Océane Buxton, Still from Saint-Madamette of Los Angeles Chapter 2, 2021.“The artists propose allegorical subversions to oppressive systems through a kind of propositional queering. Connecting these works are themes of identity, satire and costuming which foster a sense of liberty across the circuits of capitalism and production.”– Marissa Sean Cruz, CuratorFRUIT LOOPS: Video Art Live Screening
curated by Marissa Sean Cruz
Thursday, January 27th, 8PM ASTLive Stream LinkCuratorial Statement
Marissa Sean Cruz, 3:42

 S(HE) WOLF
Alisson Escobar, 2019. 3:25 

 Taking is too easy, but that’s the way it is (Dance Dance, Revolution?)
Alvin Luong, 2016. 1:55

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Amy Lockhart, 2018. 2:21

Fruit Jus
Arjun Lal, 2021. 1:12

Who Do You Think You Are, I Am
Bridget Moser, 2019. 6mins 20secs. 

Undefined Figure,
Claire Hunter, 2022. 11:04

Abra
Hiba Ali, 2018. 4:59

Welcome to the Alter-Ego Citadel
KanikaxX, 2020. 14:22

Saint-Madamette of Los Angeles
Océane Buxton, 2021. Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, 14:14More information about the artists and featured works can be found on our website.

About The CuratorMarissa Sean Cruz is a digital multimedia and video performance artist from Kjipuktuk (so-called Halifax). Their experimental videos use 3D modelling, sound design and costumed performances to study identity and value systems. Remixes of pop culture and commercialized products are synthesized creating alternative narratives. These humorous works aim to process a fast-paced contemporary present and envision possible, utopian futures.
 Marissa Sean Cruz (b. 1996) has been displayed in venues like Xpace, Studio 303, Gallery 1C03, Galerie VAV Gallery and Struts Gallery and Faucet Media Centre. Cruz’s various projects have been displayed throughout the United States and distributed digitally through spaces like the Centre for Art and Thought, Canadian Art, Video Pool Media Arts Centre, Public Parking and more.For more information visit:

Struts Gallery
7 Lorne Street, Sackville, NB, E4L 3Z6 • 506-536-1211
info@strutsgallery.ca
www.strutsgallery.ca

TEXT Instructions for the world:

Text based prompts, interventions, and multiples

Jon Sasaki

Napkins (Materials Safety Data Sheet)

2011, Multiple, paper serviettes printed with one of three colours of ink. 5″ x 5″

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A Clock Set to 24 Hours Into The Future

2014-2015, public artwork for Sheridan College’s Temporary Contemporary, Trafalgar Campus, Oakville Ontario.

“Unlike most campus clocks, this one has been set 24 hours fast, always displaying “tomorrow’s time.” Of course, on a four-numeral digital clock, tomorrow’s time appears indistinguishable from “today’s time,” and therein lies a small bit of levity that is intended to open up a range of poetic interpretations.”

“A clock tower running 24 hours fast is in fact practical and functional in the present, but serves also as an aspirational signpost pointing towards the idea of tomorrow.” From his site Jon Sasaki

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(the accompanying didactic panel)

An Obsolete Calendar Towel Embroidered with an Identical, Future Calendar Year,
1970/2065, 1982/2049, 1976/2032 and 1969/2042

2012, ongoing, embroidered found vintage textiles, each approx. 17″ x 28″.

In an ongoing series, obsolete calendar towels have been embroidered with the date of an identical, future calendar year. Beyond giving the discarded object a renewed relevance, it proposes a disturbingly banal vision of the future… that decades from now we will still be pining for some vague 19th century inspired nostalgia… covered bridges, copper kettles, cast iron stoves and millponds… images that were anachronistic wishful fictions even at the time the calendars were first printed.From his site Jon Sasaki

Please Don’t Take This 1000 Yen

2013, intervention in the neighbourhood of Konohana, Osaka Japan.

Upon arriving in Osaka, I observed hundreds of bicycles that had either flimsy locks, or no locks at all to secure them. I surmised there was some sort of honor system in play, and decided to test it a little. The results were surprising to me.

Four signs were placed around the neighbourhood early one morning, asking residents to please not take the 1000 Yen bill attached to it.

Two of the signs remained untouched until I retrieved them late that night. One sign disappeared mid-afternoon, although it probably had something to do with it being posted on the city’s bulletin board without permission. The fourth sign disappeared late in the day, which still impressed me. It turns out it was taken by a random, concerned neighbour who wanted to safeguard it. She did some sleuthing, somehow correctly guessed the restaurant I would be visiting later that night, and returned it (along with the 1000 Yen of course) a few hours before I arrived.

Lee Walton

Momentary Performances

On his website, Lee Walton writes: “For Momentary Performances (2008-2010), I used vinyl text on city walls to announce ordinary moments that will take place. These texts are installed throughout the city weeks prior to each performance. Nearly 20 of these public works took place in Minnesota and Atlanta.

After acting out the script exactly on schedule, actors casually disappear into the city as if completely unaware of the descriptive text. Unexpected public is left to wonder about the reality of the serendipitous occurrence.”

Experiential Project:

The Experiential Project

Art in General, Project Space, 2005

These postcards became the access points for experiential interactions with shop owners, bars, barber shops, sandwich cafes, boxing clubs, and hidden city spaces. When a participant located the hidden starting point, an orchestrated experience unfolded. Participants become performers as more instructions and prompts are discovered embedded  throughout each journey.

CLUSTERFUCK ESTHETICS
“Lee Walton’s “Experimental Project” at Art in General is a sort of walking cacophony. It consists of a packet of cards, each with brief instructions that set you off on a situationist drift or do-it-yourself performance. A few weeks ago, one card sent you to a marvelous Asian store on Lafayette Street, where you were instructed to look “inside large music book on the top shelf.” A slip of paper then directed you to buy a lottery ticket and take it to a parking lot where you were sent to an OTB parlor and then led to a Chinese cardiologist and so on. This week’s instructions read, “Nancy Whiskey Pub. Lispenard at West Broadway. Inside pocket of red jacket.”

by Jerry Saltz

WRITE: Due in Wednesday’s class to present

Multiple by Maurizio Nanuci
Best known for his large neon installations, Italian artist Maurizio Nannucci has been producing artists’ books, records and multiples for over forty years. As a publisher, he has produced works by James Lee Byars, Fluxus, Michael Snow and many others From the artist books and multiples blogspot by DAVE DYMENT

You will be assigned one of the artists below. Post 2 examples (image and description) of great text based works – look for instructions, scores, prompts, advertised events, and multiples that use text in a conceptual way.

Describe the artist’s general approach in their broader practice, along with why you like the works selected – how do these objects work in the world? How is the artist’s use of language different from other forms of public text? How do they use materials, fonts, and other formal decisions to activate the text?

