Thursday, December 11, 2008

In The Future

Contemplating what's going to happen....

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Staccato, Los Angeles's premiere up and coming lady DJ duo have a new mix up. Check it.

Definition Mix

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Really excellent jam on a Buchla Modular by Alessandro Cortini.
More at

Back to posting

Monday, November 03, 2008


Sunday was the three year anniversary of this blog.. Didn't think I would keep it up this long to be honest.
I really can't think about much else until tomorrow is over, but at that point I'll do some sort of real post.
Thanks always,


Obama-Biden 2008

Let's do this..

Find your polling place here:

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Saturday, November 01, 2008

Part of the Weekend Never Dies

Clip from the tour documentary about my friends in Soulwax. Directed by the amazing Saam Faramand, and featuring other bros like Mr. J. Murphy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

October 18 2008, VERSUS: Carl Craig. At Cité de la Musique, Paris, France

Carl Craig + « Les siècles » orchestra + the pianist Francesco Tristano ? An improbable alliance that was quite simply mind-blowing ! This unique meeting between a classical ensemble and techno music was powerful, solemn and danceable all at once! For the concoction to work, it needed a guide: Carl Craig. Originator of the project, the emblematic Detroit producer/DJ worked with pianist Francesco Tristano to arrange his compositions for an orchestra. Distinguished guest, Moritz Von Oswald made a valuable contribution to the project, offering fans a rhythmic arrangement and a new piece co-written with Carl Craig. The result is impressive: a unique sound aesthetic that breaks down barriers between seemingly incompatible music styles – as described by François Xavier Roth, musical director and conductor of the “Siècles” orchestra: “There is no hierarchy in music, only a quest for high standards”. Historic concert !

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Dubai # 2

Unique Digital C-Print 24"x30" 2008


Sean Dack "No Encore" Installation View, 2001

OCTOBER 10th 2008 - JANUARY 7th 2009
Interfaces between Rock Music and Contemporary Art (1956 – 2006)
DA2 Domus Artium 02 /Salamanca_Spain

ARTISTS: Saadane Afif / Doug Aitken / Cory Arcangel / Kenneth Anger / John Baldessari / Mathew Barney / Joseph Beuys / Christa Biederbick / Marc Bijl / Dara Birnbaum / Peter Blake / Slater Bradley / Olaf Breuning / Janet Cardiff / Danny Clinch / Tony Cockes / Bruce Conner / Felix Curto / Bruce Davidson / Mike Kelley/Destroy All Monsters / Sean Dack / John DiStefano / Sam Durant / Jon Mikel Euba / William English / Robert Frank / Ugnius Gelguda / J. L. Godard / Douglas Gordon / Dan Graham / Rodney Graham / Bob Gruen / Andreas Gursky / Richard Hamilton / José Iges / Derek Jarman / Nam June Paik / Judith Barry&Richard Kern / Largen&Brea / David Lamelas / Mark Leckey / / Robert Longo / Gered Mankowitz / Christian Marclay / Jose Luis Martín Frías / Enrique Marty / Malcom Mclaren / Robert Mapplethorpe / Dave Allen&Jonathan Monk&Douglas Gordon / Ronald Nameth / Albert Oehlen / Yoko Ono / Tony Oursler / Pejac&TMori /Jose Luis Pérez Quiroga / Jamie Reid / Raymond Pettibon / Robert Rauschenberg / Mick Rock / Mimmo Rotella / Jon Savage / Ira Schneider / Mark Seliger / Stephen Shore / Linder Sterling / Miguel Trillo / Gavin Turk / Alan Vega / Alejandro Vidal / Andy Warhol / Alfred Wertheimer / Vivienne Westwood / Ernst C. Whiters / David Wojnarovicz / Baron Wolman / X_PRZ.
CURATED BY:Javier Panera
Festival internacional de fotografía de Castilla y León
INFORMATION: DA2 _DOMUS ARTIUM 2002 / Avenida de la Aldehuela s/n / 37003 Salamanca_Spain / T [34] 923184916 / F [34] 923183235

Thursday, October 02, 2008


Band Crash

Let them eat cake (we skip dessert anyway)

Unreal City, Under the brown fog of a winter dawn,

Meghan, you need to brush up on your irony and Marxism...

Megan McCain and Stereolab's "Ping Pong"


"OK, let me get this straight. For a blog post about her father's debate with Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama on Friday night-- a debate that centered a whole lot around our country's recent economic catastrophe-- the "Song of the Day" was Stereolab's "Ping Pong"?! Really?!

Here are the lyrics to "Ping Pong" (according to various lyrics websites, and verified by going back and listening to the song again):

it's alright right 'cos the historical pattern has shown
how the economical cycle tends to revolve
in a round of decades three stages stand out in a loop
a slump and war then peel back to square one and back for more

bigger slump and bigger wars and a smaller recovery
huger slump and greater wars and a shallower recovery

you see the recovery always comes 'round again
there's nothing to worry for things will look after themselves
it's alright recovery always comes 'round again
there's nothing to worry if things can only get better

there's only millions that lose their jobs and homes and sometimes accents
there's only millions that die in their bloody wars, it's alright

it's only their lives and the lives of their next of kin that they are losing
it's only their lives and the lives of their next of kin that they are losing

it's alright 'cos the historical pattern has shown
how the economical cycle tends to revolve
in a round of decades three stages stand out in a loop
a slump and war then peel back to square one and back for more

bigger slump and bigger wars and a smaller recovery
huger slump and greater wars and a shallower recovery

don't worry be happy things will get better naturally
don't worry shut up sit down go with it and be happy

dum, dum, dum, de dum dum, de duh de duh de dum dum dum... ah ah
dum, dum, dum, de dum dum, de duh de duh de dum dum dum... ah ah

OK. OK. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that Meghan McCain didn't just pick this song randomly, since she usually picks songs that have something to do with what her blog posts are about. So what the hell is going on here?

A) Meghan McCain completely doesn't understand sarcasm and truly believes that this song is about how the economy will just work itself out and everything will be all right. (See also: Ronald Reagan's re-appropriation of Springsteen's "Born in the U.S.A.")
B) Meghan McCain is using this song as a critique of people who are against the government's proposed $700 million bailout of Wall Street, which her father supports. "Uh huh, the free market is going to fix everything, ha ha," she says. "Riiiiight."
C) Meghan McCain wants to overthrow the entire capitalist system!"

New Show/ New Work

For Shot Spot, at Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Friday, September 26, 2008

DJ Mix

One of my best bros has posted an amazing mix online..

Go check it out.

DJ Max Pask ‘Escape From Planet Max Pask’

Thursday, September 25, 2008


New Show


October 4–November 1, 2008

Xaviera Simmons
Tom Whitridge
Scott B. Davis
Joseph Michael Lopez

Katrine Le Gallou
Thierry Dubreuil
Jason Eskenazi
Aura Rosenberg

Sean Dack
John Miller
Joyce Pensato
James Siena

James Welling
Laurie Simmons
Ariane Lopez-Huici
Chris Gentile

(Curated by Katia Santibanez & G. Young)

Opening Reception: October 4th, 5:30–7:30pm
Gallery Hours: Thu.–Sat., 11–5pm

Geoffrey Young Gallery
40 Railroad Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

David Foster Wallace R.I.P.

LA TImes


Probably the most important contemporary author for me.. Very sad.

From "Oblivion"

“But it does have a knob, the door can open. But not in the way you think. But what if it could? Think for a second—what if all the infinitely dense and shifting worlds of stuff inside you every moment of your life turned out now to be somehow fully open and expressible afterward, after what you think of you has died, because what if afterward now each moment itself is an infinite sea or span or passage of time in which to convey it, and you don’t even need any organized English, you can as they say open the door and be in anyone else’s room in all your own multiform forms and ideas and facets? Because listen—we don’t have much time, here’s where Lily Cache slopes slightly down and the banks start getting deep, and you can just make out the outlines of the unlit sign for the farmstand that’s never open anymore, the last sign before the bridge—so listen: What exactly do you think you are? The millions and trillions of thoughts, memories, juxtapositions—even crazy ones like this, you’re thinking—that flash through your head and disappear? Some sum or remainder of these? Your history? Do you know how long it’s been since I told you I was a fraud? Do you remember you were looking at the RESPICEM watch hanging from the rearview and seeing the time, 9:17? What are you looking at right now? Coincidence? What if no time has passed at all? The truth is you’ve already heard this. That this is what it’s like. That it’s what makes room for the universes inside you, all the endless inbent fractals of connection and symphonies of different voices, the infinities you can never show another soul. And you think it makes you a fraud, the tiny fraction anyone else ever sees? Of course you’re a fraud, of course what people see is never you. And of course you know this, and of course you try to manage what part they see if you know it’s only a part. Who wouldn’t? It’s called free will, Sherlock. But at the same time, it’s why it feels so good to break down and cry in front of others, or to laugh, or speak in tongues, or chant in Bengali—it’s not English anymore, it’s not getting squeezed through any hole. So cry all you want, I won’t tell anybody. But it wouldn’t have made you a fraud to change your mind. It would be sad to do it because you think you somehow have to. It won’t hurt, though. It will be loud, and you’ll feel things, but they’ll go through you so fast that you won’t even realize you’re feeling them (which is sort of like the paradox I used to bounce off Gustafson—is it possible to be a fraud if you aren’t aware that you’re a fraud?). And the very brief moment of fire you’ll feel will be almost good, like when your hands are cold and there’s a fire and you hold your hands out toward it.”

