January, 2013 Monthly archive

This is just so amazingly wonderful! Reddit user CasinoRoy dresses up as Facebook users with the same name as himself and friend requests them. Check out his Imgur to see them all …



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Please follow this link to go to the page of my Unit 1 Assesment.


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I was lucky enough to have a long talk with the Danish Fluxus Artist Knud Pedersen in the end of November. Knud is the founder of the Art Library, a special library where you can rent art for a very low price. He was also one of the key organizers of the most important Fluxus events in Copenhagen, amongst them the famous Copenhagen Fluxfest of 1963.

Knud is also the owner of a large collection of Fluxus works which he calls the Fluxus Archive, he promised to show me this archive soon but I have not had the chance to come by yet so I hope the offer still stands.

Knud told me that in his opinion some of the Fluxus performances became to person orientated as the artists personal fame grew. So, in 1993, for the celebration of the 30 years of Fluxus Copenhagen, he came up with a concept called “Art ala Carte”. The audience where placed at dining tables and could order Fluxus events and objects from a menu. They were then given the remedies to create the events, and instead of watching perfomances they could create them themselves.

Here are some photos I took of the menu which he had kept in his office, I think the idea is just wonderful!

This work really got me thinking, it is in it’s own way a Fluxus art piece in its own right!

In my opinion Knud is a very important local contributor to Fluxus, as he was both a contributor and an organiser.

It’s was a big inspiration and honor to meet such a noteworthy person and I was very moved by the time he gave me (we talked for hours!). He was not up for a real interview, but instead he referred me to an interview given to the Danish TV station TV4 in 1998 back which I have transcribed for my Research Paper records. Here is an excerpt:

They [the Fluxus Group] came over in November of ‘62, and they made the first Fluxus concert (Fluxfest). One should be careful what you

call a concert. ‘Concert’ just meant that there was a music audience, and it also meant that there were music reviewers. But it had nothing to do with a concert. It was a performance that totally turned the established concepts of art scene upside down. We had been told that in Wiesbaden, eggs and tomatoes hat had been thrown at them, but when we saw
the show in Nicholas Church, we understood what it was that was so different. One of the acts, for example, was ‘633 times for Henry Flint’, this meant that someone sat down and banged on a piano 633 times, like this. I actually think it was half an hour to forty-five minutes long, that piece. There was a violin piece, where the guru amongst the Fluxus artist, George Maciunas, walked on stage and opened the violin case which revieled a trumpet instead. Because it only contained a trumpet he couldn’t do a violin concert, so he closed the case and walked out again.

We were very confused, and TV – there was only one TV station at the time – they had built tall scaffolding inside the church and planned to record the concert. A few days later, on the town hall square, I saw a BT News placard that read: “TV cancels concert because of bad taste.”

The next night at the second concert, we had a final number that was quite interesting. A bus had been rented, and it was announced from the stage that the final act would be performed in the bus parked outside Nikolaj Church. The audience rushed out to get a seat. Since there wasn’t room for more than 40-45 people, the bus was packed. It was ten to ten thirty in the evening, and when the bus was full. The doors closed and the bus started. It then drove – in one stretch – all the way down to the town square of Ringsted. We had an agreement with the driver that if he stopped or opened the door on the trip, he would not get a penny. It was half past eleven in the evening when he stopped in the square of Ringsted. Then the doors opened and the audience was told: “The concert is over.” The people had to get out and try to find their way back to Copenhagen as well as they could. Some of them went to the police station and others went to a hotel. And some, those who had been at the police station, came back the next evening and happily paid the entree fee again. They wanted more, of course.

