For the past five months Seattle's Oliver family (Carol, Mike, Nigel, Pete, Syd, and Mary) have been diligently working to complete all sixty-three of the assignments set out in Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July's popular web project Learning to Love You More. The fruits of their labor were installed this weekend at the annual Seattle art and music festival, Bumbershoot, and can be seen in their entirety at LTLYM. Their own blog, Learning to Love Ourselves More, goes beyond the final products and documents their process from beginning to end--including the distribution of assignments, trips to the art supply store, and the personal negotiations and judgments on each other's work. LTLOM is a testament to the strength of Fletcher and July's original concept and the Olivers' actualization of the site's enthusiasm and involvement points emphatically to the transformative and inclusionary potential of the web.
This week Vancouver's Western Front will open Tokyo-based artist and musician Ujino Muneteru's first solo show in North America. The large-scale installation highlights Muneteru's latest project, The Rotators, a band consisting of instruments the artist constructs from everyday household items such as blenders, hair dryers, pots and pans, and turntables--all driven by the artist's custom control system, Rotatorhead. Influenced by dance music and culture, Muneteru's multi-faceted practice has roots in the performative tendencies of the Futurists, Dada, and the likes of John Cage and Nam June Paik. The exhibition opens September 6th with a live performance of Ujino and the Rotators. There will also be an instrument-building workshop led by the artist on September 5th and an artist talk on September 8th.