public art

First Person: Mulholland Dérive (Los Angeles, USA)

The latest edition of Los Angeles Road Concerts, an annual daylong art/performance/music/literary event that takes over the entire length of one of the city’s iconic boulevards, took place on Mulholland Drive yesterday. It was very cleverly named Mulholland Dérive, after a Situationist strategy for combating the numbing effects of capitalism. In the words of theorist Guy Debord, “In a dérive [people] drop their relations, their work and leisure activities, and all their other usual motives for movement and action, and let themselves be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there.” It’s a sexy proposition, and previous incarnations of the Road Concerts (taking place on Sunset Boulevard, Washington Boulevard, and San Fernando Road) have been filled with an exub...

In Performance: The Office of Blame Accountability (Online)

 The Office of Blame Accountability is a long-term collaborative online social performance project created by Carla Repice and Geoffrey Cunningham. Begun way back in 2007, the artists have set up shop–a table with a typewriter and red phone, often times in outdoor places–all over the United States, including Ground Zero and Democratic and Republican National Conventions. By providing a simple form to fill out, they create an anonymous way for people to achieve self-awareness by identifying what issues of blame exist in their own psyches. Carla and Geoff view their roles as facilitators in the public space, in order to provoke regular citizens to feel accountable for their own performance of finger pointing. For September’s Now.Here.This, a project series of 3-art, participants ...

In Performance: Kate Watson-Wallace’s Auto (Philadelphia, PA)

Kate Watson-Wallace/anonymous bodies Auto April 28 – May 1, 2001 Tickets East Falls Center Parking Garage 3300 Henry Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19129. AUTO is a movement installation that takes place in and around a moving vehicle. Using the landscape of a parking garage, audience members move and are moved through a series of performance vignettes that inhabit the at once private and public space that is a car. AUTO investigates the body of performer/driver, the body of witness/passenger, and the body of the car itself. AUTO explores how we communicate when we are encased in a small piece of metal that can speed, stop, lock us in, blow us up, or crash at any moment. AUTO is a performance that takes place inside a parking garage. Audience members will be asked to walk throughout the gar...