You will have 3-4 minutes MAX to present the two works to class.

Adrian Piper

Adam Chodzcho

Michael Drebert

George Brecht

Yoko Ono

David Horvitz

Jonathan Monk

Mendi and Kieth Obadike

Janice Kerbel

Erika Rothenberg

Scott King

Hiba Abdullah

Jenny Holzer

Miranda July

Fiona Banner

WEDNESDAY:

Give short presentations

Assign Text piece

ASSIGNMENT:

Instructions for the world:

Text based prompts, interventions, and multiples

DETAILS TBD in next class.

Make an artist multiple that centres text as a main element – the text should be employed conceptually – you may use it to:

-Give prompts, propose uncommon actions

-Provide instructions for absurd or unexpected things

-Trick the viewer in a pro-social way

-Make minor sentiments majorly declarative

-Document a banal, ephemeral thing in an important or permanent manner

-Play with an awareness of fonts, styles, and with text as a material, or an abstraction

– Subvert the intentions of found text

-Give voice in public to something not usually spoken in public

-Consider some of the strategies empoloyed by the artists discussed in class

etc…

You will be able to use 13×9″ high quality paper to make an edition or a series of postcards, a poster or other paper based ephemera. Nathan will complete the printing for you in studio – deadlines to be discussed in class.

Works must be properly finished to a professional level – and documented in an appropriate context to show the intended manner of circulation/presentation of the work.

You may also choose to make a T-shirt, hat, a magnet, a mug – or other printed ephemera that you will need to find and have printed on your own and in time – in order to document the work and present it in class for final critique.

NEXT WEEK MONDAY: Post a proposal drawing/ideas, we will discuss in class, along with a publishing/design demo

VIDEO ART ABOUT OUR PARENTS:

Adad Hannah

Dad and David Visiting

2010, Video, 7 min 22s. Edition of 5.

Dad and David Visiting was produced while my father and his boyfriend were visiting us from San Francisco. They were sleeping on a mattress on our floor. When I was walking past them one morning I realized the beauty of the scene and grabbed my camera.

From Adad Hannah’s website

Michele Pearson Clarke

“Parade of Champions” (2015) explores the grief experiences of three black queer people, following the deaths of their mothers. Although grief is borne from loss of any kind, for an adult child, a mother’s death is incomparable. As universal and inevitable as it might be, this suffering is complicated by the restriction on mourning in our culture. Grief upsets us. It makes us uncomfortable. The bereaved are expected to mourn in private or at the very most, publicly for a short period only. For black queers, already unseen and othered, grieving a mother’s death requires a further pushing back against notions of disposability and invisibility.

Drawing on my own experience after my mother’s death in 2011, Parade of Champions centres this black queer counter-narrative in creating a poetic encounter with loss. Employing still video portraits and audio interviews, this immersive three-channel installation invites viewers to bear witness to this black queer grief. From https://vimeo.com/148414120

Mom and Dad

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Mom and Dad, 1994, Silver dye bleach prints (triptych), 24 x 19 7/8′ each

“In Mom and Dad (1994), Antoni made up each of her parents in the guise of the other, photographing them together in three different permutations with either one or both of them costumed in this way.”

Momme

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Momme, 1995, C-print, 35 x 29 1/3′

“For the 1995 photograph Momme, Antoni hid under her mother’s dress, her own adult body bulging like a pregnant belly.”

Gillian Wearing: 2 into 1 LINK

The short video projection 2 into 1 (1997) features a mother and her two sons, one generation lip-synching the dubbed words of the other. It is hypnotically disturbing to watch a pair of 10-year-old twins take turns speaking their mother’s exasperated love for them. “I think Lawrence is absolutely adorable, he’s gorgeous, I love every inch of him,” Lawrence says, in a slightly raspy woman’s voice. “But he’s got a terrible temper.” Halfhearted affirmations of self-esteem also figure in the mother’s monologue, along with deep fatigue, all sounding precociously sympathetic–if not a touch demonic–coming from her children’s lips. Equally unnerving is the mother’s mimed recitation, heard in the soft, clear voices of clever preadolescent boys, of her sons’ accounts of her. We hear their criticism of her driving (“too slow”) and clothes (“she doesn’t dress too well”), and their complaint that she goes out to clubs too much (slightly disheveled and obviously anxious, she looks like she could use the break). For their part, the boys, baby-faced and natty but incipiently loutish, are hardly ingratiating. A dazzlingly deft expression of the complex pushes and pulls in the mother-son relationship, 2 into 1 is an even more concise articulation of the triangulated relationship between artist, subject and viewer. Treating emotional truth as if it were the coin under the three fast-shuffled cups of a sidewalk con artist, this video pictures the circulation of meaning as a kind of vaudeville act, fast, funny and a little cruel.

Basil AlZeri

Basil AlZeri is a Palestian artist based in Toronto working in performance, video, installation, food, and public art interventions/projects. His work is grounded in his practice as an art educator and community worker. He explores the intersections between the quotidian and art, and strives for interactions with the public, using social interactions and exchanges to create gestures of generosity.

AlZeri’s performance work has been shown across the Americas.

The Mobile Kitchen Lab

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With The Mobile Kitchen Lab (2010 – present), AlZeri performs simple and generous gestures, inviting his guests to identify the Palestinian stories of land, resources and labour that are built into his recipes.

Initiated in 2010, his durational performances feature live projected instructions provided by his mother, Suad, via Skype.

Hear a radio interview on the project here.

Patty Chang

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“Exploring the darker side of femininity and socially constructed notions of desire, Patty Chang often takes a corporeal, visceral approach to performance, an art form that underlies her work in video and photography. Like female pioneers of performance in the 1970s, such as Marina Abramovic, Eleanor Antin, and Hannah Wilke, Chang uses her body to address issues of the objectification of women and their representation in art history and popular culture. Chang’s work is often inflected with humor and often pushes commercial and popular female stereotypes to their extreme. In the photograph Melons(1998), for example, she uses cantaloupes as prosthetic breasts. How consumption and desire are inscribed upon the female body is addressed in Chang’s art, but equally so is a woman’s own desire of self.https://www.youtube.com/embed/P4HfEh-kT4c?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

Much as Janine Antoni, Sally Mann, and Gillian Wearing have explored the sexuality and conflicts inherent to the parent-child relationship, Chang examines the territory of the primal, parental connection in her work In Love (2001). In this dual-channel video, two separate scenes of the artist with a parent are juxtaposed. Chang faces her mother and, in the adjacent frame, appears face–to–face with her father. Simultaneously both images show the artist’s and respective parent’s faces pressed together in what at first appears to be a deep kiss. Gradually it becomes evident that the video is running in reverse time, and that they share not a kiss but rather an onion from which they both eat. They bite into it slowly, pausing as they take turns offering it to each other, as if it suggests the proverbial, forbidden fruit. Parent and child swallow before they take additional bites, blinking hard to hold back tears from the onion’s sharpness and pungency. However, in the video’s reversal of time, the onion is reconstituted and the tears disappear—wholeness is thus regained.”

