Attend a summer of eXtreme VJs, eXtreme DJs, eXperimental film, music
and performance art.
Join us EVERY FRIDAY starting eXtremely soon: this FRIDAY, JULY 8th
with Performers-in-Residence sosolimited.
THE SUMMER X GAMES EVENT SERIES
Friday, July 8: sosolimited presents SOSOLEMONADE
An electrocinematic remix of radical summertime flicks. A party
complete with live electrobreakbeats and freshly squeezed DJ passions.
9p-12a, suggested donation: $5
Friday, July 15 - closed, no event -
Friday, July 22: Choice Cuts
Bumping DJ soundtrack with experimental video and film.
Artists include Julie Miller, Karen Schiff, Andrew Shay & Jonathan
Colon, Amy Spiker, N. Brynolfson, Abigail Satinksky and more. 9p-12a,
suggested donation: $7
Friday, July 29: Psylab
The most versatile live electronic band in Boston! Progressive house,
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Art Interactive is pleased to announce that we are seeking a Director
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Art Interactive, an innovative non-profit exhibition space in
Cambridge, MA is seeking an energetic, creative individual to oversee
fundraising and management of finances. In this high profile position,
which reports directly to the board of directors, you will be
responsible for applying for grants from relevant foundations,
businesses, and other sources, as well as soliciting sponsorships from
area businesses. You will work with the Gallery Director and Board of
Directors to create contacts and nurture relationships with potential
private donors, hold one or more fundraiser events, and communicate the
goals and vision of Art Interactive to other organizations. In addition
to fundraising, you will manage day-to-day finances as well as long
term budgetary planning for the organization. Finally, you will recruit
and oversee interns and volunteers as required to fulfill your
responsibilities, and provide oversight of the office environment.
This is a full time position without health benefits, and with three
weeks paid vacation. Starting compensation will be $25K per year with
growth potential based on success in fundraising as well as positive
results in the responsibilities listed above. For more information on
Art Interactive, please visit our website at www.artinteractive.org.
Qualification: Minimum Masters degree in arts, administration, or
related creative field and experience in development. Must have
excellent written and verbal skills. Pluses include demonstrated skills
in fundraising, donor solicitation, database management, and
coordination of interns and volunteers to meet designated goals.
Additional pluses include demonstrated skills with database management.
How to apply:
Please send an email cover letter with attached resume to:
No phone calls, please.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the
position is filled. Due to staff constraints, acknowledgment of resumes
will not be sent. We will contact candidates whose qualifications best
fit our needs.
Performance: Enjoy Them All
Please join us this Friday evening, April 29th, at Space 200 from
6-9PM, at an opening reception for the research project "Corporate
Commands" by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things.
There will be a performance of "ENJOY THEM ALL" (The Gap) around 7:30PM
at a Gap around the corner.
The reception will also feature a special appearance by DJ Donna Parker.
This event is free and open to the public.
Due to some unforeseen circumstances this will be the ONLY CHANCE to
see the show so bring your entire extended families, pets, friends,
neighbors, enemies and random people you meet on the way.
Space 200 is located at Marketplace Center,
200 State Street, Boston, MA - Ground floor.
Space 200 is easily accessible via the MBTA.
Take the Blue Line to Aquarium, and exit on the State street side of
the station Space 200 is also a short walk from the State Street,
Orange Line station.
For more info about this exhibit please visit
This exhibit is part of the 2005 Boston Cyber Arts Festival
A Research Project By The Institute For Infinitely Small Things
OPENING RECEPTION + MICROPERFORMANCE
Friday, April 29th, 2005, 6-9PM
Senior Researcher, The Institute for Infinitely Small Things
The average person sees over 8000 discrete advertising messages each
day. Many of these messages are CORPORATE COMMANDS - instructions to
the consumer in the imperative: "JUST DO IT", "GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS",
"HAVE IT YOUR WAY".
What if we actually DID what the corporate commands told us to do in
the LOCATION where they told us to do it?
This is the subject of the latest research project by The INSTITUTE FOR
INFINITELY SMALL THINGS, a Boston-based research organization. Members
of the public are invited to participate in the Institute's research at
Space 200 during the Boston Cyberarts Festival.
ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR INFINITELY SMALL THINGS
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is a research organization
dedicated to the creation, collection and documentation of all things
infinitely small, past, present and future. The Institute's research
projects are concerned with creating a critical cartography through
which to explore notions of political power, social controls, and
ABOUT "CORPORATE COMMANDS"
Corporate Commands is a research project of the Institute for
Infinitely Small Things.
The average person processes 8000 discrete advertising messages a day.
Corporate Commands, though infinitely small in their particular
instances, constitute a powerful force of social production. Their
abstract message functions at the level of the production of a future
image of oneself, future performances as oneself as thin, beautiful,
housewife, racecar driver, living on the edge, being daring, etc.
