mark cooley
Since 2002
Works in United States of America

Mark Cooley is an interdisciplinary artist interested in exploring the intersections of art, activism and institutional critique in a variety of contexts. Subjects of particular interest are U.S. foreign policy, corporate culture, and the political economy of new technologies. Recently, Mark has focused his attention on food production and consumption and the ways in which artists may mediate in these processes.

Pneumatic Parliament


Instant Democracy

The icon that combines the western democracies and that self-legitimizes them in a millennial historical tradition is the parliament, the physical place where the people's designated representatives rule. This icon has also become the holy symbol of the western crusades against the so-called 'regimes'. These are forms of government, just located in economically strategic areas not by accident, that employ less linear elective systems. The Pneumatic Parliament project by Peter Sloterdijk and Gesa Mueller van der Haegen brings a sarcastic thrust to the pretended western democracies' supremacy, and to their claim of exporting their own model to other states. The work has been developed in the context of the 'instant democracy' project and it consists of a structure for parliamentary assemblies that can be air-dropped and that self-opens into almost the final form. After minimal corrections of positions it automatically becomes self-sufficient also for its own energy supplying. Perfectly placing itself in the psychological territory of the so much pushed 'fight the international terrorism' propaganda, the project narrates of fictional (but sadly plausible) institutions, that commissions to a single entity the building of the supporting infrastructure of their invasive politics. [via neural]


Copyright Criminals Remix Contest extended; New Chuck D and George Clinton samples added

Great news for all you producers, DJs, and remixers: the Copyright Criminals Remix Contest over at ccMixter has been extended by two weeks, ending on March 14. Additionally, new vocal samples from influential rapper Chuck D (of Public Enemy) and pioneering funk musician George Clinton (of Parliament-Funkadelic) have been made available for use in the competition. Check out our latest press release for more info.


The Lure of Internet2

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Internet2-- if that does not sound like the future!! Next week on a panel at The conference of the College Art Association in Boston we will discuss Internet2 as vehicle for global artistic practice. What is Internet2? If you speak acronym-- just call it "I2." writer Alexander Russo introduces the issues surrounding I2 in his article "Internet 2. It's better, it's faster. You can't use it." He describes I2 as the academic answer to what he calls the commercial Internet1. He envies students at Columbia University who can download the film The Matrix in 30 seconds.


America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler


Camouflagued History, 1999
Courtesy of Mel Ziegler, Austin, Texas

Please join us for the opening of
TODAY, February 9, 5:30-7:30 PM
Artist Talk by Mel Ziegler: Friday, February 10, 6 PM
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Bartos Theatre

Free and Open to the Public

Organized by the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, "America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler" is the first retrospective exhibition of the art-making team's decade-long career, which was cut short by Ericson's death of cancer at the age of 39 in 1995. The exhibition features 20 works made between 1984 and 1994, including: five installations; more than a dozen object-based works; numerous drawings and plans for unrealized works; and documentation of public art projects for which they were known. "America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler" offers a fresh assessment of the artists' contributions to the re-definition of public art in the early '80s in a way that was re-engaging with diverse communities.

Ericson and Ziegler's work focuses on unnoticed aspects of public life, by transforming ordinary materials-books, lumber, house paint, canning jars, tap water, to name a few-into artworks with social meaning and commentaries. Rather than impose a conspicuous work of art upon a site or situation, the artists devised projects that altered sites subtly, using poetic language and their idiosyncratic wit to illuminate mainstream American contexts and highlight individual community issues.

While their public art projects often focused on cultural institutions--including museums, monuments, and civic buildings--as sites for active engagement, their work incorporated voices of the ordinary people too often unheard in the world of contemporary art.


Jillian Mcdonald - Screen Kiss

Screen Kiss
Screen Kiss (clip) (2005, 3.1MB, 1:00 min.)

Jillian  is trying to make Billy Bob Thornton jealous.
inserting herself into existing film clips and getting kisses from Daniel Day Lewis,
Vincent Gallo, Johnny Depp, and Billy Bob’s former wife - Angelina Jolie.
visit her project - Screen Kiss.