Representing Place

Artists for discussion: April 15

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on April 14, 2010


iSee

Nato Thompson

Matthew Coolidge (CLUI)


ARTISODE 2.1 Matthew Coolidge and The Center for Land Use Interpretation


CLUI: Tour of the Urban Oilscape of Los Angeles (Part 1)


CLUI: Terminal Island Tour Part 1


CLUI: Terminal Island Tour Part 2


John Welchman
http://visarts.ucsd.edu/user/view/52
http://www.artbook.com/3905770555.html
http://www.artbook.com/3905701650.html

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Artists for discussion: April 7

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on April 6, 2010

For the first class of the final unit, on place-situated art, we’ll be discussing readings by Kwon, Suderburg, and Rogoff. These are the first three readings in the Unit V section under the Readings tab in Blackboard. For April 14, we’ll be reading the one other reading currently on Blackboard (by John Welchman) plus two other readings that haven’t yet been posted plus selections from the Thompson Experimental Geography book.

WEEK 1

  • Miwon Kwon, One Place after Another (2004): “Sitings of Public Art.”
  • Erika Suderburg, ed., Space, Site, Intervention (2000): Chapter Erika Suderburg (“Written on the West”).
  • Rogoff, Irit – Mapping in Terra Infirma (2000)

WEEK 2

  • Nato Thompson, Experimental Geography (2008): “Rich in Reference” by Jeffrey Kastner, “Landscape is a Metaphor” by Matthew Coolidge, “Research and Development” by Iain Kerr, & “We Are the City” by Damon Rich.
  • Matthew Coolidge, “The Trans-Alaska Pipeline” in Artforum (2008).
  • Andrea Robbins & Max Becher, The Transportation of Place (2006): Excerpts TBD.
  • Erika Suderburg, ed., Space, Site, Intervention (2000): Chapter by John Welchman (“Public Art and the Spectacle of Money”)

Artists for the April 7 class

Simon Patterson, The Grear Bear

Mona Hatoum, Present Tense

Joshua Neustein, Nature Morte

Houston Conwill, The New Cakewalk Manifesto: A Cultural Libation (1989)

White People Can Dance!!! a brief segment of the brilliant “Funk Lessons” by Adrian Piper, as shown at Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More information here
http://www.artforum.com/film/id=24753

Richard Serra, Titled Arc
http://www.sfmoma.org/multimedia/videos/90

Michael Asher, Untitled Document

Andrea Fraser

Michael Heizer, Double Negative

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An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men

Posted in artists by Owen on April 3, 2010

The Yes Men are activists and self-professed anti-corporate hoaxers who expose the world’s biggest criminals. They create fake websites that are similar to the corporations or peoples they wish to spoof and then they are accidentally invited to make public appearances as their personas. When they make appearances, they tend to make satirical and shocking comments that they believe expose the true intent of the organization they are targeting. Many times, people don’t even realize that they have been involved in the hoax and fake news stories are run about possible disaster scenarios.

One of The Yes Men’s most famous hoaxes involve creating a fake website entitled http://www.gwbush.com during the 2000 elections, which caused the future president to say that the site had gone too far in its criticisms of him and “there ought to be limits on freedom”. They also notoriously posed as members of the World Trade Organization by creating a fake website. When they were contacted to appear for a group of distinguished individuals, they did so. During that presentation they encouraged corporations to buy votes directly from citizens and unveiled a gold spandex bodysuit that they claimed would increase productivity by tracking employees through sensors in the suit. They’ve posed as members of Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, the United States Department of Housing and Development after Hurricane Katrina, and many other groups.

Their antics have lead to a film called The Yes Men, a documentary called Info Wars, and a book entitled The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization. The two frontmen for the group, under the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, premiered The Yes Men Fix the World at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and launched their own online video channel, Babelgum.

The Yes Men will be speaking at Club Downunder about their antics and successes as activists and hoaxers while using a multimedia presentation featuring props and clips from their new and classic antics. This event is co-sponsored between Center for Participant Education and Union Productions and provided by Evil Twin Booking.

Tues. April 6: An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men
Club Downunder // doors 8:30PM, show 9:30PM
Free for FSU students
GP $5
18+

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Denis Wood visit and lecture

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on March 29, 2010

Denis Wood is one of the world’s leading scholars researching the link between cartographic and artistic design and is the author of several books including “The Power of Maps” and “Making Maps: A Visual Guide to Map Design for GIS.”  His talk on Friday will focus in particular on the historic and conceptual links between, on the one hand, academic research in spatial cognition, behavioral geography, and perceptions of place and, on the other hand, artistic movements of the 1960s and 1970s that sought to capture (and intervene in) the process of moving through the urban landscape.  This talk will be held at the usual colloquium TimeSpace (2:30 in Bellamy 116).

