24 February 2010
Yves Klein was an important figure in post-war European Art. He has been labled as both neo-Dada and postmodernist, as his work often experiments through the methods and mediums in which they are produced
In the 1950s and 60s, Allan Kaprow was known for starting the “environment” and “happenings”. The Environment art was the beginning of what is now know as instillation art. Kaprow stated, “I just simply filled the whole gallery up … When you opened the door you found yourself in the midst of an entire Environment.” The Happenings are more the performance arts. The Happenings were planned performances that were an interaction between the performers and the audience. Even if the happenings concepts were the same the performance and the interaction with the audience would always be slightly different. A happening could never be duplicated exactly.
Krzysztof Wodiczko was born in Warsaw in 1943 and currently lives in Boston. With a degree in industrial design, he is most well known for his large-scale outdoor projections. These works, which have been featured in more than a dozen countries, usually focus on social or political issues. One technique he has used to bring people’s personal experiences and the crimes they have suffered into the public sphere is to project these speakers’ hands or faces onto buildings. He has labeled this style of art in which private issues are made public Interrogative Design.
February 1998 in Cambridge Massachusetts, Rakowitz built the first parasite. The definition of a parasite is, “an organism that lives in or on another organism (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the host's expense.” Rakowitz parasite does exactly that, it uses the ventilation of an existing building to inflate and provide temporary heated shelter for homeless people.
Felix Gonzalez-Torres is a Cuban born artist whose minimalist sculptures and installations often are seen as a reflection of his experience with AIDS and issues of death, identity, public vs. private, and the role of participation. Many of his projects encourage the viewer to take a piece of the work with them—candies for example. When asked who his public was, he answered Ross, his deceased lover, stating that “the rest of the people just come to the work.”
One of his works, Untitled (1991), a billboard of an unoccupied bed displayed in 24 locations throughout New York City, was made after his loss of Ross to AIDS.
Lucy Orta is a British artist who went to school for fashion design but is known as a visual artist that creates “architecture with soul.” Her earlier projects were Refuge Wear and Body Architecture. They consisted of tents turned into over coats and backpacks that became sleeping bags. Her work is a critical response to issues in society and the suggestions for alternative life styles.
Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist whose projects often reflect the space they are made to temporarily occupy. Two examples of his work are the Weather Project installed in Turbine Hall of Tate Modern, London and the New York City Waterfalls.
Ilya Kabakov is a Russian artist. From 1983 to 2000, he has made 155 installations that were shown around the world. Some of his of his more famous instillations are “The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment”, “The Untalented Artist”, “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away”.
21 February 2010
Culture Jam the Documentary
The Billboard Liberation Front is a group of "culture jammers" devoted to "improving" billboards by changing key words to radically alter the message, often to an anti-corporate message. They published an instructional pamphlet titled "The Art & Science of Billboard Improvement." The idea of "Billboard Improvement" is also covered in Recipes for Disaster: An Anarchist Cookbook
The BLF came out of an event of San Francisco's Suicide Club. After the death of its founder Gary Warne, the remaining members of the group formed the San Francisco Cacophony Society, which went on to spawn a variety of culture jamming events (e.g. the BLF) and other groups (Burning Man, SantaCon, etc.).
The BLO (the Barbie Liberation Organization)
The Barbie Liberation Organization or BLO, sponsored by RTMARK, are a group of artists and activists involved in Culture Jamming. They gained notoriety in 1993 by switching the voice boxes on talking G.I. Joes and Barbie dolls. They performed “surgery” on 300 dolls and then returned them to the shelves of stores, an action they refer to as “shopgiving.” This resulted in girls opening their new Teen Talk Barbie to hear it say phrases such as “vengeance is mine” and boys hearing their G.I. Joe say “the beach is the place for summer.”
The BLO was originally conceived in an effort to question and ultimately change the gender stereotypes American culture is known for after Mattell released a speaking Barbie that said “math class is tough and Lets go shopping!.” IBy 1993, criticism for Barbie as a negative gender stereotype for women was commonplace both in academia and popular culture. This may have been partially responsible for the generally positive response of the public to the project, the criticism they were making was familiar and not a controversial point to make during the 90s. Although their criticism was not new, the creative form of hacking used by the BLO was noteworthy.
