Holly Crawford
Since 2005
Works in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Holly Crawford is cross media artist, behavioral scientist, economist and art historian. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Essex in Art History and Theory, B.A and M.A. in Economics and M.S. in Behavioral Science from UCLA. From 2004-2006, she was a non-clinical Fellow at NYU Medical School Psychoanalytic Center. Her art and poetry (www.art-poetry.info) give new meanings and draws categories themselves into question through transformative juxtapositions. Her projects include: Offerings (Ars Electronica, (.net Participant); Open Adoption, The Road, Hyphens, Voice Over, Found Punctuation (video) Tate Modern 2007, My I have your autograph? (unofficial, Basel Miami Art Fair 2007), Critical Conversations in a Limo, NY 2006 (VIP project, Armory), 2007 in Melbourne (MIAF) & San Francisco (The LAB & Sesnon Gallery UCSC), Sound Art Limo, NY and Melbourne 2007, Flatland Limo, NYC 2008. Many projects are ongoing, site specific and participatory. Publications: Artistic Bedfellows, ed., 2008, Attached to the Mouse, 2006 and catalogue essay, “Disney and Pop” in Once Upon a Time Walt Disney Studio; Artistic Bedfellows, edited, 2008. Some projects are created and curated through AC (Art Currents) which she created and directs, www.artcurrents.org She taught art at UCLA and SVA. She was born in California and now lives in New York City.
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China Blue's CD Release Party!

Sat Nov 01, 2008 00:00 - Tue Oct 21, 2008

AC [ Direct ] 547 W. 27th St, #519 New York, NY 10001
a non-profit space, 501 (3) c

Join us for the CD release of China Blue's "Under Voices / Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel" on Saturday November 1, 2008, 4:00-6:00pm

With "Under Voices / Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel," China Blue discovers music in the vibrations of the Eiffel Tower

Since 1889, the world has assumed they knew the famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. In October of 2007, international artist China Blue discovered a hidden dimension of the structure — its sound. Using scientific recording equipment, she reveals the structure to be a living, constantly fluxing, iron organism.

This architectural wonder produces a pulsing range of sounds, spanning from wind and traffic induced iron vibrations to the hum of the steel chassis in the machine room. Interlaced with these structural sounds are the human reverberations from the thousands of visitors.

These first ever sampled sounds are the basis of the work she just released: "Under Voices: Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel," available as CDs: http://cdbaby.com/cd/chinablue2 and limited edition thumb drives: http://cdbaby.com/cd/chinablue3 through CD Baby.

About the Artist: China Blue is an internationally exhibiting artist who pursues the intersection of sound and architecture. She was an adjunct professor and fellow at Brown University in the United States. Her work has been shown, galleries and non-profit spaces in Finland, Sweden, France and the US. She was the US representative at OPENXI in Venice Italy, an exhibition held in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale. Her work has been in the Melbourne International Arts Festival in Australia and the Armory Fair in New York. Her work has been reviewed by the New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, artCritical, NY Arts to name a few. She has been interviewed by France 3 (TV), for the film "Com-mu-nity" produced by the Architecture Institute of America and was the featured artist for the 2006 annual meeting of the Acoustic Society of America.

AC [ Institute Unlimited Direct Chapel ]

Gallery Hours:
#519, #529 & North Alcove
Wednesday through Saturday: 12-5pm, Thursday: 12-8pm

547 W. 27th St, #519 New York, NY 10001

Holly Crawford, Director: hc@artcurrents.org
Christine Licata, Gallery Manager: cl@artcurrents.org

AC's mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion.

We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective.


Artistic Bedfellows, Histories Theories & Conversations in Collaborative Art Practices

Tue Sep 30, 2008 00:00 - Tue Sep 30, 2008

New Book

Artistic Bedfellows, edited by Holly Crawford

Released 9/28/09 Published by UPA/Roman & Littlefield.

Although the modernist notion of art as autonomous
has been thoroughly contested, the discourse of the
artist as celebrated individual persists. As a counter
to that, this eclectic collection of writings on
'collaboration as a cultural practice' starts from the
standpoint that collective approaches have been a
characteristic feature of artistic production
throughout the 20th century and that a rich cultural and
artistic interchange results from shared experience
and dialogue. Informed by contemporary notions of an
emergent 'relational' sensibility and participative
forms of social and cultural activity (such as the
worldwide web) the editor, Holly Crawford, brings together a series
of interviews, essays, conversations
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artists, critics, writers and musicians explore a
range of histories, discourses and theories relating
to communal, collective practices including FLUXUS, Zero, GRAV
and SPUR in mid-20th century, women artists in the GDR and
the Critical Art Ensemble in the Eighties and the
experimental New Social Art School set up in Aberdeen
in 2004. The resulting anthology, a considerable
collaborative project in its own right, challenges[/img][/img]
orthodoxies and engages in the vital and current
debate within the global artistic community about
participative cooperative approaches.


Aqua Alta

Thu Sep 25, 2008 00:00 - Sun Sep 14, 2008

Aqua Alta


China Blue

547 W. 27th St. 519
NY, NY 10001

Sept 25-October 18, 2008

Opening: September 27, 2008
4-6 pm

"Aqua Alta," is exhibited concurrently at the AC [Direct] in New York City and at OPEN XI, in San Servolo, Venice, Italy in conjunction with the architecture biennale.

