Representing Place

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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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

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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 20

Posted in artists by Owen on January 20, 2010

Readings for this week:

  • Tim Cresswell, Place: A Short Introduction (2004): Entire book.
  • Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958): Chapter 1.
  • Yi-Fu Tuan, “Place: An Experiential Perspective” in Geographical Review (1975).
  • Steven Feld & Keith Basso, eds., Senses of Place (1996): Chapter 1 (“How to Get from Space to Place in a Fairly Short Stretch of Time” by Edward Casey).

Gordon Matta-Clark Splitting (1974)

Gordon Matta-Clark Splitting, Bingo/Ninths, Substrait (Underground Dailies) (1974-1976) video

Gordon Matta-Clark City Slivers (1976) video

– also see “Food” and “Fake Estates” by Matta-Clark.

Michael Rakowitz, ParaSITE

Michael Rakowitz, Minaret

Do Ho Suh, The Perfect Home II, 2003, translucent nylon, 110 x 240 x 516 inches

Do Ho Suh, Staircase – V, 2003/04/08. Polyester and stainless steel tubes.

Do Ho Suh, Fallen Star (in progress), UCSD Jacobs Building

Olafur Eliasson – The weather project 2003

Kurt Schwitters, Merzbau

Kurt Schwitters

Hans Haacke, Shapolsky et al Manhattan Real Estate Holdings, a Real-Time Social System, as of May 1 1971

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Mattress), plaster, 1991

Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993

Rachel Whiteread, Place (Village), 2006–08, Mixed media: doll’s houses, crates, boxes, wood, electrical fittings and fixtures, electricity.

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