Although most sources suggest around 300 toys were hacked, other reports up to 3000 across the country and in other countries like Canada, France and England. Others assert that only 12 toys were actually switched and the rest was cleverly arranged media hype by Vamos and his associates. This slant renders the project less about cultural stereotypes and more a critique of the nature of the television and media culture of the 90’s as well as opening a door for other media interventions in the coming years.
The Yes Men
Fake N.Y. Times 1 Million copies distributed
The Yes Men
The Yes Men
Are a group of culture jamming activists who practice what they call "identity correction" by pretending to be powerful people and spokespersons for prominent organizations. From their offices in Milwaukee, they create and maintain fake websites similar to ones they want to spoof, and then they accept invitations received on their websites to appear at conferences, symposia, and TV shows. They express the idea that corporations and governmental organizations often act in dehumanizing ways toward the public. Elaborate props are sometimes part of the ruse, as shown in their 2003 DVD release The Yes Men.
Their method is often satire: posing as corporate or government spokespeople, they often make shocking comments which they contend are an honest rendering of the organization's ideology which is usually hidden by spin, or extrapolate what they feel is the organization's ideology in a 'reductio ad absurdum' to come out with outrageous conclusions, such as that it should be possible to sell your vote or that the poor should eat recycled human waste. On most occasions no shock or anger is registered in the response to their prank, with no one realizing they are imposters. Sometimes, the Yes Men's phony spokesperson makes announcements that represent dream scenarios for the anti-globalization movement or opponents of corporate crime. The result is false news reports of the demise of the World Trade Organisation, or Dow Chemical paying compensation to the victims of the Bhopal disaster, which the Yes Men intend to provide publicity for problems concerning these organisations.
The Yes Men have posed as spokespeople for the WTO, McDonalds, Dow Chemical, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The two leading members of The Yes Men are known by a number of aliases, most recently, and in film, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno. Their real names are Jacque Servin and Igor Vamos, respectively. Servin is an author of experimental fiction, and was known for being the man who inserted images of men kissing in the computer game SimCopter. Vamos is an associate professor of media arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York. They are assisted by numerous people across the globe.
Subway ride naked
We love lunch
Frozen Grand Central Station
Grocery Store Musical
Improv Everywhere (often IE) is a comedic performance art group based in New York City, formed in 2001 by Charlie Todd. Its slogan is "We Cause Scenes."
The group carries out pranks, which they call "missions" in public places. The stated goal of these missions is to cause scenes of "chaos and joy." Some of the group's missions use hundreds of performers and are similar to flash mobs, while other missions utilize only a handful of performers. Improv Everywhere has stated that they do not identify their work with the term flash mob, in part because their site was created two years prior to the flash mob trend.
While long-time members of Improv Everywhere often participate in missions, many are open to the public. IE has organized and carried out over 85 missions, from synchronized swimming in a park fountain to repeating a five-minute sequence of events in a Starbucks coffee shop over and over again for an hour to flooding a Best Buy store with members dressed exactly like the staff. All the missions share a certain modus operandi: Members ("agents") play their roles entirely straight, not breaking character or betraying that they are acting. IE claims the missions are benevolent, aiming to give the observers a laugh and an experience.
Guerrilla Girls 1985
GG Met Museum Posters
GG on Tour at Penn State
Andy Kaufman 1949-1984
Tony Clifton Man on the Moon
" I am not a comic, I have never told a joke....The comedian's promise is that he will go out there and make you laugh with him....My only promise is that I will try to entertain you as best I can. I can manipulate people's reactions. There are different kinds of laughter. Gut laughter is where you don't have a choice, you've got to laugh. Gut laughter doesn't come from the intellect. And it's much harder for me to evoke now, because I'm known. They say, 'Oh wow, Andy Kaufman, he's a really funny guy.' But I'm not trying to be funny. I just want to play with their heads."
