Reviews Archive 2009

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December 2009

The Relations between Art and Science: Complicity, Criticality, Knowledge
Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland, 26-31 October, 2009
Reviewed by Ellen K. Levy

And While I Have Been Lying Here Perfectly Still: The Saskia Olde Wolbers Files
by Philip Monk
Reviewed by Rob Harle

Bill Viola in Conversation with Adam Weinberg
Thursday, October 27, 2009, The Whitney Museum's 2009 Annenberg Lecture
Reviewed by Giovanna Costantini

Everyday Creativity: Shared Languages & Collective Action
7th Creativity and Cognition Conference
October 27-30 2009, Berkeley Art Museum and the University of California, Berkeley
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Ex-Foliations: Reading Machines and the Upgrade Path
by Terry Harpold
Reviewed by Dene Grigar

Gerhard Richter
by Benjamin H. D. Buchloh, Editor
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Imagining Science: Art, Science and Social Change
by Sean Caulfield and Timothy Caulfield, Editors
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

The Inventor of Love & Other Writings
by Gherasim Luca; translated by Julian and Laura Semilian
Reviewed by Allan Graubard

Mind and Nature: Selected Writings on Philosophy, Mathematics and Physics
by Herman Weyl; edited and with introduction by Peter Pesic
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño Mojica

Playing with Words: The Spoken Word in Artistic Practice
by Cathy Lane, Editor
Reviewed by John F. Barber

A Road to Mecca: The Journey of Muhammad Asad
by Georg Misch, Director
Reviewed by Catalin Brylla

Secret Museums: In Search of Hidden Erotic Art
by Peter Woditsch
Reviewed by Rob Harle (Australia)

Speclab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing
by Johanna Drucker
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño Mojica

Svetlana About Svetlana
by Lana Parshina, Director
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

by Alva Noto
Reviewed by Hannah Drayson

Materials Received November 2009
Compiled by John Vines


November 2009

New Materials Received

Camoupedia - a compendium of research on art, architecture and camouflage

by Roy R. Behrens
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology

by Marianne van den Boomen, Sybille Lammes, Ann-Sophie Lehmann, Joost Raessens, and Mirko Tobias Schäfer, Editors
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Invisible Vision: Could Science Learn from the Arts

by Sabine E. Wildevuur
Reviewed by Stephen Wilson


by Carlos Cárdenas and Héctor Gálvez
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art

by Christiane Paul, Editor
Reviewed by John F. Barber

Newspeak in the 21st Century

by David Edwards and David Cromwell
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

New Views on R. Buckminster Fuller

by Hsiao-Yun Chu and Roberto G. Trujillo, Editors
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Otaku: Japan’s Database Animals

by Hiroki Azuma; Jonathan E. Abel and Shion Kono, trans.
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

October 2009

The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero

by Angela Ndalianis, Editor
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Sonic Mediations: Body Sound Technology

by Carolyn Birdsall and Anthony Enns, Editors
Reviewed by John F. Barber

The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture

by Georges Bataille; trans. By Stuart Kendall and Michelle Kendall
Reviewed by Florence Martellini

15 th Filmfest St. Anton. Berge, Menschen, Abenteuer

25. - 29. August 2009 - Festival website: http://www.filmfest-stanton.at/.
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg and Katharina Blassnigg

Creating Scientific Concepts

by Nancy Nersessian
Reviewed by Amy Ione

The Aesthetics of Disappearance, New Edition

by Paul Virilio; trans. by Philip Beitchman; Introduction by Jonathan Crary
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Waxed Oop

by Fast n' Bulbous
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Bits of Life: Feminism at the Intersections of Media, Bioscience, and Technology

by Anneke Smelik and Nina Lykke, Editors
Reviewed by Maureen Nappi

Bioethics in the Age of New Media

by Joanna Zylinska
Reviewed by Jussi Parikka

Cracked Media - The Sound of Malfunction

by Caleb Kelly
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Talking With Television: Women, Talk Shows, and Modern Self-Reflexivity

by Helen Wood
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

State, Space, World: Selected Essays of Henri Lefebvre

by Neil Brenner and Stuart Elden, Editors
Reviewed by Aparna Sharma

The Drawing Book

by Tania Kovats, Editor
Reviewed by George Shortess

Ars Electronica 2009

Linz, Austria, 3 – 8 September, 2009
Reviewed by Yvonne Spielmann

The Modern Girl Around the World: Consumption, Modernity, and Globalization

by The Modern Girl Around the World Research Group. Alys Eve. Weinbaum, Lynn M. Thomas, Priti Ramamurthy, Uta G. Poiger, Madeleine Yue Dong, and Tani E. Barlow, Editors
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance

