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.

Leadership & collaboration

March 10, 2009

(Post a comment in response to this post below)
Is leadership a necessary quality for collaboration? I’ve seen collaborations not work for some participants due to an imbalance of “ownership” in the project. I’ve been thinking about more effective methods of collaboration lately, or what the most effective qualities of collaboration are… Some of these are not controllable, like logistics, which might determine the amount of time one is exposed to an aspect of a project ( a primary participant or partner or activity), another might be the initiative one takes to discover and educate oneself about unfamiliar aspects…I see a breakdown in communication amongst paticipants as a weak link in acheiving that shared sense of ownership as well. Certainly there is a shared vision regarding the acheivements desired and that can seperate participants when seperation is antithetical to a project. Perhaps, like a good relationship, communication is key. Thoughts?

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 of social online collaboration

January 10, 2009

I believe my first post must address why it is that I am participating in this project and the potential I see in it’s success. This experiment in collaborative blogging is really more than meets the eye. Each participant here is being generous with their participation and I think the expectation that the next person will be as generous with themselves, their time and their consideration as I am accounts in some part to why I am typing these words. The world is connected in ways that continue to absorb into our lives in surprising ways while at the same time making the gulfs between large populations loom in more noticeable and dangerous ways. We are sharers, but also editors & curators of information among ourselves and with whom we invite to listen in. Is what we’re engaging in social? It is certainly mediated through distant technologies, slower than real life but at the same time offers time to say/reflect/respond.

I encourage others to spend some time with the bright and engaging writing by Trebor Scholz at “Trebor Scholz is an artist, media theorist, and activist who divides his time between New York City, Buffalo and travel.” (his blog) Visit his “journalisms” section to read engaging blog posts and read over the “courses” section to get a sense of the dialogue being initiated in his classroom (go into the course websites – priceless info!) and also check out the “projects” section to see some of the beautiful collaborative work he’s done that really shine a critical light on how we gather together, organize information and utilize technology across disciplines.

I hope this blog can rise to be critical and enlightening, it can be art. Whatever it becomes, I’m excited to play a role.


daniel dean