PSD Bomb

psdstreet

You’ve been PSD’d! Interesting street art project. (Just in case you’ve forgotten how pervasive photoshopping is in our world.) Definitely enjoy the site-specific nature of this altering.

Tumbarumba

Here’s an interesting art project from turbulence.org:

tumbarumba

Tumbarumba is an add-on for Firefox web browsers. It quietly sits in the background, occasionally inserts a fragment of a story into a webpage that is being viewed. The result is an absurd sentence that is reminiscent of the surrealist exquisite corpse game. If the inserted fragment (we call the fragments “tumbarumbas”) is spotted and clicked upon, the entire story will emerge and eventually take over the page.”

I love projects that deal with disrupting and exposing the workings of the internet (see Mark Napier‘s Shredder or Riot projects), and I think this one is a great idea. I’m just not sure if this one is very successful. I think the digital interruption work is really great, but I think the content and the context are at odds with each other and it’s hard to relate the two.

You can get it from turbulence here.
Tumbarumba was made by Ethan Ham and Benjamin Rosenbaum.
A commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. 2008

Alberto Tadiello

I love electronic/eletric pieces where all of the wiring that is needed to run the thing, and is usually painstakenly hidden (not part of the artwork), is actually incorporated aesthetically into the work itself. In this piece the wiring is just as much part of the aesthetic as the machine. fantastic. would love to see some of his work in person.

theanyspacewhatever

If you are a “tourist” I would stay away from this exhibit, I don’t think you will feel like you got your money’s worth (unless you are a huge Catherine Opie fan, there is also a lot of great work by her on display).  However, the focus of theanyspacewhatever, is a collection of works by artists who “claimed the exhibition as their medium. [..] they eschewed the individual object in favor of the exhibition environment […] ever expanding its physical and temporal parameters.” The artists are Angela Bulloch, Maurizio Cattelan, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Douglas Gordon, Carsten Höller, Pierre Huyghe, Jorge Pardo, Philippe Parreno, and Rirkrit Tiravanija.

The museum is mostly pervaded by emptiness and a kind of subdued dusk almost.  There are many, many empty spaces, literally void corners.  Here and there in different fonts, on walls, at different heights are words, sentences and fragments written, printed and carved.  “If only you were hot or cold. But you are neither hot or cold. I am going to vomit you out of my mouth,” is just one example.  There is a section that is a sound installation, there is section that diverts your normal traversal of the spiral ramp, in the middle under a black sign that says “Deceptionist at Lunch,” you can even get an espresso. (is this part a performance? I wonder.) On the ground floor Pinocchio is laying face down in a lit pool of water, in another spot the floor says in giant black lettering “Are We Evil.”

None of the pieces on their own are very striking, “bad art” even, but for me the whole was more than the sum of it’s parts.  Just like when they had a Mathew Barney exhibit here, I felt like I entered another world, that one filled with baroque opulence, this one was filled with minimal weirdnesses.  A darkened hushed world, a minimal artist carnival, right on the brink of dread, but for now hovering in dreamlike insanity and surrealism full of baffling yet familiar voids.

For me, this was one of the more successful shows I’ve seen at the Guggenheim. That Barney exhibit would be my other front runner. But that was years ago. Maybe I’m just a sucker for site-specific installation art. [I never saw the Cai Guo-Qiang show here, but I did see his work when he was at MassMoCA, so I can imagine it here].

theanyspacewhatever
October 24, 2008–January 7, 2009
Guggenheim Museum, New York
website or a flickr

Truthtag (aka Krystian Czaplicki)

I can’t remember where I first came across this artist but it was way before I had somewhere to post about it. I came across his work again and remembered how fabulous it is. I think I love it so much because it is a cross of some of my favorite types of expression, street art, minimalism and site specific installation. They work together so well, it’s amazing. Check out his portfolio for the full spectrum of his work.

(some more photos here)

For a Brief Time Only

This is an amazing piece of conceptual art, that fully takes advantage of our digital world for it’s execution. I guess technically it’s the exhibition that is conceptual but in my mind that is the art.

Actually, there is no exhibition. There is only a flyer and a url. The exhibition materializes “near you” when requested. How star trek-y of them!

(via referencelibrary)

The Village Pet Store…

and Charcoal Grill!

I was waiting to post about this until I saw it in person. I finally went to the village on Sunday, sought it out especially. Unfortunately, this is what I saw:


too late! oh well. This is was the site of a Banksy site-specific installation.  I’m big fan of his work and I’m sad I missed it.  I will just have to be content watching this video (apparently photos do not do it justice, hence my need to see it in person):

well, I’m sure it was good! (video via woostercollective)

be sure to check out the official website:
http://thevillagepetstoreandcharcoalgrill.com

The Unfinished Swan

Came across this very interesting “blank” video game. I will have to play it to truly judge it gameness – fun, engaging, and interactive quotient – but as a concept it certainly looks very interesting. I like how it deconstructs the usual elements needed for a video game. It’s very minimal and visually engaging. (via — so many places it’s hard to know — let’s say swissmiss)