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Art Club 2000 is a collaborative artist made of artists who were unborn in the year 1970.

gen x branding and self empowerment / artclub 2000 became wellknown through their selfportraits (wearing GAP, posing like a band) / 25 different self portraits as a group / their 1st show LOMINGO was based on The GAP individual style through conformity, achieved with basic clothing / the advert in artforum was showing colin deland, trying to apropriate the look of GAP / this led to a legal case, with GAP pulling ads from arforum / soho previously had a law of no franchising allowed

1970 at AFA. Their current summer show, their fifth at American Fine Arts since 1993, consists of interviews conducted by ART CLUB 2000? with artists on the year 1970. Questions focus on the historicized climate of hope and ideological camaraderie of 1970 as well as the cultural decline in the years since, suggesting that 1970 was the last year art attempted revolutionary aims. The interviews are displayed on a stack of old black and white televisions producing a cacaphony of historical insights and anecdotes.

The interviewees include Vito Acconcci, Simon Cerigo (artist, dealer), Henry Flynt (artist,"inventor" of concept art), Isa Genzken, Alex Katz, Les Levins, Nikki Logis (artist, teacher) and Carolee Schneemann. The video interviews are shown on old black & white monitors.

Also exhibited is a rainbow colored wall painting of a riot cop arresting a hippie in front of a protest. The concentric circles of the rainbow graphic resemble a target.

self portraits of the group...
a show in Milano at the time of the election of Berlusconi, using the latest advertising of Benneton (antennas!) for a wall painting, but putting vultures on them...

The black and White photos are taken on a nightly walk through SOHO, among them: documents and manifestos cafe, the crowd outside at the opening of bowery bar, garbage from starbucks, manhole cover and refurbished cobble stones, people queuing to get into the opening of kids by Larry Clark.

SOHO, so long at AFA. Artclubs inquiry into the changes of SOHO. Flowers in the planters outside, a sign outside protasting against the SOHO megahotel. One enters the gallery into sort of a 'backstage' area and continues into the exhibition space through the 'face' of a replica of the SHARF shack. in the back a curved panaroma of the remaining gallerists on SOHO. A vending machine, a sofa and fotos indicate a waiting area. Here, on the table, you will find the publication 'SOHO so long'. a series of interviews conducted with the people on the panorama. Nearby seating area a painting by Basquiat and sculptures/ furniture by Todd Oldham.

"So Ho? So Long", American Fine Arts, Co., New York, Juli 1996. Die Transkripte der Interviews wurden in einem "Lesebereich" präsentiert und später als fotokopiertes Buch veröffentlicht, obwohl sie nur ein Element der Ausstellung waren. Andere Teile bezogen sich auf die veränderte Außenseite von AF As? Galerie auf der Wooster Street: die Platzierung einer Replik von Kenny Scharfs "Scharf Schack"; ein Schaukasten, der einem vor dem Drawing Center ein Stück weiter die Straße hinunter ähnelte; und das "Old Navy"-Logo, das auf dem Schaufenster der Galerie angebracht wurde. In der Galerie waren diverse künstlerische Arbeiten und Dekorobjekte zu sehen, die sich auf das So Ho? der achtziger Jahre bezogen, außerdem Fotoporträts von Kunsthändlern aus So Ho? und Chelsea, aufgenommen an verschiedenen Orten in So Ho?.

Nite of the living dead author at AFA. The space is boraded up, police is guarding the red room, there on a wall display, the following text is rolling:

The death of the Author (R. Barthes 1968) ...famously declares the author as no longer the unique source of meaning and/or value of a work of art... For art to merit a degree of critical integrity today, as over the past thirty years... it must seem to acknowledge this most "postmodern" declaration........Today's artists too often only posture an address to this declaration... by using appropriative and quotational techniques... cashing in on inherited "postmodernist" legacies... pastiching pastiche... cartooning the allegory... Witness the simplistic misunderstanding of theory by Art Club 2000... whose alternative posturing and highly commodified dissent hides smugly behind a facade of consensus... Mariko Mori's practice of modeling herself on heroines from manga and anime ....Vanessa Beecroft's signature presentation of uniformly stripped young women in the vein of fashion... and Matthew Barney's Nike romanticism of sports and mythology... without so much as a wee bit of criticism of these forms or industries.... A vast number of artists build careers around a particular facet of an already determined culture ...(i.e., fashion, film advertising, television, music, science, history, politics)... These artists seem to side with the death of authorship by attaching themselves to some meaningful source... but mean only to reclaim the spoils of authorship... by creating an identity inseparable from their work... continuing to supply the system without attempting to change it...We have learned by now that a work by Sherrie Levine is immediately a "Sherrie Levine"...a Cindy Sherman is a "Cindy Sherman"...a Richard Prince is a "Richard Prince"....... Today's artists, nurtured under the sensational auteurs of 80's dead authorship... feed like zombies on the reeking corpse of those strategies... which have defined more than a decade's worth of commercially successful art.... Artists who fashion a product of faux antagonism... towards authorship while structuring a career based on capitulation.... to the market's authorities...and propagating a signature style... ignore the issues germane to the invention of those strategies... as well as of art today ... namely the oppressive circumstances of consumption determined production.... These are the Living Dead Authors ...and the art industry is in the somnolent obscurity of their night.

Retrospective at AFA
Screendots in WMF Club Berlin ...and later after demolishion...

AC 2 K? was also doing an exhibiton at Allgirls Gallery in 1994. They showed fotos and painted a mural in the gallery and a mural in WMF.

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