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Weird Week:

image of samie in wig coughing after a weird morning – after performance class performance

So I was asleep for much of the week, but hoping to come vaguely to life. I bought a domain name through wordpress- and have been editing the odd drafts of an attempted website. I think my main use of webspace right now is just documenting video/performance? I need to figure out how to work around copywritten material, as I don’t want to alter much- but the sounds are monitored heavily… / my vimeo is no longer active as a result / this is the page I’m working on so far, older works and newer works… trying to figure out what to express/omit. Also worried it’s just sad and boring/ won’t translate well on non-laptop/computer formats?

Hope you guys are doing solid !

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Mal Sharpe RIP

Sad news:

Mal Sharpe, Groundbreaker in Street-Level Pranking, Dies at 83

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For Hillary – grocery delivery protocol

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Week 8: Zoom Week 1

How to Survive A Plague – highly recommended. Don’t let $3.99 stand in the way.

I helped write this and we published it on Monday. The ideas may inspire ideas from you as well.

What we talked about:

Get your own site.

A domain name points to an I.P. Address.

A server is a computer that is online and running 24.7

Software like WordPress runs on your server and manages the look of the site and all the files.


WordPress themes govern the colors, fonts, layout, etc of your site. The newest default is actually a pretty good portfolio site:

Many are free. Some people sell them. I am usually skeptical of $$ WordPress themes, but some are good and I have paid for them.

Portfolio Theme search on WordPress


  1. Get a domain name of your artist name
  2. Get a hosting plan
  3. Revisit your thesis – what do you have, what’s next, and create your own plan to take 3 “next steps”
  4. Post on the class site and comment on 2 other people’s posts.

Stretch assignment

  1. Install WordPress on your shared host.

If you have questions about the technical stuff, which host, etc? Let me know and I will try to help.

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Photos from the “opening”

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Week 6: Puppets and hacks

Bread and Puppet comes Saturday



Followed by a merch table and potluck

Puppet craft

John Jerard and Jerard Studio

Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is in NYC Los Angeles:
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop
1416 N. La Brea Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90028


But they have a TV show?! Jaleel, did you know about this?

A video tour:

Bodge Jobs

Harbor Frieght Tools – cheap tools for farmer fixes

DIWHY on Reddit

Walkers on Craigslist

JB Weld, hot glue, epoxy, bungee cords.

For Jaleel

The Sad Crazy Story of Peter Max

A clear adhesive laminate can go over a surface to protect it. Usually used in public installations.

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Week 5: Putting the C back in MAC


For Jake – and everyone.

Brené Brown is the most famous research psychologist. She also has a lot to say about vulnerability. She even got a Netflix special last year. If you want to go more high-brow, she has a couple books. I imagine some of you have seen this before but just in case you haven’t, watch this (and I know it’s a TED talk, roll your eyes if you will, but I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t think you should watch it).

The Square


Shaping 3-D objects

For Jaleel

This woman might be making a shape close to what you want:

Felt Cat Faces

Apparently this is a thing.

Here’s a tutorial on how this was made

Joseph DeLappe

Critical Design

Sammy this is a trail for you to follow:

Critical Design

Speculative Design and Design Fiction

Critical design takes a critical theory based approach to design. This kind of design uses design fiction and speculative design proposals to challenge assumptions, conceptions about the role of objects play in everyday life. Critical design object plays a role of product design, but emphasizes on neither commercial purpose nor physical utility. It is mainly for sharing a critical perspective and carrying debate to the public, to increase awareness on social, cultural, or ethical issues by asking questions to the public. 

Survival Research Labs

Sammy and Chris – This is a whole other brand of Old San Francisco Weirdo. SRL builds these giant, purpose-less robots by bolting together other stuff.


Just to warn you about the video below there’s some fascinating images from a surgery in it. If you’re squeamish, prepare to look away. You’ll know when it’s coming because he starts describing an injury.


For Hillary and Sammy

Coyle and Sharpe

Coyle and Sharpe were a United States comedy duo that appeared on the radio during the early 1960s. Composed of Jim Coyle (1932–1993) and Malcolm Sharpe (b. 1936), the duo’s typical format was to satirize the “vox populi” interview, with off-the-wall questions posed to passers-by in a generally deadpan style as though it were a serious interview.


In the year 2000, Sharpe hosted a centennial exhibit at the Whitney Museum called “The American Century“. Coyle and Sharpe were featured in the Soundworks Exhibit for this presentation.

The Brain Piggy Bank

I mentioned this one in class. Absolutely worth listening to.

The Druggist

I won’t spoil this one.

Albert Brooks

For Hillary and Everyone

Albert Brooks’ Real Life – 1979

Brooks realized, long before anyone else, that cameras filming real people’s lives would not only affect and change their subjects, but would also affect those making the film. Brooks understood that, in the end, any production was inevitably show biz, and that show biz is a beast which must be fed and whose gravity, like a black hole, sucks up every imaginable cliché and past convention. In other words, this was a subject ripe for the comic intervention of Brooks, whose style was avant-garde and cerebral and rooted in the deconstruction of the creative process and the exploding of classic comedic tropes. Brooks was meta before meta was cool.

L.A. Review of Books

Project Gutenberg

Standard Ebooks

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer driven, not-for-profit project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, and free.

Their toolset is here – and more specifically here.

Or get on ibooks

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Week 4: Deactivated

Not the best day.



Write down what your audience(s) will think, feel, and do. Audiences can be the kind of people that might be at this exhibition; students, friends, family, faculty, etc.

For next week:

Tatiana – make at least 1 minute of video that can go into the exhibiton

Jaleel – we’re going to see a giant head

Chris – making the fire hazard.

