The show is down now, but it was such a pleasure to walk into Pace/MacGill’s Social Media exhibition and not have to get frustrated about all the work that was overlooked for a show. That is, even though one could imagine dozens of other possible projects, at least it was a strong selection of work whose creators had a history and weren’t just dabblers. David Byrne’s imaginary apps fell short for me, but the “kodak” photo frames for Democracy in Action were a perfect way to “share” his YouTube fascinations (or his assistant’s?). Other work was stronger, however. Christopher Baker’s Murmur Study with its cascading receipt tapes of twitter hashtags perfectly captures the torrent of the information age in all its glory and waste. Aram Bartholl’s Google Portraits are also pitch perfect renditions of the QR code moment. It will be interesting to see whether they retain their funhouse magic in a year or more. Now if only the curators had included someone like Mark Lombardi….
via Good Design
I’m heading home after an amazing 01SJ Biennial. What should I see on the way?
The 3rd 01SJ Biennial―a multi-disciplinary, medium agnostic, contemporary art festival curated by Steve Dietz―will take place September 16-19, 2010 in San Jose, CA. The theme of the Biennial is “Build Your Own World,” which posits that the future is not about what’s next, it’s about what we can build to ensure that what’s next matters. And asks how can we, as resourceful, innovative, and knowledgeable local and global citizens build and participate in a desirable future in the face of global climate change, economic meltdown, political instability, and cultural divisiveness? To find out more about the Biennial visit: http://01sj.org.
Phase I – Leveraging New Technology
Beginning September 4, Builders will participate in a unique opportunity to “build” a user experience for Out of the Garage Into the World (OOTG), one of the central programs of the 2010 01SJ Biennial. OOTG is homage to the spirit of invention that is Silicon Valley and to citizen science. ZER01’s goal is to provide visitor’s to OOTG with as rich an experience as possible. You will work with a new mobile application called Toura.com to create short mobile videos, personal descriptions, tags, quick references, favorites and photographs. The position requires regular commuting to San Jose, CA in order to experience and report on OOTG. This phase of the project runs from September 4-15h and requires 2-3 Builders.
Phase II – My BYOW
This is your opportunity to tell the world about the 2010 01SJ Biennial; share your personal insights, play the art and pop culture critic, create stories, upload images, Tweet, augment reality. The sky’s the limit. This phase runs from September 14-20th and focuses on the 4-day festival portion of the Biennial and generally involves reporting on and collecting information based on the theme Build Your Own World.
More information here.
Just some of the dozens of artists you would be meeting and interviewing: Blast Theory, Brody Condon, Teddy Cruz, Amy Franceschini, Monica Haller, Natalie Jeremijenko, Zoe Keating, Chico MacMurtrie, Miguel Palma, Rigo 23, Stephen Vitiello.
I was going to write a longer response about seeing Marina Abramovic’s retrospective The Artist Is Present here on Public Address, but when I tried to do the short version – Amazing! See it! – on Facebook, it wouldn’t let me post the link to the MOMA site.
Facebook, like the Mall of America, has a public function but is not public space. It is private space.
On September 24-25, 2009 the G-20 Summit will take place in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, where G-20 leaders, representing 80% of the worldâ€™s trade and two-thirds of the world population, will determine policies affecting our economic and financial futures.
To foster engagement despite the insularity of these talks, Osman Khan, an artist, and Elliance, are collaborating to develop heyG20 as a forum that will allow concerned citizenâ€™s of the world to voice their thoughts and opinions to the Leaders of the G20 Summit. The project is an interactive installation that will take place during the G-20 Summit in the windows of Ellianceâ€™s offices located directly across the river from the Pittsburgh Convention Center.
Interested participants may tweet their message to @heyG20 (http://twitter.com/heyG20), whereby your messages will be transformed to a multicolored morse code light show, illuminating not only the night sky but also the concerns of the worldâ€™s citizens.
So tweet away…
via Hey G20
Hey G20 does not appear to have quite the visual punch of Johannes Gees’ remarkable hellomrpresident projection onto the mountains outside Davos during the exclusive World Economic Forum in 2002, but it will be interesting to see how/whether the ubiquity of social media like Twitter bump up participation in and the impact of the project.
See also These projects are smokinâ€™! for an earlier post about Germaine Koh’s Prayers and Ali Momeni and Robin Mandel’s Smoke and Hot Air, both of which translate messages – in these cases, datamined rather than Tweeted – into Morse code.