link [ guns in the hands of artists ]

Robert C. Tannen, “Four Barreled Handgun,” 2014. Decommissioned handguns. 8 x 6 x 3 inches.

The Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis hosts ‘Guns in the Hands of Artists’.  Artworks were created using decommissioned guns from New Orleans – guns reclaimed from street use in buyback programs.

[ ungun ] pittsburgh, newark, milwaukee, portugal – –

In 2013, right after I left Apple, I made a 6.5 minute glitch animation called ungun. In it, I deconstruct the vocabulary of the object, using audio sampled from American movies to complement the breaking and reforming data-damaged handgun photos in the visuals. Even during the editing process, strangers responded to the imagery and content (I would edit in headphones at coffee shops). Now, curators keep choosing to show it!

This weekend and next, there are several opportunities to see ungun in person . . .

Pittsburgh, PA: SPACE gallery has been exhibiting UNLOADED [ curated by Susanne Slavic ] since February of this year. Friday, April 24 – tomorrow – is the closing party! See work by Mel Chin, Adrien Piper, and many more for the last time. If you’re lucky, you’ll see Vanessa German’s powerful poetry performance.

Link through to read the latest review from UNLOADED, featuring a reading of ungun.

 

UNLOADED catalog ungun

UNLOADED catalog

Newark, NJ: Saturday, April 25, Index Art Center’s FILMIDEO 2015 international film festival (day 2) – ungun plays with work by other artists on the installation monitor for the duration of the exhibition.

Milwaukee, WI: Sunday May 1 ungun screens in the Milwaukee Underground Film Festival Program #5 on UW-Milwaukee’s campus.

Last but not least, ungun’s going to Portugal, to screen in FONLAND 2015. It’s safely tucked under the arm of the Italian curator who first chose to screen it in 2013.

I’m grateful, a little overwhelmed, and more grateful. The work doesn’t complete until it meets an audience, really –

Gogol’s Overcoat: The Gravedigger’s Meditation [ view online through 2/28 ]

 

 

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untitled video still : the gravedigger’s meditation

 

An experiment in audience relationships, exhibitions, intimacy, the internet – – I’m streaming The Gravedigger’s Meditation at station-number-six.com through Feb. 28. After that, it disappears into the land of ‘password protected screener’ as I work to get it shown elsewhere.

Vladimir Nabokov said of Gogol: “When, as in the immortal The Overcoat, he really let himself go and pottered on the brink of his private abyss, he became the greatest artist that Russia has yet produced.” Gogol’s story of a poor, quiet copyist who finagles a new overcoat in the bitterest of Russian winters. Then, the coat is stolen; what was a blessing becomes a disaster.

This animation – – yes, I did steal images of overcoats from the internet in order to make it … The piece is also a meditation on the relationship of copying, language-as-object, record-keeping, and technology to a community’s memory. There may be a wink at the commodification of appearances but you know, the first rule of capitalist materialism is you don’t talk about how it works.

Animation frankensteined together in Adobe AfterEffects from parts created with QT7, Processing, and Quartz Composer. Audio created & mixed in Apple Logic, better with headphones.

 

exhibitionist : Y’all Ready for GIFs?

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From the event invite over here ~

Short and concise, the GIF is able to convey complex narratives, unique points of view, and expand creativities through the summarization of large ideas in mere seconds.

This exhibition presents animated GIF works by talented artists from Europe and the US. Featuring works by Scorpion Dagger, Laurene Boglio, Mathew Lucas, Jessica Fenlon, Eric Fleischauer, Skip Hursh, and Samuel Adam Swope, among others.

Curated by Catalina Acosta-Carrizosa, Kyle Riley, and Brett Swinney

Part of 2nd Floor Rear, a 24 Hour Festival of Art in Alternative and Temporary Spaces in Chicago. For the full schedule visit http://2ndfloorrear.org/more-about-2014-participants-and-events/

2327 N Milwaukee Ave, THREADS Storefront

the HAND BOOK in Mobilivre

Received this email today. Happy to announce that my book, The Hand Book, will be on view in the Mobilivre Bookmobile this year.

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April 20, 2005

*Dear Bookmobile Exhibitor,

*Thank you so much for contributing to the 2005 *projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project*! Your book(s) have been selected by an independent jury to travel throughout the United States and Canada from May through October! The collection will be seen by countless visitors at schools, community centers, libraries, galleries, and more. We are thrilled to travel with your work!

If you decided to donate your book to Artexte, it will be archived in the artist book resource center in Montréal, alongside the rest of the 2005 *projet MOBILIVRE-BOOKMOBILE project* touring collection. If you indicated on your submisison form that you did not wish to donate your book and have included return postage, we will return your book to you by the end of 2005.

The *BOOKMOBILE* will be travelling to many destinations this year. If we’re coming to a town near you, come on by! We look forward to meeting you.

Again, thank you for submitting your work to the *BOOKMOBILE*. Our collection depends on you!

See you on the road,

*the BOOKMOBILE collective*