Messages have ceased to be about just "Buy Coke, It's Good" and are now
functioning to produce desires about oneself, one's lifestyle, one's
whole way of life and engagement with the world.
The Institute's research is productive, not descriptive - we do not try
to describe the world, rather we produce new events in order to test a
environment. By compiling, tabulating, concretizing and enacting
literally these commands, the Institute for Infinitely Small Things
seeks to better understand the mechanisms behind this deployment of
power and its larger cultural ramifications.
ABOUT SPACE 200
Space 200 is located at Marketplace Center,
200 State Street, Boston, MA, Ground floor.
Space 200 is easily accessible via the MBTA.
Take the Blue Line to Aquarium and exit on the State street side.
For more information please visit www.alternatecurrents.com
iKatun is a non-profit 501c3 organization of artists, researchers and
technologists based in Boston, MA, and cyberspace. iKatun supports,
creates and produces works that explore questions of communication,
information, and ideology.
Join us tomorrow for Art Interactive's summer show, SHADOW PLAY, a solo
supporting if you are in the Boston Area on April 16th!
The Berwick Research Institute
The Greatest Fun*raiser on Earth!
Come one come all to the Berwick's Panolpy Party!
Step right up to experience the daring, the dazzling,
the dumbfounding and the downright dastardliness that
will dance across our stage
“Erase the Border” is a project that will take place on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in southern Arizona.
The Institute for Infinitely Small Things is currently seeking funding to complete the project in Spring 2012 (see detailed request below).
The project would be to physically “erase” the U.S.-Mexico border fence on the Tohono O’odham Nation in southern Arizona. The fence divides the Tohono O’odham community, disrupts ceremonial paths, desecrates sacred burial grounds and prevents members from receiving critical health services.
Ofelia Rivas and youth from the Tohono O’odham Nation will work with the Institute for Infinitely Small Things to create a series of drawings from performances on the U.S.-Mexican border in southern Arizona.
What we will do
We will walk the border fence in a ceremonial way.
We will drag and press large 30″ x 40″ sheets of fine art paper along the fence as we go.
The walking and pressure will create drawings that pick up physical matter – dirt, debris, bugs, rust – and remove it from the border fence.
A small part of the border fence will be removed forever.
The created drawings are abstract landscapes.
About the Tohono O’odham
The Tohono O’odham are an indigenous tribe that live on the second largest indian reservation in the U.S. Their lands straddle 75 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern AZ. The O’odham lived on the land long before the US or Mexico or the Gadsden Purchase or Homeland Security.
The vehicle border fence, erected in 2008 by Homeland Security, stretches for 75 miles across the O’odham lands in the deserts of Arizona.
Please watch the below video for a full background on the Tohono O’odham’s situation on the border.
Originally slated to be performed in Fall 2011, this project continues to seek funding to be completed in Spring 2012. See below for more info.
Any contribution is welcome; our total need is $2,400, which would cover the following:
- Travel for 2 members of Institute for Infinitely Small Things from Boston to AZ
- Fine art paper
- Transportation for Ofelia Rives, O’odham youth and Institute members (distances on the reservation are great and gas is expensive)
- Honorarium for youth participants
- One day of meals for everyone involved
- Still photography, video documentation and post-production
The Border Crossed Us is a temporary public art installation by the Institute for Infinitely Small Things that transplants the US-Mexico border fence in southern Arizona to the UMass Amherst campus.
What happens when we divide a territory that the community imagines as contiguous? How does the international border in Arizona, seemingly remote from a college campus in northern New England, touch all of our lives?
From April 20 to May 1st, the UMass Amherst campus was divided along its North-South boundary by a to-scale photographic replica of the vehicle fence that runs along the international boundary in southern Arizona. The particular stretch of fence being represented was erected in 2007 by Homeland Security and now divides the Tohono O’odham Nation – the second largest Native American reservation in the country – into two parts.
The fence will ran between a parking garage and the campus center. Over the course of two weeks it served as a provocation, a touchstone for conversation, and a site for talks and performances. Along with the fence’s insertion into daily life on campus, the project invited a delegation of Tohono O’odham, including a tribal elder and several youth to speak about their experience. In addition, the Native American Studies Certificate Program in the Anthropology Department held a panel discussion on Borders & Indigenous Sovereignty as part of the campus’ annual Native American Powwow. Border issues affect several other tribes, including the Mohawk and Abenaki. The delegation of O’odham spoke along with others about these issues during the conference and participate in the powwow.
This project was commissioned by the University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst.
The following time-lapse video of the installation was produced using a motion-detecting camera designed for hunting purposes. Sounds are from the accompanying sound installation, which was installed inside the large, circular parking garage vent in the foreground:
The Border Crossed Us Book
This 42-page, full-color book uses maps, essays, photographs, and a variety of other rich graphics to communicate the background and results of The Border Crossed Us.