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Monday, August 18, 2008

And Home...

Water Tricks and Ghosts

City Coated in Neon Optimism

Malls in China

I've always wanted to screen a film about police states, control, paranoia and capitalism in a mall in China. So here you go.
"If You See Something, Say Something." Shown at the Bailian Xijiao Shopping Mall, center court, Shanghai, China. (Throw in a little Bentham-esque architecture to boot).

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

House of Cards

In Radiohead's new video for "House of Cards", no cameras or lights were used. Instead, 3D plotting technologies collected information about the shapes and relative distances of objects. The video was created entirely with visualizations of that data.

Directed by James Frost
From the album IN RAINBOWS



Tuesday, July 08, 2008


Ghost Hardware at Daniel Reich Gallery has been extended through July 12...

Daniel Reich Gallery 537A W 23rd st

Monday, June 30, 2008

When the cameras come around

My mother and the house I grew up in, captured by google street view..

Friday, June 06, 2008


Got this from Simon's blog

via Man Like Dan

"List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your spring. Post these instructions in your blog along with your 7 songs. Then tag 7 other people to see what they’re listening to."

1. Cutty Ranks "Limb by Limb" and the Style of Eye "The Big Kazoo (Nacho Lovers' Limb By Limb edit)"

2. AFX "Xmd5a" off of Analord 10

3. Michael McDonald "What a Fool Believes"

4. Autechre "Altibzz" from Quaristice LP

5. Hercules and Love Affair "Raise Me Up" from Self Titled LP

6. Air France "June Evenings" from "No Way Down" EP

7. The Notwist "Where In This World" from "The Devil, You + Me" LP


Bark Psychosis "A Street Scene" from "Hex" LP

I'll probably spruce this post up with some images and maybe some links soon.

The Future As Disruption at The Kitchen

The Future As Disruption

The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011 212-255-5793

June 18–August 1
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 18, 6-8pm

Curated by Rashida Bumbray and Matthew Lyons

The genre of science fiction, in all its various manifestations in books, television, music, and movies, has long provided a rich and valuable resource for artists who seek to critique contemporary society by looking forward. Science fiction transports us beyond the horizon of our current technologies and established ways of life in order to enable a renewed outlook on the present and, in particular, on today’s pressing political issues such as the environment, consumerist culture, and life during wartime. By envisioning possible ramifications of the technological, social, psychological, and political conditions of our current moment, the artists in this exhibition create works in sculpture, video, painting, and photography that are evocative of a daily existence quite distinct from our own. Artists include Julieta Aranda, Joan Banach, Sean Dack, Jonah Freeman,Olalekan B. Jeyifous, Simone Leigh, Ann Lislegaard, Adam Pendleton, Mungo Thomson, and William Villalongo.

Exhibition Hours: Tue-Fri, 12-6pm; Sat 11-6pm FREE

This exhibition is made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Dedalus Foundation, Inc., and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Alice Remixed.

By electronic artist Pogo via youtube.

"The music video for my song 'Alice', an electronic piece of which 90% is composed using sounds recorded from the Disney film 'Alice In Wonderland'. Download the full song in 128kbps MP3 format here:"

Radiohead "Nude" "remix"

Video by James Houston
Radiohead held an online contest to remix "Nude" from their 10th album - "In Rainbows" This was quite a difficult task for all the electronic musicians that entered, as Nude is in 6/8 timing, and 63bpm. Most music that's played in clubs is around 120bpm and usually 4/4 timing. It's near impossible to mix a waltz beat into a DJ set.

This resulted in lots of generic entries consisting of a typical 4/4 beat, but with arbitrary clips from "Nude" thrown in so that they qualified for the contest.