“Aqua Alta” submerges the listener in the sounds and the effect of the water of and on Venice. What will be heard will be not only the unique sounds of lapping water, cavitation from waves, the sounds of the various sonic sea life native to the lagoon that are also threatened by the changes in the water due to global warming and from above the water the people who are impacting the environment.

In San Servolo "Aqua Alta" is positioned in a portico of the Benedictine monastery. Exhibiting this work in the open space against the historical backdrop of a stunning example of medieval architecture, and simultaneously in the centrally located, urban gallery in the Chelsea section of New York City, effectively invokes thoughts on global warming and the impact of rising waters on not only on Venice but all of our costal cities and cultural repositories around the world.



Wed Dec 31, 2008 00:00

AC[Institute Direct Unlimited Chapel]
547 W. 27th St., #519-529 & north alcove

Call for Proposals/Participation

AC is a non-profit, 501 (c) 3, in Chelsea. Our previous projects--Critical Conversations in a Limo, Sound Art Limo and Flatland Limo, used a white limo as an experimental space. We are a still experimenting. We will be exhibiting sound art, video, installation, light and performance.

Please submit via email without attachements. Please include proposal (project and how it would be installed or exhibited), short bio and website. You may
also mail information. No orginals. Nothing will be returned without SASE.


A building that is more than 100 years old, as this building is, conceals many histories. The building has had many lives and residents. It is now an exhibition space for art. We opened a door and then a box. This is what we found. image

Unearthed is an extended project that might last for a year, that uses a relatively simple device -a human skeleton- in order to instigate a much wider series of responses and relationships.

The object is a departure point, Unearthed re-examines the strategy of presenting an object inside of textual concept. The object is an imperfect and flawed, but basic “life” model found in all art departments and medical schools. It is a plastic artifact. It is a model, the basic sculptural form, our hidden physical structure that is used as a device that mirrors or reflects the ultimate human condition. The key concerns of the project are the issues of the human condition, hidden structures in our lives and art, private and public worlds, and relationships with the larger institutional framework, trade and globalization, art and science.

Unearthed is also a delivery mechanism for projects such as video and writing to be presented.

Holly Crawford: hc@artcurrents.org - regarding questions and submissions

Submissions maybe emailed or posted to the addresses below.

AC [Direct]
547 W 27th St., Suite 529
NY, NY 10001


Critical Conversations in a Limo, San Francisco

Thu May 01, 2008 00:00 - Mon Apr 21, 2008

Subversive Complicity

Special Event:
created by Holly Crawford
May 1: 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m. at The LAB
Hop into a white limousine with eight strangers to converse about anything in art for one hour. Hosts, who are critics and curators, will guide conversations and offer refreshments. The limo will leave from and return to The LAB, 16th and Capp St. Reserve your free space by calling the gallery at (415) 864-8855.

Exhibition runs: May 1-24, 2008
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1, 6-9 PM
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM

Featuring: Laurel Beckman; Chris Barr; Julia Bradshaw, James Morgan, and Bennett Goble; Elisheva Biernoff; Cesar Cornejo; Holly Crawford; Sharon Daniel; Bryan and Vita Hewitt with Chuck, Inc.; Heike Liss and Ellen Lake; Bradley McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry; Neighborhood Sign Club with Alison Pebworth, Leigh Ann Martin, and Megan Saperstein; Nancy Nisbet; Jennifer Parker with Matthew McGuinness; Sasha Petrenko; Johanna Poethig with VPA Painting and Mural Class, CSU Monterey Bay; Alyssa C. Salomon; Randy Sarafan; and Sherri Lynn Wood.

This project was organized by Heather M. Mikolaj (Curator) and Clare Haggarty (Assistant Curator), in collaboration with University of California, Santa Cruz faculty Dee Hibbert-Jones and E.G. Crichton

Subversive Complicity brings together a group of artists whose work inhabits the interstices of contemporary life ? physical, temporal, and conceptual gaps within existing structures ? in order to subvert everyday systems and raise social awareness in subtle, humorous, and radical ways. What happens when artists working within these spaces adapt and co-opt the strategies, languages, mannerisms, and visualizations from divergent social personas and cultural sources to create alternative modes of action and expression? The resulting range of projects presented in this exhibition suggests the myriad of possibilities for public and private transformation to emerge when artists assume such diverse roles as agent provocateur, broadcaster, political activist, conversationalist, oral historian, engineer, broker, trader, benefactor, gamer, and even evangelist. Through gallery documentation of past actions and a series of ongoing and special events these artists invite audiences into a set of conversations, resistances, and exchanges at once real and imagined, geographic and social, local and global. Come join us in this exploration of how art can disrupt, re-shape, and otherwise invigorate our daily existence through interventions enacted on the streets of San Francisco, across the landscape of the Bay Area, and within other cities and virtual realities far beyond. This exhibition was developed in association with the Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice Festival hosted by the University of California, Santa Cruz. For more information, please visit: http://may2008.artintervention.org/