Text from the Guggenheim

Every five years, artist Ragnar Kjartansson asks his mother to spit on him for several minutes in front of a camera. The Icelandic mother and son here discuss the fascinating performance, which Kjartansson argues has become “like a part of our family life.”

In 2000, Kjartansson asked his mother if she wanted to spit on him for a video project, which she immediately accepted without any further need for convincing. While spitting, Guðrún Ásmundsdóttir, imagines that her son is one of the businessmen that got Iceland into the financial crash. “When I feel that spit it never feels violent or something, she is just helping her son to do an art piece” Ragnar says, and goes on, “There has always been a lot of friendship in our relationship.”

Kjartansson furthermore explains that both of his parents were “militant feminists”, and that there are feminist undercurrents in his work, such as the spitting echoing how women got ‘a voice’ and were able to ‘spit’: “Being raised by an actor, you start to understand these emotional tools that actors – and directors and people making theatre – use … they use humour and confrontation as tools in making a composition.” Always seeking not to be too literal in his art: “It just doesn’t turn me on.”

Ragnar Kjartansson (b. 1976) is an Icelandic artist, whose work ranges from paintings and drawings to videos, music and performance. 

See also Evergon:

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EXHIBITION TEXT

In 1990, my younger, gay brother died of AIDS and other complications. In 1992, my Mother, Margaret Lunt, modelled as Ramba Mama in my work, Ramboys: A Bookless Novel. In 1993/4, because of her modeling and because of her relationship as my Mother, she participated in the TV special Evergon on Adrienne Clarkson Presents. Immediately after the viewing, my Father went on a tirade because photographs of my Mother’s bared breasts had been shown on television. She had not told him of the modeling session and he had not seen any of my exhibitions since 1976. Two days later, he was admitted to the hospital with a heart attack, brought on by anger and rage.

Three years ago, my Father died of cancer. In the Fall 2000, while driving Margaret to Montreal to be with me for two weeks, she suddenly stated: “You don’t photograph me nude anymore.” I had never photographed my Mother totally nude. So during that visit, we completed a ‘nude Margaret’ photographic shoot. These images of Margaret, started during that visit, have continued on each successive visit. She is well aware of the power that these nude photographs have. They profile her as a strong woman within her aging body. The mirroring image of myself has been a response to the images of my mother and to our relationship as the sole survivors of our family and mirroring compatriots. Although, I can see my behavioural and physical traits inherited from my Father, I see and feel many more traits from my Mother. Margaret is now eighty-two. I am fifty-five.

– Evergon

See also: Jim Verburg, and Sarah Polley in studio.

-ASSIGNMENT:

VIDEO ART: Your Parents

Maximum video length will be approximately 5 minutes/or looped. Can be longer – discuss with instructor.

Ideas and works will also be discussed in progress in class – see the class schedule

Consider your parents. You may choose to work with one or many of the individuals that are your parents. This does not have to literally be your mother or father – you may work with the idea of parents, with remembered parents, with other people’s parents, with dream parents. Interpret this theme as widely as needed. You may also be a parent – and want to explore what the role means to you – and work with your children. It’s up to you.

Who are your parents? What are the quirks that distinguish them? What is your relationship with them like? What are their relationships like with others? What are they into? Who were they in the past vs. the present? What are their strengths and their weaknesses? Do they understand what you do? Do you understand what they do? Think about what you want to discover, or bring out about your parents, and/or your relationships. Think about something really unlikely for your parents to do. How do the attributes and concerns about your parents reflect truths about you or your family, or about a wider world?

You may consider*:

Interviews

Voice-overs

Using still photographs

Truth vs Fiction

Documentary style observation

Use of sound/music/dancing

Taking your parents by surprise

Instructions for parents to perform

Task for you to perform with your parents

Performances by non-actors

Working remotely with parents

Absence of parents

Past vs. Present

Using found video/film/audio

Artists:

Michelle Pearson Clarke

Basil Alizeri

Janine Antoni

Gillian Wearing

Jim Verburg

Lyla Rye

Evergon

Sarah Polley

Patty Chang

Aleesa Cohene

Steve Reinke

Aislinn Thomas

Mona Hatoum

Lee Walton

Rajnar Kartansson

Adad Hannah

Sheilagh Restack

Lenka Clayton

*Reminder: Always create works that are safe and respectful for you and others at all times. Discuss your ideas with the instructor.

Student works on the theme:

What Would Your Life Be Like Without Me?

These are stills from a video of my parents describing the lives they could of had, if they remained childless. C. Wisdom 2019

Icing a Cake for My Father, Sydney Coles

For Lack of a Better Word… White.

This is a still from a video of my parents. I asked them about their experiences with race and prejudices. The video aimed to highlight their contrasting experiences, however the results showed some endearing similarities and how their relationship has altered and shed light on their individual experiences.

Two Into One is a video that borrows the lip synching strategy from Gillian Wearing’s original video of the same name. I filmed my parents one Saturday morning for as long as they would let me. As I continued to antagonize them they became more and more self conscious. I later dressed in quick drag and lip synched to their complaints and concerns regarding the camera to create an abject and heightened reality of their own fears of being shown “not at their best”. Emily Reimer

To Look At Your Face and See Myself, 2022 – Claire Wright
Julianna Wright, 2022 – An Interview With Myself

Discussing Abstract Art

My parents were pulled away from their regular evening activities and sat down individually to discuss my most recent series of abstract paintings. They weren’t told to analyze them or criticize them, they were just told to talk about them. They also weren’t shown or told what the other had already said. This video reflects not only their relationship to me as their daughter and the art I produce, but also to how they go about viewing art in their own separate ways. Rachel V.

Aislinn Thomas, Food Portraits
Jim Verburg, For a Relationship

My video is composed of cut together clips of my mom and my dad each describing where they want to be buried. I chose this because I know they each have very specific spots, and have had them for a long time, which have a lot of family history tied to them. My mom, coming from Quebec and my dad, coming from Saskatchewan, both have multigenerational Canadian families, and then they met in the middle and had me. My sister and I were both born in Manitoba and now live here, so even though my parents both have such strong connections to these places, I don’t have any of the generational ties and memories that they have. It’s interesting to see how, although they’re married and have their own children in central Canada, they still have a connection to their hometowns, which leaves my sister and I in the middle to eventually chose our own plots. I thought this would be a neat way of getting them to explain a bit about their families without asking for a direct description. I even filmed the video on their dining room table, which has fittingly been passed down a couple generations and was made by a relative from my mom’s side.

