2005.02.28

Taxi_onomy

Tax Taxi_onomy is an urban mapping project and mobile cartographic research endeavour that seeks to re-appropriate the black taxi as the ultimate vehicle for psychogeography, based on its capacity for metro processing and spatial understanding. tax_ionomy will utilise the black taxi for the purposes of enabling artists and general public to create and utilise emotional, cognitive and networked maps of the city.

as a project it is intended as a multitude of things:

- a mobile psycho-geographical research unit for artists, cartographers and the general public
- a collective technical, social and political resource for artists, cartographers and general public
- a temporary appropriation of public space and public art experiment
- a portable structure potentially applicable to any locality
- a mobile gallery for display of its various experimentations

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Institute for Infinitely Small Things : Corporate Commands

The Institute for Infinitely Small Things would like to invite you to the first in a series of microperformances designed to investigate corporate commands in public space.

SCHEDULE for all MICROPERFORMANCES + PUBLIC EXPEDITIONS

Saturday, March 5th - 2PM
Saturday, March 12th - 2PM
Saturday, March 19th - 2PM
Saturday, March 26th - 2PM
Note: NO EXPEDITION April 2nd
Saturday, April 9th - 2PM
Saturday, April 16th - 2PM

All locations TBA - Call the Institute at 617-501-2441 or check the website for more information on location a few days beforehand. All of these expeditions are free and open to the public - people can come along to observe or participate.

WHAT IS A CORPORATE COMMAND?

A Corporate Command is an instruction work, a call to action in the form of an imperative:

"Just Do It"
"Turn on the Future"
"Live without Limits"
"Tap into great taste"
"Think different"
"Ride the light"
"Live Like You Mean It"

It is the hypothesis of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things that these commands, largely and consciously ignored by a public over-saturated with advertisements, function at the scale of the infinitely small. Tiny events that do not disturb one's consciousness or disrupt one's identity as "free" agents, these commands seep under the surface of the individual and lay claim to the territory of the Deleuzian Virtual. Desire, memory, and future potentiality become territories for conquest and tactics for social and political control. By compiling, tabulating, concretizing and enacting these commands in the International Database of Corporate Commands (IDCC), the Institute for Infinitely Small Things seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind this deployment of power and its larger cultural ramifications.

CONTRIBUTE YOUR RESEARCH ONLINE:
www.corporatecommands.com

ABOUT: The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is a research organization dedicated to the creation, collection and documentation of all of the infinitely small things in the world, past, present and future. The Institute's research projects are concerned with creating a critical cartography through which to explore notions of political power, social controls, collective agency and human freedom. 

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2005.02.16

chtodelat.org

A derive into some of Petersburg 's most fascinating and contradictory neighbourhoods Narvskaya Zastava. The project is covered with printed articles including Situationist Sociology in Narvskaya Zastava and Drifting through Incomplete Utopia (Editorial). This well documented project shows insight into a geographic location not many of us ususally get a glimpse into.

For other Russian derive documentation attend Firehouse 13's Attack of the Psycho Geographers February 24th in Providence, Rhode Island. Works from Luna Nera's Kronstadt projects.

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2005.02.10

Come Together (NYC)

For Come Together (NYC), Portland-based artist Harrell Fletcher invited 25 art-related people, each to invite someone to do a ten minute lecture/presentation/demonstration on a topic of his or her choosing.

Apex Art
291 Church Street, between Walker and White, Manhattan
11-6p; $free

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2005.01.25

A Consumer's Guide to Times Square Advertising

Check out Volksboutique's latest project, A Consumer's Guide to Times Square Advertising. "The information revealed," says Christine Hill, "alludes to impossible maths, huge numbers, surprise revelations and wild discrepancies...and the Wheel-as-tool organizes the information handily so you can always have it at the ready!"
It's quite nice -- beautifully designed and packed with facts. We received ours in the mail today [and will "archive properly" as instructed!]. You can also pick one up at locations listed on the site.

