Above: Elizabeth Willing, excerpt from ‘Christmas Ham’, 2010
Leg of Lamb is officially on holiday (aaah) so posts between now and January 9th will be intermittent at best. Wishing you all a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Earlier this year Facebook deleted two users’ profiles after they posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s famed 18th century rendering of ladybits, Origin of the World, and just last week, MONA’s Facebook page was censored following a post promoting Stuart Ringholt’s forthcoming naturist art tours that featured a bare-bottomed couple admiring artworks (below).
Facebook supporters of Ai Weiwei have come under fire too. When Ai was accused of distributing pornography last month, Film-maker Alison Klayman posted the photographs in question (including the snap below) on Facebook, inviting followers to determine whether or not the images were offensive. For this she received a warning and her account was temporarily disabled.
Facebook’s rules state that users ‘will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic’ – but do any of these images fall into these categories? Instead of over-reacting and suspending accounts, why not let the community who uses Facebook decide what’s appropriate and what isn’t?
Thomas Demand is creating a major new installation inside a Harry Seidler designed building in Sydney’s inner city. Renowned for creating and photographing painstakingly fabricated environments constructed from paper and cardboard, The Dailies (presented by Kaldor Public Art Projects) will see Demand create a unique architectural setting upon which to install a new series of works.
In recent years Demand has increasingly explored unconventional exhibition models, custom designing wallpaper for his show at the Serpentine in 2006 and installing swathes of curtaining for his exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin (2009-2010) and The Dailies is no exception. The installation’s experimental backdrop will be complemented by a short story written by American author Louis Begley and a signature scent, provided by Miuccia Prada no less.
Thomas Demand, The Dailies, Commercial Travellers’ Association, MLC Centre, Sydney, 23rd March – 22nd April, 2012.
Pipilotti Rist, I Packed the Postcard in My Suitcase, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 111 Sturt Street, Southbank, Melbourne, 21 December 2011 – 4 March 2012.