Christianity is Stupid
The Letter U and the Numeral 2
Billionaires for Bush 1999
Billionaires for Coal
Sacha Baron Cohen
"If our Founding Fathers wanted us to care about the rest of the world, they wouldn't have declared their independence from it"
"We are fascists as much as Hitler was a painter"
19 February 2010
17 February 2010
Both of these scars came from the result of teenage boredom. My friends and I were, like most male teenagers of our time, were into skateboarding. We always had to take it to new limits and began sitting down on our skateboards and racing, louge style, down this huge hill in one of our neighborhoods we named "The Nile". It was named this because of all the twists and turns it had in it and also for how big and steep this hill was. The day I got these scars we got the bright idea of "battle louging", fighting and kicking our way down "The Nile". I got ran into at the fastest part of the hill of course and it sent me in to a speed wobble, I tried to make it to the grass over the curb, but was not in time. I probably slid about 10 feet on the concrete and it was mostly on my arm. I had to pull asphault out of my wounds and skated home in fear of infection.
This is an outfit that I wore to a movie I went to with a boy. When I dressed, had no idea whether I was dressing for a first date or just a night with a friend. My roommates were not a fan of this guy, so they advised me to dress down. I went to my room to play dress up, and chose this silly shirt. I made it during one of my weekly craft circles from the summer. When I went down to show my roommates my ridiculous outfit, I noticed the boy's car pull into my driveway, and I had not time to change. So I went to the movie dressed like this. When we ran into the boy's attorney in the ticket line, she said "We should sit together, then I can tell you sister we went on a double date." I wore a puff paint bedazzled squirrel on a first date.
16 February 2010
15 February 2010
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08 February 2010
*The syllabus says to write a précis, but I've decided documentation of the project will suffice.
Ballet Mécanique (1924) was a project by the American composer George Antheil and the filmmaker/artist Fernand Léger. Although the film was intended to use Antheil's score as a soundtrack, the two parts were not brought together until the 1990s.
In concert performance, the "ballet" is not a show of human dancers but of mechanical instruments. Among these, player pianos, airplane propellers, and electric bells stand prominently onstage, moving as machines do, and providing the visual side of the ballet. As the bizarre instrumentation may suggest, this was no ordinary piece of music. It was loud and percussive –- a medley of noises, much as the Italian Futurists envisioned new music of the 20th century. To explore a fascinating artifact of modernist music like Ballet Mécanique, it is worth understanding its history and also its musical qualities.(wikipedia)
Merzbow's sounds employ the use of distortion, feedback, and noises from synthesizers, machinery, and home-made noisemakers. While much of Merzbow's output is intensely harsh in character, Akita does occasionally make forays into ambient music. Vocals are employed sometimes, but never in a lyrical sense. Contrary to most harsh noise music, Akita also occasionally uses elements of melody and rhythm.
Akita's early work consisted of industrial noise music made from tape loops and conventional instruments. Similar to his present albums, he produced lengthy, disorientating pieces. He also became infamous for the sheer amount of releases in a short time frame. Audiences in general did not quite know what to make of his style.
Radiohead - Idioteque
Idioteque is off the album Kid A by Radiohead. It was different than anything they had recorded before because it used no guitars or bass. It was all computer synthesized and the song was made by the guitar Johnny Greenwood. It was a big step in creating the phenomenon they are today.
Johnny Greenwood - Convergence (There Will Be Blood Soundtrack)
Andy Mckee - Drifting
Andy McKee (born April 4, 1979 in Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American fingerstyle guitarist currently signed to the American record label Razor and Tie. His style of playing and his compositions have earned him a considerable international fanbase; in late 2006, a live performance of his flagship song "Drifting" became a Featured Video on YouTube and MySpace, achieving over 27,000,000 views on the former to date and remaining one of its highest rated music clips.
Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger
Daft Punk proved to be a pioneering force on the techno/electronic scene, pushing back the boundaries of the genre to integrate elements of other musical styles such as disco, rock and groove. Moving away from the pure house sound (that had originated in Chicago in the early 80’s) Daft Punk created their own innovative 90’s fusion, mixing a powerful techno beat with musical influences from their adolescence (everything from Jimi Hendrix and The Stooges to Kiss, Television, David Bowie and Talking Heads
The Mars Volta -
The Mars Volta is an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001 and currently based out of Mexico. Founded by guitarist Omar Rodríguez-López and vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, the band incorporates various influences including progressive rock, krautrock, jazz fusion, post-punk, hard rock, post-hardcore and Latin American music into their sound. They are known for their energetic and improvisational live shows, as well as their concept-based studio albums. They do a lot of experimental work in their albums and live shows. They are one of the first bands of the 2000's that brought the experimental side of rock main stream. Their albums are not like any others. They don't make separate songs in their albums, it's not one continious song, but they make their songs mesh together and split the album in different ways.
I have never had the gift of using words. I speak but nothing comes out. I hear and listen to what is going on around me but I can never truly respond to it. I see a world full of movement and life but sometimes I’m still. I am naïve and ignorant to the common person. But through art I can show I am always listening, I am always moving and I am always interacting with the world around me.
Photography is the art form I am most interested in. When taking a picture, I don’t like to make the purpose of the picture obvious. However, I always have a reason behind a picture whether it is to express how I feel or to show the feelings or lifestyle of someone else. When people view my work, I like them to question it; I want them to spend time thinking about it. I try to make my work appealing but I also like it to have a deeper meaning. I do not care what people think the meaning of my work is, as long as they take the time to think about it and question what I have done.
04 February 2010
to Facebook event page for upcoming performance at P.S. 122 in New
excerpt from invitation: "Marisa
Olson is an admitted internet junky and a serious bookworm. This
performance is both a product and a trace of her research into fluke
epistemologies, the vernacular of digital visual culture, and the
intersecting histories of science and superstition, new ageism and
DIY/homebrew computing culture."
Marisa will be visiting Intermedia\SAAH\U Iowa\Iowa in early April.
02 February 2010
“It Was A Dark Day When Mr. Pinkler Was Introduced to the Team of the Ambitious Amputees. And He Couldn’t Join Cause He Was Just a Head.” Herakut
My work tends to be social in nature. This includes the way in which we perceive ourselves—both how we sculpt our individual identities through society, and how we perceive ourselves collectively, as well as the way people interact with each other and the way in which we interact with the social constructs our collective history has created. I’ve always wanted to get people to think more, to ask them questions with no answers so that they themselves have to ask even more questions. What has drawn my attention lately is the negative space between people and the way in which it’s depicted to represent the relationships between those people—whether they be as intimate as lovers or mere strangers inhabiting the same environment.
I’m taking this course because I am very interested in contemporary artists that work between mediums. More importantly though, as an aspiring artist in this century, I want to be able to push myself out of the limitations of being only a “painter”. Not that painting by itself is in any way deficient; I simply feel that the confines of what we think of as “a painting” limit the otherwise infinite possibilities of the forms in which the messages and emotions I want to convey could take. In my recent work I have been experimenting with mixed media paintings, using materials such as foil, patterned paper, spray paint, charcoal, sculpting mediums (for example acrylic molding paste), etc, along with traditional oil and acrylic paint. This class, to me, is a way to force myself (or allow myself the time to) go further, working beyond a surface and the materials applied to that surface. Intermedia also seems to lend itself well to the subjects I’m most passionate about. I’m especially interested the idea of the social experiment as art, like causing a scene among an unsuspecting audience with the goal of making people ask themselves questions about issues that otherwise go unnoticed or are easily shrugged off.
"Untitled (Vestido Montez)" by Dr. Lakra
To tell you that my art is personal would be stupid: all art is personal. When it ceases to be personal, it ceases to be art. Even the artist who attempts to detach far as possible for his work ends up allowing the viewer to make some sort of conclusion about him. I guess what I’m trying to say is my art is personal in that it often forces me onto other people. My experiences, my sense of humor, my ideas on sexuality and gender and how they are expressed. When I draw from my personal experience, it is often the most shocking and taboo that I become fixated on, yet I’m not beyond embarrassment or shame. The truth is, I’m probably just as rattled as everyone else, even more so in most cases. What might be the simplest of confessions to one person are the most poignant to me.