More info, images and dialogue on the project website:
On Sunday, October 1 2011 the Institute joined with Occupy Boston in the 6th HONK! Parade to carry signs with two messages: “NO ONE HAS YET DETERMINED WHAT THE BODY CAN DO” and “#OCCUPYBOSTON”.
At 7AM Thursday, October 6 2011 the Institute strung banners over a Boston highway with the same messages. This was done as part of the multi-city Afghanistan War Tenth Anniversary Banners project.
Transgender Bathroom Dedication dedicates the men’s room at the MFA Boston to Dean Spade who was arrested in 2002 for using the men’s room in Grand Central Station and dedicates the women’s room at the MFA Boston to Chrissy Pollis who was the victim of a transgender hate crime in a Maryland bathroom in May 2011.
These two new works are gifts to the MFA Boston on behalf of the Institute for Infinitely Small Things. They were emplaced as part of “Boston’s Best 40-ennial”, a 19-minute historical and totally unauthorized exhibition in the bathroom of the MFA Boston organized by Greg Cook on June 20th, 2011.
More information about the exhibition:
Is there, actually, a recipe for failure? Are certain methodologies more prone to failure than others? How? What is at stake in acknowledging failure in one’s process, one’s community, or one’s career?
In April 2011, The Institute for Infinitely Small Things sent out an open invitation to discuss failed processes and failed projects. Consisting of 5-7 minute presentations by the Institute and invited participants, the event addressed the ways in which failures can and cannot be currently discussed in the world–and how we may be able to imagine to new ways to perceive, view and characterize what “failure” is.
This was the second part in a series started by Platform2.
The World’s Largest Potluck Ever would stage a mile-long potluck dinner on the Cambridge Street Corridor in Cambridge, MA, in an attempt to break the Guinness record, showcase the diversity of the businesses and residents, build community, publish a recipe book and display a dazzling array of home-cooked meals. For one Sunday afternoon, the whole street would be transformed into a giant neighborhood block party with food, performers and fun.
The World’s Largest Potluck Ever was inspired by Cambridge Street’s history as a commercial corridor of independently-run businesses and as a meeting place for people from diverse regions. Cambridge Street has seen significant waves of immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Brazil. While the street has numerous festivals and special events (such as the 84-year-old annual Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian or the Inman Square summer movie nights) there is no special event that celebrates the corridor specifically.
The World’s Largest Potluck Ever was part of a competition for the Cambridge Street Public Art Commission in Cambridge, MA, in 2010. It was on display in the city’s art gallery in Spring 2010 and three local residents were commissioned to create homemade dishes for gallery visitors to taste. Unfortunately the project was not selected for the commission but this idea is still worth doing! (Who does not want to attend the world’s largest potluck ever??) Contact me if you are interested in reviewing the full proposal.
An article for the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, published by Elsevier Press. Download article.
Art has taken a distinct “cartographic turn” in the last century. This period represents a veritable explosion of artwork that takes on cartography in order to critique, subvert, and reimagine territory. Artists have made maps, subverted maps, performed itineraries, imagined territories, contested borders, charted the invisible, and hacked physical, virtual, and hybrid spaces. There are three loose groupings of important mapping impulses that have characterized the artistic appropriation of cartographic strategies, both literally and metaphorically, from the early twentieth century to present times: 1) Symbol Saboteurs: artists who use the visual iconography of the map to reference personal, fictional, utopian, or metaphorical places; 2) Agents and Actors: artists who make maps or engage in situated, locational activities in order to challenge the status quo or change the world; and 3) Invisible Data-Mappers: artists who use cartographic metaphors to visualize informational territories such as the stock market, the Internet, or the human genome. This article outlines and contextualizes these three impulses with numerous examples.
kanarinka ran the entire evacuation route system in Boston and attempted to measure the distance in human breath. The project also involves a podcast and a sculptural installation of the archive of tens of thousands of breaths .
The project is an attempt to measure our post-9/11 collective fear in the individual breaths that it takes to traverse these new geographies of insecurity.
The $827,500 Boston emergency evacuation system was installed in 2006 to demonstrate the city’s preparedness for evacuating people in snowstorms, hurricanes, infrastructure failures, fires and/or terrorist attacks.
It takes 154,000 breaths to evacuate Boston consists of:
- a series of running performances in public space (2007)
- a web podcast of breaths (2007)
- a sculptural installation of the archive of breaths (2008)
Medium: custom-made table, 26 jars, 26 speaker components, wire, 13 CD players
I created a sculptural & audio archive of the collection of breaths. There are 26 jars on a custom-made table which correspond to the 26 runs it took to cover the evacuation routes. Each jar size corresponds to the number of breaths from that run. The speaker inside the jar plays the breaths collected from that run. (Better documentation coming soon)
This piece is on view in Experimental Geography, a traveling show curated by Nato Thompson and produced by ICI.