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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

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By MATTHEW GAMBER


This summer, Big RED is taking some time to find an outlet for the AC, and we will be publishing once a month for the duration of the season. Before we begin unplugging the electrical nest of daisy chained power strips behind the desk, we give you Big RED and Shiny #64:

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In this issue, publisher Matt Nash gives us a web-attention-scaled roundup of this year's Cyberarts Fest, taking a brief look at how attitudes, predictions, and venues have changed over the years. In result, we may question whether an inclusive technology driven art showcase is necessary in a market where the technology has become a basic component of the contemporary artist's palette.

Also, two shows were noteworthy enough to find our own editor Christian Holland hounding over two of them simultaneously: War and Discontent at the MFA, and Jenny Holzer: Archive at Barbara Krakow. Charles Giuliano again rounds off the bases with a report of the DeCordova Annual, featuring some new work from New England based artists.

In our columns, Kathleen Bitetti offers information and a call to action about health care for artists in the Creative Alliance column; the web of the characters in the world of "The White Cube" becomes more intertwined; Steve Aishman joins us as a regular columnist offering elucidations on the most obscured of cultural conventions, spraying some verbal windex on opaque art practice.

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Randomly select from the left menu and commence reading. We hope you enjoy it - make it last! We'll be back next month and expect #65 this upcoming June -- as hopeful substitute for standing in the refrigerated section of Shaw's.

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About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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