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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:


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.


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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