Current Reblogger: Chloë Bass

Chloë Bass is an artist, curator and community organizer based in Brooklyn. She is the co-lead organizer for Arts in Bushwick (, which produces the ever-sprawling Bushwick Open Studios, BETA Spaces, and performance festival SITE Fest, which she founded. Recent artistic work has been seen at SCOPE Art Fair, CultureFix, the Bushwick Starr Theater, Figment, and The Last Supper Art Festival, as well as in and around the public spaces of New York City. She has guest lectured at Parsons, the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, and Brooklyn College. Other moments have found her co-cheffing Umami: People + Food, a 90 person private supper club; growing plants with Boswyck Farms (; and curating with architecture gallery SUPERFRONT ( Chloë holds a BA in Theater Studies from Yale University, and an MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College.

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-via Breanne Trammell, of Yves Klein Blue Jeans fame.

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Parfyme's Yellow Ladders

Subtle little yellow instigations: Parfyme's Yellow Ladder System.

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Steinbrener/ Dempf

Steinbrener/ Dempf told people their entry for an art show was public baths. So the men entered through their door, and the women entered through theirs. But instead of changing rooms and baths, they found themselves in the same great hall, but separated from each other by rope swings and a moat.

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Subway Swing

by Caroline Woolard of Our Goods

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Trees Near You, by Brett Camper

Brett Camper may simply have meant to develop a nice little app for finding urban foliage, but he has also managed to create a poignant reminder of just had bad it's got, when you need an app to find a tree.

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Harvard class on Loitering - great concept, good article: Wagging about (with intent)

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Crowd Sourcing Oil-affected Communities

Sara Ann Wylie and Chris Csikszentmihályi are developing web-based tools to help communities affected by the oil industry get informed and take meaningful action.

ExtrAct is a set of mapping and communications technologies for communities impacted by natural gas development. Landman Report Card (LRC) is a system for reporting on and tracking landmen, the
representatives of oil and gas companies that sign mineral and surface lease

The team is also developing News Positioning System, which uses geotagging of news to help small community groups generate
online archives of news about the extraction industry.

As fracking closes in on my wife's hometown, and as the fallout of the latest spill continues, these are timely and important projects.

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Mapping the gulf oil spill with balloons and kites:

This is a very different kind of crowdsourcing to raise awareness of the impact of the extraction industry on U.S. citizens. They're keeping the maps of documentation in the public domain, so there will be a vivid public record, and provide a guide for creating these sorts of weather balloons yourself!

Kind of reminds me of some graffiti I saw in Endicott, NY (near Binghamton):


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Nova Jiang's Archipelago will bring rolling islands to the streets of San Jose as part of the San Jose Biennial.

Since these islands will be constructed with help from the public, I entreat the people of San Jose to think France 1968 + Les Miserables ÷ Reclaim the Streets as they work her islands. Imagine Joe Versus The Volcano stopping traffic. Not just symbolic but in your way! Bottles can carry many kinds of messages...

(also check out Nova's Perilous Paper Airplane Game)

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This is what I mean by Reclaim The Streets:

John Jordan sez: "Imagine: it's a hot summer's day, four lanes of traffic move sluggishly through the grey stinking city haze, and an airhorn pierces the drone of cars. Suddenly several groups of people appear, running out from side streets carrying 20-foot-long scaffolding poles. In a perfectly choreographed acrobatic drill, the scaffolding poles are erected bang in the middle of the road in the form of tripods and people climb to the top, balancing gracefully 20 feet above the tarmac. The road is now blocked to traffic but open to pedestrians. Then that spine-tingling peak experience occurs. Drifting across this extraordinary scene is Louis Armstrongâ's voice singing “What a Wonderful World“ this wondrous sound is coming from an armoured personnel carrier which is now standing in the car-free street. Within minutes thousands of people have filled the road."

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