Friday, 30 May 2008

recent text by Alex de Vries

Dutch art-critic Alex de Vries recently wrote this text on Andreas Templin's work-practice:

"Should you describe Andreas Templin's work in art-historical terms, you would have to call him a neo-situationist, but it is doubtful whether he would like this classification. In any case, he is an artist who, in a practical sense, endows his work with a content that is hardly tangible, but eminently suitable to being experienced. He is the producer of experiences and sensations which he prepares and facilitates with great care. He creates the conditions in which the things he has in mind can best come about. He selects the location, arranges the extras - hundreds, if necessary - takes care of the props, acquires the rights, organizes the distribution, the promotion, the PR and the post-production.

In fact, Andreas Templin is the artist par excellence. He keeps control of everything. Yet his one and only focus is the idea and the concept underlying massive interventions in public space. Often, these are immaterial in character, nor do they boast any real visual documentation. He acts on an international scale, working together with all kinds of people inside and outside the artistic world, gives lectures, organizes discussions, sets up exhibitions, takes up a political stance, offers opposition against the laws of the art market and yet tries to function in the world of art. In Madrid he asked 150 people to wear a T-shirt featuring the names of Paul Virilio, Giorgio Agamben and Michel Foucault, as fashionable logos of the philosophical collapse of this day and age. He placed an actor across from them, carrying two placards, reading: Hell is Coming, World Ends Today. The perspective of religion in a nutshell.

From an early age, Andreas Templin has also engaged in music making, playing the piano especially. He likes to whistle some tune or other, and recorded a Bach composition in which he casually whistled the music, in accordance with John Cage's adagium that music is best ingested inadvertently when, walking down the street, you hear a melody coming from a house. Andreas Templin's view is that every decision he makes as an artist, is hand-made: “You cannot renounce your signature.” ⓒAlex de Vries

oneminute book reviews at Salto TV Netherlands

After being successfully presented at the OBA library Amsterdam and KunstVlaai artfair, the oneminute book reviews will be broadcasted on Salto TV Netherlands. Please see the broadcast-schedule below.

from 23:00 - 24:00 hrs

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

"Andreas Templin plays Bach" on myspace music

Due to many requests you have now the opportunity to listen to selected tracks of Andreas Templin's new artwork on myspace music. The link is here

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Andreas Templin at Art Athina, represented by Curators without Borders

On this year's Art Athina Curators without Borders founder Sarah Belden curates a groupshow around the idea of the multiple. The exhibition is called "MULTIPLICITY" and features works by ARTISTS ANONYMOUS / LUIS BERRIOS-NEGRON / MICHEL DE BROIN / CHRISTINA DIMITRIADIS / BJORN KOWALSKI HANSEN / MARIA LIANOU / VIA LEWANDOWSKY / NICKY NODJOUMI / ANDREAS TEMPLIN / JACK WARREN.

Also on view are upcoming galleries from New York City and Berlin invited by Sarah Belden. The fair opens with a professional preview on 22nd of May and is open to the public 23rd-25th of May.

Thursday, 15 May 2008

"Andreas Templin plays Bach": 33t & 45t by artists at SHASHIN Amsterdam

Selected by Serge Onnen. Curated by Maarten Hepp, Yannick Bouillis & Serge Onnen.
On view are cover-artworks by Karel Appel, Robert Longo, Andy Warhol, Lawrence Weiner, Yves Klein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jiri Georg Dokoupil, George Condo, Serge Onnen, Jonas Ohlson, Raymond Pettibon, Art& Language, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Albert Oehlen, Karl Lagerfeld, Wolfgang Tillmans and many more. The exhibition is on view 17.05.- 15.06.2008 and will then travel.

An online-documentation of the selected records/covers in the exhibition can be found on the website recordsbyvisualartists.

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Wednesday, 7 May 2008

"Andreas Templin plays Bach" at KunstVlaai A.P.I. Amsterdam

Andreas Templin's new work "Andreas Templin plays Bach" will premiere May 10th at this year's KunstVlaai A.P.I. Amsterdam. The artwork is a vinyl-record with music of Johann Sebastian Bach and is entirely whisteled by Andreas Templin.
At KunstVlaai a selection of tracks will be available to hear, the cover will be introduced in form of a display and pre-orders for the album will be taken from now on.
The album will be available in an edition of ten plus the album together with display in an edition of five.

The record-cover was photographed by Felix Broede. The album was recorded at the studio of Eric von Robertson in Amsterdam. It is produced with the kind support of Ingken Wagner. The mixing and pre-mastering will be conducted at the studio of Zoy Winterstein. The vinyl-record will be available from beginning June, a record-release party is being planned in Berlin. I would like to thank especially all of the above mentioned persons for their kind support.

Also on view at KunstVlaai are oneminute book reviews by Andreas Templin, which have recently been successfully presented at Amsterdam's OBA-library (please see infos here below).