Spirit Surfers

For the best in animated gif subversion, visit Spirit Surfers. Below is a 2010 remix:

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“O cessate di piagarmi: Spirit Surfer’s remix”, 2010 from marcin ramocki on Vimeo.

Willa Koerner at Liquid Spaces Friday September 24th (San Francisco)

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Liquid Spaces‘ Grand Opening / green infrastructure book partay this Friday features the work of my so-talented-it-hurts girlfriend Willa Koerner in her official art gallery debut. What should you expect? I’ve posted some of Willa’s latest below, but you should also check out her latest videos here and more of her excellent art work on willakoerner.com.

Now would be a good time to follow her blog.
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LANDSAT 8 from Willa Koerner on Vimeo.
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Albion / 16th Street Mural by Harrison Haynes

Mural by Harrison Haynes, photo by Andrew Paynter

Ran into Harrison Haynes on a late night jaunt around the Bard art studios (MFA program) in NY  a while back. The above mural at Albion and 16th street (on the side of the bar ‘Kilowatt’) features the van that always seems to be obscuring the mural itself.

Harrison Haynes is a North Carolina born painter who also drums in Les Savy Fav. As a gesture to the site itself, Harrison chose to portray a minivan which is frequently seen in the area. (via)

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To see more murals at Albion, visit Juice Design.

You can visit Harrison Haynes site here.

Dying Gauls (2007) – Sophie Ernst

The Dying Gauls are plaster casts of Hellenistic sculptures on which video interviews of young men from Lahore are superimposed. The men are asked about their view of heaven, hell, death and dying.

The casts used here are Dying Gauls. The Dying Gauls were commissioned in commemoration of the victory of the Greek over the Galatians, Celts from Asia Minor. They are part of a larger group of defeated enemies made up of Gauls, Amazons, giants and Persians. Unique in the representations of these Greek enemies is that they are depicted without a triumphing victor. They are seen as defeated but heroic warriors. (via rhizome)

Won Ju Lim – Baroque Pet Shop

Really dig these projection installations by Won Ju Lim (‘Baroque Pet Shop’ @ Patrick Painter Gallery in LA)

Reminds me of Willa Koerner’s work (excellent use of ultraviolet/purple spookiness)


For her fifth solo show at the gallery, Lim will be presenting a large-scale installation in the West gallery and in the East Gallery she will exhibit a series of new sculptures and collages. Lim’s work consistently explores the body’s relationship to space, time and memory through the terms of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere. As a part of the Media Arts Fellowship, she traveled to five European cities, each of which uniquely evokes the Northern Baroque architecture style: Dresden, Munich, St. Petersburg, Prague, and Vienna. The memory and the impression of her experience abroad was one of the direct inspirations for her new body of work. This, combined with her unique vision for a local Highland Park pet shop, resulted in Lim creating an experience where the interiors of the pet shop and the architectural motifs of the Northern Baroque intrude and interrupt one another, and as a result they ultimately come together. (via press release)

Perfo Rmanceart – Facebook Profile Project

I recently came upon a unique performance artist. Meet the faceless Facebook user “Perfo Rmanceart” — you can even friend her. What you need to know:
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Perfo’s performance includes spamming the Guggenheim’s page with Wall Spam:

And calling out the Museum of Chicago:

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The creator also provided the email address and password used to access the Facebook account in the ‘photos’ section. Haven’t tried it, but give it a shot. I like these kind of internet experiments — It’s too bad Facebook probably won’t get it and has the account in it’s ‘to delete’ pile.

Perfo’s exploits are documented in the photo album here. DL here: ZIP.

Year-long depravity: Groupon’s Contest — Art, Commerce, and Sacrifice

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The new Groupon promotion “Live off Groupon for a full year and win $100,000″ smells exactly like a Japanese “Live off contest winnings” contest previously covered here where a poor Japanese man had to survive for a year off prize winnings.

The Groupon contest description:

Nearly all human survival needs are covered by Groupon. You can get your daily nutritional content with a restaurant Groupon, and then immediately have a Groupon-accepting dentist floss that meal’s remains from your teeth. You can fortify your aortas with a Pilates deal, and protect yourself against rampaging hamburglars with a self-defense class.

In a recent interview in SF Weekly Andrew Mason, CEO of Groupon answers some questions:

Why did you start this contest?

Since we started Groupon we joked around about the idea of could someone survive off of nothing but Groupon, and after about 30 seconds of rational thought leads one to the conclusion – No, of course you can’t, but we still think it would be fun to try. It will be an interesting social experiment. It means you are eating a lot of sushi, you’re going to do a lot of yoga, you will have beautiful fingernails and it should be an interesting life for someone. They are going to have freakishly white teeth, their teeth are going to reflect all light by the time this is over.

And now a description of Nasubi’s situation after beginning his contest (it’s bad):

When he arrived at the apartment, he was shown a stand full of magazines, a huge pile of postcards, and told to strip naked. The room was empty except for a cushion, a table, a small radio, a telephone, some notebooks, and a few pens.  There was not a crumb of food, a square of toilet paper, or any form of entertainment.  Whatever he needed, he was to win by sending thousands of postcards into contests.  The producers left and Nasubi was on his own in his unique survival challenge.  Imagine what was going through his mind:  How am I going to eat?  Why are they doing this to me?  How long will it take to get out of here?  He must have thought he was in a bad episode of The Prisoner. (via)

Poor Nasubi was stuck in a small room with a nothing but a waste paper basket to crap in. Our Groupon hero will be unleashed into the world but also recorded and lifecasted much like Nasubi (who became a celebrity). The CEO of Groupon continues:

…Whoever wins is going to get a cell phone, a computer, and they will be blogging about their experience. Plus we will give them a GPS so people in the community will be able to locate this person and go out and share Groupon experiences. This person will travel around the country. This will be a bottomless Groupon wallet.

… like a PR company on wheels that only costs $100,000 a year. I think we can assume for legal purposes that the Groupon contest will not be such a stickler on the details. Nonetheless, both situations remind me of Tehching Hsieh’s work (Chinese, this time): “Cage Piece” where he remained locked in a cage for an entire year. [nytimes piece + pictured below].

Both Groupon and Hsieh remind us that we choose to participate in a economic system.

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Engineered depravity is an interesting concept for both art and promotion, but Hsieh’s does more to help us think than any live-streamed fool grasping a hair salon coupon, twittering during a spa treatment. In the end, Groupon will get the word out and perhaps we’ll pity/envy the new economic structure the poor/lucky winner enters into.

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