Here are the separate, uncut videos of my mom and my dad’s maps and descriptions:

Anastasia Flynn, 2022

Week 3

Summary of work this week:

1.Discuss final works in progress for text multiple

  1. Demo photographing works with mobile phone cameras

WORKS MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR PRINT BY THE END OF THE DAY

TOMORROW – to be ready for documentation and critique next week on Wednesday!

  1. Parents Video lecture and assignment
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/washington-dc-mayor-emblazons-black-lives-matter-on-road-near-white-house

VIDEO ART ABOUT OUR PARENTS: LECTURE AND ASSIGNMENT

Hannah’s Work

WEEK 12

I decided to create two tattoo designs for this project. The first is press here. This tattoo was originally meant for the eyelids but works well in many locations. It invites action, whether that be a positive or negative action toward the one tattooed with it. The second tattoo is the missing poster. This tattoo features a picture of me when i was 14 years old. it was taken the year before i really started to struggle with borderline personality disorder. In the year following, i faced an episode that led me to run away from my home for a short while. This is something in my life i have always carried a great deal of shame towards, both my disorder and the situation i’m speaking of. i wanted to create this tattoo in an attempt to heal that little girl. To let her know that what happened is okay and that she is not inherently bad for mistakes she has made while struggling so deeply. I want to start a conversation surrounding borderline personality disorder. I want to speak and educate ones who aren’t aware of bpd about the intense emotions, mood swings, impulsive and self destructive behaviour and many other facets of life with bpd. It is a conversation that is more than worth having to understand these things and to destigmatize mental illnesses. This tattoo was very overwhelming for me to wear, it connected me to apart of myself that felt extremely lost.

WEEK 11

notes

WEEK 10

for my final video, I wanted to focus on the idea of a day in the life vlog. Although I wanted to track my daily life, I wanted to do so in a way that highlighted my own experience with technology and social media. I do not believe that people are meant to be accessible to other people 24 hours a day. With technology and our smart phones on us at all times, we tend to make ourselves there whenever anyone feels they need something or want to speak with us. There are societal expectations surrounding this and we feel as if we are not placing enough effort into our relationships or online personas if we do not respond or repost or make ourselves readily available at all times. if We are meant to have time to sit with ourselves away from our screens, to connect with the earth and the world around us and other people in real time face to face. I chose to use images of nature because I view it as the complete opposite of the technological world. It is also a true saving grace to me in many ways, one being when technology and the online version of me becomes to much, when I need to sit with the physical version of myself and understand my thoughts, my emotions and my being. The actions I chose to take are ones of me connection with nature in ways that are absurd, they are private actions and ones I would never share online to a social media platform. They accurately show my own digestion of a day in my life, connected to nature and afraid of the walls i’ve placed surrounding my self feeling the paradoxical need to be online, post and text while vehemently craving the opposite, natural connection and no technology clouding my being.

WEEK 7

notes

WEEK 5

For my final parents video, I decided to go with wrapping my umbilical cord like a necklace. I want to focus on the disconnect I feel surrounding an object that is so intrinsically connecting. In polish culture, a parent must keep their child’s umbilical cord or their child will be unsuccessful in all forms of life. I thought that using this would be interesting as it is truly a part of both my mother and I, neither of us really has any more claim over than the other does. In saying that, it symbolizes very different things for both of us. My mother used to love to wrap sea glass with craft wire. I used the same technique in wrapping my umbilical cord. I chose to have the unboxing and repacking of my baby items as the repetitive action and task based work reminds me of a parent completing tasks or packing a box with special things of you child’s. I also think it is necessary for the context of the video. I wanted the video to have fast cuts to signify this disconnect, to have the viewer jarred and acquainted with sharp cuts. I used an incandescent white balance while filming to make it look cold, distant, removed and sterile. Something I really struggled with is the audio. I tried many different forms of audio such as ambient noise, my mother reading the note that is in the box, breathing, end based text with a short phrase about connection but none of them felt right. I wanted the video to be very quiet in action so I decided to quiet the audio to make it match that. I found this video very emotionally draining but emotionally healing to make.

WEEK 3

notes

For my warning labels, I decided that I would focus more on the idea of wacky labels. The kind of warning label where you read it and think “woah someone actually had to do that to warrant a label”. I felt that stickers were the best format as they are easily moved around the world and placed in spaces that are commonly acquainted with the public. I chose to pair down the phrases to two “drinking pickle juice may cause harm” and “romanticizing apple sauce may cause harm”. I struggled with ideas of places to put these stickers as to put them in a traditional warning labels sense (ie on a windex bottle) would not be a place where my multiple could be seen by many. I decided to go for a walk and put up some stickers in places that felt right. I walked on Gordon street which is very busy so I know the ones posted there will be seen by many. I decided to place them in spaces completed unrelated to the content and in spaces warning labels wouldn’t usually be. This adds to the bizarre aspects of the viewers encounter with the label. Not only is it something they won’t understand and will wonder about, They will wonder why it is on the bus or a garbage can.

WEEK 2

When thinking about text work, i immediately thought of warning labels. I spoke with some classmates about the idea and thought of some bizarre warning labels, ones you know someone out there had to experience to warrant a label. I was thinking of content to produce these labels when i started thinking about intrusive thoughts. Intrusive thoughts at some points plague my brain and some thoughts can be harmful, even just to your mental health. I wanted to stick with the bizarre nature of wild warning labels though so I focused on some of these thoughts that were over on the bizarre end. These images of drawn warning labels include some intrusive thoughts and some absurd sentiments.

I am struggling to decide what kind of multiple I would produce these as. I was thinking stickers or posters. with stickers i think i would have to narrow down the number of varying designs. These are just some tests though so I wouldn’t be opposed to choosing 2-3 of them for stickers. I like the idea of stickers because you could place them on physical items as if the warning label was for that product. I think that posters could be interesting as well, printed fairly large.

WEEK 1

notes

Jenny Holzer is a text based artist who uses text on a public scale to urge a response from the viewer. He uses short, often provacative phrases to spark conversation and reaction. She focuses on themes of consumption, abuse, power, social structure and control. I am interested in Holzer’s work because of the feeling that is seeped into it. Her text packs a real punch of emotion and thought extremely successfully.

Holzer’s most well known work is her 1978-87 list of truisms. This piece is framed very interestingly because of the definition of truism. A truism is defined as a statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting. Yet, Holzer’s phrases can be seen more as hard truths for some with different thought patterns. She uses this framework to enforce the idea that the ridiculousness that these phrases are not true to some people or society. The language she uses is simple and easily readable so it can be digested by many people. It is also featured in many different ways. She has shown this work through lists, t-shirts, billboards, large scale projection and installation, posters and other formats. Her work speaks on mass production and consumption as her use of simple text can and has been reproduced many times in many ways. An example of a truism in the list is “abuse of power comes as no surprise”. When acquainted with this phrase, knowing Holzer views it as truism, people are met with a feeling of discomfort. This is because it is a hard truth, people trust in their authority figures and government and hope or even in many cases turn a blind eye to their abuse of power. Holzer’s phrasing urges you to think critically about the structures surrounding you.

