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Make a piece of art that
comes about as the result of a chance system you design. This could be as
simple as tossing a coin, picking numbers or other written text or images out
of a hat. You can work in any medium you wish - drawing, painting, watercolor,
The challenge here is to
design a system for yourself that leads to the creation of a piece or art, but
without the input of your own personal sense of aesthetics determining the
a. the medium you will work
in. (If you are really psyched, use a chance system to decide that for you!)
b. the method by which you
will generate your chance operations.
c. the system you will use to
d. what is fixed and what is
You can make the system as simple or complex as you
wish, however once you set up your system, don’t deviate from it.
Chance Operations: 410
Carina's Chance Operation
Begin at the SFSU Library
1. Flip coin: --heads go to the 3rd floor --tails go to the 4th floor
2. Go through the entrace for the floor
3. Flip coin: --If heads turn right --If tails turn left (If you can't turn the designated direction immediately walk straight and turn that direction as soon as you can)
4. Take twenty steps toward a bookshelf of your choice Flip coin: --If heads choose a book off the bottom shelf closest to you. --If tails choose from the top shelf
5. Turn to the approximate middle of the book, write down the first whole sentence on the left page.
6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you have 4 sentences.
in this chapter we discussed Executive Order 12372-- Intergovernmental
Review. Noting that the Quay focus on the inappropriate things that
each youngster does, they proposed a modified approach. Thus,
satisfactory physical conditions of work mean material inducements to
factors not directly productive; satisfactory social conditions mean
the rejection of some of those best able to contribute to the material
production and acceptance of someone less able. An enthusiastic young
soldier who was with the United States Army in Czechoslovakia wrote to
me from Pilsen, a town of 100,000 inhabitants in June 1945.
Oz's Results: This
story representation has an important feature in common with our
earlier ACT network representation of sentences (refer back to figure
2). It is hoped that the enlargement and betterment of the unloading
facilities there and elsewhere in the Lisboa area, which handles the
distribution of most of the fresh fish landed in Portugal, will be
stimulated by the completion of the new fishing port nearer the Tejo
mouth of Pedroucos. The Second Development Plan ending in 1980 entailed
five successful years of development for Saudi Arabia. As tables 2 and
3 indicate, both equations in the system are significant.
Oz's Chance Operation:
1. Use letters from the name of the item you had for lunch today to make a new word. 2. Take this new word and Google Image Search it. 3. Post the top five image results.
Burrito = turbo
lunch I ate frozen yogurt and decided to use that to make a new word
out of. I made the word gooey and did a google image search of it with
some shocking results for what I believed was a relatively innocent
word. I took the first five images and made a composition from them.
Instead of an improbable monument I am proposing a very probable
monument for the Market Street Kiosks. I have always been attracted to
the visual assault of public space, generally led by the advertising
world. How we see and understand the world around us is heavily
influenced by visuals created by people trying to manipulate our
desires. Other visuals that permeate our public space, specifically on
Market Street and kiosks in general, are public service announcements
and maps telling us where we are, or how to get where we want to go.
Maps and the science of cartography attempt an objective telling of
reality through visual representation. I am fascinated by the roles
technology, history and visual culture play in creating this reality.
In my proposal for You are Here I have collaged imagery of pictures I
have taken of reflections off of kiosks, macro shots of the streets,
Google Earth maps and historical photos of Market Street together to
create a new cartography of where You are now. When a viewer looks at
the kiosks assumptions about the intention of the imagery will be put
into question; is this work art, advertisement, public service, public
discourse or a combination of all these things? It’s up to the viewer
I've been citing and appropriating images of the 19th century German artist Caspar David Friedrich for the last year. His famous painting "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" has become an iconic image of the Western ideal of the sublime. In this collage I have placed imagery from the first U.S. nuclear test called Trinity in front of the wanderer. I look for the sublime in the destructive, one of the binary oppositions that have been pushing my ideas lately.
Hope all of you in the Bay Area can stop by this Sunday night for the first of many Afrolicious parties. We start at Nine at Little Baobab on 19th and Mission. Its one of my favorite clubs in the city , can't wait. We will also be doing a little Fela Kuti tribute set of originals, remixes and alt versions in celebration of the maestros birthday (along with other global funk sounds). Below is an mp3 of a Fela joint called Fear not for Man from his Stale Mate LP, that I've been rocking non-stop lately. The intro is where its at, great break and then this primordial scream that is the essence of Fela "The Secret of Life is to Have no Fear" when Fela says it you believe it too. Download "Fear not for Man"
Both cuts recorded summer '06 at Mixtape Studios with Jerret Fulton on live drums and Jon Brewer on Keys. Written by Joe McGuire , who plays keys, bass, guitar and writes beats and lyrics. Look for the full length album Gather 'Round that Heavy Sound soon.