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Public Address is a platform for wide-ranging discussion of innovative projects, and practices.

Contemporary art is increasingly “untethered” and moves from the white cube of the gallery to any site – including the virtual – to engage the public in its own realm. Public art is an ever-expanding field of inquiry, with artists of all stripes exploring the public realm. Beyond murals, monuments, memorials (and the occasional mime) public art has become a vibrant and engaging practice. From the spectacular to the quotidian, permanent to ephemeral, sited to virtual, material to performative, conceptual to cinematic, we believe there are unprecedented opportunities for new art practices in our shared environment. This is the critical focus of Public Address.

Sabrina Raaf, A Light Green Light

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mediachef
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03.9.2010
Sabrina Raaf, Translator II Grower

Sabrina Raaf, Translator II Grower

The gallery@calit2 goes green this spring with an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Sabrina Raaf, whose custom-built robotic sculptures and site specific installations include a series of experiments that address issues of sustainable practice, the construction of social spaces, and prototyping for modular green architecture. Curated by Steve Dietz, “A Light Green Light: Toward Sustainability in Practice” opens Friday, April 2, 2010, with a 6 p.m. panel discussion moderated by UC San Diego visual arts professor Jordan Crandall, followed by a reception.

Rethinking Curating

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mediachef
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03.5.2010

Beryl Graham and Sarah Cook, Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media

Colleagues and friends Sarah Cook and Beryl Graham have just published Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media. I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for the book, and this is, in part, how I discuss their thesis.

“Graham and Cook strategically define so-called new media as a set of behaviors, not as a medium. Once you go down this road, it becomes readily apparent that a similar strategy is equally useful for much of contemporary art. At one time, the new media of photography both changed the aesthetic understanding of painting and participated in the creation of a cultural understanding of (fixed) time and representation. At another time, the new media of video changed the aesthetic understanding of film while participating with television in the creation of a cultural understanding of (real) time and distance. The art most recently known as “new media” changes our understanding of the behaviors of contemporary art precisely because of its participation in the creation of a cultural understanding of computational interactivity and networked participation. In other words, art is different after new media because of new media–not because new media is “next,” but because its behaviors are the behaviors of our technological times.”

Save the date

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mediachef
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02.18.2010
Wing Young Huie, University Avenue Project. Open House and Preview Fundraiser. via Public Art Saint Paul

Wing Young Huie, University Avenue Project. Open House and Preview Fundraiser. via Public Art Saint Paul

I will write more about Wing Young Huie’s amazing University Avenue Project (a part of which, Northern Lights is helping with), but in the meantime, here is a chance to get in on the ground floor, so to speak, and purchase some of Wing’s photographs from along University Avenue in Saint Paul to benefit the 6-mile exhibition, which will open May 1.

Beatrix*Jar models the new museum

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mediachef
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02.17.2010
Beatrix*Jar explain how to hack battery operated instrumental toys. via Remix Theory

Beatrix*Jar explain how to hack battery operated instrumental toys. via Remix Theory

Nice article about local circuit benders Beatrix*Jar (Bianca Pettis and Jacob Aaron Roske) by Eduardo Navos, who writes about their workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

“The museum is redefining itself as a place which searches for ways to reveal the creative process in visitors, who can experiment with similar strategies that inform the creative drive of artists who actually have exhibits in the museum.”

Media arts residency Edith Russ Site

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02.16.2010
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2009 stipend recipient The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA, picture here at the 2006 01SJ Biennial

2009 stipend recipient The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA, picture here at the 2006 01SJ Biennial

Deadline for applications 28 February

Stipends for Media Art of the Stiftung Niedersachsen (Foundation of Lower Saxony) at the Edith Russ Site for Media Art

Until the 28th of February it is possible to apply for three stipends for the execution of a new project in the field of Media Art and a residency at the Edith Russ Site for Media Art. The stipend and the residency take place between July and Decembre 2010, at least one month of the residency has to be spent at one of the guest appartments at the Edith Russ Site. The stipends consists of 10.000 Euro for the production of a new work which is proposed in the application. The application is only online at http://erh.alnovi.de/applications. You can also navigate to this site via our website www.edith-russ-haus.de where you also find further information. The final online application form has to be printed and signed and then mailed to the Edith Russ Site. The deadline is the 28th of February (date of postmark).

Cultures of complaint

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mediachef
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02.16.2010

Former Texas senator Phil Gramm famously complained that “we have sort of become a nation of whiners,” but 2008 Bush Fellow Matthew Bakkom, whose tabloid-size booklet “The New York City Museum of Complaint” was published in 2006, has argued

“The point of complaining is not necessarily that it’s going to change things. . . . It’s more kind of an existential act that is essential to democracy.” via NYT

Public art as public amenity

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mediachef
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02.15.2010
Caley J. Coney, "Bad Day," Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk. via Public Art Saint Paul

Caley J. Coney, "Bad Day," Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk. via Public Art Saint Paul

via Public Art Saint Paul

Everyday Poems for City Sidewalk is a project created by Saint Paul’s Public Artist in Residence Marcus Young and friends, Saint Paul Public Works, and Public Art Saint Paul with contributions from Saint Paul poets, which began in 2008. Every year, St. Paul residents can submit poems to be selected for imprinting in the new and newly repaired sidewalks of the city. The deadline for submissions is March 28, 2010. Guidelines here.

Engaging public art

Crown Fountain, Jaume Plensa, Millennium Park. via Chicago Now

Crown Fountain, Jaume Plensa, Millennium Park. via Chicago Now

“[P]ublic art that truly engages and creates a real relationship with the public and creates a social common ground is rarer. Plensa’s fountain does that and effectively blurs completely the line between art and public. This is urban planning in the service of both art and the city’s populace.” – Dawoud Bey

via Chicago Now

Strange Fruit

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mediachef
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02.8.2010
Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930. via Wikipedia

Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, August 7, 1930. via Wikipedia

The words of the song “Strange Fruit” were originally penned in 1936 under the name Lewis Allan by Bronx schoolteacher Abel Meeropol in reaction to a photograph of the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana.

I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to Billie Holiday’s memorable rendition of Strange Fruit the same again after viewing this photograph, which is part of the point of Piotr Szyhalski’s Labor Camp Orchestra, including its “cover” of Strange Fruit – to make visceral the Iraq war. To take us beyond the blaring headlines, patriotic jingoism, and national security fervor to a place that is literally unforgettable.

01SJ Biennial open calls

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mediachef
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02.7.2010

For the 2010 01SJ Biennial ZER01 is collaborating with SF Shorts: San Francisco International Festival of Short Films to issue an open call for 5-minute shorts interpreting the theme Build Your Own World that were shot using a cell phone, flip video camcorder, or other mobile media device. You can interpret this theme literally or […]

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