by Tomie Hahn
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

September 2009

Art For A Modern India, 1947-1980

by Rebecca M. Brown
Reviewed by Aparna Sharma

Between Earth and Sky. Our Intimate Connections to Trees

by Nalini M. Nadkarni
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Chris Marker: La Jetée

by Janet Harbord
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

Exceptional State: Contemporary U.S. Culture and the New Imperialism

by Ashley Dawson and Malini Johar Schueller, Editors
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co. Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States

by François Cusset, translated from the French by Jeff Fort, with Josephine Berganza and Marlon Jones
Reviewed by Jennifer Ferng

The Hidden Face of Fear

by Enrico Cerasuolo & Sergio Fergnachino, Directors
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Milosevic on Trial

by Michael Christoffersen
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Philosophy of Mathematics and Natural Science

by Hermann Weyl, with new introduction by Frank Wilczek, based on translation by Olaf Helmer
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

The Poetics of DNA

by Judith Roof
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Racing The Beam: The Atari Video Computer System

by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost
Reviewed by Robert Jackson

The Space Where You Go to Listen: In Search of An Ecology of Music

by John Luther Adams
Reviewed by Franc Chamberlain

The Theatre of Insects: Photographs by Jo Whaley

by Jo Whaley, Photographs; Linda Wiener and Deborah Klochko, Essays
Reviewed by Peter Smithers

Theodor W. Adorno: An Introduction

by Gerhard Schweppenhäuser; James Rolleston, trans.
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Third Person. Authoring and Exploring in Vast Narratives

by Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Editors
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

August 2009

Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses

by Jussi Parikka
Reviewed by Anthony Enns

Forked Tongue

by Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

From Papyrus to Hypertext: Toward the Universal Digital Library

by Christian Vandendorpe; Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott, Translators
Reviewed by Kathrine Elizabeth Anker

The Indian Craze: Primitivism, Modernism, and Transculturation in American Art, 1890-1915

by Elizabeth Hutchinson
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Inside Time

by Jason Young, Director
Reviewed by Nameera Ahmed

Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture

by Anne Collins Goodyear & James McManus, Editors
Reviewed by Kieran Lyons

Malls R Us

by Helene Klodawsky
Reviewed by Kathryn Adams

Tactical Media

by Rita Raley
Reviewed by Geoff Cox

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue – Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia

by Richard E. Cytowic and David M. Eagleman
Reviewed by Florence Martellini

What’s under Your Hat

by Lola Barrera and Inaki Penafiel
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Bound to be Extreme: Books on Climate Change

Review by George Gessert


Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis: Contributions of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

by Susan Solomon et al, Editors

Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability: Contributions of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

by Martin Parry et al, Editors

Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change: Contributions of Working Group III to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

by Bert Metz et al, eds

Hot, Flat, and Crowded

by Thomas Friedman

The Revenge of Gaia

by James Lovelock

The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning

by James Lovelock

Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet

by Mark Lynas


The Bridge at the Edge of the World

by James Speth

July 2009

A Guide To The Music Of The 21st Century

by Perfect Vacuum
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

53rd Art Biennale Venice

07.06 – 22.11.09
Reviewed by Yvonne Spielmann

Carl Hagenbeck’s Empire of Entertainments

by Eric Ames
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

The Cattell Controversy: Race, Science, and Ideology

by William H. Tucker
Reviewed by John Vines

Continental Rifts: Contemporary Time-Based Works of Africa

Fowler Museum, UCLA.
22nd Feb 2009 – 14th June 2009
Reviewed by Aparna Sharma

Explaining Culture Scientifically

by Melissa J. Brown, Editor
Reviewed by Wilfred Niels Arnold

Ghosts of Futures Past: Spiritualism and the Cultural Politics of Nineteenth-Century America

by Molly McGarry
Reviewed by Anthony Enns

The Inner History of Devices

by Sherry Turkle, Editor
Reviewed by John F. Barber

Mind in Motion

by Philippe Baylaucq, Françoise Lindeman, Véronique Maison
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters – The Writings of Hollis Frampton

by Bruce Jenkins, Editor and Introduction
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

The Origin of Consciousness in the Social World

by Charles Whitehead, Editor
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara & Lenin Play Chess

by Andrei Codrescu
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

The Rhythm of Space and the Sound of Time: Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique in the 21st Century

by Cynthia Ashperger
Reviewed by Franc Chamberlain

Rediscovering Aesthetics: Transdisciplinary Voices from Art History, Philosophy, and Art Practice

by Francis Halsall, Julia Jansen and Tony O’Connor, Editors
Reviewed by Rob Harle