Another work is an essay from her 1979-81 series inflammatory essays. These essays were mass produced and scattered across city streets. This essay is printed on light pink paper, a colour associated with softness, tenderness, love and kindness. The words however, say something very different. It is a tale of destruction, of anger and hatred. It shows the narrative of a tenacious underdog, coming to take out the front runner after what feels like years of emotional build up. Although we do not know who the message is coming from and who is it is being delivered to, it feels very personal. The first two lines are “don’t talk down to me, don’t be polite to me”. I find this contradiction of phrasing very interesting as the first sentence is the only one Holzer writes that suggests some sort of retaliation. it then becomes quite aggressive with her saying “I’ll cut the smile off your face”. This rage and hatred is passionate. The final two lines are “The games almost over so it’s time you acknowledge me. do you want to fall not ever knowing who took you?” These lines make the piece more ambiguous. It is believed that Holzer is physically communicating with someone in the first few lines but these lines make that connection and speech more removed. It’s almost as if its a diary of a destructive thought pattern.

I believe that the real joy of viewing Holzer’s work is the feeling you experience from it. Although the narrator is removed and we are left with simple text on simple background, you can feel the emotion seeping through the production. The person speaking is removed yet enveloping you with word and thought. You can feel that they are enraged and want to push away from the mal things they experience.

Madiha’s Work

Tattoos

Although I had a lot of trouble deciding on a tattoo, I really enjoyed this assignment. After a lot of experimenting, I decided to do a skeleton walking animation tattoo. It is 10 frames of a skeleton. I thought it would be interesting to put a GIF of all the tattoos together at the end to show an animation.

I also ended up printing out some eyes that I drew as well (forgot to take a picture of them printed out)

Video Art Presentation

Oblivion NPC videos

The videos originate from the game oblivion, which is known to have awkward and unpredictable NPC interactions, often due to glitches, as well as amusing dialogue and voice acting: 

Oblivion NPC memes usually take a short out of context clip and overlay music from the game oblivion onto it. When the person in the video becomes aggressive, the audio usually switches from peaceful music to combat music. Almost every video I’ve seen is shot on a phone of random strangers in public, usually having an unreasonable altercation. There usually isn’t any visual editing, although I’ve seen some videos where a health bar or subtitles are added.  

I personally haven’t played oblivion, but I know people that have seen these videos have commented on how they are nostalgic. I find these videos hilarious, and especially love the ones that properly switch between the music to fit the things that are happening in the video. 



Parents Video

I spent a lot of time trying to think of something that my mom identifies with and is passionate about. I walked around the house looking for inspiration, and searched through old photo albums. Looking through drawers of her old clothes that she had brought from India (and then never got a chance to wear) I found these tiny knitted sweaters. I asked my mom about one and she spontaneously started telling me its story. She talked about how she dressed me in a full pink wool set she knitted herself when she took me to India to see her family. Her brothers called over their neighbors to show them what I was wearing, thinking it was an expensive set she bought. I asked her if she could tell me the rest for a video.

She said that there were a lot more things she had knitted, but had given them away or lost them, which she really regrets.  The ones in this video are the clothes she loved the most and had to keep, except for these socks which were lost.

Before filming, I tried different poses – sitting on a chair or on the couch, standing, and sitting on the floor. In the end I decided that sitting on the rug would be best; it reminds me of old home videos (for example those videos of everyone opening their Christmas presents on the floor, or someone going through forgotten stuff in their grandma’s attic). I did not want to film more than once because I felt that the memories my mom was telling would become more rehearsed/less natural. This is also why I wanted my mom to be able to speak Urdu. I wrote subtitles for the video, although I am debating whether to add them to the video or not. I primarily wanted her passion, love, and longing for the days she used to knit to be in focus, and I feel that adding subtitles might be distracting. However, I do realize that it is difficult to personalize this video when you can’t see facial expressions, which might eliminate my reason for not adding subtitles. Other than this, the video has minimal editing. I struggled with this, because I did want to edit it, but I preferred this format of raw footage.

After a while, I became increasingly unsatisfied with this work. It seemed fairly plain and did not convey the feelings that I wanted it to. I was tremendously inspired by the aesthetics of the works of others in the class, and came up with another idea. I remembered part of a conversation I had with my mom after filming the previous video:

Mom: I really miss knitting…it’s so sad that we lose our talents and enthusiasm as we become old.

Me: Why don’t you knit anymore? You should.

Mom: I’ve forgotten how…I would never be able to make something like this again

So I asked my mom to try to knit, and I would record one take of it, however it came out:

I couldn’t decide whether to use the voiceover from the first video as background noise, or just keep the natural sounds of the knitting needles, but I decided that using the voiceover would better transmit the emotion of regret of losing her eagerness to create art. When she came to Canada, she gradually stopped doing things for her own enjoyment. I find it incredibly painful that she is so talented but can’t express it after becoming a mother and taking on all the responsibilities that she did. She used to sing very well, and sew and paint. All of it stopped in time, and now she doesn’t do anything fun for herself. I like that this video portrays how she is struggling to do what she once used to do so easily, but after some practice, she could gain her skills back.

Other ideas:

-collection of cartoon representations of parental figures (cartoons that show depiction of the perfect parents/what every young child thinks their parents are vs the contrast of the imperfection of reality)

-Driving- dad taught me driving/still takes me out to teach things/practice – wanted to record footage of it but winter

-Mom is always trying to teach me how to cook and bake

-Wear mom’s wedding clothes, and match to wedding photos

-Sound of footsteps: was thinking of how I can recognize my parents’ footsteps

-Footage of my dad driving a car vs my mom driving, and then me and my brother driving (how parents affected our driving style)



Multiples

From the examples of multiples shown in classes, I really liked Please Don’t Take This 1000 Yen by Jon Sasaki. I was intrigued by the idea of leaving something out in public where it is so easy to steal without consequences. No one stole his money, so I tried to think of something even easier to “steal” such as information.

Classified documents

  • Folders/papers that say classified on them
  • Lots of random text inside (text that is hard to read: unreadable font/colour/ different language)
  • If you have found this message, contact …
  • If you are reading this, contact …
  • Next page “why are you reading this”
  • font gets smaller every page

For this idea, I was thinking of movie scenes where someone leaves top secret information for their partner on a public bench, and the person who is supposed to receive it always does. I wondered what would happen if someone else picked it up instead.

I created a page that looks official, but it is also very vague and doesn’t name any actual agencies. I decided to fill the page with text that prompts the reader to stop reading. The idea is they will keep reading until they reach the bottom, where it acknowledges that the document is not real. I attempted to keep the text short enough that someone wouldn’t lose interest or catch on to what the document really was, but also long enough for the reader to feel a little mislead once they reached the end.

