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.



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.

a song from the past about the future by a great (song)writer & poet

April 12, 2009

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?

Container Space project

February 10, 2009
1978 shipping container

1978 shipping container

I wanted to share an in-process project, [container(space)], I’ve been working on for a few months at my university, GMU, with a couple fellow artists. Click the link above to view the blog about the process and as a document of the project, also hoping that it will generate new threads in our thought processes/generate more new work.

We have undertaken a re‐construction and research project focused on a discarded shipping container. Challenged several months ago by Tom Ashcraft to investigate the properties of this object for a transition
from global shipping container into a versatile exhibition space for art. As a response, we have initiated an adaptive re-use of the container from global economic relic to student run experimental gallery space, keeping the project as sustainable as possible from an environmental perspective.

We envision this project as a long‐term sustainable work with tremendous educational/outreach benefits. Alongside the practical and technological issues that exist, we are approaching this endeavor as a conceptual artwork. Presenting the (re)design in an aesthetically interesting way that highlights the container’s architectural and historical assets is an essential aspect of our project. We are also researching the uniqueness/ubiquity of the container as an industrial product and using this as a departure point for the creation of related artwork. The container is an contemporary artifact of globalization that exists as an object and metaphor for the exchange of commodities between nations. We are curious about the geographic reach of this object from the time of its creation to its placement on GMU’s campus. This as emerged also as an investigation from the macro to the micro, or better, the global to the local.  As an object, this container can be defined in many ways, from materials to architecture to content. We plan to investigate these ideas, put them in motion, and allow for new perspectives to emerge regarding its role and implications in our culture and society. Follow the blog for developments like the solar power implementation, the final installation of our custom skylights, and our recycled “pallet parquet” floors…


(A downloadable proposal can be found here)

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