For the exhibition Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, The Museum of Modern Art’s first performance retrospective, Abramović performed in the Donald B. and Catherine C. Marron Atrium every day the Museum was open between March 14 and May 31, 2010. Visitors were encouraged to sit silently across from the artist for a duration of their choosing, becoming participants in the artwork. The Artist Is Present is Abramovic’s longest performance to date.
The Rain Room art installation makes me want to book a flight to London, asap. Created by rAndom, it allows visitors to pass through a downpour without getting wet. Cameras map human movement in the 100-square-meter room and send instructions for the rain to move near people, yet not too near, as they traverse the space. Fascinating.
Read more over on Architizer.
Also: rAndom spoke at CreativeMornings/London. Watch their talk.
I saw the Trailer for Herman’s House at The Feast Conference yesterday. I absolutely need to see this movie. It is a feature documentary that follows the unlikely friendship between a New York artist and one of America’s most famous inmates as they collaborate on an acclaimed art project.
In 1972, New Orleans native Herman Joshua Wallace (b. 1941) was serving a 25-year sentence for bank robbery when he was accused of murdering an Angola Prison guard and thrown into solitary confinement. Many believed him wrongfully convicted. Appeals were made but Herman remained in jail and—to increasingly widespread outrage—in solitary. Years passed with one day much like the next. Then in 2001, Herman received a perspective-shifting letter from a Jackie Sumell, a young art student, who posed the provocative question:
“What kind of house does a man who has lived in a six-foot-by-nince-foot cell for over 30 years dream of?”
Thus began an inspired creative dialogue, unfolding over hundreds of letters and phone calls and yielding a multi-faceted collaborative project that includes the exhibition “The House That Herman Built.”
Here’s a list of upcoming screenings.
Etienne Gros pulls and tucks dense foam to take the form of a shapely lady minus head and legs. File that under fascinating. Read the post over on Its’ Nice That.
I wish she was a family member. Love having people in my life that aren’t afraid of being silly. They make life better.
Kelly Dobson is the mastermind behind the ingenious ScreamBody, a portable space for screaming. When a user needs to scream but is in a situations where it is just not permitted, ScreamBody silences the user’s screams so they may feel free to vocalize without fear of environmental retaliation, and at the same time records the scream for later release where, when, and how the user chooses.
Sometimes you feel like you should be doing more. Other times you feel like the right thing to do is less. This letterpress print, by Jason Polan, helps once you decide which one to strive for.
“One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure”. There is considerable truth in this statement as London based artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster have been constructing and assembling sculptures from unconventionally found objects into transformative art:
(via freunde von freunden)
Amsterdam-based Berndnaut Smilde creates cloud creations with a combination of smoke, moisture, and dramatic lighting. Absolutely stunning, thinks the cloud-obsessed me.