Archive for the ‘art’ Category
Remember that guy who took a picture of himself every day? At the end of weeks, months, years, emerged a time-lapsed self-portrait hypnotizing to watch — for the subtle changes in hair, lighting, expression but mostly for the sameness of it all.
In the early days, a guy could grab headlines with this kind of crazy project. There was even a family who did it collectively. This “found art” series told a story about life, love and death, in Polaroids.
And now, the Daily Mugshot is a free, new web app that democratizes the process for all, complete with auto-animations and widgets. The circle is complete.
Starting in 1978, Hsieh performed a series of durational performance pieces… which I believe paved the way for common mass market books to break out in later decades, fueled entirely by the fact that the author did one thing for a whole year.
(Check out blogger Rex Sorgatz’s a.k.a Fimoculous’ list of “My Year As…” an Amazon list of books about the guy who read the entire Oxford English Dictionary for a year, or the guy who was on the competitive eating circuit for a year, Joan Didion’s year of magical thinking, et al.)
Wikipedia describes the performance that accompanies the photo above:
One Year Performance 1980–1981 (Time Clock Piece)
For one year between April 11, 1980 through April 11, 1981, Hsieh punched a time clock every hour on the hour for one year. Each time he punched the clock, he took a single picture of himself, which together yield a 6 minute movie. He shaved his head before the piece, so his growing hair reflects the passage of time. Documentation of this piece was exhibited at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2009, using film, punch cards and photographs.
Excellent video to accompany this piece here at the Gugg website: The Third Mind – American Artists Contemplate Asia.
My favorite performance of Hsieh’s, based on description alone:
One Year Performance 1985–1986 (No Art Piece)
For one year, Hsieh did no art, spoke no art, saw no art, read no art, and did not enter any museum or gallery. He just went about life for one year.
Life: just go about it, folks…
In more practical terms, Gadgets API is what lets you create a fun Google design theme that looks like legos. In a design-crazed world, the revolution doesn’t stop at the internet! My email homepage is now attributed to Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (“aka JCDC or King of Pop is a designer who has inspired the interplay between Fashion, Art and Design for 40 years” as stated on Google’s website).
This ability to easily create Flash content and embed it anywhere else on the web reminds me of Sprout Builder, a little widget featured at last week’s NY Tech Meetup at FIT. Sprout’s still in beta (i.e. FREE, you recessionistas!) so it’s worth playing around with, especially if you have video content to feature. PR folks — it has obvious value as a promotional tool for entertainment (musicians, actors, clips of any kind) but, everyone else, I’m sure you can think of unintended use for this little piece of Flash technology. (I think it’s Flash, anything slick and cartoony I assume is Flash)
(limited editions x low prices) + the internet = art for everyone
That’s the formula Jen Bekman used to launch 20×200, a website that spotlights 2 new art pieces a week, priced from $20 up, according to size.
If you’re 1) an art-world outsider and 2) broke like me, shopping for art is not easy. You get your big-box retailers selling you mass market wares (Ikea, Crate and Barrel, Urban Outfitters) or you have to do a lot of hunting on your own: roaming the street markets of SoHo or paying admission to art shows to haggle for pieces.
In contrast, websites like 20×200 offer enjoyable, laid-back browsing. You get to read a little about the artist and their inspiration for the work. You can browse high-res photos of the work, and detailed information about the edition, pricing, and quantity.
It’s a great example of a traditionally offline market (the buying and selling of art) taking advantage of an online space and adjusting for how people engage with prospective purchases on the web. 20×200’s U/X design (user experience design) is spot on, as illustrated by their awesome and deceptively simple infographic for estimating print size: