Nadim Samman

  • Rare Earth

    Rare Earth

    Boris Ondreička and Nadim Samman

    Rare Earth is an attempt to define the spirit of an age. Exploring how today's myths, identities, and cosmologies relate to current advances in technology—through reference to the material basis to our most developed weapons and tools; a class of seventeen rare earth elements from the periodic table—Rare Earth challenges the rhetoric of immateriality associated with our hypermodern condition.

    Rare earth elements are the game-changing foundation of our most powerful innovations, are fundamental to contemporary accoutrements such as mobile phones, iPods and iPads, liquid crystal displays, LEDs, light bulbs, CDs and DVDs. Often described as conflict materials due to the limited number of easily accessible mines, they are also integral to weapon systems used for cyber-warfare, medical technologies (including MRI scanning equipment), hybrid vehicles, wind turbines, and other green energy applications. Consequently, rare earth elements play an increasing role in global affairs and power inventions that facilitate our changing self-image—giving birth to today's emergent myths and identities.

    Rare Earth grounds our strange, seemingly weightless cultural moment. While we may design our technologies, these tools and weapons shape us in turn. It may seem that we dream the contemporary into existence, but perhaps rare earth elements are dreaming through us. After the Stone Age, the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, this is the age of Rare Earth.

    Copublished with Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna on the occasion of the exhibition “Rare Earth,” February 19–May 31, 2015, with works by Iain Ball, Erick Beltrán, Julian Charriere, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Camille Henrot, Roger Hiorns, Marguerite Humeau, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Oliver Laric, Ursula Mayer, The Otolith Group, Katie Paterson, Charles Stankievech, Suzanne Treister, Ai Weiwei, Guan Xiao, Arseniy Zhilyaev

    Contributors Iain Ball, Erick Beltrán, Jane Bennett, Benjamin H. Bratton, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Erik Davis, John Durham Peters & Paul Feigelfeld, Mircea Eliade, Boris Groys, Marguerite Humeau, Timothy Morton & Emilija Skarnulyte, Boris Ondreička, The Otolith Group, Jussi Parikka, Matteo Pasquinelli, Nadim Samman, Charles Stankievech

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  • Higher Atlas/Au-delà de l'Atlas

    Higher Atlas/Au-delà de l'Atlas

    The Marrakech Biennale [4] in Context

    Carson Chan and Nadim Samman

    Higher Atlas: The Marrakech Biennale in Context [4] brings together a collection of texts that dilates on the social and historical context, history, and contemporary reality of exhibition making in North Africa and in particular, Morocco. For Chan and Samman, the exhibition is the primary locus of artistic information; firsthand experience of the work is the best way to understand it. The catalogue, published in English and French, with an Arabic online edition to follow, is intended to provide a context for the exhibition within preexisting and future frameworks for understanding some of the considerations that went into this edition of the Marrakech Biennale.

    Contributors Carson Chan, Anthony Gardner, Kerryn Greenberg, Gideon Lewis-Kraus, Beral Madra, Simon Njami, Katarzyna Pieprzak, Alice Planel, Holiday Powers, Véronique Rieffel, Nadim Samman, and Jessica Winegar

    Further contributions by جماعة, Younes Baba-Ali, Barkow Liebinger Architects, Centre des Arts Contemporains Marrakech, Joe Clark, CocoRosie, Hassan Darsi, Aleksandra Domanović, Sophie Erlund, Tue Greenfort, Eva Grubinger, Hadley + Maxwell, Elín Hansdóttir, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Roger Hiorns, Katia Kameli, Felix Kiessling, Faouzi Laatiris, Juliana Cerqueira Leite, Megumi Matsubara, Jürgen Mayer H., Christopher Mayo, Jon Nash, Karthik Pandian, Finnbogi Pétursson, Alexander Ponomarev, Luca Pozzi, Katarzyna Przezwańska, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Andrew Ranville, Anri Sala, Alex Schweder La & Khadija Carroll La, Matthew Stone & Phoebe Collings-James, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Sinta Werner, Leung Chi Wo

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