December 31, 2009
Improv Everywhere causes scenes of chaos and joy in public places. Created in August of 2001 by Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere has executed over 100 missions involving tens of thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City.
I loved the idea. Can’t imagine how much fun they had!
“For our latest mission, over 2,000 people walked “invisible dogs” down the streets of Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon. The leashes were on loan from the current owner of 51 Bergen Street, the factory space where the invisible dog toy was invented in the 1970s. Participants of all ages spread out from Red Hook to Brooklyn Heights, very seriously walking their very silly dogs.
About a month ago I got an email from Keith Schweitzer from No Longer Empty. The group transforms vacant spaces into public art exhibitions and had an exhibition coming up in an abandoned factory in Brooklyn. He told me there were over 2,000 invisible dog leashes collecting dust on a shelf and wondered if I would like to put them to use. Yes, please.
The factory space served as our meeting point. It’s an incredibly cool spot, and it was fun knowing that the leashes we would be using were created right there in the 1970s. The building was recently bought by a French artist, who is converting it into an art space. It’s tough to say exactly how many participants showed up. We had over 3,000 RSVPs, and the crowd was so large that we filled up the giant warehouse and then had an enormous line of people waiting to get in winding around the block. I think it’s safe to say more than 2,000 showed up. Thankfully, we had enough leashes for everyone.
All of the participants showed up having no idea what they would be doing. I gave a quick talk explaining the history of the building and what the mission would entail, and then we passed out the leashes. Everyone was just told to spread out and go on a walk for an hour or so, behaving as if they were walking an actual dog.”
“The best reactions came from those who played along and Yes Anded us. Lots of people really got into it and stopped to join the fun. “Oh what breed is he?” “Can I pet him?” “He’s so cute!”
“There were lots of kids on the streets, and it was fun to see their reactions. Several parents played along, and some kids were a little confused when their mom or dad claimed to see the dog as well.”
“The most fun part of the mission was running into real dogs. I think it’s the first time we’ve ever confused animals during an Improv Everywhere mission. I loved seeing their reactions.”
“Some establishments did all they could to attract the dogs and their owners into spending their money.”
“Picking up invisible poop. Of course, dog ownership is not all fun and games.”
“Going in two directions.”
“Agent Lathan was a dog walker.”
“After a couple of hours, agents started slowly returning to the meeting point to turn in their leashes. Many were sad to tell their invisible dogs goodbye. It was really fun to do a mission that was so spread out, both in time and in space. It felt like we really blanketed the whole neighborhood with our silliness.”
December 29, 2009
“The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a 20+ person performance troupe based mostly in Boston, MA, USA, proposes to not release at least 38,575 kilograms of CO2 into the air by not traveling to the UN Climate Conference. The amount of energy we are saving in fuel could feed 150 people for a year or power 325 60w lightbulbs turned on continuously for a year. Not to mention that the Institute for Infinitely Small Things really likes to stay home and drink tea or beer (depending on which members you talk to). By current estimates, the majority of the world’s population is participating in this project at the moment. Please help us document this massive effort of local pleasure by contributing your photos to our Flickr stream.
What would you prefer to do in your locale?
Upload your photos to Flickr with the tag “notgoingtocopenhagen” and they’ll show up in thE slideshow.”
So, who’d like to not go to Copenhagen with me?
Check the website!
December 28, 2009
txtBOMBER is a writing device used by a single hand; designed by Felix Vorreiter. It ables you to leave guerrilla slogans on walls
Semi-automatic, seven slots connected to sensors are dragged horizontally along the wall on two wheels and your slogan will be printed on the wall in no time!
December 16, 2009
by Myron Krueger from the University of Connecticut
November 8, 2009
Last friday I went to the opening of arts and technology festival; Amber09. It was an amusing way to spend the friday night. Check out the interactive installations and performances.
I believe what everybody looked forward to see was the mating process of the sexed robots (a performance staged by Paul Granjon).
“The Sexed Robots are autonomous wheeled robots fitted with nylon genital organs, respectively male and female. The robots are programmed to explore their environment occasionally entering an “in heat” mode, where they will try and locate a partner in the same state. If a partner is located, the robots will attempt to mate.”
