This week we're having back-to-back chats during, and after our normal potluck (in Philly & on Skype, see below) schedule:
6 - 8PM: Randall Szott
8-10PM: Patrick Lichty
If any of you can stick around for the second chat, we'll be having it in second life - this should be a strange and interesting experience so please stay until 10 if you can! More about each chat below:
Potluck Chat: Randall Szott
December 8, 2009 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
It is our pleasure to have Randall Szott with us this Tuesday, a few days before he sets off to sea in the merchant marine. Conversation may or may not include talk of eggnog bread pudding, art’work’ and the art of leisure, collective research as aesthetic activity and everything between. For your reading pleasure:
(most recent “writing”): http://thedepartmentofaesthetics.wordpress.com/2009/12/02/art-work-leisure-2/
(most recent “project”): http://www.three-walls.org/calendar/2009/10/in-search-of-the-mundane.php
(old, but best info for the patient): http://intheconversation.blogs.com/art/2008/03/interview-with.html#more
(the central repository): http://claimid.com/leisurearts
Szott alternates between life in Oak Park, Illinois and various locations along the coastline of the southeastern United States on the largest US owned hopper dredge. His life is a series of three-week cycles on land and three at sea. He believes himself to be the only cook in the merchant marine with an MA in Interdisciplinary Art and an MFA in Art Critical Practices.
Potluck Chat: Patrick Lichty
December 8, 2009 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
This week we’ll be also talking with Patrick Lichty about his collaborative performance work in and out of virtual space.
Since 2006 Lichty has been collaborating in Second Front, the first performance art group in Second Life. Second Front quickly grew to its current seven-member troupe that includes Gazira Babeli (Italy), Yael Gilks (London), Bibbe Hansen (New York), Doug Jarvis (Victoria), Scott Kildall (San Francisco), Patrick Lichty (Chicago) and Liz Solo (St. Johns). Second Front has performed extensively both in-world and in galleries and museums. Though the artists perform remotely their performances have been shown live in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Brussels, Berlin, Vancouver and many other cities. The group has been written about in publications including ArtForum, Art in America, Realtime Arts (Australia), Exibart (Italy) and Digital Art, Second Edition (by Christiane Paul). Taking their influences from numerous sources, including Dada, Fluxus, Futurist Syntesi, the Situationist International and contemporary performance artists such as Laurie Anderson and Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Second Front creates score-based performances and interventions that challenge notions of traditional performance, virtual embodiment and the culture of immateriality.
Lichty is currently doing an honorary virtual residency with EYEBEAM. This project is happening in Second Life, and involves a character named Andy, a collective avatar loosely based on the life of Andy Warhol.
Patrick Lichty is a technologically-based conceptual artist, writer, independent curator, animator for the activist group, The Yes Men, and Executive Editor of Intelligent Agent Magazine. He began showing technological media art in 1989, and deals with works and writing that explore the social relations between us and media. Venues in which Lichty has been involved with solo and collaborative works include the Whitney & Turin Biennials, Maribor Triennial, Performa Performance Biennial, Ars Electronica, and the International Symposium on the Electronic Arts (ISEA). He also works extensively with virtual worlds, including Second Life, and his work, both solo and with his performance art group, Second Front, has been featured in Flash Art, Eikon Milan, and ArtNews.
From Lichty’s statement:
“Since 1990, I have pursued art and writing that explores how we relate to one another through technology and how we relate to it. This includes art, media, and computer technology. Media are one of the “glues” of civilization, and this glue is as fundamental in representing all aspects of society, culture, and interpersonal relations. I explore this through critical theory, conceptual New Media art, and performance/social intervention. …”
See you all Then!
Join us every Tuesday night - in person, or on Skype, skypename: ‘basekamp’
If you come to the potluck in person, be sure to bring a dish :)
(basekamp space: 723 Chestnut St, 2nd floor, Philadelphia usa)