It was unique what was happening. It’s strange to describe Fluxus, with examples, that don’t work. It may illuminate something, but it can’t tell anything about the core idea of it. On the backdrop behind the altar space, Arthur Køpcke had written: “We create music that is poetry and theater that is painting. We unfold an unspecialized fantasy”. And that is actually goes into the heart and the roots of what Fluxus are. It is not music. It isn’t painting. It isn’t literature and you can’t paint a painting in a way that that makes it become a Fluxus painting. You can’t play a piece of music in a way that makes it a piece Fluxus music. It is something entirely different. In my opinion, we are almost looking at a kind of artistic basic research, which takes fundamental things from the music, from literature, and then treats it in new different ways, and not necessarily even by artists.

From :

Fluxus – In remembrance of an art form. Told by Knud Pedersen, Production: Prime Vision, TV 4 1998


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I keep finding these fun examples of how thumbnails by chance end up creating fun Exquisite Corpse like pictures.

Here are some I saved from my Facebook feed:

This is quite cute

This one I already posted …

And here’s a competition from Scandinavian Airlines that uses the effect nicely (it was shut down though because you can’t hijack Facebook features for commercial use anymore).


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I have been fiddling with an idea for the MA for a while and hope to launch it soon. I know I should not be scared to post these things on the blog because it is my record and it needs to be updated regularly to work, the problem is that the world I come from (the advertising business) is very secretive and the WORST thing that can happen is that someone steels your idea. BUT in two days it is time for the Unit 1 assessment so I really do not have a choice, I have to post the idea now. For a while I was considering if this idea should be my main project, but my decision is to make a series of Social Media projects and exhibit them all together. This is also due to the lang talk I had with Knud Pedersen (the Danish Fluxus and Mail artist). He pointed out that I was becoming to attached to one medium (Instagram) and it might end up limiting my work. I can see what he meant.

Project title: #iseefaces #iseelegs.

Fact: One of the most trending hashtags on Instagram is #iseefaces. The #iseefaces tag is used for photos of objects that look like faces. There is also a similar (though not as popular) hashtag called #iseelegs

Idea: Inspired by the Exquisite Corpse drawings my idea is to animate these dead objects further by adding “legs” to them.

Using the Instagram API the website (WP based) will pull the most recent #iseefaces and #iseelegs tagged pictures onto the frontpage of the site. Viewers may shuffle them and scroll back and forth to create new “creatures”. The site will be updated in real time so you can alter the site by uploading pictures through our own IG account.

For the final MA show I would love to build two large electrical cubes that can turn. The IG pictures should be projected onto using image mapping them and every time a new image is uploaded the cubes turn and a new image appears.


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Slightly non MA-related post:

A couple of weeks ago my three partners and myself launched a new social gaming app for mobile called Friendly. It’s based on the idea of the classic Who’s Who boardgame, but because it’s Facebook connected you now can guess your friends.

It’s been quite a learning process, it’s our first game off course, the first time we worked with Facebook connect (relevant for this MA!), and it’s the first time we have tried launching something this huge without the kind off budget that people like Zynga and Rovio have.

It’s out for iPhone now, and will be ready for Android in the next couple of days.

We made a little case video for it like we did with Concept Maker and you can download it from AppStore here.

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I am planning a new run on my #venusreborn project. It seems like it would be good since:

A) It was actually never meant to be a standalone project,


B) As I mentioned earlier the new Instagram layout kinda broke the old project.

I have been debating with myself if I should choose another image for the next try but I think I will stick to the Birth of Venus. It is one of the most iconic images of all time and it has more details than many other famous paintings – also with a new image I would have to change the name = not good. So next thing I will have to create an invitation – I think it would be great if I could get enough participants without having to to special invitations. Off course a personal invitation could be a guarantee for quality submissions but it’s not as social as people joining out of interest. This dilemma is also important to me because I’ve been reading about Mail Art for my Research Paper and often Mail Art projects are very exclusive and invitation only.

Here is the layout for the next #venusreborn


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One of the murals in the Church of Born Jesus in the historical town Old Goa in India, has a striking resemblance to the famously poorly restored Ecce Homo mural I have mentioned earlier here.



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