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.
Community photo night University Avenue Project
The Community Photo Night
This Sunday, October 10, 6:30 pm
The University Avenue Project(ion) Site on 1433 University Avenue, across from Walmart
Come see photos and video taken by community members!
There’s still time to submit your photos-absolute deadline is this Sat, 6 pm! (See info below)
Defrag his confidence
There have been numerous computational “sentence generators” since at least Joseph Weizenbaum’s Eliza program, including one of my all time favorites, David Rokeby’s Giver of Names. What seems particularly successful about Janet Zweig’s latest public art project, Lipstick Enigma, which mixes the language of engineering with the language of beauty advertising, is precisely how intelligible – and humorous – her sentences are. Some examples:
Map me if you will
This is an open call for Pixelache Helsinki 2011
“By the mere fact of living an ordinary modern urban life, we produce a huge amount of information about ourselves that we are hardly aware of, nor we usually see or make use of. Through this data we become traceable, accessible, predictable — and clearly enough — ideal clients of information-based capitalism. So if we cannot prevent the production and the corporate or governmental use of this data without changing our lifestyle completely, how can we at least benefit from it ourselves? How can we share this information with the society at large or the community we live in to our common advantage? And how could we even build systems ourselves that collect data for our own purposes?”
The deadline for proposals is Monday 8 November 2010. The application form can be found here.
RFQ by this Friday for St. Paul public art
The City of Saint Paul seeks artists to design and create public artworks that will be integrated into the new Penfield development in downtown Saint Paul. The Penfield is a new six story mixed-use development that will cover the block bounded by Tenth, Eleventh, Robert and Minnesota Streets, across I-94 from the Minnesota State Capitol […]
Reach out and message someone
“But the islands aren’t just a personal refuge for Jiang; they represent feelings that each of us have from time to time, and by the artist’s design, they call for us to address these issues with interaction. Each asymmetrically shaped mobile island is fitted with it’s very own sand dune, out of which stick pens, and corked glass bottles with empty papers inside.”
Northern Spark is a new MN Festival modeled on a nuit blanche or “white night” festival – a dusk to dawn participatory art event along the Mississippi and surrounding areas.
Save the date!
Northern Lights.mn received start up funding from the MN State Arts Board and Northern Spark will take place the evening of June 4 (sunset 8.55 pm) till the morning of June 5, 2011 (sunrise 5.28 am).
Movie flats set sculpture?
Saw this sculpture along the road to Mt. Whitney, right next to “Movie Flats” in the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine, CA.
“Since 1920 hundreds of movies and TV episodes, including Gunga Din, How the West Was Won, Kyhber Rifles, Bengal Lancers, and High Sierra along with the Lone Ranger and Bonanza with such stars as Tom Mix, Hopalong Cassidy, Roy Rogers, Gary Cooper, Glenn Ford, Humphry Bogart, and John Wayne have been filmed in these rugged Alabama Hills with their majestic Sierra Nevada background.”
Minneapolis riverfront design competition
RFQ submission deadline: 13 October 2010
Description: Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and Minneapolis Parks Foundation, along with creative partners The University of Minnesota College of Design and Walker Art Center, are sponsoring a design competition addressing Minneapolis’ Upper Riverfront, the area extending from the Stone Arch Bridge to Minneapolis’ northern city limits, along both sides of the Mississippi River. This project builds on the MPRB award-winning 2000 master plan and is the first demonstration project of The Minneapolis Parks Foundation’s “Next Generation of Parks”—a design-driven vision for a 21st century park system.
Today’s question – What is your dream for the future?
I’m heading home after an amazing 01SJ Biennial. What should I see on the way?
AOV2 artists featured at SPARK Festival
Today, the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts announced the line up for its 2010, 8th Annual edition.
“Minneapolis, MN (09/02/2010) — The University of Minnesota’s West Bank Arts Quarter will present the eighth annual SPARK Festival of Electronic Music & Arts, Wednesday, September 29 through Saturday, October 2, 2010. SPARK will present a significant portion of its programming in the historic and iconic “Love Power Church” building at 1407 Washington Avenue, in addition to numerous venues within the University’s West Bank Arts Quarter. A complete schedule can be found at www.sparkfestival.org.”
In addition to the extensive music programming, SPARK 2010 will present new commissioned works by grantees of the Art(ists) on the Verge 2 program by Northern Lights.mn: Arlene Birt, Kyle Phillips, Tyler Stefanich, and tectonic industries will premiere their new media installation works at the University of Minnesota’s Regis Center for Art.
San Jose, California, is the 10th largest city in the United States. Surprisingly, it is not necessarily on everyone’s top 10 list of places to visit. If, however, you have even a passing interest in contemporary art, in particular the ways it intersects with contemporary (digital) culture and technology, San Jose is the place to be for the next two weeks.
Admittedly, as the current Artistic Director of the 01SJ Biennial I may not be an entirely unbiased voice in this matter, but let me share 10 reasons you should come to San Jose for 01SJ, September 16-19, and see at least some of 100 art installations, 46 commissioned works, 9 exhibitions, 20 workshops, 12 public artworks, 4 urban games, 1 drive-in movie theater, a nighttime street fair, a green prix of eco-locomotion, an epicurean multi-media dinner, a requiem mass for fossil fuels, audio ballerinas and robotic sitars, musical performances, operas, and more.