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Amanda Beech, This Time

Remai Modern
Amanda Beech: This Time
February 1-28, 2017
remaimodern.org

Remai Modern is very pleased to announce its new web commission, This Time, by internationally celebrated artist Amanda Beech.

In association with its pre-launch programs, Remai Modern has been inviting artists to realize original projects exclusively for online viewing. On the first day of every month, work by a new artist appears on Remai Modern’s homepage. The web commissions are curated by Gregory Burke, Executive Director & CEO, and Sandra Guimarães, Director of Programs & Chief Curator at Remai Modern.

Previous commissions by Ryan Gander, Tammi Campbell, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Thomas Hirschhorn, Taysir Batniji, Pedro Barateiro, Kara Uzelman, and Rosa Barba remain accessible in the online archive.

This Time is a series of 10 short pop-up videos. Mimicking a video game tutorial, the work conflates a Machiavellian strategy for winning and maintaining power with contemporary curatorial diplomacy. The work interferes with access to Remai Modern’s website, but also occupies the museum by becoming an extension of its real and virtual architecture. Beech’s work questions the essence of Modernity and what it takes to recover the Modern from within a dizzyingly complex cultural and political economy, where a museum can be exchanged for a hard drive. By incorporating maps, diagrams and references to Remai Modern’s design, Beech’s videos offer wry instruction on how to be Modern today.

Project credits:
David Kirk, Voice
Mina Shoiab, Graphics

About Amanda Beech
Amanda Beech (b. Cheshire, UK, 1972) is an artist and writer living in Los Angeles. Drawing from popular culture, critical philosophy and real events, her work manifests in different media including critical writing, video installation, drawing, print and sculpture. Using a range of compelling rhetorical and often dogmatic narratives and texts, Beech’s work poses questions and propositions for what a new realist art can be in today’s culture: that is, a work that can articulate a comprehension of reality not restricted to human experience.

Beech has shown her artwork and presented her writing at major international venues including Covenant Transport Move or Die at the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art (2016); and Sanity Assassin, in Neocentric, at Charim Gallery, Vienna, Austria (2016). Other recent work includes her contributions to What Hope Looks Like After Hope, Homeworks VII Beirut City Forum, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut, Lebanon (2015); Bots, Bodies and Beasts, at Gerrit Rietveld Akademie, Amsterdam (2015); Speculative Aesthetics, Tate Britain (2015); and the presentation of the three-channel video installation, Final Machine, at both Agitationism, the Irish Biennial (2014) and L’Avenir, Montreal Biennale (2014). Beech’s published writing includes essays for the anthologies Speculative Aesthetics, Urbanomic (2014); Realism, Materialism, Art, Sternberg Press (2015); and contributions for the catalogues of the Irish and Montreal Biennales. Her artist’s books include First Machine, Final Machine, LPG (2015); Final Machine, Urbanomic (2013); and Sanity Assassin, Urbanomic (2010). Beech is Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, California, USA.

About Remai Modern
Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art currently coming to life in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast Canadian Prairies. Opening in 2017, it aims to be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era. The building, by eminent Canadian architects KPMB, overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints and aspires to be a leading centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

Remai Modern gratefully acknowledges funding from the City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture and Canada Council for the Arts.


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