In the spirit of encouraging some subversiveness here is some great alterations to paper bills from around the globe. It’d be easy enough to make some intellectual comment about the currency of cultural production and the nature of critique on iconic form by the artist but I think it speaks for itself. Dollar bill y’all! Care of MoneyMumboJumbo, click on the link for more amazing examples.
On March 13, there will be a worldwide launch of the ‘Objects Without Property‘ project, a fundraiser to make it possible for others to make things happen during their residency at PAF (=PerformingArtsForum).
PAF is located in a ginormous ex-convent school (since apocolyptic cult dwelling then german inhabited then aspiring ice hockey museum) now artists’ residence in a small village in northern France.
This is a truly magical place. Forget about quaint French village. Other than the cherry trees, wild poppies and the fact that the village consists of little more than two bakeries and a fete hall, there is nothing quaint about this place at all. It’s a wild rumpus where anything can happen. Where there is only one rule: “The doer decides.”
In all the popular talk of globalization and social networking and the like it is easy to get the sense that there is this inevitable process of increasing inter-connectivity occurring around the globe, and to a large extent this is true for the swollen middle and upper classes of the developed and parts of the developing world. The dark side of this story is the increasing prevalence of the simple but brutal entity called the wall and its divisive and violent application against certain peoples. The Wall with a capital double u is increasingly used and increasingly applied as a devise of division and oppression. Most obviously in places like Palestine, but also in a thousand other walled sub-divisions, shopping malls, and prisons. Please spare a moment to watch this short clip on the wall in Palestine and the remarkable artistic responses to its daily intrusion.
I’ve been doing my fair share of flying lately, and have become a little slack with my attempts to make sure I’m not carrying prohibited objects. Amazingly in the past week, and on international flights I managed to take: 1 swiss army pocket knife, 1 leatherman, and 1 sharp shard of glass around 100mm long. All these objects were picked up when I went to get on connecting domestics flights. While all this is rather comic from my point of view (apart from getting my leatherman confiscated), I can’t help it reveals the pointlessness of this whole scare mongering security exercise.
In the first instance its obviously pretty easy to get sharp or dangerous good onto a plane: pens, pencils, duty freeglass bottles, etc. They even give out steel knifes and forks! The reality is that anyone with any military or martial arts training can do violent and fatal damage if they want.
The primary ways that terrorist attacks are stopped through a. a few simple security features like locking the pilots away. b. training airline staff well. It is remarkable how few successful terrorist attempts are carried out on plans and this on the most part because of the huge resources put into surveillance and observation long before anyone gets of the ground.
It strikes me that all this security bizzo is really about making governments look like they are doing something by making us do something for them. Its a similar logic to environmental behavior like household water and recycling, which are good in principle, but almost entirely pointless if industry is allowed to pollute and externalize its environmental destruction.
Here’s some ideas for freerange 3…. What do you all think?
The format is going to change this year, we will release 3 shorter free online pdfs as the year progresses and then finish each year with beautiful printed version that will be released to some book stores.
Also we are going to do some printing of freerange one and two soon!
In July/August last year Global Studio worked with communities on a number of projects in the township of Diepsloot, which is on the outskirts of northern Johannesburg. One project was led by Mike Hornblow of RMIT Uni in Melbourne, he spent the month creating an amazing video of the various Hip Hop and Dance troupes in the town. visit www.theglobalstudio.com for more info. Have a look at the vid below. Its awesome.
The Flaming Lips Wayne Coyle takes us on a tour of his house in the midst of refurbishment. Finished it packs a little more heat than this crappy video suggests, take a look at the pictures at Design Milk.
Massive movie recommendation: Chop Shop by Ramin Bahrani. I’m not sure this trailer captures much of the awesome spirit of this film, but Eberts adoring blog post might give you some idea of the Love it generates:
Certainly it taught me some things about living poor in New York, and as a piece of film craft its masterful at creating sad and joyous new imagery. Big rec for anybody who felt Slumdog missed the point entirely!