Thom Yorke joked at the ridiculousness of it in an interview for NPR radio, hinting that they set the competition "for a laugh" and to find out what would come out of such an impossible task.

I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.

Based on the lyric (and alternate title) "Big Ideas: Don't get any" I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they're trying their best to do something that they're not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.

It doesn't sound great, as it's not supposed to.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum - Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer - Drums
HP Scanjet 3c - Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array - Act as a collection of bad speakers - Vocals & FX

Sunset on Mars, May 19th 2005

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 23, 2008

Opening Saturday May 24th 6-8 pm

Daniel Reich Gallery is very pleased to present a new solo exhibition by Sean Dack, Ghost Hardware, featuring new photographs and sculpture.

Sean Dack’s new photographs expound upon Dack’s pursuit of the cryptography of digital images and the unpredicted errors intrinsic to their transmission. Malformed and missing crucial “blocks” of data, such images belie the digital nature of our illusionistic virtual world: abrasive ruptures while watching a DVD (causing one to manually tap the player) or while loading an image in ones computer Browser. Rendered in dubiously pop CMYK cyans, hot pinks and electric blues: Dack’s partially decipherable subjects appear dynamic and mobile. Yet since digital “glitches,” tangle and halt the flow of information, Dack’s “stopped” images seem to express an isolated impersonal world. This impersonal world is hermetic - outside of the orbit of the world at large - enclosed in the obsessive-compulsive space of computer screen work and folly. A helicopter hovers, the ostentatious rounded terraces of a postmodern hotel signify grotesque vacuous luxury, and the faces of glamorous women are obscured by formal pixel blocks. As the resolution of digital images has improved in a few decades, the appearance of the evident square of the pixel is nostalgic yet tinged with the recollection of non-user-friendly computing: not completely enveloping computing distinguished by its imperfect pixilated line and the healthy differentiation between daily life which is merely mapped instead of replicated. As Dack’s colors are garish, his pixels are aesthetically dubious: evocative of early “computer drawing” and “poor taste” is also at issue in Dack’s work. And yet Dack’s glossy prints are formal and function sculpturally as seductive reflective slabs. In this way, there are aspects of Jacques Derrida’s concept of “hauntology”. As Derrida“s theory of “hauntology” has recently been ascribed to music and popular culture, it is the glimmering, shimmering and suggested - a quality attributable to Dack’s prints and sculptures. In the distant “reality” “obscured” by Dack’s formal pixel stripes, there is a heady mystery in terms of indecipherable action beneath the pixels, the color and the gloss of the print. And in the midst of a day-glow palate, there is foreboding and blocky subsumed death as though one is among bright ghosts and half rendered covert actions. Yet this same day-glow formal block quality has a modish goofy celebratory insouciance in rambling irregular staggered bars of information.

The loss of capacity to relay meaning is also captured in Dack’s excellent Ghost Hardware sculptures in attractive candy primary colors. These works are John McCracken-like: cast in bright hues making the oblongs of obsolete stereo components (tape deck, multi disk c.d. changer etc.) into formal sculptures. While their largess, once made them enticing objects emblematic of auditory superiority, they now have a mute slab like quality albeit bright yet bleak in their import.

Recently, Dack participated in “The Hidden” at Maureen Paley in London. His solo show at Fred Snitzer Gallery in Miami was exceptionally received. In the past year, he has exhibited at the Moore Space, The Moscow Biennial, and in a Peter Coffin curated exhibition at Frank Elbaz in Paris. Last summer Dack produced the book Future Songs as a mail exhibition in conjunction with Daniel Reich Gallery. Dack has also exhibited at Hiromi Yoshi in Tokyo and will be included in “The Future as Disruption” at The Kitchen this summer.

For additional information please contact Daniel Reich Gallery at 212 924 4949 or at / Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00am - 6:00pm.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New Exhibition

Sean Dack "Ghost Hardware" at Daniel Reich Gallery, New York. Opening May 24th. More information to follow shortly.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Sunday, March 02, 2008

This relates to a conversation I had in Miami

“Disagreements only happen when you enter the conscious world, when you try to consider things.”

“Sometimes you have to accept that you’re a product of your environment and no matter what input you want to put into that environment, that’s just your personal taste, the culmination of all your influences, being creatively voiced one way or another, like a painter might do.”

“Some people are so tied up with the whole issue of understanding — they think you need to understand something in order to like it.”

“You don’t realise where routine and schedule become habits, and then become rules. […] It’s good sometimes to remove a lot of the conscious process.”

