Be Your Own Souvenir

Be Your Own Souvenir project by Blablabla:

“This proposal aims to connect street users, arts and science, linking them to under-laying spaces and their own realities. The installation was enjoyed during two weekends in January 2011 by the tourists, neighbours of La Rambla and citizens of Barcelona, a city that faces a trade-off between identity and gentrification, economic sustainability and economic growth.

This shapes through a technological ritual where the audience is released from established roles in a perspective exchange: spectator-performer, artist-tourist, observer-object. 

The user becomes the producer as well as the consumer through a system that invites him/her to perform as a human statue, with a free personal souvenir as a reward: a small figure of him/herself printed three-dimensionally from a volumetric reconstruction of the person generated by the use of three structured light scanners (kinect).

The project mimics the informal artistic context of this popular street, human sculptures and craftsmen, bringing diverse realities and enabling greater empathy between the agents that cohabit in the public space.”

(Via iGNANT)

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King Philip IV of Spain autograph signing

From “the prank collective” Improv Everywhere: King Philip IV of Spain autograph signing:

“For our latest mission we staged an unauthorized autograph signing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art with an actor who bears a striking resemblance to King Philip IV of Spain. Standing in front of the 400-year-old Velázquez painting, the “King” greeted museum patrons and offered free signed 8×10 photos.”

Highscreen: net art on dying screens

Highscreen, 2011, by Aram Bartholl:

“In this public intervention ‘HIGHSCREEN‘ I revived dumped CRT screen from the streets of Berlin to show Internet art on them before they eventually go to electronic hell. Featured works in this intervention: ‘404’ by JODI 1997, ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ by Evan Roth 2010, ‘therevolvinginternet.com’ by Constant Dullaart 2010, ‘Super Mario Clouds’ by Cory Arcangel 2002″

Sunflower Seeds on Sunflower Seeds

The italian artist group IOCOSE has thrown some real sunflower seeds on Ai Weiwei‘s porcelain ‘Sunflower Seeds’:

“The porcelain seeds, previously exhibited at the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, are now part of a new artwork. The new artwork looks exactly the same as the previous one, as the natural seeds and those made of porcelain are indistinguishable from each other. IOCOSE reclaims the authorship of the new installation and reminds viewers of Ai Weiwei’s previous statement: ‘what you see is not what you see, and what you see is not what it means’.”

Plan C

Ryan Doyle, Eva and Franco Mattes aka 0100101110101101.ORG, Jeff Stark, Todd Chandler, Tod Seelie, and Steve Valdez went on a secret mission. For now, we have just one clue: the Zone…

“In the Summer 2010 a group of six artists who barely knew each other embarked on a journey to Chernobyl, to develop a secretive Plan C. The story is not clear at all, and it will probably never be.

They came from different parts of Europe and the US, and they had an appointment. Nobody knew about their final destination, nobody knew about Plan C. They told friends vague stories about “entering The Zone” and “throwing metal nuts”. They had one thing in common: an obsession for Tarkovsky’s 1979 movie Stalker.

What happened after is still a secret.

Follow http://www.PlanC.cc It will be as close as you’’ll ever get to the truth behind Plan C.”

Trailblazers

‘There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.’
Vannevar Bush, ‘As We May Think’, 1945

TRAILBLAZERS is a live web surf event where you can show off your PRO surfing skills. No keyboard, no google, just pure links! At the event, the participants use a prepared computer with a modified browser: the address bar is removed and each click on a link is tracked by a counter. The goal is to get from one website to an other one by just clicking on links.

[via today and tomorrow]

The artist is present

No one beats Marina Abramovic in creating extremely strong emotional responses through performance.

Here you can find an intense report of the performance “The Artist is Present” at MoMA (NY)…

And here are Marco Anelli’s photos of all the people who sat in front of the artist…

In the photo above:
Ulay, Marina Abramović’s partner from 1975-1988, sits with her during her performance. This was the first time they “performed” together since The Great Wall Walk (1988), when they each walked over 1,200 miles (2,000 km) along the Great Wall of China starting at opposite ends and meeting in the middle to say their goodbye. (The Museum of Modern Art, March 9, 2010 – Photo by Scott Rudd)