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Parasigns

“Parasigns” is a distributed, socially activated sculpture in which the artwork is intended to be the sum of all installations in the series, wherever they find themselves, in private or public space, citywide or worldwide. Comprised of stickers in saturated colors with ambiguous words, Parasigns are parasitic objects, needing substrates and human action to be activated.

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2007 – ongoing

Parasigns was part of Glowlab’s exhibition at Fountain New York

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Recipe

A series of instructional works in pdf format created for Timeline, an exhibition of downloadable A4 pages appearing in episodes over the course of six months.

Download pdf files:

Recipe 01

Recipe 02

Recipe 03

Recipe 04

Recipe 05

Recipe 06

“Recipe” is a series of six recipes exploring the junctions between instructional art, cooking, and computing algorithms as they relate to the ideas of the gift and the host, property (intellectual and otherwise) and sharing. The recipes are intended to be participatory—instructions each recipient can make real. The word recipe, both in English and French (recette) has historical ties both to medical prescriptions and to receiving and receipts. Participatory algorithms are shared forms made specific by and for each individual (in the manner of a prescription). In relation to art, they lie at the junction of narrative (the story of an artwork) and instruction (procedure and process). In the mode of cuisine, they evoke food as a gift, as an opportunity for an experience between people. The linguistic matrix also includes the ideas of transmission and communication (as in radio receivers)—recipes, like art narratives are a way that ideas can be sent from one person to another, or one to many. Recipes ask the question: what is common in our experience when the recipe is made new each time? When I read the recipe, what can I know about what you have eaten, or will eat, what you have done, or will do? Taken together, the recipes will become elements of a larger recipe or instruction which has the potential to be enacted by one or many, a kind of narrative in the the collective mode and future (or conditional) tense.

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2005

Recipe was part of Timeline, an online show of PDF artworks (no longer online) produced by Window42 and The Store, as well as Timeline Vol 2 exhibited at Bétonsalon in Paris.

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Situational Audio

Explorations in pyschogeographic sound collection.

>>situationalaudio.org

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2004-2005

Situational Audio has been shown as part of Glowlab’s “Stranger” issue, and at the Pace Digital Gallery as part of Synthesis and Distribution curated by Will Pappenheimer

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Cake

Some instructions on making a cake.

Cake Theory

Is a cake an artwork? Only if you make it.

A cake is an activity as much as it is an object, and this cake is an invitation to action (just saying that makes it sound a bit like a manifesto, as if cake could be revolution – but lest that seem an impossible reach, think for a moment about pleasure, and the way it has of overthrowing the little dictatorships of the mind).

The word recipe, both in English and French (recette) has historical ties both to medical prescriptions and to receiving and receipts. Participatory algorithms (recipes) are shared forms made specific by and for each individual (in the manner of a prescription). In relation to art, they lie at the junction of narrative (the story of an artwork) and instruction (procedure and process). In the mode of cuisine, they evoke food as a gift, as an opportunity for an experience between people. The linguistic matrix also includes the ideas of transmission and communication (as in radio receivers) — recipes, like art narratives are a way that ideas can be sent from one person to another, or one to many. Recipes ask the question: what is common in our experience when the recipe is made new each time? When I read the recipe, what can I know about what you have eaten, or will eat, what you have done, or will do?

Why cake theory? Because I love theory as much as I love cake.

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2004

Cake was part of Be Something’s online exhibition of instructional artworks, Time Being

>>Cake recipe

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Crush

Crush: 18 crush songs, a full hour of contraband music, a mostly rock meditation on the meaning of the word crush. Free bootleg cds while they lasted at ONI Gallery Nov 16 – December 1, 2002. Free downloads here until the RIAA shuts them down.

[note: I kept these files available online for about 5 years, but have taken them down temporarily – look for a full disk mix coming soon]

01 Crush – Princess Superstar
02 Can Crush Failure – Buckfast Superbee
03 Crushed Impalas – The Miss Alans
04 Ball Crusher – Steppenwolf
05 Crush – Sarge
06 Crushing Someone You Love – Shelter
07 Don’t Crush It – Kook Keith
08 Soul Crush – Digital Poodle
09 Jam Alias Crush – Ivo Cicarek & Oko
10 Crushing Yr. Head – Slot
11 Hull Crush Depth – Frodus”
12 Crusher – Sweater
13 Killercrush – Millencolin
14 Crush Us Out – Ten Bright Spikes
15 Always Crush Me – Guided by Voices
16 History Crush – Rustic Overtones
17 Josh Has a Crush on a Femme from Reed – New Bad Things
18 Crush on You – Teenage Fanclub & Jad Fair

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2002

Crush was presented at the Oni Gallery in Boston, as part of Kathe Izzo’s Crush show.

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Make/Take

Make: Sounds and images, recorded on video, raw material for future projects. Take: Bootleg CDs, illegal recordings of the type you might freely share with your friends.

Make/Take was a place to play with the questions of intellectual property—my property, your property, the property of strangers.

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2002

Make/Take was a project for Saul Judd’s don’t miss in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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