A Small World: Smart Houses and the Dream of the Perfect Day

by Davin Heckman
Reviewed by Anthony Enns

We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis

by Gary Gasgarth, Director; Kevin Stocklin, Producer and Writer
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

White Heat Cold Logic: British Computer Art 1960-1980

by Paul Brown, Charlie Gere, Nicholas Lambert, and Catherine Mason, Editors
Reviewed by Jon Bedworth

Why Socrates Died: Dispelling the Myths

by Robin Waterfield
Reviewed by Allan Graubard

Young Freud In Gaza

by PeÅ Holmquist and Suzanna Khardalian, Directors
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

June 2009


Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Post-Modernity, Contemporaneity

by Terry Smith, Okwui Enwezor, Nancy Condee, Editors
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Artists as Inventors- Inventors as Artists

by Dieter Daniel and Barbara U. Schmidt, Editors
Reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

Asian | American | Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900-1970

by Daniell Cornell and Mark Dean Johnson, Editors
Reviewed by: Aparna Sharna

Interpreting Mozart: The Performance of His Piano Pieces And Other Compositions, Second Edition

by Eva & Paul Badura-Skoda
Reviewed by Katharina Blassnigg

Mechanical Love

by Phie Ambo
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

No Law: Intellectual Property in the Image of an Absolute First Amendment

by David L. Lange and H. Jefferson Powell
Reviewed by Richard Kade

The Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love

by Humberto Maturana Romesin and Gerda Verden-Zöller
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: Expanded Edition

by Lawrence Weschler
Reviewed by Amy Ione

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction

by Istvan Csicsery-Ronay
Reviewed by Eugene Thacker

The Shock of the Other: Situating Alterities

Silke Horstokke and Esther Peeren
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

May 2009

Afghan Muscles

by Andreas M. Dalsgaard
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Animal Spirits A Bestiary of the Commons

by Matteo Pasquinelli
Reviewed by Jussi Parikka

Between Madness and Art: The Prinzhorn Collection

by Christian Beetz
Reviewed by Boris Jardine

Corpus Extremus (Life+)

Exit Art; NY, NY, Feb 28 - April 18th
Reviewed by Boryana Rossa

Digital Baroque: New Media Art and Cinematic Folds

by Timothy Murray
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

New Media in the White Cube and Beyond

by Christiane Paul
Reviewed by Helen Levin

Recipes for Disaster

by John Webster
Reviewed by Enzo Ferrara

Roy Ascott

The Syncretic Sense
Plymouth Arts Centre; Plymouth, UK
4 April-24 May 2009
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

The Axe in the Attic

by Ed Pincus and Lucia Small
Reviewed by Enzo Ferrara

TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television

by Lynn Spigel
Reviewed by Jan Baetens


by Du Haibin
Reviewed by Enzo Ferrara

April 2009


The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

by John Johnston
Reviewed by Jussi Parikka

Brief Retrospective of Selma the Sculptor? -- Hokusai's Great Wave and Job

by Selma K. Dritz
Reviewed by Richard Kade

Buffalo Heads: Media Study, Media Practice, Media Pioneers, 1973-1990

Woody Vasulka and Peter Weibel, Editors
Reviewed by Dr. Brigitta Zics

The Fun Factory. The Keystone Film Company and the Emergence of Mass Culture

by Rob King
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

I AM A MONUMENT: On Learning from Las Vegas

by Aron Vinegar
Reviewed by Chris Speed

(In)Visible: Learning to Act in the Metaverse

by Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss
Reviewed by Rob Harle

Near-Death Experiences. Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

by Ornella Corazza
Reviewed by Luis Miguel Girão

Movement as Meaning in Experimental Film

by Daniel Barnett
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

On Landscapes

by Susan Herrington
Reviewed by Mike Leggett

Systematics as Cyberscience: Computers, Change, and Continuity in Science

by Christine Hine
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Weather by the Numbers: The Genesis of Modern Meteorology

by Kristine C. Harper
Reviewed by Jennifer Ferng

March 2009

The California Deserts: An Ecological Rediscovery

by Bruce M. Pavlik
Reviewed by: Aparna Sharma

Chaosophy, New Edition: Texts and Interviews 1972 - 1977, Félix Guattari

Reviewed by Robert Jackson
by Sylvere Lotringer, Editor; Introduction by François Dosse. David L. Sweet, Jarred Becker and Taylor Adkins, Translators


Conversations with the Mob

by Megan Lewis
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema

by Dan Streible , with Foreword by Charles Musser
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

