A workshop with John Hawke in conjunction with his work for the Re:Group exhibition, will start at Eyebeam with a presentation and discussion on the growing phenomenon of illegal coroplast advertising and the possibilities that might exist within this trend for art interventions.
While graffitti is a form of urban writing that aims to showcase the individuality and identity of the writer, sign interventions start from an opposite direction-- the milieu of business advertising. As such, works that adopt this form may insert messages into the urban visual field at a far more subversive level.
This workshop will start at Eyebeam and following discussion and the construction of participants signs, we will go out as a group to wire the signs to high visibility fencing sites.
These video clips (15 total) are from the Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus Artists' Breakfast public discussion, with artists John Hawke, Steve Lambert, Takashi Kawashima, Christopher Robbins, Giana Gonzalez, and members of The Institute for Infinitely Small Things. Exhibition curators Paul Amitai, Mushon Zer-Aviv, and Jason Jones were also in attendance.
This video is Clip #5: Steve Lambert on telling bad jokes as a form of protest.
Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus proposes that with participation now a dominant paradigm, structuring social interaction, art, activism, the architecture of the city, the internet, and the economy, we are all integrated into participatory structures whether we want to be or not. The exhibition showcases work that subverts existing systems or envisions new alternatives to the ways in which individuals can take part, or choose not to take part, in social and cultural life.
In January 2010 six authors and one programmer were locked in a room in Berlin and were assigned by the Transmediale festival to collaboratively write a book titled "Collaborative Futures".
5 days and 33,000 words later the first incarnation of Collaborative Futures was finished online, and sent off to be printed. 5 months later the original authors together with three new people and will be locked in Berlin and New York to produce the second edition of the same book.
They will be joined by additional guests and contributors who will drop in or contribute remotely on the Booki.cc website.
* We will meet every morning at 9:30am and will write until the sun or our minds sets (the later of the two). * We will use the Booki.cc online software to write, edit and collaborate. * We will edit the existing work, possibly even replacing full chapters.
Christopher Robbins will explore some of the techniques he has encountered creating action- and collaboration- based works over the past ten years.
This workshop will focus on PRA techniques—also known as Participatory Rapid Appraisal / Participatory Learning & Action / Action Research—ways of exploring a community from the varied perspectives of the people in that community, without having to rely on the “Official” perspectives put forth by those who already have a voice.
Techniques we will cover include community mapping, transect walks, and other techniques for getting a foothold in new communities. Bring a digital camera if you got one.
A group of public participants gathered at Eyebeam to learn about the Ushahidi platform, and to learn to use it by starting a map of amenities for homelessness.
The workshop includes an introduction to the purpose and history of the Ushahidi platform, an open source tool that allows rapid mobile input into a collaborative map and database. After installing and setting up an instance of the Ushahidi platform, the group will explore the Eyebeam neighborhood, photographing and geolocating aspects of the city we would notice if we did not have reliable housing. We will use smartphones to map places to find work, places to relax in safety, places to get food and shelter, places to take a family, social services. Participants will brainstorm ideas for using Ushahidi in diverse contexts.
Join The Institute for Infinitely Small Things in a walking expedition and performance lab for Corporate Commands in the Eyebeam neighborhood. As a group, we will collect and discuss corporate commands in public space and choose one for a collaborative performance.
Corporate Commands are instructions from corporations in the imperative - they tell YOU to DO SOMETHING in public space (e.g. "Just Do It", "Have It Your Way").
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things, a performance research troupe, performs corporate commands in public space as literally as possible, carefully logging the results as a research endeavor.
Since 2006, The Ghana Think Tank has been "Developing the First World." Problems collected in the UK and US are sent to a growing network of think tanks in Ghana, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Serbia and Iran. These "Third" World think tanks propose solutions, which are enacted back in the problem-communities, whether the solutions strike us as brilliant or improbable.
On July 8, we invite the general public, and a group of US thinkers and do-ers, to Think Tank the Think Tanks, analyzing the solutions produced so far, brainstorming ways to implement those solutions, and generally examining the Ghana Think Tank process.