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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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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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Media Studies: Experimental Geography Reading List

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on February 7, 2010

Media Studies: Experimental Geography Reading List
By Marisa Olson

I just came across this list of essential experimental geography readings on the Rhizome website via Critical Spatial Practice. Lots of overlap with our materials, but there are plenty of additional readings that may interest you guys.

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Wendy Babcox artist lecture

Posted in artists by Owen on February 3, 2010

The FSU Visiting Artist Lecture Series invites you to attend:

FSU Visiting Artists Series featuring Wendy Babcox
Thursday, February 4, 2010
7:00 – 8:00pm
Room 249, Fine Arts Building: 530 E Call Street St.,Tallahassee, FL

Wendy Babcox is a British interdisciplinary artist who received her BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MFA from the University of Florida where she received a Presidential Fellowship. She now teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, video, installation and performance and has received two public art commissions. She draws upon interrelatedness of site, place and contemporary in her recent works, calling upon the imagery of animals, tourist attractions and acts of female transgression.

Projects bave been exhibited and performed nationally and internationally in places such as the Bronx Museum the Kitchen and Exit Art in New York, The Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College in Chicago, the Transmodern Age Festival in Baltimore, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami the International Center of Bethlehem, Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem and in Russia, New Zealand, Mexico, Columbia and Peru.

www.wendybabcox.com

Images for discussion: Jan 27

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on January 25, 2010

Readings for this week:

  • Jean Baudrillard, Selected Writings (1988): “Simulacra and Simulations.”
  • Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational Aesthetics (2002): “Relational Form.”
  • Nigel Thrift, Non-Representational Theories (2007): “Life, But Not as We Know It.”
  • Catherine Nash, “Performativity in Practice” in Progress in Human Geography (2000).
  • Allan Sekula, Photography against the Grain (1983): “Introduction.”
René Magritte, The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images, 1928–29)

Duane Hanson, Tourists II, 1988, fibreglass and mixed media, with accessories, life size

Duane Hanson, Queenie II, 1988, polychromed bronze, with accessories, life size

Duane Hanson, Traveller, 1988, autobody filler, fibreglass and mixed media with accessories, life size
Maurizio Cattelan, The Ninth Hour

Maurizio Cattelan, Frank and Jamie, 2002

Maurizio Cattelan, Not Afraid of Love, 2000


Maurizio Cattelan, Him

Courtney Smith, Paraparquetry, 2005

Anthony McCall

Guillaume Leblon

James Turrell

Vito Acconci, Undertone 1972 (extract)

Vito Acconci – Seedbed (1972)

Wochenklausur, Shelter for Drug-Addicted Women, 1994

Suzanne Lacy, Julio Morales and Unique Holland, with Kim Batiste, Raul Cabra, Patrick Toebe, David Goldberg, and Anne Maria Hardeman, The Oakland Projects, (Oakland, 1998-2000)

Peter Greenaway, A Walk Through H. The Reincarnation of an Ornithologist, 1978

Gabriel Orozco

Images for discussion: Jan 13

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on January 13, 2010

Readings for this week:

  • Barney Warf & Santa Arias, eds., The Spatial Turn (2009): Chapter 1 (“Introduction” by Warf & Arias) and Chapter 4 (“From Surfaces to Networks” by Warf).
  • Michel DeCerteau, The Practice of Everyday Life (1984): Part III (“Spatial Practices” – Chpts. 7, 8, & 9).
  • Nato Thompson, ed., Experimental Geography (2008): “In Two Directions” by Thompson and “Experimental Geography” by Trevor Paglen.

Trevor Paglen The Other Night Sky, and “Blank Spots on the Map” (all books)


It takes 154,000 Breaths to Evacuate Boston by Kanarinka
http://www.ikatun.org/kanarinka/it-takes-154000-breaths-to-evacuate-boston/


(left) Constant Nieuwenhuys, Symbolische voorstelling van New Babylon, 1969
(right) Constant Nieuwenhuys, New Babylon Nord, 1971 (detail)


Ashley Hunt A World Map: in Which We See…


REPOhistory
Lower Manhattan Sign Project


Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion map (animation)


Ellen Rothenberg, Stealth



Francis Alÿs (top) When Faith Moves Mountains (2002) and (bottom) Sometimes Doing Something Poetic Can Become Political and Sometimes Doing Something Political Can Become Poetic (2005)

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