KRIS COHEN is Assistant Professor of Art and Humanities at Reed College. He writes about the relationship between art, economy, and media technologies, focusing especially on the aesthetics of collective life. His first book, entitled Never Alone, Except for Now (under contract, Duke University Press), addresses these concerns in the context of electronic networks. Projects underway include a study of the relationship between the graphicalized computer screen and laboring subjectivities that looks closely at the work of Morris Louis, Jack Whitten, Joan Jonas, and Charles Gaines, and a longer history of dematerialization seen in its relation to intellectual property law. He is a founding editor and contributor to Open Set (www.open-set.com).
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Katsushige Nakahashi’s Zero Project (2000 ) involves a curator leading a group of volunteers in the construction of a full-scale World War II Japanese Zero fighter plane. The construction materials are 25,000 photographs taken from a scale model of the plane. These are held together by a lot of cellophane. Upon completion of the three-dimensional plane, volunteers carry the plane to a lawn or someplace and burn it.