notebooks

Nothing can replace the notebook.

Even though many people carry laptops, smart-phones and other electronics with them everyday it seems that the old pen and paper hasn’t been completely abandoned. Nothing beats the free form ability a notebook allows when jotting down a note, idea or inspiration.

Here is a brief list of some of the more interesting notebooks I have come across recently:

Behance Action Book

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The design of this notebook is inspired by Behance’s Action Method.

GRID-IT! NOTEPADS

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They offer a family of notepads inspired by various historical moments/people of design.

Le Modular is inspired by Le Corbusier.

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The Guardian is inspired by David Hillman’s redesign of the Guardian in 1988

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I have been hearing about a new notebook call Field Notes. I haven’t seen one and am not sure what sets it apart from others. But people seem excited.

On their site they have a good quote:

“I’m not writing it down to remember it later I’m writing it down to remember it now”

And of course there are the classic Moleskine notebooks.

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I am currently carrying one of these around.

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What do you carry?

adidas stuffed animals

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Adidas recently presented a visual art show, as part of Berlin Fashion Week, by the artist Yoshiaki Kaihatsu. In the show which was called “Pets of the World” Yoshiaki cut up various Adidas jackets and clothing creating cute little stuffed animal creatures. The show was at Galerie Tristesse Deluxe in Berlin.

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meet:berlin* was involved in the organization of the event.

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You can see more photos here and here.

If you like this work you should also check out Michael Mahalchick.

AVANT-GARDE DATING?

Is this the launch of another social networking site? One that is bringing cool hip artists together to copulate. Well not exactly, it is a project of WOOLOO created to bring various pairs of artists together for purposes of artistic collaboration.

Their site states that:

“In your application, you should explain how this new relationship will explore the conventions of monogamous love, challenge the idea of artistic collaboration and/or explore one of the other numerous stereotypes of human pairing.”

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This project makes me think of when Andrea Fraser commissioned a collector, via Friedrich Petzel Gallery, to engage in a sexual act with her.

(Here is a great interview with Andrea Fraser that really helped me to understand her motivation for this project.)

So maybe some people will use AVANT-GARDE DATING to have sex.

(via guerrilla-innovation)

the average home and the not so average email

I was recently invited by Katharina Birkenbach to participate in a project called The Average Home. Katharina initiated this project with Arne Hendriks.

The have described the project as being:

The Average Home is a growing network of mini-galleries based in peoples homes. The galleries consist of a slide projector, a window with some sort of screen and the public space around the home. The galleries all show the same image during a certain time.

My gallery is in Brooklyn. The other cities are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bucharest, Milan, Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Tokyo.

I am waiting to receive the first work of art for exhibition. Looking forward to having my first opening.

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Recently I heard about a “limited edition email”. This is a fun art project/idea from Multi Polar Projects. Basically 500 of these emails were sent out with a proposed value of $1,000. One of the rules of this email is that it can only be printed once. The email also comes with an invoice. The email and edition can also be verified for the purpose of sale and auction. Is anyone really going to buy this? Probably not but it is an interesting comment on obsession with “limited” “exclusive” “value” specifically in regards to art. I wonder if email correspondence could ever gain the same value as historical letters and notes from equally historical figures?

As someone coming from a dance and performance background I am interested in this project as it is forcing/creating a material physical object as well as value out of something that is ephemeral and usually temporary that is without a value.

 

 

 

it’s been awhile

I haven’t written anything on this blog in awhile. Jon Moniaci and I had our show BOREDOM!!! (as an amplifier). It was received well and got some nice press. Gia Kourlas at Time Out New York wrote a great preview of the show. It is well worth the read. Claudia La Rocco at The New York Times wrote a nice review. Here is a short excerpt:

“New Yorkers do impatience like pros. Boredom, not so much; the city’s denizens are far too overstimulated and attention-fractured to approach anything like the drifty languor of this underestimated state.

But it’s the rare artist who can create worthwhile work without healthy doses of it. In their illuminating new duet, Boredom!!! (as an amplifier),the choreographer Chase Granoff and the composer Jon Moniaci cultivate a little square of boredom, and invite audiences in for the nonride.”

Also on the Movement Research Critical Correspondence Forum there was a mention and I guess a short discussion of our show.

Jon and I recently showed a video excerpt of the show and gave out mix cds at Food For Thought at Danspace Project at St Marks Church. I wrote a short statement about our use of the word boredom for the cd insert.

Our Thoughts On Boredom.

The use of boredom in our titles refers to work that does not attempt to entertain. Boredom is thought of as an active place of thought and contemplation. By titling our work boredom we do not claim the work to be boring but rather is an investigation into a specific passing and development of time. Boredom is seen by us as a place of production. It is not a static state but rather something more along the lines of feedback. The use of boredom allows for discussion in regards to the performance and content of the performance. Boredom is a slowing down of time, an opening of space that allows for interpretation and possibility.

Here is some other text and quotes from others I included in the insert.

Some info on boredom from WIKIPEDIA.

The first record of the word boredom is in the novel Bleak House, by Charles Dickens, written in 1852.

Time often seems to move more slowly to someone who experiences boredom.

Boredom also plays a role in existentialist thought. Without stimulus or focus, the individual is confronted with nothingness, the meaninglessness of existence, and experiences existential anxiety. Martin Heidegger states this idea nicely: “Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference. This boredom reveals being as a whole.”

from The Open by Giorgio Agamben.

“profound boredom as a fundamental emotional tonality,,, or the animal’s relationship with it’s environment, man’s relationship with his world… World-framing… poverty in the world.”

BOREDOM!!! (as an amplifier) is over now at least until we go to Berlin in late August.

all photos by Alex Escalante.

talking writing pictures words interviews cowboys and horses

Last night Chris Peck and I were interviewed by Levi Gonzalez for Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence. The discussion was very fluid and engaging. It gave Chris and I an opportunity to discuss our series Live Sh– at the Chocolate Factory. We talked about why we started it, what our interest is it, ideas surrounding organizing an event and curating performance. We discussed a lot about what we see the role of curation as being and how we find ourselves and interests within that position. I am excited for it to come out on the site as an audio interview and hopefully as a text transcription as well. I am posting a couple of pics that Chris took during the interview.

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(me)

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(chris)

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(levi)

The cowboy and horse makes a special appearance during the interview as a musical performance.

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Jon Moniaci and I are continuing to work on our new performance BOREDOM!!! (as an amplifier). The show is just about a month away and we should be getting the postcards back from the printers tomorrow. Here our some recent pictures from rehearsals and discussions we have had in preparation of the piece.

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(light)

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(crazy digital light)

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(me and jon in our band photo)

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(noisedanceseminaractionshot)

I am really excited at how this piece is turning out and am looking forward to sharing it with an audience. We are at a pivotal place right now where we are pretty happy with all the content that has been generated. But now we are trying to find the composition and placement of that content in relationship with the whole piece, the individual elements and the physical space. I find this part of the process super challenging. I guess this is what choreographer is about. At least in some ways. Luckily we have received very helpful feedback from Chris, Levi and Luciana Achugar.

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A excerpt from the most recent rehearsal. This shows a re-working of the ending.