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2005.01.21

Kunst i Nordland/Art in Nordland

NordlandEurope knows how to do it. Kunst i Nordland/Art in Nordland "receives extensive support from the Norwegian Cultural Council." Artistic interventions realized with public installations, performances and other endeavors will be executed through-out 2005 in Norway. "The aim is to examine issues relating to the local context, the communicative potential and function of art in the contemporary world, and on a more theoretical level to discuss “site-specificity” as an artistic genre and strategy." This examination will be collaborations with local communities, municipalities and towns thereby furthering the contemporary artistic context beyond the artists and art world.

The project has the potential to be a collective focus upon intervention which can be realized in many interpretive facets. Much like the current Mass MoCA show Interventionists, (Conflux participant Kanarinka is in that show) the artists involved will be bonded through their public execution, but will have the ability to create individualized interpretations.

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2005.01.18

Grafedia

GrafediaGrafedia uses participation to create virtual tags, allowing every surface [to be] potentially a web page, and the entire physical world is joined with the Internet. The end of that statement might be a bit of an overstatement for the amount of interaction that occurs between the real and virtual. A blurring between virtual and reality has been a quest of artists and vigilantes alike for quite a few years, but this site allows for the idea of physical graffiti to occur because of virtual actions. What happens at the site affects the physical and vise versa via cell phones and emails.

The site is clear with succinct descriptions of what is happening and the intentions of the artists/collaborators. Search for "storefront@grafedia.net" and let me know what happens.

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2004.12.02

Sifting the Inner Belt

This Friday, Dec. 3rd Sifting the Inner Belt would like to invite you to the first performance intervention as part of their "Bridging Series."

DATE: Friday, December 3rd
TIME: 6 to 8 PM
LOCATION: The Boston Center for the Arts‚ Mills Gallery

The "Bridging Series" takes place in the South End neighborhood creating direct and indirect "bridges" between the Boston Center for the Arts and the Berkeley Street Community Garden, both of which are long-standing neighborhood institutions. The series coincides with select South End "First Friday" gallery openings. The performances take the form of "instruction works" requiring audience participation.

Directions/instructions for the performances will be available at the plaza in front of the BCA Mills Gallery, while the performances may take place in various locations throughout the South End. These performance interventions will take place, rain or shine (or snow).

Sifting the Inner Belt is a year-long social performance and research art project that consists of a series of performance interventions and performance-based research projects, which closely observe and examine, i.e. sift, the South End neighborhood with an emphasis on creating emotional, conceptual and physical bridges between the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) and the Berkeley Street Community Garden (BSCG). This project was developed as a collaboration of artists, activists and community residents: Jeremy Chu, Catherine D'lgnazio, William Ho, Hiroko Kikuchi, Jeremy Liu, Natalie Loveless, and Kim Szeto. An exhibition based on and documenting Sifting the Inner Belt is scheduled for the Mills Gallery from June 17 to July 31, 2005.

We hope you can join us!

For more information about the project, please visit our website at: http://communitygarden.typepad.com

For directions and information to the Boston Center for the Arts, please visit their website at: http://www.bcaonline.org

To contact us, please email: siftingtheinnerbelt "at" yahoo.com

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Lee Walton, "Making Changes"

Glowlab friend Lee Walton has been making a few changes in New York and the surrounding boroughs. Sometimes subtle, others obvious; some private others public; some funny, others simply make you think, "Whoa." Lee makes changes to environments that call attention to the potential of altercation from the normal. The performance displays a multitude of alterations, encouraging others to act themselves and see what changes they can make from their everyday environment. Lee's alterations create pedestrian flow changes that intentionally slow people down. This change of pace causes people to be more observant of their surroundings, which in architectural and planning theory causes pedestrians to be positively colloquial with each other.

The performance is a true Lee Walton act, showing endurance of the artist while doing acts that are not necessarily unfeasible. I encourage everyone to watch the video and make a few changes themselves.

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2004.11.01

100(11 1) instruction works

100(11 1) instruction works is a fast paced "workshop", of sorts, searching to engage contemporary artistic and social dialogues. Anyone can submit an instruction work.
Most works are urban and psychogeographic in nature, including performance, derives and observations. From the look of the documentation, there are a lot of smiles being had, which always a good sign in contemporary work.

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