Response to Charlotte

July 10, 2009

After reading and commenting on Charlotte’s last post, I thought it interesting and relevant to continue the conversation by using my post here to bring attention to it. For all those unlikely to go back and read my commment to her post, I am reposting it below: (read her post first so what is below makes sense)

“Hi Charlotte Andrew, my name is Daniel and although we haven’t met yet I think we would have an interesting conversation. It would be circuitous and lovely that way, like there’s no destination per se, or no agenda to the conversation other than to talk and listen and understand a little more about how someone else sees the world and their place in it. I share some of your qualms about posting to the blog. Today is my day to post and I will but last month I was several days late. (I periodically read the blog, less often as there are less posts to read…) Having created several blogs for small groups of people in the past and watching them wither and die, I have fairly modest expectations about any blog, especially group ones. Passion in groups is usually concentrated in a few people and even that wanes. Certainly it is a different experience to see your friends on the street than to read what they write here but I still believe that this can be a meaningful place to share info. If I can venture an observation on why this blog hasn’t matured yet is that the initial purpose of it was vague at best so, like any endeavor it has suffered for that. I’ve chosen to treat every post as addressing a different goal and hoped it was interesting to a percentage of us. Don’t stop writing, please. This was the most relevant and meaningful post yet.”

So, two things for you to read, have you read them? Is this a conversation that you think is worth having? I do and I think there a both fascintating advantages and as-yet-unrealized dangers to the proliferation of the internet. I also think that therein is an issue with usability by contributors here as it is clear that some people are unfamiliar with the norms of blogging and the specific options available to them in WordPress that allow greater organization and flexibility.  So as to not beat a dead horse, I was wondering how others have specifically been reacting to the participation on this blog, it’s purpose in your life and any other relevant (or not) comments surrounding her post, my comment and so on.

-daniel


Scream at the Economy

June 17, 2009

Scream at the Economy

Scream

Making use of an art historical definition of screaming as “a kind of shorthand of modern alienation and despair, icons of anxiety and hopelessness,” the Floating Lab Collective invites people to call a phone number and scream at the economy.

The work, titled Scream at the Economy,is a participatory project that captures the expressions of angry citizens in MP3 format.  The files will be used to create a musical composition, to be played in front of relevant financial institutions.

  1. Call this number: 646.402.5686 ext 90514 (24/7) to call to United States from another country +1
  2. Scream at the economy. To get a clear recording please back up a few inches from your phone before you scream.
  3. The screams will be used to compose music. (6 international composers will use the screams as a source for the composition)
  4. Download the music created from the screams (for free) beginning June 25, 2009 at: http://www.floatinglabcollective.org.
  5. The music will be played as a performance in public space in front of financial institutions. Using the “screamer”, to play the compositions.

Time, Twitter Art, and Self-Promotion

June 2, 2009

I, Boris Ostrerov, am starting my latest project titled, “Twitter Installation” at the Walkers Point Center for the Arts (WPCA) Annual Member’s Show on view from June 5th until July 2nd 2009.

the Twitter Installation:

Start with the username “installation1” on Twitter.  Do not tweet on this account.

Publicize this project outside of twitter before the first day of the show.

Follow all the people that chose to follow the “installation1” username.

Gather all the tweets of all the people I follow and print out on translucent paper (1x5in. strips).

Bring the tweets on the paper to the gallery each day and drop over the same spot on the floor every day.

Photograph the installation daily.

At the end of the installation the tweets are glued together into a sphere.

I will post pics daily on my site:  www.borisfineart.com

In the “Twitter Installation,” I am materializing tweets among the Twitter community, into a physical semitransparent mountain or puddle-like form.  Starting from literally nothing on the first day of the show, the pile of tweets will grow in size depending on the amount of followers the username “Installation1” gains and the amount of times each follower tweets.  Please spread the word and contribute in the growth of the mountain of tweets by following the username “Installation1” on Twitter.com and tweeting.  If enough people are involved, this installation can grow exponentially to a gigantic form, filling up so much space in the gallery that it encroaches on other artworks or blocks a walking path.   At the end of the show I will glue all the translucent strips of vellum paper into a sphere, solidifying countless conversations of a past moment in history.

Show: Friday, June 5 through July 2, 2009. Opening Reception: Friday, June 5, 5–9pm.


future perfect

May 27, 2009

007

Sorry, I know it’s not my day, but I wanted to share this article from the WSJ.


Theme & Variation

April 12, 2009

TIME

From Indian Sign Languge, written and illustrated by Robert Hofsnide (Gray-Wolf), published by William Morrow & Co., New York, 1956.


One possible future?

April 5, 2009

Thursday, April 30 at 7pm
PANEL: IS DETROIT REALLY THE NEW BERLIN?

mocad

This panel discussion will focus on “New Urban Models” and how Detroit may be a unique incubator for those ideas. The successes and failures of models presented by other cities, and how they may be implemented in the city of Detroit today, will be explored by a panel including:

Anirban Adhya — SYNCH Research Group, College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University
Luis Croquer — MOCAD Director and recent New York transplant
Catherine Kelly — Publisher of The Michigan Citizen newspaper
Gina Reichert — Design 99 and Detroit Unreal Estate Agency
Jim Yanchula — Manager, Urban Design & Community Development City of Windsor

for more information visit these links:
College of Architecture and Design, Lawrence Technological University
Design 99
The Michigan Citizen
Windsor, Ontario Urban Design & Community Development


Sagging. New-Found Old Beauty

March 30, 2009

I supervise and teach 6-9th graders. Nearly all the boy students sag their pants. I recently made a new realization about sagging that made me see it as beautiful. Sagging is kind of a paradox because it really goes against certain high fashion principles and what is considered the right way to wear clothes and wearing clothes is more or less utilitarian because they are such personally customized items and are made to serve a specific function. I mean there is really only one way to wear a sweater (unless you’re Erwin Wurm). And same with pants, they make the person look good when they fit not too lose and not too tight by highlighting the form of whatever is underneath (ass, legs).

Sagging visually articulates, “I don’t give a fuck.”

You don’t give a fuck about how someone else thinks you look,

you don’t give a fuck about what the “high” fashion industry says about how you should look and wear clothes,

you don’t give a fuck about how your parents and other authoritative figures tell you to look and wear clothes,

and you don’t give a fuck about how people of influence wear clothes. You also want to wear it differently than all other people in the world. Because you can and nobody can make you not, but some wish too. It also connotes a sense of carelessness akin to not giving a fuck.

And another reason they sag is because it’s sort of forbidden and bad. They can actually get a ticket for sagging too low in school these days! So if someone breaks the rules, that is just so compelling and exciting because that’s just the nature of doing bad things.

The “I don’t give a fuck” attitude is found in hip hop and rap a lot because that is the prevalent, easily detectable spirit of those genres.  This attitude is not only found in hip hop culture, but in all great artists, because in order to make something great and novel at some point you really need to block out everyone except yourself. (Ex. Besquait, Warhol, Pollock.)

PS. After 30yrs old the coolness of sagging diminishes. (40 if you’re a rapper).