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.


One possible future?

April 5, 2009

Thursday, April 30 at 7pm


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

Beauty’s just another word I’m never certain how to spell

March 22, 2009

I must admit that I am skeptical of this idea of ‘New Beauty’.

My question is, if we are talking about ‘new’ beauty, does this imply that we are sick of the ‘old’ stuff?  Do we need a flex-fuel version to update our taste for Dave Hickey’s customized muscle car beauty?  Or instead that we at some point lost contact with beauty and are now ready to become friends again?[or maybe we can simply ‘follow’ each other]

I am personally more compelled by the issues of gifts brought up yesterday.  Although I would argue that Lewis Hyde’s The Gift now trumps Mauss as the appropriate text.  Importantly, Hyde notes that in terms of art traits of gift exchange and commodities can exist simultaneously-and that they are not mutualy exclusive.  It is a matter of emphasis which is crucial.  Also, a ‘gift which cannot be given away ceases to be a gift’.   So in what ways can we give our work away?  Is the making/ presenting of it enough?  Should we show up on the doorsteps of strangers sculptures in hand?  Do we need to modify our practices to make them more conducive to gifting?

My suspicion is that some notions of beauty can be found through the unpacking of questions such as these.

MFA Open Studios @ GWU

February 22, 2009


We hope  you all can make it!

MFA Open Studios at George Washington University
Saturday, Feb 28th, 1-4 pm
Smith Hall of Art
2nd, 4th, 5th Floor Studios
801 22nd Street NW
Washington DC 20052

Participating Artists:
Celina Amaya
Chanan Delivuk
Steve Ioli
Sarah Koss
Jacqueline Levine
Patrick McDonough
Maureen O Connell
Ding Ren
Teresa Sites


Ideas Worth Spreading

February 4, 2009


“Ideas Worth Spreading” is the catch phrase for the TED conference, which is taking place this week in Long Beach, CA. The annual conference is designed to allow those who are changing the fields of science, technology and/or art in a significant way an opportunity to present their work to an audience of brilliant, well connected and often wealthy folks. I became interested in TED after learning that Rosie O’Donnell ( a genius in my mind) was trying to figure out how to gain access to the TED Talks.  These “talks” are a series of lectures that are presented in rapid succession on varying topics such as turning your Wii controller into a digital whiteboard or how the E8 pattern might well destroy String theory, which much of our theoretical physics is based on.

I bring this up for a few reasons, first TED made the talks accessible via the Internet for free (Dues for TED are $6,000/yr),  so everyone should be checking them out. I would highly recommend:
Paola Antonelli
Vik Muniz
Malcolm Gladwell

I also bring this up because this week is the  conference! So, we will soon see a new batch of videos that I  am very excited sort through and find the jewels. Also this Thursday TED will be presenting the TED prize live.

Lastly, since I am so excited about information sharing I will add-on a link to Edward Winkleman’s blog on which he has generously broken down some serious tips for those  looking to work with a commercial art gallery at some point in their career.

peace out cub scouts

artist—Google-Search_1232502358608.jpg—the game

January 21, 2009
Doing as being.

Doing is being.