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Magic Typing

The other day I was completely fascinated by a session attendee who appeared to be typing into mid-air. From where I was sitting, I could see that she had a wireless Mac keyboard on her lap and was listening and typing attentively WITHOUT A SCREEN! WITHOUT A SCREEN, PEOPLE! I nudged the friend next to me said “should someone tell her she’s missing a bit?” We chuckled and mused over where the signal was going – oh and we took a video which you just have to watch because it looks so magical. Was there a microchip in her head? A holographic screen only she could see?

Eventually I bumped into the magic typist and asked her what she was up to. Turns out, simply enough, she (artist, curator and educator Siochain Hughes) was Bluetooth connecting to her iPhone. She raved about doing this, saying how easy it is to take notes this way while staying focused on the speaker. And she urged me to spread the word. Well, consider the word spread, Siochain – I hope to join you in the magic typing gang soon!

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ARTspace Media Lounge “Band of Outsiders”

The publication created for "Band of Outsiders" at the ARTspace Media Lounge at the CAA Conference. Feb. 10, 2011. (Image Credit: Tempestt Hazel)

If you have not had the chance to see the ARTspace Media Lounge, there several opportunities to.  This Jean Luc Godard inspired collaborative exhibition brings together artists, curators and more to create a special conference and city-wide multi-media installation in honor of the centennial College Arts Association Conference.

The College Arts Association presents

Band of Outsiders

Organized by Sabina Ott and Cindy Smith of the CAA Services to Artists Committee

ARTspace Media Lounge
7:30am-5pm Feb 10-12
Concourse F, Concourse Level
Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10010

The Center for Book Arts
February 1 – April 2
Weekdays: 10am – 6pm
Saturdays: 10am – 4pm
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Big Screen Project
Selections from Band Of Outsiders
Feb 9-12, 5-9pm
Public Plaza behind Eventi Hotel
6th Avenue b/w 29th and 30th
New York, NY

The following are some photos of the collaborative publication made in honor of the ARTspace Media Lounge and Band of Outsiders.

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My Paper

I’m giving a paper on Saturday in the Session: Dark Matter of the Art World II, which is in the Trianon Ballroom from 2.30 – 5.00pm. My paper is called Furtherfield Inside Out, here’s the abstract:

This paper will present and theorise the work of the UK-based arts community with reference to the session’s proposed notion that such work ‘performs aesthetic anarchy outside designated art domains and embeds itself in social conflict’. It will focus on three projects: Visitor’s Studio, DIWO and Zero Dollar Laptop, describing how they instigate an alternate artistic activity rich with meaning and the capacity for social and cultural change – without ever making it onto the mainstream art radar. It will closely examine the way such projects empower participants, challenge conventions for artistic engagement, and set out a cohesive and transformative critical practice. It will contrast this stance with naturalised systems of art discourse, making a strong case for how this type of ‘phenomena’ redevelops the creative and critical landscape.

This paper was partly inspired by a new short video by Pete Gomes on the work of Furtherfield. Due to time constraints, I can’t show the video with my paper, but it’s exactly how I would illustrate what I’m going to talk about, if I could, so I’m including the video here as as an appropriately online demonstration of my topic and indeed the field of arts I specialise in. Enjoy!

Furtherfield – a Short Film by Pete Gomes from Furtherfield on Vimeo.

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