The text on the documents was initially inspired by the text at the bottom of an email I received:

“CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The contents of this email message and any attachments are intended solely for the addressee(s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information and may be legally protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended recipient of this message or their agent, or if this message has been addressed to you in error, please immediately alert the sender by reply email and then delete this message and any attachments. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying, or storage of this message or its attachments is strictly prohibited”

The way I designed the page was inspired by documents similar to these, as well as the folders used in movies that say “Classified”, etc. with a very large, obvious font. I also used various images of actual declassified documents for reference. I wrote with the courier font that is commonly seen in these documents.

Example images

I also experimented with different watermarks: Classified, Top Secret, and Confidential. I thought it was interesting how “classified and “confidential” sounded more believable than “top secret”, which sounds more like it’s from a kids movie, and if people would react differently to these documents in the real world.

I initially wanted to leave contact information within the text at the bottom of the page to see how many people would read that far, but decided against it.

This is the text written in the document:

This document and its contents are the property of a classified government agency. 

If you are not the intended recipient of this document or their agent, or if you have come across this document  in error, please do not read. 

If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, copying, or storage of this document is strictly prohibited.

Destroy this document. Failure to follow these instructions is a federal crime, and will be prosecuted at the discretion of this organization.

  1. The contents of this document are not intended for you to read. Please stop immediately.
  1. The contents of this document are of no interest or relevance to you, continuing to read will bring only negative consequences.
  1. Why are you still reading this? You have been instructed repeatedly to stop reading. For your own safety, destroy this document.
  1. You have failed to follow every instruction given so far. Each line you read will result in further legal ramifications.
  1. You are in the process of committing a federal crime. This is your final warning.

[This document contains no sensitive information]”

I left the pages in various public places:

Other ideas…

Rorschach tests

  • But backwards
  • I offer text of lots of peoples responses, and people have to think of the image.
  • matching? different cards?

I thought it would be interesting to see what people thought of when doing Rorschach inkblot tests backwards and if they would still see the same things. When I did research on these, there weren’t as many official tests as I had originally thought there would be. There were 4-5 images and all of these had very similar answers from people.



Yoko Ono

Grapefruit

In her book Grapefruit, Yoko Ono provides her audience with seemingly random instructions, ranging from vague commands to absurdly specific directions. It is mainly presented as a text based work in a book, but Ono has also offered a performance video of her reading through the book. 

I loved how unpredictable every line was. Each instruction contains something different, and makes the audience anticipate what’s coming. The instructions go from simple to almost impossible, becoming conceptual in some ways, yet staying engaging the whole time.

I particularly found Tuna Fish Sandwich very amusing, as the line it ends on is absurd and sudden, suddenly changing topics and switching the entire mood of the passage.

Wish Tree

Wish Tree is a collection of written wishes provided by the public displayed hanging from a tree. Ono shares a related backstory to this, where as a child in Japan, she would write her wishes on a piece of paper and tie it onto the trees of the temple’s courtyard, because the wish knots people would tie on the trees would look like flowers. Yoko Ono has ensured participants that she does not read any of the wishes. The tree exhibits more permanence than a wishing well, as people’s wishes are written down, and, although they are not read by anyone once they are tied onto the tree, they still remain in an easily accessible state.

Jaz’s Work

David Horvitz’s 2016 poster installation, “Proposals for Clocks,” utilizes text in an interesting way. The five different posters each propose a different idea of measuring time with unorthodox clocks. For example, one of the proposals is a clock whose minutes are measured by the lengths of ones breaths. The texts in their entirety are similar to riddles, they aren’t immediately understood but take time to think about; the reality of them unlikely. The bold, block, uppercase letters, read as if they are an important advertisement or declaring an urgent matter. The colours, each different, but are also all the same in the sense that they could all be classified as ‘blue’. This work, similar to his others, includes the theme of measurement. I chose this work because aesthetically, I thoroughly enjoy it, from the placement of the pictures, and the placement of the words, to the chosen colour palette. More so, I enjoy envisioning the peculiar ideas/methods of measuring time, particularly the logistics of how something so precise as time could be measured by something as unpredictable as a cat’s shadow, or the wind, etc.

davidhorvitz-exhibitionview2-HD

Week Two: Text Based Artist Multiples

I knew right away I wanted to use fabric as my base of the multiple, initially I wanted to use masks but then I was not sure what to do for my text so instead I decided on t—shirts and crew necks.

I have a huge interest and love for fashion but also am super aware of the damaging practises and impact on our planet that the fashion industry has. To raise awareness about this I had the idea of printing a QR code onto the back of the shirts I have that is linked to an info page on slow-fashion, the negative aspects of fast fashion, and how one can participate in making eco-friendly fashion choices. On the front of the shirts I wanted to print a simple phrase that wasn’t super obvious as to what it meant. The phrase I currently have in mind is ”This Is A Good Shirt”.

TEXT MULTIPLE: HAPPY HANDKERCHIEFS

Instead of my original idea, I decided to print random, mundane statements onto satin handkerchiefs. I thought about what kind of text I wanted to do first and I thought out of context statements that bring me joy when thinking about them would be a cool idea, also one that maybe others could relate to. I know I did not want to print them on just paper and post them somewhere but instead on something people could potentially carry around on them.

The idea of handkerchiefs came to me because I thought it was a little ironic. Other than for aesthetic or fashion purposes (on a suit) I usually would associate the small square of fabric with negative scenarios, such as being given to someone who is crying, etc. That is why I chose to change that narrative and put small statements that when thought about bring me, and perhaps others, a sense of happiness.

Week Three: Parent Video Proposal

My parents are divorced and have been since I was one, so I had a few ideas as to what I wanted to do for this project. First I had the idea of having a set of interview questions and asking both my mother and father the same questions and having the footage shown side by side. I thought it would be interesting to see their differences or similarities on certain topics pertaining to my childhood, their relationship, and raising my sister and I.

Another idea I had was to recreate photos of both my father and mother but I wanted to make them videos. In a sense impersonate them and speak, act, etc. as if they might have in that very moment the photo was being taken.

Week 7: Popular Video Presentation

The popular video trend I chose to present is an interview style video where different pairings (in this case parents and their children) are video taped asking each other uncomfortable questions. The questions are random and unknown to the players before hand, they then have the choice to answer or take a shot. I first came across the series on the social media platform SnapChat, and since have seen their videos across all social media platforms. As well as the original channel making these videos, people who have seen them have made their own versions on their own channels across Instagram to TikTok. I think its relatable to our generation because it is a very intimate conversation, different relationship dynamics are seen, however it is available for anyone, anywhere to see; which is essentially what anyone who decides to share anything on social media, is doing.

