Archive for January, 2009

ANT FARM: Media Van v.08 (Time Capsule) Sealing Ceremony

01.30.2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Here are the guys from Ant Farm, at last night’s Media Van v.08 (Time Capsule) sealing ceremony, recording the video message to the future about the contents of the time capsule. A recap: Since November 5th when The Art of Participation opened, the Media Van’s HUQQUH (that green device with the steering wheel around it, and pronounced “Hookah”) has been capturing digital files chosen at random from museum visitors’ electronic devices (cameras, cell phones, iPods). Those captures are what’s being sealed up in the van (whole van sealed up) — to be accessed again only in 2030.

The men, left to right: Bruce Tomb, Curtis Schreier, Chip Lord [ANT FARM], plus Paul Rauschelbach, who did technical genius on the HUQQUH. (If I’ve got that correct.)

Part of the evening’s festivities also included THIS:

A signed one-page print-out, kind of broadside-style, showing a sequence of some of the four thousand one hundred and eighty-seven randomly ca... More

Erwin Wurm: The balance of desire

01.30.2009  |  By
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Just one more One Minute Sculpture video, to take you to the weekend. All the rest, here.


Erwin Wurm: Keep a cool head

01.29.2009  |  By
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Unsubstantiated office watercooler rumor has it that an especially exuberant visitor tried to fulfill Wurm’s “Keep a cool head” instructions to the letter of the law in ways that are, shall we say, incompatible with current museum policy. More One Minute Sculpture videos here.

And, tonight: The formal closing ceremony for Ant Farm... More

On Letting Them Do It Themselves: Activated Anarchy vs. Designed Intentions

01.27.2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd, Essay

Bay Area artist Stephanie Syjuco weighs in here on the successes and pitfalls of ‘participatory’ art, and takes a close look at New York design firm Freecell‘s Stack-to-Fold project, currently in use in our second-floor “D-space“.

“(T)hese objects, once they are assembled, will lend themselves to certain function... More

Erwin Wurm: Sigmund Freud’s Dream

01.26.2009  |  By
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Happy Monday! What did you dream about this weekend? Come down and try it yourself. More on Erwin Wurm & the One Minute Sculptures just below.

Tomorrow! Bay Area artist Stephanie Syjuco, on DIY cardboard furniture, and ‘participation’ in art museums…


Erwin Wurm: The trap of the truth

01.22.2009  |  By
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As the Art of Participation exhibition winds down — or ramps up to wind down and close ( Feb. 8 ) — we’ll be posting up a series of text & video of various kinds of interaction, examination, and reflection on the participatory experience at SFMOMA. Following on from last week’s investigation of How Do You Participate with an Ant Farm Media Van, we also did a set of test-cases with Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures. These sculptures present a series of objects on a platform, with text instructions and picture d... More

ANT FARM Media Van v.08 (Time Capsule)

01.15.2009  |  By
Filed under: 151 3rd

Dear reader,

This is Tammy. Sorry it’s been so long since my last post. You might think I’ve been laying low — just kicking back on autopilot on some tropical island with the man or woman that I love. But no way! I’ve been sitting right here in this cubicle, in this chair, in the exact same position, for weeks now. So when S... More

“ad astra”

01.13.2009  |  By
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Martin Puryear, Brunhilde, 1998-2000; Cedar and rattan. Collection the artist; © 2007 Martin Puryear; Photo Richard P. Goodbody

One of the things I love about art is the relief I feel, when looking, from having to always think in language. This leaves me a bit at odds with the demands of a day job — in an art museum no less — that requires at least some amount of thinking through writing. I often take walks into the galleries to catch my breath, & to rest by walking, looking, and seeing. Of late the best rest has come in the fi... More

New Year/New Bridge

01.05.2009  |  By
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We’ve been on two-week holiday (read: furlough; read: fantastic) and returned this morning to see that the scaffolding’s come down from our new glass-enclosed bridge! Which bridge will lead to the new, nearly completed Mark Jensen-designed rooftop garden. I’m the type to forget this kind of thing is happening until the big reveal:... More