://www.mumbleboy.com/mumbleboy/gggg/ggggdx.html

Mumbleboy is New York-based web animator and illustrator Kinya Hanada. "I don't make my work with any story in mind really," he recently said of his surreal animation sequences. "If there's stories in them it's probably because we try to look for stories in motion pictures." Commenting on his output, Turbulence.org observed: "As a body of work, Mumbleboy's pieces offer us an alternative vision of what narrative might be within the multi-tasking-hyper-environment that constitutes the Web." You can find more of Mumbleboy's work at www.turbulence.org.

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