On December 20th Palestinian artist Larissa Sansour issued a press release that her nomination for the prestigious Lacoste Elysée Prize awarded by the Swiss Musée de l’Elysée was revoked on grounds that her work was 'too pro-Palestinian'. Following a barrage of articles in the art and mainstream press, the Musée de l’Elysée cancelled the whole prize. Nat Muller caught up with Larissa Sansour now the dust has slightly settled.
Amsterdam Society of the Query conference 13/11/09 - 14/11/09
At the Society of the Query conference PHD researchers, cultural historians/analysts, new media specialists and artists all shared in the goal of critically assessing Google’s position as an information monopolist and the effect this has on us – Google users.
At the invitation of artist Nasrin Tabatabai, architects Niloufar Niksar, Kianoosh Vahabi and film maker Poutia Jahanshad from Tehran discuss the state of artistic production in their country. In Iran, visual art is still seen as opponent of the system unless it conforms to the gevernment's ideological principles.