Performance Piece by artist Ken Becker from Dorothy Santos on Vimeo.

One of your brilliant classmates hacks open a sculptural work during a performance piece. I will be posting more pictures this weekend but one of the graduate wide electives I took this past semester was Sound, Music, and Technology. Ken was in my class and when he proposed his project, it was difficult for me to envision it other than him destroying something he built. Then, the night of our final projects exhibition arrived. We all gathered in The Nave at California College of the Arts (CCA) on the San Francisco campus and watched his performance. Fortunately, I have pretty steady hands and was able to get Ken in action. Watch it and feel free to comment. Personally, I love his piece BUT I’m curious what you think before I start sharing my opinion and breaking it down. Enjoy!

Free Money Sticky Fingers from Hypermodern – Pete Ippel on Vimeo.

Artist Pete Ippel created Free Money, Sticky Fingers specifically for “100 Performances for the Hole – Take Two” an art show curated by Justin Hoover at SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, California, March 6th, 2010.

~ Text Source: Artist’s Vimeo Profile

Third Strike: 100 Performances for the Hole

What: Third Strike: 100 Performances for The Hole

When: December 10, 2011, 5:58PM–midnight

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $10 suggested donation

Each performance lasts just two minutes and takes place in, around, in contradiction of, or is inspired by “The Hole,” a 100-year-old mechanics pit in the floor of the SOMArts Main Gallery.

Past performances have included the unorthodox usage of bodily orifices, a set from a heavy metal band, and ritualistic offerings. Who knows what may transpire this year when 100 brave and experimental performers take to the hole? Don’t miss San Francisco’s most punk rock performance art biennale!

~ Text Source: SOMArts Cultural Center Website

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One of the most intriguing things about the world-wide web is its virtual tumbleweed of randomness (aka Spam messaging). In the past couple of days, I received about 20+ spam messages in my WordPress Comment Inbox BUT this one in particular intrigued me. First, I have a strange fascination with its length. Quite frankly, I can’t help but look at it. I don’t dare read it word for word but what would happen if I did? Or, reading parts versus the whole? It’s not the humdrum message about lengthening my non-existent penis or discount drugs. It’s, literally, a hodge podge of nothingness (two smilies in tow) and you know what, I kinda dig it. You’re probably thinking I’m crazy but there’s something about the modern-day ‘junk’ mail and virtual clutter we receive that really makes me wonder – where does it all come from?

I’m also reminded of video work, New News, by art collective/performers, What We Know So Far. Then again, what doesn’t remind me of art?

The pseudo news reporting is actually text from spam e-mail messages. You have to listen carefully but isn’t it strange how it seems, looks, and feels like a legitimate news cast? Now, imagine watching news in a foreign language. Would there be something particularly meaningful to you? Probably not because you wouldn’t know what is being communicated but what visual cues give way to its importance or unimportance? Anyway, this is why I enjoy work such as New News. It’s a great commentary on culture, media, and our collective attention spans.

New News from Mike Rugnetta on Vimeo.

Enjoy, reflect, and feel free to comment on this [random, non sequitur] use of language.

Artist: Chris Burden | Title: Through the Night Softly

After seeing the performance pieces this past Sunday at the Ever After exhibition, I started thinking about how performance art has changed over the years. OFFSpace Founder, Kathrine Worel and I were talking about how there’s a fixation to document and showcase (as much as we possibly can). Being present (truly in the moment) without documentation is so difficult these days. I started thinking about Chris Burden’s work. Specifically, his work Through the Night Softly. It made me think about all the things you can and cannot do on television. Anyway, watch the video…