I’m tripping a little bit, cuz some old housemates of mine just passed on this link to a movie called Art House which was filmed at our old cooperative home called Black Elk, which is in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Some of the shit from our shennanigans back in the day has made its way into the background of the movie, which, seems not entirely unrelated to what the co-op actually was in the grander scheme of things. Its even got Iggy Pop starring in it. hmm…
Speaking of art, you may recall from my first blackmaps post that the midwife of this blog was an exciting artistic conspiracy called Fun-A-Day, where people make a pact to get through the doldrums of January by creating their own projects and producing one piece of artwork or one repetitive activity each day for the entire month culminating in the Fun-A-Day artshow in February. Does that make sense? Do you need someone to explain it more, ahem, musically???
Fantastic! And my friend Karen T. Trouble actually did bake a pie per day, ps. I even tasted two or three of them. Delicious!
So, Fun-A-Day is happening in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Francisco this year! And the art shows are upon us…
Philadelphia: This year’s Fun-A-Day show will be held on February 14 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Studio 34 Yoga located at 4522 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly.-it’s FREE. Last year’s show featured more than fifty artists and was attended by more than 300 people.
I of course have been blogging, submitting to other blogs, or educating people about the magic of blogs for the month of January, so you can always see what I’ve been up to all month.
If you can’t make it to the art show, there is plenty of fun-a-day blog stuff to check out including some of my favorites like Morgan’s amateur dream analysis blog, Timothy’s fake polaroid a day blog, a lost/missed connections themed blog,or how about a series of word clouds constituted from craigs list casual encounters posts?
and then there’s this blog which you’ll probably enjoy if you’re a fan of black maps (more science, art, and geekery than maps, but yay!)
There is so much fun fun-a-day related stuff out there I don’t really know where to begin, but if you can appreciate something like this video, then you should check out chris vargas’s blog:
you can find out more about the show by clicking here, but hopefully I’ll just see you there tomorrow!
some local entries include:
02/7 outfits and sandwiches: a 31 day zine
posted by carolyn, cedar park!
posted by Wendi, San Francisco
02/2 Craig’s List: Casual Encounter a Day
posted by gAlex, west philly
02/1 31 Hibernation Drawings
posted by Wolfie E.
Rawk, West Philly
01/28 poo du jour: investigative repainting
posted by shari tobias, west philthy
01/27 haikus (non-exact)
posted by Artyc, SF/NY/Florida
01/23 filming 31 seconds of movement everyday
posted by Malic Amalya, Seattle, WA
as for artclash itself:
The Artclash Collective is a Philadelphia-based group of artists who organize art projects and shows that aim to be fun, inclusive and participatory. With each project/show, we seek to create a welcoming forum for people to share their art and form a community of artists. Our shows are always inclusive of anyone who wants to participate, free, all ages and we hope they serve as an inspiration for those who attend. We believe the desire to create is a fundamental human trait that we are often alienated from in modern society. We believe the act of creation can be a transformative experience that reestablishes the bond between artists and their humanity. We believe everyone is an artist and everything you make is art.
The World is Yrs,