Archive for September, 2007

ArtNexus Magazine

September 26, 2007

International News: Visual arts Magazine
Title: ArtNexus
http://www.artnexus.com

ABOUT THE PROJECT: For more than 25 years, ArtNexus has been an essential tool and resource for professionals, collectors, scholars, and others interested in Latin American art. Every issue, ArtNexus readers benefit from the work of more than 100 art experts who cover all aspects of art in the Americas. Now you can gain the ArtNexus advantage too. The web site will offer ArtNexus archival content as well as new content developed to fit the needs of online users. Email info@artnexus.com for more information.

Comment: ArtNexus is a bilingual web site, English and Spanish. The first and the last  two words show us a context: the site was created for Latin American readers but now it is for everyone who is interested in Latin American or contemporary art. The web site have multiple uses or utilities, first is a magazine web site. Second is a commercial web site. Third is the magazine, artists, galleries and auctions database. The magazine and it archive are ease to surf and read. The magazine online store is ease to surf with simply and good design. The galleries and artists pages are not ease to use and the design changes from one page to other, but I never visit that commercial part of the ArtNexus web site.

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The School of Panamerican Unrest

September 26, 2007

Not-For-Profit Organization: Arts Organization
Title: The School of Panamerican Unrest
http://www.panamericanismo.org/
Author: Pablo Helguera

ABOUT THE PROJECT: The School of Panamerican Unrest is an artist-led, not-for -profit public art project that seeks to generate connections between the different regions of the Americas through discussions, performances, screenings, and short-term and long-term collaborations between organizations and individuals. Its main component will be a nomadic forum or think-tank that will cross the hemisphere by land, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Ushuaia, Argentina, in Tierra del Fuego. This hybrid project included a collapsible and movable architectural structure in the form of a schoolhouse, as well as a video collection component. The project, which seeks to involve a wide range of audiences and engage them at different levels, offers alternative ways to understand the history, ideology, and lines of thought that have significantly impacted political, social and cultural events in the Americas.

Comment: This web site is the most easy to surf and its design is the most simple. The site was designed as a blog. Pablo needed this design because he wanted to post his experiences of his journey through Las Americas. The web site was his essential tool during the journey. The images are illustrations of the activities and the text. This site had two contexts and audiences. The first context and audience were art and people interested in art. The second were people interested in Latin American culture and social problems, as well as web site visitants and people that Pablo met in Las Americas. When I look at artists’ works I always try to find their poetic view. I selected The School of Panamerican Unrest because this is a wonderful idea, as the authors said: “The project, which seeks to involve a wide range of audiences and engage them at different levels, offers alternative ways to understand the history, ideology, and lines of thought that have significantly impacted political, social and cultural events in the Americas.” I think that Palo Helguera and Eduardo Navas have a poetic view and we can learn important things from them.