The Mechanical Voices

by Brian Malone
Reviewed by Kathryn Adams

The Nuclear Comeback

by Justin Pemberton
Reviewed by Enzo Ferrara

Platform For Art: Art On The Underground

by Alex Coles, Introduction by Tamsin Dillon
Reviewed by Helen Levin, MFA

The Pleasures of Computer Gaming: Essays on Cultural History, Theory and Aesthetics

by Melanie Swalwell and Jason Wilson, Editors
Reviewed by John F. Barber

Power Struggles: Scientific Authority and the Creation of Practical Electricity before Edison

by Michael Brian Schiffer
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

The Primal Force in Symbol: Understanding the Language of Higher Consciousness

by Rene Alleau; Ariel Godwin, Translator
Reviewed by Allan Graubard

SymbioticA Biological Art Workshop, Bangalore

National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
Reviewed by Papiya Bhattacharya

True To Life: Twenty-Five Years Of Conversations With David Hockney

by Lawrence Weschler
Reviewed by Wilfred Niels Arnold

February 2009

All White in Barking

by Marc Isaacs, Director
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Baghdad Twist

by Joe Balass, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Bound by Law? Tales from the Public Domain

by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins
Reviewed by John F. Barber

Coming to You Wherever You Are: MuchMusic, MTV and Youth Identities

by Kip Pegley
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Dr. Strangelove Dr Strangelove

by Kristan Horton
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño

Egypt: We Are Watching You

by Leila Menjo and Sherief Elkatsha, Directors
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

The Essential Frank Lloyd Wright: Critical Writings on Architecture

by Frank Lloyd Wright Edited by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño

Global Soundtracks. Worlds of Film Music

by Mark Slobin, Editor
Reviewed by Jan Baetens

Graffiti Japan

by Remo Camerota
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Hidden Gifts: The Mystery of Angus MacPhee

by Nick Higgins
Reviewed by Rob Harle

In Search of Gandhi (Why Democracy? Series)

by Alex Gibney, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Iron Ladies of Liberia

by Siatta Scott Johnson and Daniel Junge, Directors
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Jesus Politics: The Bible and the Ballot

by Ilan Ziv, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Killer’s Paradise

by Giselle Portenier, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Memory Against Culture. Arguments and Reminders

by Johannes Fabian
Reviewed by Martha Blassnigg

Museums of the Mind: German Modernity and the Dynamics of Collecting

by Peter M. Mclsaac
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño

Mustapha Kemal Atatürk: The Birth of a Republic

by Séverine Labat, Director
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Nihil Unbound: Enlightenment and Extinction

by Ray Brassier
Reviewed by Eugene Thacker

The Order of Myths

by Margaret Brown, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Philosophy of New Music

by Theodore Adorno; Translated, edited and with an Introduction by Robert
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Strawberry Fields

by Ayelet Heller, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Taxi to the Dark Side (Why Democracy? Series)

by Lalit Vachani, Director
Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg

Technology and Society: Building Our Sociotechnical Future

by Deborah G. Johnson and Jameson M. Wetmore, Editors
Reviewed by Enzo Ferrara

January 2009

In Bed With Madness: Trying to Make Sense in a World That Doesn’t

by Yannis Andricopoulos
Reviewed by Kathryn Adams

California Video: Artists and Histories

by Glenn Phillips, Editor
Reviewed by Amy Ione

The Essence of Perfume

by Roja Dove
Reviewed by Wilfred Niels Arnold

Evolutionary and Neurocognitive Approaches to Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts

edited by Colin Martindale, Paul Locher, and Vladimir M. Petrov
Reviewed by Robin Hawes

The Future of the Internet and How To Stop It

by Jonathan Zittrain
Reviewed by John F. Barber

KRAZY! The Delirious World of Anime + Comics + Video Games + Art

by Bruce Grenville, Editor
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Perspective, Projections and Design: Technologies of Architectural Representation

by Mario Carpo and Frédérique Lemerle, Editors
Reviewed by Amy Ione

Six Stories from the End of Representation – Images in Painting, Photography, Astronomy, Microscopy, Particle Physics, and Quantum Mechanics, 1980–2000

by James Elkins
Reviewed by Frédérique Swist

SwanQuake: The User Manual

by Scott deLahunta, Editor
Reviewed by Michael R. (Mike) Mosher

Tracked Down by Our Genes

by Phillipe Borrel and Gilbert Charles
Reviewed by Martha Patricia Niño

The Watkins Dictionary of Symbols

by J.Tresidder
Reviewed by Rob Harle

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