links for 2009-07-22   07.22.09

the Cloud Project: About
"Developments in nanotechnology and planetary-scale engineering point to new possibilities for us to conform the global environment to our needs. These advances combined with a dream to make clouds snow ice cream have inspired a series of experiments that look at ways to alter the composition of clouds to make new and delicious sensory experiences. Using ice-cream as a catalyst for interesting dialogue, the projects focus is to welcome people into a mobile space that sits outside institutions, letting new audiences experience and imagine emerging scientific developments and their consequences."

Why can't art be allowed to shock? (The Guardian)
"Nobody seems to think there's anything wrong with art being poignant just for the sake of being poignant, or angry just for the sake of being angry, or beautiful just for the sake of being beautiful. So shock seems a perfectly legitimate effect. It is a slightly lumphammer approach, though, because shock is an unsubtle state. To be "in shock" means your faculties are more or less paralysed. These will tend to include the aesthetic, emotional and discriminatory ones. And if you've really shocked the audience, you may find yourself running out of moves. Soon you're playing the fire alarm, not the piano."
(tags: art.criticism Dash.Snow New.York shock.tactics)

Bicycle Kitchen Los Angeles
"Official Mission Statement: Our mission is to promote the bicycle as a fun, safe, and accessible form of transportation, to foster healthy urban communities, and to provide a welcoming space to learn about building maintaining, and riding bicycles."
(tags: environment non.profit.organizations Bicycle.Kitchen Los.Angeles bicycles community)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-20   07.20.09

Belgium Pillow Fight (
Feathers fly as people participate in a giant pillow-fight at the central train station in Antwerp, Belgium, Saturday July 18, 2009. More than 200 participants, some dressed in pyjamas, showed up at the station in the morning to participate in the impromptu event which was organized by people using text messages and the Internet.

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-18   07.18.09

Art House Co-op | We build art projects and communities
We're a co-op of artists from all over the world that explores both the virtual and physical aspects of art.

Brooklyn Artist Swoon Invades the Venice Biennale on Boats Built From Garbage ( New York Magazine)
"This week, Swoon, a 31-year-old Brooklyn artist whose name is Caledonia Callie Curry, is leading a waterborne invasion of the Venice Biennale (she didnt bother to try to get in officially) with a crew of 30 artists, musicians, and miscreants in tow. Though they have raised some $150,000 for this crash party, the money wont show in the boats theyll travel in, because the boats are made of trash"a symbol of the freedom that comes with radical self-reliance, and one that is meant to effect change."
(tags: performance Swoon Venice.Biennale garbage New.York.City boats)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-16   07.16.09

Fourth plinth (
"Adrian Searle: In asking the public to interact around the fourth plinth, Gormley invokes a rich tradition of living art."

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

links for 2009-07-15   07.15.09

Ed Winkleman on Opening an Art Gallery (Recession Be Damned) (
"With an emerging program of wholly unknown artists it takes three to five years for that business to become profitable. If you are more or less going to be struggling during that time regardless of what the economy is doing, and you have an eye toward the economy improving in a few years, you can imagine that your name recognition is going to start rising when people are going to start buying again. Whereas if you wait, you will be starting at ground zero on the name-recognition end of it and playing catch-up when a whole bunch of other people are trying to get into the game."

Is the art at the Walker stupid? Who gets to decide?
"On the other side of the argument is the idea that his opinion is completely uninformed and while hes entitled to his opinion, hes not entitled to be taken seriously. There are subjective (I liked/hated it) and objective (the artist did/didnt meet their stated objective) ways to critique art. Youll probably have a better experience of the art if you do a little reading or take advantage of the many tools that museums in general and the Walker in particular provide for you to learn about what youre looking at. And if you still dont like it, youll be better able to state why."
(tags: museum art.criticism Walker.Art.Center opinion)

Author: Christopher Lynn, Executive Director
Category: Links

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