August 16, 2009
I’ve heard of Layer Tennis recently and I am extremely excited about the idea! This is just the kind of tournament I’d like to watch.
What is Layer Tennis?
” We’re hosting a series of live design events called Layer Tennis. The season wouldn’t have happened without the support of Adobe® Creative Suite® 4, the weapon of choice for Layer Tennis players and creative professionals everywhere.
We’ll be playing matches using video, animation, sound, photos, type and lots more, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use. Two competitors will swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a “volley” and then we post it to the site live. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action, as it happens. A match lasts for ten volleys and when it’s complete, Season Ticket Holders tell us what they think and we’ll declare a winner, so sign up today.”
I link like a good girl.
May 15, 2009
About Yves Klein
Yves Klein (28 April 1928 – 6 June 1962) was a French artist. Klein was born in Nice. Both his parents were painters. He lived in Japan for a time, becoming an expert in judo, before settling in Paris and beginning to exhibit his work there. Many of these early paintings were monochrome and in a variety of colours. By the late 1950s, Klein’s monochrome works were almost exclusively in a deep blue hue which he eventually patented as International Klein Blue (IKB). As well as conventionally made paintings, in a number of works Klein had naked female models covered in blue paint dragged across or laid upon canvases to make the image, using the models as brushes. Sometimes the creation of these paintings was turned into a kind of performance art – an event in 1960, for example, had an audience dressed in formal evening wear watching the models go about their task while an instrumental ensemble played Klein’s The Monotone Symphony, which consisted of a single sustained note. Klein also made sculptures in deep blue, and worked with fire, creating some sculptures using it, and setting fire to some of his canvases, thus making scorched holes in them. Klein is also well known for a photograph, Saut dans le Vide (Leap into the Void), which apparently shows him jumping off a wall, arms outstretched, towards the pavement. Klein is considered an important figure in post-war European neo-dadaism. He engaged in such provocations as “publishing” a chapbook containing only empty pages and selling empty spaces in exchange for gold which he then threw into the river Seine. Klein died in Paris of a heart attack.
Saut Dans Le Vide
The Monotone Symphony (1949, rec. March 9, 1960)
On a clear night in March at ten pm sharp a crowd of one hundred people, all dressed in black tie attire, came to the Galerie International d’Art Contemporain in Paris. The event was the first conceptual piece to be shown at this gallery by their new artist Mr. Yves Klein. The gallery was one of the finest in Paris.
Mr. Klein in a black dinner jacket proceeded to conduct a ten piece orchestra in his personal composition of The Monotone Symphony, which he had written in 1949. This symphony consisted of one note.
Three models appeared, all with very beautiful naked bodies. They were then conducted as was the full orchestra by Mr. Klein. The music began. The models then rolled themselves in the blue paint that had been placed on giant pieces of artist paper – the paper had been carefully placed on one side of the galleries’ wall and floor area – opposite the full orchestra. Everything was composed so breathtakingly beautifully. The spectacle was surely a metaphysical and spiritual event for all. This went on for twenty minutes. When the symphony stopped it was followed by a strict twenty minutes of silence, in which everyone in the room willingly froze themselves in their own private meditation space.
At the end of Yves’ piece everyone in the audience was fully aware they had been in the presence of a genius at work, the piece was a huge success! Mr. Klein triumphed. It would be his greatest moment in art history, a total success. The spectacle had unquestionable poetic beauty, and Mr. Kleins’ last words that night were, “THE MYTH IS IN ART”.
The phrase “body of art” aptly describes Yves Klein’s “Anthropometrie” series. Klein (1928 – 1962) employed female models as “living paintbrushes” for the paintings, which were named after the study of human body measurements. Clad only in the artist’s patented International Klein Blue paint, the models made imprints of their bodies on large sheets of paper. Klein often staged the creation of these works as elaborate spectacles for an audience, who imbibed blue cocktails and listened to a performance of his “Monotone Symphony,” a solitary note played for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of silence. The prints are on the boundary between the figurative and the abstract, but instead of a dramatic expression of experiences they are simply expressive prints of bodies.