August 28 - October 13, 2007
Contemporary artists explore the social and political ramifications of identity. What we think about when we contemplate our corporeal selves, and what others assume about our identity based on their observations, make for unpredictable and fertile territory, out of which can spring myriad allusions and interpretations, including this exhibition.
Coke Wisdom O'Neal
August 28 - October 13, 2007
echelon: who is watching you?
curated by Miguel Cortez
3 - September 1, 2007
"One cannot use spies without sagacity and knowledge, one cannot use spies without humanity and justice" - Sun Tzu
"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourself—anything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face… was itself a punishable offense."- George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 5
US surveillance began centuries ago with the concept of slave passes, which allowed slave-owners to monitor and control the mobility of their "chattel." Yet the slave pass system was sometimes subverted by the rare slaves who could write, such as Frederick Douglass. These literate slaves could create their own passes and might thus gain freedom for themselves and other slaves. Trafficking in passes and "free papers" soon became a burgeoning business, one that the slave system grappled with for nearly two centuries.
From slaves, the history of surveillance next turns to the infamous Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which restricted Chinese immigration to the United States. All Chinese laborers were forced to register with the government and subject themselves to being photographed and fingerprinted. A whole apparatus of surveillance was created.In the 1920s, government surveillance spread to political radicals, especially workers trying to organize union activity. J. Edgar Hoover headed this government surveillance unit which would later become the FBI. As the 20th century advanced, computer technology proved a powerful enhancement to the regime of surveillance. This allowed most devices and databases to be monitored and evaluated, including automobiles, Your car can be tracked by GPS, and your spending habits can be gleaned from accessing your credit card records. Internet and email are monitored in the workplace and cameras are just about everywhere.For this show artists will explore the history of surveillance and how this affects us at this present time. They will in turn create work dealing with this theme which will include 2D work, installation, and new media.
Drew Browning and Annette Barbier
Learning To Love You More / LTLYM is best described as a chameleonic cat with nine lives. Here, all tastes are catered for: it is a website and an art project, a series of exhibitions and do-it-yourself assignments. It is image, text, and sound; it is film, photography, and performance. And most important of all, it is accessible to anyone who wants to contribute to it.
Five years ago, in 2002, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher initiated learningtoloveyoumore.com
On this website, the two American artists formulate creative commonplace assignments that can be carried out and sent in by everyone. Examples of assignments are: #1 make a child’s outfit in an adult size, #16 make a paper replica of your bed, #27 take a picture of the sun, #32 draw a scene from a movie that made you cry, #48 make the saddest song, or #58 record the sound that is keeping you awake at night.
Call for Performances -
The Empty Lot Performance Project
October 6-7, 2007In celebration and examination of urban development and growth, the Empty Lot Performance Project is a festival taking place in vacant lots, parking lots, green spaces, and other unused spaces around Chicago on October 6-7, 2007.
The festival is curated by pretty blue sky, an interdisciplinary arts organization. We are now accepting submissions for performances of all themes and lengths to take place during the festival.Works should consider the venue, but there is no particular style, duration, or theme restriction.
To submit a proposal, please email your name, contact information, a description of the project, and images of previous work to emptylot_at_prettybluesky.com.
The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2007.
Notification will be around August 31.
For more information, please visit www.prettybluesky.com/emptylot.html
Etichette: The Empty Lot Performance Project
CarsCounting Cars is an interface Web site and consulting station which connects Manhattan traffic cams to local New York RSS Internet news of the moment via the vernacular consultation practice of “counting crows.”
Etichette: conflux festival
Maine Center for Creativity
On Friday, August 24 from 8:00 to 9:00pm, artist, Raphael DiLuzio, will be creating intriguing video images, best described as "video paintings" which will be projected by a 12, 000 lumens projector and stand approximately 63 feet wide by 36 feet high on the front side of the Cousins Island Power Plant.