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Eve Ingalls at SOHO20

Posted in artists by Owen on March 17, 2010
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El Anatsui in Chelsea

Posted in artists by Owen on March 10, 2010

Jack Shainman Gallery Chelsea 513 West 20th Street

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Michael Rakowitz lecture: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Posted in artists by Owen on March 1, 2010
Michael Rakowitz artist lecture
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
7:00 pm, FAB 249

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist based in Chicago and New York CIty. In 1998 he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Lombard-Freid Projects in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Stadtturmgalerie/Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, “Return,” was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for “Dark Turquoise,” a collaboration with artist Emna Zghal; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. Upcoming solo shows include the Tate Modern in London in 2010 . Rakowitz is an Associate Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.
http://michaelrakowitz.com/category/projects/
http://www.lombard-freid.com/artist_right.php?artist_id=11

All lectures are in the FIne Arts Building, Room 249 at 7 pm.
530 Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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Artists from discussion: Feb 24

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on February 24, 2010

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (excerpt) by Matt McCormick, narrated by Miranda July

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? by Errol Morris, NYT. September 25, 2007.
A three-part series at NYT about how the canon balls came to be on the road in Roger Fenton’s, “Valley of The Shadow of Death.”
Fenton, Roger. Valley of The Shadow of Death. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Fenton, Roger. Valley of The Shadow of Death. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Ingrid Calame

Posted in student presentations by joshmehler on February 17, 2010

#231 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ)

From #231 Drawing (Tracings up to the L.A. River placed in the Clark Telescope Dome, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ)

Ingrid Calame is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work attempts to document “the lowly visual remains of human activity” by tracing everyday marks of human presence (Harmon 106).  In the examples shown here, Calame has traced the marks found in the Los Angeles river bed—including graffiti, stains, and other human marks—and has then overlaid tracings that record the regularized physical movements of people who work in the observatory. Calame has also done extensive tracings of skid marks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and areas of the trading floor at the New York Stock Exchange. In all her work is an awareness of the passing through of human activity, driven by a desire to record human presence. At the same time, however, her work emphasizes the difficulty of capturing that human presence in various spaces.

My question then is: does this work fit in with a definition of “map”? Do these works count as “maps”?

Yes: Katharine Harmon seems to think so; she argues that Calame’s work fits into a definition of maps as “simplified representations of the Earth’s surface or depictions of relationships between the components of a space” and that it “documents the relationship between humans and their environments” (106).  Might Calame’s work also fit under the heading of “new cartography” that Deleuze has observed? That is: “a mode of spatial thinking that sought not to trace out representations of the real, but to construct mappings that refigure relations in ways that render alternate epistemologies and very different ways of world making” (Cobarrubias and Pickles 40)?

No: The artist herself claims that she does not see her work as “maps” but, regardless, it does arise from a “cartographic desire to know the world.” So should we then define a “map” as any document or work of art that arises from this similar desire? How is a “cartographic” desire different from any other desire to know the world?

Images for discussion: Feb 10

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on February 9, 2010

First, read three introductions to art and cartography

  • C. D’Ignazio, “Cartography and Art” in the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography
  • Denis Wood, “Map Art” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 5-14)
  • Dalia Varanka “Interpreting Map Art” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 15-23)

Then, read three essays by (or about) artists who work with cartographic art

  • kanarinka, “Art Machines” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 24-40)
  • John Krygier, “Jake Barton’s Performance Maps” in Cartographic Perspectives (pp. 41-50)

Also, during this class session students will give brief statements about what they plan to do for their Unit III projects/papers.

White People Can Dance!!! a brief segment of the brilliant “Funk Lessons” by Adrian Piper, as shown at Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More information here
http://www.artforum.com/film/id=24753

Mona Hatoum, Map, 1998
glass marbles, Basel.

Bukhara (red and white)«, 2008 by Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz, Paisaje urbano Tijuana, ca. 2006, Teddy Cruz

Teddy Cruz

Javier Tellez, One Flew Over the Void (Bala perdida), inSite 05. Photo: Alfredo De Stefano, courtesy inSite 05

William H. Whyte, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

Andy Warhol, Map of Eastern U.S.S.R. Missile Bases, 1985 – 1986

Hellen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison, Peninsula Europe: The Rising of waters, the trajectory of drought, 2007.

Swoon

Walid Raad and The Atlas Group, My Neck Is Thinner Than a Hair (plate 2-7-88S), 2004, inkjet print, 20 X 25 cm (courtesy of The Atlas Group / Sfeir Semler Galerie / Anthony Reynolds Gallery; photo © Walid Raad).

Walid Raad and The Atlas Group, Already Been in a Lake of Fire (plates 57 and 58), 2004, inkjet print, 30 X 40 cm (courtesy of The Atlas Group / Sfeir Semler Galerie / Anthony Reynolds Gallery; photo © Walid Raad)

One Block Radius by Glowlab