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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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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

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

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

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on January 28, 2010
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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