January 22, 2009

Mostlandian Citizens Travel to LA

Rudy and I are traveling to Claremont, CA this weekend for the opening of suddenly at the Pomona College Museum of Art. We'll be at the walkthrough and reception on Saturday, and will present our explorations of life post-MOST at The Mandrake Sunday afternoon.

If by any chance you are someone who reads my blog and lives in the LA area, come say hello!

Saturday, January 24, 4 pm
Pomona College Museum of Art
330 N. College Avenue, Claremont, CA.
suddenly exhibition curator Stephanie Snyder will lead a walkthrough of the new exhibition with participating artists. Followed by an opening reception held at the Museum from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Free)

Sunday, January 25, 2 pm - 3am
The Mandrake
2692 S. La Cienega Blvd, Culver City, CA
suddenly Public Speakers: 13 lectures or something “like a lecture” in 12 hours with: Andrew Berardini; Marc Joseph Berg; Zoe Crosher; Michael Damm; Molly Dilworth; Michael Hebb; Michael Orion McManus; Mostlandian Citizens Lady O. and Junior Ambassador; Stephanie Snyder, Matthew Stadler; Storm Tharp, Oscar Tuazon; and Zwischenspiel Puppet Opera Company. Drinks, food, fun, exhaustion. (Free)


Seeking: Cartographers of Any Skill Level

sense of place. Curiosity, open eyes and ears, and sense of humor a plus. Open to maps on paper as well as movement, music, narrative and video. Please send a draft of how you "map out" your experiences, discoveries and psychogeographical landscapes to: mostlandia@gmail.com. Willing to barter with homemade ice cream. Sincere inquiries only.


January 5, 2009

Golden Beets

I am having a love affair with golden beets at the moment. I made some on New Year's Day and can't seem to get enough. This may seem unrelated to my studies, however, I've found that after eating a serving of beets each day of the new year, I've been able to finally start accomplishing some things I hadn't been able to do over the past few months - including post updates on this blog, respond to some lingering emails, organize some of the neglected cabinets/storage places in my house, etc. My chinese medicine doctor would say that this decisiveness has to do with the beet's positive influence on the chi of my gall bladder. I say, whatever it is, feed me more beets.

My current affair was inspired by two christmas gifts: Michal Pollan's In Defense of Food and The Greens Cookbook. I am intrigued with Pollan's instructions to eat food, mostly vegetables and less of it, and the Winter Vegetables with Mustard Tarragon Vinaigrette seemed like the perfect place to start. It was!

Since then, I've also discovered a couple of tasty ways to prepare beet greens here and here.


Collecting Information

I'm working on a project with Ariana Jacob and Amber Bell that aims to make a vending cart of maps made by people from Portland.

I came across a link to the projects being created by Art House Co-op of Atlanta, that I think run parallel to our idea in the way that we both are attempting to make collections of subjective information. Art House is collecting and displaying items from their audience such as 10,000 interpretations of one word, or 20,000 objects that relate to keeping time. I don't think that I'm as interested in reaching certain numerical goals, but a collection of time-keeping objects seem pretty interesting.


With Love from Haha: Essays and Notes on Collective Practice

I've been finding inspiration in this book, the final project by the members of the art group Haha, Wendy Jacob, Laurie Palmer, and John Ploof. I wasn't aware of Haha's work until reading about them in Group Work last spring, and have been surprised to learn that their group interest focused around collective conceptions of place and space, among other things.

I am reading and re-reading "Haha as a Catalyst for Collective Memory" by Doug Ashford and "Getting Lost and the Localized Mind" by Franco La Cecla. Each of these essays is expanding my vocabulary for describing shared social memory and how that shared memory relates to place.