—Sean Booth, of Autechre, an interview, Wire (2008, March)

Friday, February 29, 2008

Monday, February 18, 2008

The End of an Era

I'm in a group show at Gavin Brown's Passerby that opens this Wednesday February 20th 2008.

Passerby will close on March 31st 2008.

An excerpt from the press release:

As you may know GBE@Passerby will be closing very soon: March 31st will mark the final day of its decade-long existence. We, at, are hosting an exhibition prior to the closure, entitled, Cube Passerby, 2008. We would like to think that the premise of the show is as vaguely thematic as the title, although participating artists are encouraged to translate as they wish.

The term 'cube' in relation to the art canon/institution will obviously imply an array of interpretations. We encourage the artists to possibly think about those interpretations, although we stress that it is not required.

Curated by Darren Bader and Michael Caputo.

Cube Passerby 2008 Artists:

Richard Aldrich
Darren Bader
Ben Beaudoin
Dirk Bell
Marlous Borm
Carol Bove
David Brooks
Robert Bryn
Katinka Bukh
Toby Cecchini
Claudette Claudette
Tyler Coburn
Peter Coffin
Dan Colen
Adrian Crabbs
Sean Dack
Chris Dorland
Ara Dymond
Jodie Foster
Jonah Freeman
Nik Gambaroff
Liam Gillick
Tony Huang
Alex Hubbard
Steve Johnson
Ryan Kitson
Josh Kline
Terrence Koh
Joseph Kosuth
Justin Lowe
Nate Lowman
Peter Mandradjieff
Eddie Martinez
Nick Mauss
Brett Milspaw
John Mobilio
Sean Paul
Juniper Perlis
Davis Rhodes
Ryan Schneider
Chad Scoville
Arnd Seibert
Matt Sheridan Smith
Joshua Smith
Rirkrit Tiravanija
John Tremblay
Ned Vena
Allison Viera
Jane Virga
Garth Weiser
Jesse Willenbring

Rob Brown of Autechre interview in Pitchfork


Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Opening Saturday, February 9th. Miami, Florida.

February 9th - March 3rd , 2008

Opening Reception:
Saturday February 9th, 2008
7: 30 - 10:00pm

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
2247 NW 1st PL
Miami, FL 33127

Fredric Snitzer Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, ECHO/REPEAT, by
artist Sean Dack. In this exhibition, images are altered through a series of conversions from digital to analog Thus exposing flaws within the technologically advanced medium, and appreciating the beauty that lies in chance.
"In the end, what I am after is something that still relates to the language of the photography, but breaks free of the use of a camera, as well as plays with the notion of a correct image, or what is assumed to be what a photograph should look like." states Sean Dack.

The exhibition will also feature Future Songs where the viewer is again presented with the dichotomy of manipulated versus real through the use of musical scores accompanied by a text lifted from the paranoid cold war predictions of noted science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Future Songs being orignally produced as a book, was mailed out and placed on the web as a virtual/mail This will be the first time it has been installed in a gallery context.
"The words of Dick/Dack become the lyrics to songs from 1983 to 2000. Or thereabouts...It is a way of taking the lines of writing out of the badly designed Dick books and replacing them into a Dack book. A Dack sensibility" states Liam Gillick.

Sean Dack was born in Albany, and currently lives and works in New York. Dack has exhibited both nationally and internationally in France, Frankfurt, London and Tokyo. Sean Dack studied at Purchase College and graduated with a B.A., and graduated with his M.F.A. from Columbia University. Dack has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with LOT/ek architecture, New York, NY. The Moscow Biennial, The Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Serpentine Gallery, London, and Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami, FL, among others. His work has been reviewed in many periodicals including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Art Forum, Flash Art, and The Miami Herald.

Fredric Snitzer Gallery
2247 NW 1st PL
Miami, FL 33127

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

For Miami

Building (Sir Norman Foster) 2008 30"x 45"

Sunday Feb 10th at Sundown

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Exhibitions


"The Hidden" (Group Show) at Maureen Paley, London. Featuring: Sean Dack, Graham Durward, Dick Evans, Lars Laumann, David Ratcliff and Dash Snow.
The Hidden is a group show with six artists from Europe and the U.S.A. The idea behind the exhibition is to examine elusive and unseen things that, although remain unrevealed, are able to impact upon our unconscious minds.


Sean Dack, "Echo/ Repeat" at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami


Sean Dack, "Ghost Hardware" at Daniel Reich Gallery, New York