Popular Video Assignment:

For this assignment I chose to use found video footage from the category of “clothing hauls”, a popular internet video trend. I also used footage from clothing ads, short documentaries, as well as fashion show videos. I wanted to make a sort of montage-styled video that juxtaposes the negative side of the fashion industry with all the ways in which these negative aspects appear to be unaware in the minds of so many. For me the video evokes feelings of chaos, guilt, at some points humour, it is uneasy and that was my intent. To provoke some thought, not to push any agenda or make anyone feel attacked, as I myself feed into the industry of fast fashion.

Here is my video on Vimeo, if the above youtube video still does not work

Tattoo Assignment:

For this exercise I really wanted to play with the idea of cosmetic tattoos and the wider acceptance they seem to generally have opposed to traditional tattoos. Although I believe there are less stereotypes and taboo beliefs on tattoos today, there is still hesitance around them by some. I have a few of my own tattoos and I know how much some of my family members, especially my religious and more conservative ones, dislike the fact I have any at all. Amongst some of these family members who do not approve, there are a couple who have tattoos themselves, however they are cosmetic tattoos. I hold no judgement to anyone who wants to make changes to their physical appearance because everyone should have the right to do with their bodies what they wish, I just found the fact that people do not hold cosmetic tattooing to the same scrutiny as other forms of tattooing, quite ironic. Most cosmetic tattooing prescribes to typical North American beauty standards, (ie. covering up skin blemishes, camouflaging stretch marks, creating precise, even eyebrows, permanent makeup etc.) and it is great that such procedures exist to build confidence for those who are conscious about certain parts of their appearances. However, these cosmetic tattoos are still permanently depositing ink into your skin with needles, the same any other tattoo works. For my temporary tattoos I wanted to take one of the most common cosmetic tattoos, that I’m aware of, which is micro-blading eyebrows and do the opposite. Thus, I made temporary unibrow tattoos. Although no one actually put any on during our class time, which I can understand because it is directly on the face, so that is completely fair, I still want to experiment more with this concept. I really enjoyed seeing what everyone brought to tattoo and the different concepts, it was a really unique and fun exercise, below I have just shared some of other people’s tattoos I documented from our last day and some fun ones I did on myself.

Kathryn’s work

Tattoo Party-Photos

Thank you Diane (and everyone for sharing their tattoos) for such a fun final class. Here are some photos documenting my final set of tattoos:

Kathryn Week 12(!!)-Final tattoos
I completely changed my idea, which is pretty fitting considering this project is about tattoos and why I have never gotten one-the thought of such permanence on my body and not being able to easily change it afterwards has always stopped me from getting one. I found my original idea was getting too complicated with the combination of words and having enough connector words to have people be able to choose meaningful sayings that they would be happy with. Getting theme-oriented felt just contrived and “cute” in the end and was getting too close to Mad Libs, which was not what I was going for.

So I thought hard about things I could re-purpose as visual symbols, that have deep meaning for me and a level of permanence. I decided on music. When I started looking at sheet music I was drawn to aesthetically how the staff and notes, clefs, rests and other symbols looked like jewelry with charms. Every mark in sheet music means something and the music would not sound the same if there was an error in any single symbol or if something was removed. I could connect this to tattoos where, if done well, every mark should be necessary and done with precision.

Music, for me, is associated with memory, self-reflection, identification and emotion. Many of us have favourite songs or pieces of music and can relate certain songs to the stories of our lives, our personalities, moods or moments in our lives.

I have chosen an array of different pieces: some classical, some classic rock/modern, different instruments (drums, guitar chords, piano, voice). I picture these either as wrist/arm cuffs or ankle cuffs. But you could also cut them and have them wrap around fingers as rings or have voice running up one arm and piano running down the other; the options are endless.

For those that can read music, when looking at the music, you can follow the notes and hear the music in your head.

Note: On my first sheet, I forgot to mirror the image, so the tattoos will be backwards once applied. I thought this was still interesting as you could play the song on an instrument while reading it off your body in the mirror.


Kathryn Week 11-Tattoo ideas

I plan to create a series of word tattoos similar to “magnetic poems” with a selection of words in a nice cursive font that people can pick and form their own statements/descriptions. Tattoos are often personal and this allows for personalization.

Magnetic poems ideas

Kathryn week 10- Internet video

I ended up making two short videos. The first one is a music video of my daughter singing/playing the song Skinny Skinny by Ashton Irwin while watching a series of videos on eating (mukbang), fashion, influencers and weight loss. The video is reminiscent of music videos, which continue to be popular, but also the popular activity of posting yourself playing covers of other people’s music in the hope of being “discovered”, the video reflection provides a mix of body image contradictions that are plentiful on the internet, including video footage from Lil’ Mikaela, a fictional computerized “perfect” social media influencer.

The second video takes the current trends of watching others play video games and is a video documenting my son watching pewdiepie play videogames. This pushes the genre even further into the realm of spectator society by disconnecting the viewer one step more from real experiences (real experience>>video game experience>>watching someone play video games>>watching someone watch someone play video games). There is intentionally no interaction between the watcher and whoever is viewing the video.

Watching pewdiepie

Kathryn’s week 8-Internet is video proposal

I would like to do a video essay with music using video juxtaposing body image (anorexia/obesity) and gluttony (e.g. mukbang)

Kathryn’s week 7-The Internet is Video Art-examples

Sample music video from Miquela
Example interview between Lil Miquela and JPEGMAFIA

Video explaining Lil Miquela

Lil Miquela: she is a Robot influencer created by the organization Brud. Miquela is a computer generated-character who presents herself as a robot living in the real world and has active accounts on social media (posts and video). She is also a musician and has a real contract with an agent. 3Million+ followers on Instagram and 340K+ listeners on Spotify. Named in Time as one of 25 most influential people on the internet.

How is it shot and framed? Where does the material come from? What is the quality of the footage?
Very high quality video, Hollywood style videos, interview clips, etc. incorporating real people and her CGI character. Original video created for the character. Also incorporates other (real people) influencers and famous people with her in video and photos/social media adding a level of acceptance within pop culture (without this validation it might be taken as a joke and the life of the character would be limited). Budget must be huge for this character. Very professionally done.

How is it edited? Does it flow from clip to clip? What does it sound like? how are sound or image manipulated and transformed from original footage?
Videos and interviews flow in same style as and imitate popular culture style. Autotuning used for music sound. Virtually indistinguishable from “real” videos and interviews. Editing while she is talking to real people is done in a way that you might not realize she is CGI. Very natural conversation style. Some of the best CGI character development I have seen. Better than some of the movie attempts that have been done (e.g. Carrie Fisher in latest Star Wars movie after she died) as she is very close to movements and facial expressions of real humans. Her personality is also very developed (e.g. she has favourite charities/movements and opinions on things).