I guess my goal is to make my art personal to other people, not just to talk endlessly about myself and gauge the world’s reactions. I want to engage with pop culture and the way it constantly crosses the line between a capital commodity and art. Things with cult status and recognition obsess me: because of my father, being a Dead Head is just as much a part of my heritage as being Jewish is. In this age, television, movies, music and the innumerable glories of the Internet are just as much a part of identity as class and religion. Hopefully, this year, I will have the opportunity to explore this idea.
01 February 2010
"I am having a conversation you cannot hear." -George Hearst Deadwood-
I typically equate myself as a mouth, unhinged at the jaw like a snake, ready to swallow anything and everything without ever realizing what anything and everything truly are. I am a giant maw leading to the belly swelling under the contents of an infinite ocean. The only way to expunge, to purge, is to create. Every bit absorbed, every single particle that swirls down the hole turned again outward, reassembled. These are the pieces on my palette.
What I want more than anything is to better understand how and in what ways this can be utilized. I desire purpose. Purpose gives strength and momentum which facilitate creation. My cup runeth over-I need to learn how to pour some of it out before I burst.
My artistic journey began when I started playing the guitar in junior high. This opened my eyes to a lot of new things and really began creating the artist I am today. This led me towards graphic arts because I loved all the album cover art. Music has influenced my life more than anything else and has brought me where I am today. I involve music in a lot of my work, it has the largest influence out of anything. I was most mesmerized by Alex Grey, the artist for the band TOOL, because his work was so much different than anything I had seen before. In high school I went more towards the graphic design aspects and found new artists such as David Carson and Bert Monroy to inspire me along the way.
Bringing the aspirations into my own work is still a slow work in progress. I have big goals for what I want to do and this is just the brick work. In this class I want to broaden my horizons and introduce myself to new mediums. I'm most interested in the video aspect of this class. I haven't had much experience with this and I think it could be very interesting.
I have always considered myself primarily a 2-d artist. I make a lot of short comics and am constantly drawing 'characters,' either real of fictitious. My pieces tend to imply indirectly or quite explicitly a situation or story. Sometimes I revert to a traditional linear story telling, but more often then not I'll focus on single scenes, which only display the characters. My drawings tend to be more confident and natural than other techniques and mediums I have explored.
When people ask me questions about the concept behind my art or why I create it, I don't always have an answer. All I do know is that the art I create and the process of doing so makes me happy. I found my niche in photography after brief experimentation in several artistic fields. It has always given me pleasure to be able to capture a moment in time and share it with others. A picture is worth a thousand words and the world is my audience.
My photographs often follow the idea of beauty in simplicity. While I'm interested in several aspects of photography, I'm most inspired by light and its ability to transform a photograph. Besides photography, another passion of mine is music, which is one of the things I hope to experiment with in this class.
I have always been interested in Technology, humanitarianism, environmentalism, truth and freedom. Truth is a concept that I really value because I feel there is a lack of it to be found in our world. I'm passionate about being pro-peace, pro-freedom, pro-truth, and anti-war. I enjoy world politics, mythology, religion, history, and reading. I love to create and build things. I like to experiment with video, photography, graphic design, drawing, and music.
I find all the world religions interesting but could never devote to one of them. I prefer to learn about all of them and come to my own conclusions.
I am taking this class because I feel that it fits my interests and goals. I have always loved the fact that art can convey a message, through a medium, to be received and understood by thousands or millions of people. I feel that, because of this, art is an extremely powerful communicative tool that has the ability to raise awareness of issues and ideas to a broad range of people in the world. Art can be used to educate and uplift society... spiritually, mentally, ethically, and physically. I find that exciting.
My goals in the class are to develop a greater understanding of life and art.
sol lewitt wall drawing #1166 light to dark (scribbles) black pencil
Yves Tanguy Unititled etching 16/50