That's right - it was a rip of GRL.
The ironic thing of the whole matter, is that I was showing my students
in two classes the Ars footage of GRL the day before this whole thing
My viral media lecture is going to be moved up about 8 weeks.
The whole thing is just inane. The news coverage was about a "hoax
Device", where I had no idea that any intent like that was even
attempted. Another source cais with was made with lite-brites; another
Makes me feel like I have really been living at the high altitudes.
Where was I at when all reason completely buckled?
I've said it before - I lost a couple friends in the towers on 9/11, and
a cousin in Oklahoma; that actually hit my family harder.
However, the US is just so freaked out that it's just ridiculous. This
place has got to get a grip.
- Interactive Arts & Media
Columbia College, Chicago
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The whole thing is a rip off of Graffiti Research Labs, right? (right?)
market some stupid corporate product. That the people who installed the
boards are "artists" is irrelevant: it was not their work or any form of
"art" - they were just hired to do a job and were paid $300 each to put
40 boards. That they were smug and smarmy about the whole thing at the
arraignment and in their press interaction was just embarrassing: they
thought it all was about them (showing a really ugly side of artists'
hunger for attention and self involvement) when they were actually just
paid hirelings of the marketing company. There is no "art" part in any
this, whatever the press may have latched on to (or those fellows may
presumptions about). It is more about the intrusion of corporate
advertising illegally into the public space (i.e. corporate graffiti)
the ease with which any artistic practice can be co-opted towards
(i.e. marketing) ends.
The pathetic thing is that these two fellows will probably put it on
resumes. I guess the other pathetic thing is that the "art types" at the
marketing company (http://www.interferenceinc.com/
) are probably on this
-Roy Pardi (Boston)
At 5:16 PM -0800 2/2/07, Steve OR Steven Read wrote:
>Here my cents. This is a bizarre case in all directions. These guys
>like 'artists', but they were hired by a marketing firm for their
>corporate client to advertise corporate products. This is the work of
>axis of evil, not artists. Its messed up because they are using a
>which simulates artistic production. But the media and police has so
>blamed them (the 2 'artists'), instead of blaming the marketing company
>corporate client. This is maybe because they look like 'artists'. The
>'artists' seem to both want and not want credit, for obvious reasons.
>what I heard, the marketing company and corporate client told the
>'artists' to stay on the down-low when the shit hit the fan. It was
>clearly those higher entities which made it get worse. Yet do we see
>arrests of anyone besides the 'artists'? We will I hope... I say let
>'artists' go free, but don't let them become heroes because they acted
>the side of the 'bad guys' in my opinion.
>I both dislike and like these 'artists' in this case. I like the work
>made. But I dislike the fact that it was made for corporate marketing
>purposes, and disguised as 'street art'. Its not street art, its
>corporate garbage. Don't get me wrong, I love the cartoon but I don't
>to see advertisements about it like this. I dislike their installation
>choices, using targets that imply terrorism. Who's idea was that I
>I of course also dislike the media and the law in this so far, idiots,
>then again I think their confusion is natural because I too am
>But I love the fact that its all happening and its all blurred
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