What are some of the reasons these kinds of videos are compelling or useful in this historical moment? Use quotes from published sources to back up arguments and analysis.
Provides commentary on pop culture and influencers and how we cannot believe what we see on the internet. Shows the level of sophistication of AI and CGI. Makes you question what makes someone human. See third video above for typical commentary on Lil Miquela that is in the media.

How do I relate to it?
-I find this whole concept frightening and exciting at the same time. While I think the concept can be frightening in that there are serious topics Miquela covers that she has not really lived, it also is commentary on how modern society listens to influencers (real or otherwise) as if they were experts or friends providing advice, but all of them may be made-up characters. It makes you question what is real. It also brings up all sorts of ethical questions regarding perfect body image, misrepresentation of topics, replacement of humans and taking away jobs (modelling, musical, etc). Essentially the character is controlled by the developers behind the character and relays messages they wish to relay, but it is a collective message rather than one person’s, so I think naturally there will be some conflicts that result which are interesting to view. I am really dating myself now, but I see Lil Miquela as a natural evolution, along with enabling technology, from the Max Headroom days (1985!!) I find the character also more personable and engaging than some of the real human influencers.

Kathryn’s Post Week 5-6: Parent Project

This is 90 is a short documentary of my dad’s daily visit to his favourite swimming hole while he is in Greece. It is an edited video from found footage I had on my phone supplemented with telephone interview. I chose to do the video in portrait to focus on the man rather than the scenery.

Kathryn’s Post Week 4b-Final Text Multiples

I took the original idea I had and went a bit further with it by creating a character ” ” (a space) that was walking around with these signs. (Note: a reference back to Adrian Piper creation of The Mythic Being). The whole being of ” ” is not to offend and be completely non-controversial. I thought it would be interesting to see if that was possible given the current climate of protest and dissent and what it might look like to protest protest.

I created, printed and mounted a set of 20″x30″ signs and pins. I also created a fictional newspaper story (see download button below) and printed multiples (which I will bring to class) expanding on the idea of the piece.

Kathryn’s Post Week 4a-Parents Project Ideas

Idea 1: This is 90

I accompanied my 90-year old dad to Greece this summer to assist him with all the online forms and requirements due to COVID, and for mobility assistance because he had just had a hip replacement. He normally goes every year for 6-7 weeks in August-September but missed it last year due to COVID. As soon as they lifted the travel advisory, he bought himself a ticket to Greece for his annual vacation. His happy place is a small Mediterranean “swimming hole” about a half hour walk from his condo. He does this sunrise walk every day that he is in Greece and swims a pre-determined amount. I am convinced that his rigid routines and determination is what keeps my dad alive and healthy. I took film footage of him one morning as I joined him on his walk to capture this daily routine. The project will be an edited version of this footage showing the effort required of him to perform this daily ritual, and the happiness it brings him.

Idea 2: Memories of Dad

My husband died of 3 years ago after a 2-year battle with cancer. Our children were 6 and 8 when he was diagnosed and 8 and 10 when he died. I would interview and film my kids now about memories of specific events or activities they did with their dad when he was alive and mix it with past footage of the events they were talking about.

Kathryn’s Post Week 3-Text Multiples

Picket posters and pin badges/buttons are in process of being designed and produced as is a “newspaper article”. Posters will be printed and off-campus due to size and I have a button maker. Newspaper article in process of being written/designed.

Statements for the picket posters and pin badges:
-PUTTING ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER
-TODAY IS TODAY!
-MOVEMENT BEATS ALL INERTIA!
-DOES ANYONE CARE ABOUT APATHY?
-THE FUTURE IS UNKNOWN!

The newspaper article (several copies will be made) will be a fake news article with the script of an interview with the character who carries these signs in “protest”.

Kathryn’s post Week 2-Text multiples

For the text-based multiples, I would like to relay positive messaging. Over the past two years there has been a surge of bad news, division, negative vibes. Even positive messaging has become overwhelming in its ask of people to better themselves. The messaging I want to provide and thought process I want to invoke is one of affirmation and positive reinforcement without adding any additional stress (and maybe taking away some because it is asking you to do nothing).

I thought about a series of affirmation cards that could be produced and laminated and given to people (you know or random strangers, left at coffee counters, etc) with one affirmative word printed on it and the suggestion to pass it on. The word does not require you to do anything about it, does not state that the person holding the card is the word (although it is implied). Each card has a positive word that would typically create positive feelings, and the words chosen would be ones that are highly unlikely to create contradictory meanings or division. Here is an example.

I thought about protesting protest with obvious statements that nobody can disagree with. A series of signs to be created and held by “protesters” would state the obvious, however they would also make the viewer think about known idioms that are meant to be encouraging. The person holding the sign would be walking (and therefore would be putting one foot in front of the other), “Today is today” is hard to argue, but makes you also thing of the idiom “Today is the first day of the rest of your life” or leaving the past behind, but without specifically asking you to do anything important. Movement, by definition, stops inertia, but also gets people thinking about doing something to change a rut they might be in.

Kathryns post Week 1-Artist: George Brecht

George Brecht (1926-2008) was a chemist by trade, but a key member in early conceptual art and important member of Fluxus from 1962-1978. He is credited with being an early influencer in participatory art, mail art and other conceptual art. Much of his art deals with the everyday, the random and sounds (and repurposing sounds as music), taking notice of the everyday and appreciating it.

Quote: “There is perhaps nothing that is not musical. Perhaps there’s no moment in life that’s not musical…All instruments, musical or not, become instruments.”

Example text multiples work:

Event Score-a set of simple instructions to complete tasks

See the source image
This one was especially moving to me from the anecdote described in articles. His father was a professional flutist, but also an alcoholic. During a performance one time his father did not play as he was supposed to. They looked into the orchestra pit and instead of playing, his inebriated father had disassembled his flute to clean it.
See the source image
Solo for Violin, George Brecht, April 25, 1964 at 359 Canal Street, New York City during Flux Fest at Fluxhall

Drip Music

For single or multiple performance. A source of dripping water and an empty vessel are arranged so that the water falls into the vessel.

Drip Music (Drip Event) (1959-62)

First mail art through Contingent Publications: Assembly instructions to “construct” a concert using motor vehicle sounds.

Motor Vehicle Sundown (Event) (1960)

Week 2

MONDAY:

Discuss proposals posted on the blog for Text multiples

Demo on design and publishing with Nathan (30 minutes)

Yoko Ono WAR IS OVER!, 2008-2009 IMAGINE PEACE in 24 languages Holiday Billboards Times Square, New York, NY Photo by: Karla Merrifield © Yoko Ono

WEDNESDAY:

Look at work in progress, designs together

Troubleshoot technical stuff with Nathan

Finished designs must be sent to print professionally by this weekend, or to Nathan by Sunday night!