Scream at the Economy

June 17, 2009

Scream at the Economy


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:
  5. The music will be played as a performance in public space in front of financial institutions. Using the “screamer”, to play the compositions.

future perfect

May 27, 2009


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

March 22, 2009

highheel4 About the New Beauty Council
Written by Annika Enqvist
Monday, 15 December 2008

Coming from different backgrounds and having diverse opinions on what is good or bad, beautiful or ugly, tiring or exciting, the citizen’s of a city have one thing in common – the shared public space. At odds or finding a consensus, the public realm is a stage for constant negotiation. The New Beauty Council investigates what concepts like the public consists of and how beauty and ugliness can be (re-)defined, as well as how user’s experience of the city is influenced by different conditions.

The project studies institutions and authorities, which form and have the privilege to interpret cities’ appearance and functions. The New Beauty Council wants to bring into consideration new perspectives on how public space can be used and look, not through promoting one single point of view, but by opening up new ways of experiencing the public sphere and concepts of beauty.

The founding members are Annika Enqvist, Anna Kharkina, Thérèse Kristiansson and Kristoffer Svenberg.


March 19, 2009

Hello, all, this is my disembodied voice from March 12, 2009 at approximately 3 PM! I am writing this a week in advance, minus 6 hours, because there’s no way I would actually write anything cogent–much less be awake–at 9 AM, because I am a loser, but future Nicole is a changed woman.

Anyway, things to think about that I don’t feel like elaborating quite yet.

-The system of pattern/randomness being more relevant than absence/presence.

mind separated from matter

mind separated from matter- KRANG

“The very definition of ‘information,’ then encodes the distinction between materiality and information that was becoming important in molecular biology during this period.”

“Abstracting information from a material base meant that information could become free-floating, unaffected by changes in context.”

“As Carolyn Marvin notes, a decontextualized construction of information has important ideological implications, including an anglo-american ethnocentrism that regards digital information as more important than more context-bound analog information”

“My dream is a version of the posthuman that embraces the possibilities of information technologies without being seduced by fantasies of unlimited power and disembodied immortality, that recognizes and celebrates finitude as a condition of human being, and that understands human life is embedded in a material world of great complexity, one on which we depend on our continued survival.”

N. Katherine Hayles


March 13, 2009

22m1 First, designer Gareth Pugh’s Fall 2009 collection from Paris.  Instead of a runway show, he screened this video.

2009_03_miranda Second, an interview by Gothamist with Miranda July, which I just love because I also have a TV that doesn’t get channels, I totally love Lorrie Moore, and I get really excited when I go to an art event, but then I feel awkward and I just go back to my room.

A few arty reasons to be excited about spring in Detroit

March 6, 2009

1.  The Woodward Lecture Series at the College for Creative Studies:


Established through a generous endowment by an anonymous donor, the Woodward Lecture Series annually brings six renowned artists to CCS for free public lectures, and learning sessions with CCS students. Spring and fall series each feature three visiting artists.

Past Woodward Lecturers include video artist Steina Vasulka; photographers Emmet Gowin and Duane Michals; painters Brenda Goodman and Elizabeth Murray; sculptors Larry Bell, Leonardo Drew, Forrest Myers, and Dennis Oppenheim; glass artist Dale Chihuly; installation artist Petah Coyne; and public artists Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel.

The Woodward Lecture Series is made possible by a generous endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

All lectures are free and open to the public.
Seating and parking are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking available in the CCS Parking Structure, located on Brush Street, just north of Frederick Douglass.

  • Roberta Smith, art critic 3/5/09
  • Anne Waldman, poet and visual arts collaborator, 3/19/09
  • Ed Ruscha, painter, 5/7/09

2.  At the Detroit Institute of Arts:

March 8 to May 31, 2009

3.  At Susanne Hilberry Gallery:
17 Apr –
30 May 2009


Royal Scottish Academy: New Contemporaries

February 25, 2009

This is just a quick post as I’m flying away tomorrow and haven’t packed yet: the Royal Scottish Academy has traditionally showcased art students from the 4 Scottish art schools in their annual open student exhibition. This year, for the first time, 60 students were selected from degree shows at Glasgow School of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, Edinburgh College of Art, and Moray School of Art in the Highlands.

What was previously a jam packed mish-mash of works from 400-odd students is now a coherent overview of some of the most promising emerging artists from 2008. Here are some links to images and reviews – personal favourites are the images of Euan Taylor’s giant crane like construction, “Cloud Muncher” from his ongoing endeavors at Inefficient Solutions, performance from Stuart McAdam and this HUGE painting by Fraser Gray;

Read review at The Skinny

Royal Scottish Academy