Other review

Posted in Chicago exhibition, Reviews with tags , , , on April 10, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore

“Pantheistic euphoria suffuses a visually dense exhibit of delicate interactive pieces,” Albert Stabler writes in Proximity.

The show’s visionary energy is at its most cartographic in the striking piece, “And We Built A City Together,” a participatory wall map by Meg Turner and Andrew Oesch. At the opening, viewers were given a paper bag printed with superimposed line drawings of building exteriors, in a variety of colors. Similar prints were found within the bag on numerous stickers, and participants were provided scissors and markers galore to augment buildings, which could then be affixed to the diagonal street grid that took up all three sides of a niche by the door. Meg and Andrew, also known as “How To,” would take an informational card filled out by the “architect,” shoot a picture of her pointing at her creation, and stamp her instruction card, to certify the building’s legitimacy on behalf of this imaginary community in this momentary encounter. The result is at least a moving illustration of a de-centered totality, a cohesive diagram of an impossible place, a simple scheme implying a grand gesture of incidental accidents—everything that this show, at its best, strove to convey.

The piece also singles out Rob Ray’s great chunk of a poster, “extolling viewers to start their own DIY art and performance spaces.” The fact that I have failed to get my hands on proper documentation of this piece, and this piece alone, brings me shame on a daily basis.

Review, in case you missed it (like I did)

Posted in Reviews with tags on April 10, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore

The viewers’ interaction with the artwork and with other visitors is integral to all the interactive pieces on display, so the exhibition is also an exercise in “relational aesthetics,” a fancy term for the radical idea that it’s okay to talk to someone else about art. 

Read the rest of the review, the pick of the week a few weeks ago, for yourself here.

Documentation, II

Posted in Chicago exhibition, [Interactive!] on March 29, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore


Three shots of And We Built a City Together after we finally got people to stop playing with it so we could rock out to DeWayne Slightweight’s opera.


Sonnenzimmer’s blank slate not so blank anymore.


The learning tree. (“Sooooo ironic”?)


I built myself a little house with a happy rooftop garden. I built it way before this block was cool.


Matthew Lawrence got new shoes for the opening.


Apparently, this is the bad part of town.


Share what you know, or write something about headstands and cap it off with something about Idaho.


Around the corner from And We Built a City Together someone placed some awesome suburban sprawl.

Opening Night III

Posted in Chicago exhibition, Events on March 29, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore


Steve helps us build a city.


Bryce creates the ideal InCUBATE space.


Matthew tries on the mask.


Mina ponders the cross-dressing animal-headed paper people.


The city expands. It only took about an hour and a half before people began drawing on the pristine white walls of the gallery space with Sharpies, unbidden.


Needless to say the floor was *covered* in sticker-backs by the time DeWayne Slightweight performed his *amazing* opera.


Posted in Chicago exhibition, [Interactive!] on March 29, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore

A selection of images documenting interactivity in Who’s Wearing the Hat Now, The Learning Tree, and And We Drew a City Together.



Opening Night II

Posted in Chicago exhibition, Events on March 29, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore


Jason Tranchida, himself, helps build a city early on in opening night.


Mina wears a mask.


Andrew invites a new builder to join the construction crew.


Technically this was Saturday, when Andrew and Meg set up a TRACE workshop.


Mina, a little confused about how to put on the mask.

Opening Night I

Posted in Chicago exhibition, Events on March 29, 2009 by Anne Elizabeth Moore


After patiently explaining to her son how to play Matthew Lawrence and Jason Tranchida’s game, Who’s Wearing the Hat Now? the young man embraced the game so completely that he covered the TV in hats. The mother was reduced to cracking angrily, “No. More. HATS. Do you hear me?”


Nicole and Mina help build the participatory city Andrew Oesch and Meg Turner made for us, And We Drew A City Together.


Andrew and Heather Ault start playing with Heather’s Choices.


People conspire wearing Delia Kovac’s masks, which is way creepier than regular conspiring. Seriously. In the background you can see the fixings for Annehattans, which was the official drink of Opening Night festivities.


Karin Patzke’s animal head paper dolls, some of them inappropriately dressed for their apparent gender presentation, OMG, but I found this both subversive and wonderful, and was only slightly more delighted to find, somewhat later in the evening, that someone had maniacally put all of the clothes onto one of the dolls, leaving the rest of them naked. I don’t know why I found this so very very marvelous.


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