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Karriere is a newly opened and much hyped (rightfully so) bar in Copenhagen where everything from the name to the interior has been designed by a long list of artists, such as Olafur Eliasson, Ceal Floyer, Douglas Gordon, Jesper Just, Robert Stadler, Dan Graham etc.
Now, the price on selected drinks at Karriere Bar has been turned into a work of art by artist Kenneth A. Balfelt, who created a 'price policy' that experiments with the relation between price- and social structures.
The new prices are determined by your look and circumstances related to your person. It is the waiters and bartenders who decide if you qualify for the special prices
Some price examples: Yuppies pay extra for beer. Hippies and activists pay extra for organic soda. The homeless get a discount on cafe cortado. Gay couples who French kiss for 30 seconds get a discount on apfelschorle. Immigrants, asians who speak Danish as well as blacks in company of whites get various discounts. And so on.
Probably not politically correct, but it should generate some unexpected and interesting situations!
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 23, 2008
The Williamsburg gallery Cinders has put together an imaginative show currently on display at Space 1026 in Philadelphia.
Through sculptural installations, drawings and paintings the show explores the notion of 'spaces': from outerspace to physical space, cramped spaces etc.
There are some intriguing interpretations, such as the tactile flash light by Sto (image).
A review and more photos available here.
Posted by Sebastian on Mar 22, 2008
The New York based prankster collective Improv Everywhere has been busy again.
For their latest mission, three 'agents' entered a Starbucks one by one with their own giant desktop computer, monitor and keyboard. They bought coffee and worked at their computers as if they were laptops.
As usual, their mission is well documented!
Related: Operation Best Buy
Posted by Sebastian on Feb 19, 2008
Failure Support Group is an event that focus on failure in artistic projects.
The event involves a series of 5-minute presentations of failures and discussion of issues such as: Why do art projects fail? Is there a recipe for failure? Are certain methodologies more prone to failure than others? What is at stake in acknowledging failure?
Failure Support Group will take place Friday Feb 29th at Democracy Center, Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA (space is limited).
Hopefully, the presentations will be documented online. Should be interesting, inspirational - and potentially fun!
'Bubble Star at Home' is series of intimate punk-electronic mini-concerts that took place in private Parisian homes around 2002/03.
The concerts could be booked from a website and was performed by artist/singer Bubble Star (aka Isabelle le Doussal) who is perhaps best known as the lead singer of the French indie-rock band Prototypes that recently had a song featured in an iPod add.
Today, the home-service is inactive but there is still some evidence of its existence at the website of cultural production company DokiDoki. 'Bubble Star at Home' was performed, a few years before YouTube existed, which probably explains the mini-sized video documentation.
Related1: a few months ago, before giving a concert in Copenhagen, Marilyn Manson warmed up by playing a few songs in a small private apartment.
Related2: home-performances by SU-EN and Nuria Dina.
Posted by Sebastian on Nov 22, 2007
Time in Objects is a speculative design project by Louise Klinker and Anab Jain that plays with the notion of time.
Louise and Anab looked at various everyday objects such as books, pens and cigarettes asking what would happen if we were made visibly aware of the time it takes to consume them.
What happens if page numbers in books are replaced by the time you're supposed to take reading them? Or if you could order a 10 or 30 minute pint at the pub?
The theme of the project resembles the practice of Chris Speed who in 1999 created WordTime, which is a simple control panel that allow users of Microsoft Word to calculate when their work will be done. Users simply enter the amount of words they anticipate producing and WordTime calculates when the work is completed.
Posted by Sebastian on Oct 14, 2007
Bureau of Workplace Interruptions is a time-stealing agency who work with employees to interrupt the flow of their workday. The purpose is to invigorate some of the time people spend at work in order to create new experiences and possibilities outside the flow of capital.
So, if you're an employee who needs a break from the daily routines you can apply for an interruption at the bureau's website. Subsequently, they will do their best to find the right interruption for you.
When planning the event, they'll take your occupation, work hours, and the means by which they can contact you into consideration. The interruption can take place via mail, email, telephone or, if you're lucky, a workplace visit.
Don't worry. The Bureau of Workplace Interruptions will strive to keep their actions invisible to your employer!
One of my favorite art shows this year was Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting at the Musuem of Arts & Design in New York. A timely exhibition of work by international artists using fiber in unexpected and unorthodox ways.
Within the past 5 years or so, knitting has experienced quite a renaissance and it is no longer viewed as something of the 70's. One of the reasons for this comeback is the fashion cycle which traditionally brings dead things back into life sooner or later. Another reason is the possibilities and inspiration that new technologies provide.
An example of the latter is the knitting project Schalalala! by Rüdiger Schlömer (not included in the aforementioned exhibition).
Schalalala! is a fan-scarf project inspired by social media and remix culture. The project addresses the lack of flexibility and individual freedom when supporting a sport club. Either you are for team A or team B, you are with or against it.
In response to this situation, Rüdiger created a web based interface where people can re-mix existing club scarves in order to meet the individual need for flexibility, customization and fashion.
Schalalala! is primarily a digital project but people are encouraged to use the website as inspiration for knitting their own multi-fan-club scarves.
Related entry: Generative Knitting
Hema is a popular Dutch department store chain selling low pricing housewares and other items made by Hema itself.
According to the media foundation Mediamatic in Amsterdam, Hema is the most public manifestation of Dutch culture. Some countries find their identity in churches, the Dutch identify with Hema; a living monument of practical colorful clearness with value for the money.
And so, in relation to a project on Arabic-Dutch art, design and culture, Mediamatic launched the competition 'El Hema' that explore what an Arabic version of the Dutch cultural brand Hema look like. What would the typography look like? What items would they sell? What would be the opening hours?
People are invited to submit their ideas and designs for El Hema products and concepts. The best submissions will be included in an exhibition and the best overall idea will receive an award.
Originally, the real Hema was not too happy with the idea and threatened to take legal action but apparently they changed their minds and are now part of the jury that will select the best design(s). If you can't beat them, join them.
Posted by Sebastian on Jul 16, 2007
AVANT-GARDE DATING is a new experimental dating service for artists.
In contrast to traditional dating services, the primary aim of AVANT-GARDE DATING is not to match artists looking for a romantic/sexual relationship but to match artists who are interested in investigating issues associated with relationships.
In order to apply, individuals must explain how they will explore the conventions of monogamous love, challenge the idea of artistic collaboration and/or explore one of the other numerous stereotypes of human pairing.
Based on the application, the Dating Board will match artists with each other and three outstanding 'couples' will be rewarded a 1-week exhibition during the Art Forum in Berlin (Sep-Oct 2007) to further explore the concept of human partnering.
AVANT-GARDE DATING is a project by Wooloo, an artists-run organization based in Berlin, Germany.
Semi-related: GayMobile - another experimental community service.