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.

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January 14, 2009

Well, here it is. I actually am writing this from the past, or I wrote this in the past, or I’m writing it now and you’re reading it in the future. Whatever it may be, we are separated by a space/time continuum. I am writing/wrote this on the 9th of January, and set it to be self-published on January 14th, as, on the 14th, I will have no access to computers or internet at all. I’ll be in the middle of a cross country trip on Amtrak, sleeping in some big recliner, sipping on a cocktail and gazing out on the vastness of middle america. I will be heading towards home, towards friends and away from friends. I’ve been in Minnesota, Portland and San Francisco during this trip, and I do not look forward to returning to the frigid east coast. But by the time that this posts, I’ll be more than excited to get back, I’ll be curating my first (real) performance event in New York City! So, here it is. I’ll give you the info, from the past, you read in the present, and we meet in the future.

Rants and Reciprocal Raves.

Part II of the Craigslist Cultural Exchange Series.

A one night show of performances dealing with beliefs, lack of
beliefs, passions and truths or post-truths in today’s society.

To have a rant or rave, usually you believe in something strongly.
What do you believe? Can you believe today? Can you believe in the
present? If not, can you still find something to rant and/or rave

5:30 PM 1013 Grand St. Brooklyn, NY (Grand stop on the L train)

Rants and Reciprocal Raves will present:
Elizabeth Newman and Christopher Zacher
Taylor McVay
William Porter
Patrick Wallace
Nic Buffon
Amelia St. Peter Blair
Faith Johnson

The Craigslist Cultural Exchange (CCE) series is an attempted exchange
of ideas between New York and Boston, two of the leading cities using
the site Using the categories on the networking site
as jumping off points for more pointed discussions of the state of
society and culture, events are created with the modified names of
categories as the themes.

The initial goal of the CCE series is to bring together the
performance art community of Boston and the art market of New York in
a series of 6-8 events a year in Boston and New York City. Further
possibilities arising from these events will be explored as well.

The first event, Missed {Theoretical} Connections, sought to bring
together performances that the audience would never fully understand
the theoretical backings to. Unfortunately, the space for the event
was removed at the eleventh hour. Missed {Theoretical} Connections
became the ultimate fulfillment of itself in that the audience that
was needed to appreciate it was never assembled and thus Missed
{Theoretical} Connections missed itself.