The de/Rastra oscillographic synthesizer is a real-time audio/video instrument and computer-interfacing device that allows a performer to generate visualizations intrinsic tocathode ray tube technology while simultaneously creating the acoustic analog of the displayed imagery.


Blitz, a performance by Marcello Maloberti for MACRO (Museum of Contemporary Art Rome).


Punishment is a new series of works by Julius von Bismarck:

“The title of the exhibition points to a pre-Christian legend that says that the Achaemenid King and Egyptian Pharaoh Xerxes had the strait at Hellespont punished with 300 lashes, after bridges that had been built on his order were destroyed by a storm shortly after construction.
Julius von Bismarck took up this anger allegorically for his new series of works. From October to December 2011 he went on a journey through Switzerland, South America and the United States armed with a whip.  At impressive locations he plays with the rhetorical power of this traditional retaliation, whipping nature, defying its power, until he is exhausted. In a contemporary context, he thus rebels against socialization and, as a modern Sisyphus, questions value patterns which are conveyed to people today by societal constructs and authorities.”

Pussy Riot strikes back

“Feisty anti-Kremlin activists — the ones that terrorized the Red Square with purple smoke bombs and an illegal performance of their hardcore tune Putin Pissed Himself – strike again! Pussy Riot crashed Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour with their new anthem Virgin, Exorcise Putin! and its catchy chorus of “Holy shit, shit, shit/Holy shit, shit, shit.” Watch the video as they trash around and get dragged out by security and Russian nuns.”

[via animalny]

We Live in Public

I just stumbled upon the story of Josh Harris. How did I miss this until now???

“Josh Harris is the founder of Jupiter Communications and The dot-com pioneer dreamed up legendary art project Quiet: We Live in Public, a late ’90s spycam experiment that placed more than 100 artists in a “human terrarium” under New York City, with webcams capturing their every move. It ended badly, and Harris’ personal life later took a dive when he tried a similarly intimate stunt in his own loft. ”

Here’s a documentary.

The Antics Roadshow

The Antics Roadshow is an hour-long special made by Banksy charting the history of behaving badly in public, from anarchists and activists to attention seeking eccentrics.
Contributors include Michael Fagan talking about breaking into the Queen’s bedroom: ‘I looked into her eyes, they were dark’; and Noel Godin, who pioneered attacking celebrities with custard pies: ‘Instead of a bullet I give them a cake’.
Explaining his reasoning behind the show, Banksy said: ‘Basically I just thought it was a good name for a TV programme and I’ve been working back from there’.
Narrated by Kathy Burke and produced by Jamie D’cruz, The Antics Roadshow examines the stories behind some of the most audacious stunts of recent times and what motivates the perpetrators, from mindless boredom to heartfelt political beliefs.
It includes a world exclusive first interview with the man responsible for putting the turf Mohican on Winston Churchill’s head.

Storie di gente distesa. E di teste nel freezer

I memes non sono soltanto gif animate, personaggi bizzarri ed espressioni vernacolari. A volte, gli elementi replicanti prendono la forma del “comportamento”, dell’azione insensata, inutile e improduttiva. Qualcuno dà il via alle danze e milioni di persone seguono il suo esempio, replicando il comportamento iniziale secondo infinite varianti. L’azione viene reinterpretata, coverizzata, stravolta e ricopiata. Spostata di contesto, mescolata con nuovi elementi, reinventata.
Per chi ha un po’ di confidenza con l’arte contemporanea, non è difficile riconoscere in queste azioni il DNA di molte correnti artistiche fondamentali del secondo Novecento, come la performance art e l’arte concettuale. La performance come atto spontaneo, non teatrale e dis-funzionale. L’arte concettuale per la centralità accordata all’idea e alla sua formalizzazione in un set di “istruzioni”. Istruzioni eseguibili da chiunque.

Qualche esempio di comportamento / performance virale?

Planking, ossia sdràiati a pancia sotto nei luoghi più impensati, fatti una foto, mettila su Facebook. Di origine australiana.

Tag 241543903, ossia metti la testa nel freezer, fatti una foto, caricala su Flickr e aggiungi un tag numerico.

In questo caso, la commistione con l’arte è ancora più evidente. L’iniziatore del “gioco” è infatti David Horvitz, artista concettuale doc, che nell’aprile 2009 postò sul suo Tumblr una serie di “istruzioni” come parte di un progetto più ampio che cita famose opere degli anni Sessanta e Settanta (basta pensare agli instruction pieces di Yoko Ono).

Il prossimo quale sarà? E’ già arrivato, si chiama Owling…

P.S. nel freezer la testa ce l’ho messa anche io :-)