Sammie – refine your work. Bring us a high quality, exhibition ready drawing (digital/analog) of the walker chair.

Hillary – laser tests complete. At least.

Did I miss anything?

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Class Notes Week 2: Think Feel Do

First – you all now have user accounts for the class site. You can login below in the footer on the right. You can subscribe to the site down there too. Once logged in, you can make your own posts.

Assignments are below.

What we did:

  1. Quick summary around the room of what, at this point, you think will be in the show.
  2. Imagine: your work in the show is great. A couple visits…
  3. The Mother of All Models and some of her children.
    1. Clarity of intention => rainbow of meaning

Notes from discussion

Trevor Paglen

military patches & book: I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me

Andrea Zittel

Art Theft

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

“In 1990, thirteen of the museum’s works were stolen; the crime remains unsolved and the works, valued at an estimated $500 million, have not been recovered. A $10 million reward for information leading to the art’s recovery remains in place.”


Last Seen Podcast

Twenty-eight-and-a-half years ago, Boston became home to the largest unsolved art heist in history. On March 18, 1990, two thieves, disguised as Boston cops, entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, tied up the two guards, and stole 13 artworks now valued at half a billion dollars. Not one of those works has been recovered.

Christian Marclay’s The Clock

Christian Marclay

a looped 24-hour video supercut (montage of scenes from film and television) that feature clocks or timepieces. The artwork itself functions as a clock: its presentation is synchronized with the real time, resulting in the time shown in a scene being the actual time.

Tribulation 99

Tribulation 99: Alien Anomalies Under America is a 1991 science fiction collage film directed by Craig Baldwin. The film presents a chronicle of U.S. involvement in Latin America through a pseudo-documentary about an alien invasion.

Narrative Change

A narrative reflects a shared interpretation of how the world works. Who holds power and how they use it is both embedded in and supported by dominant narratives. Successful narrative change shifts power as well as dominant narratives. Narrative change, writes Brett Davidson, “rests on the premise that reality is socially constructed through narrative, and that in order to bring about change in the world we need to pay attention to the ways in which this takes place.” An ambitious scale is inherent in the strategy of narrative change.

Narrative Change: A Working Definition (and Some Related Terms)

Martin Arnold

Martin Arnold (born 1959 in Vienna, Austria) is an experimental filmmaker known for his obsessive deconstruction of found footage.

Arnold’s films are intensely cut sequences in which several seconds of old movie clips are taken and stretched out into much longer works. The figures on the screen flip back and forth between frames, as the motion is repeated and reversed, and numerous single frame cuts are made. His intent is to create, or possibly unearth, narratives concealed within the mundane films from which he samples. In films such as Pièce Touchée (1989) and Passage à l’acte (1993)[1] for example he uses several seconds of the films The Human Jungle and To Kill a Mockingbird, the latter to create a bizarre story of aggression and tension within a traditional American family.


This is all analog filmmaking – rephotographing film with an optical printer.

Adam Curtis & Century of the Self

The Century of the Self, written and produced by Adam Curtis, is an exhaustive examination of his theories on human desire, and how they’re applied to platforms such as advertising, consumerism and politics. This four-hour odyssey is divided into four distinct segments.

James Turrell

Quakers, also called Friends, are a historically Christian group whose formal name is the Religious Society of Friends or Friends Church.[2] Members of the various Quaker movements are all generally united by their belief in the ability of each human being to experientially access the light within, or “that of God in every one”.[3]


James Turrell in The Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania

If you’re ever anywhere near Tasmania, you gotta go. It’s a museum built by an eccentric millionaire who made his money as a professional gambler. Yup.

Museum of Old and New Art Website

This is the sphere I described in class.

James Turrell’s immersive light installation Unseen Seen (2017) offers visitors an “other-worldly experience”, says Rawlins. After selecting either the “hard” or “soft” setting, visitors are ushered inside a spherical pod which unleashes a lighting sequence that exploits the shortcomings of the brain’s visual system. Many people have described the experience as “life-changing”, Rawlins says.

Many of the works in the new wing are disorientating, but perhaps none more so than James Turrell’s Event Horizon (2017). Visitors are subjected to a light sequence that gradually shifts in colour and intensity so “you lose your depth perception”, Rawlins says. The work triggers the ganzfeld effect, a visual phenomenon that occurs when the brain is confronted with continuous space.

Art Newspaper

Blinded by the light: James Turrell obliterates the senses in stunning new Mona wing – Guardian.


Write what “the couple” will think, feel, and do after they see your work. Remember, everything has gone better than you expected. This is the best case scenario. You have creative license – you can write dialogue, a journal entry in their voice, or an imagined email sent to their friend, or?

Another good question to ask yourself is “then what?” The couple thinks about your work – then what? They do the thing you’ll hope they do – then what? See where answering a long series of “then what” questions leads you.

Read Lawrence Lessig’s essay, Against Transparency. Lessig is a law professor, fights for integrity in U.S. elections, and a driving force behind Creative Commons which is a more flexible and generous alternative to copyright. Pay special attention to what he calls the Attention Span Problem.

Build a model of your installation. This could be a sketch, but something three dimensional is better. How do people move around it? Looking for inspiration?

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Week 1: Hello World

We introduced ourselves:

  • Hillary
  • Sam
  • Tatiana
  • Chris
  • Sammy
  • Jaleel
  • Prof. Lambert

Things you said you wanted to keep from past crit classes

  • Trips to NYC to look at work (but later)
  • Group Critique ★
  • Artist recommendations
  • Critique from faculty
  • Tiny assignments to push you forward
  • Articles to discuss
  • Check-ins every week – “Snapshots” of what everyone is doing.

Questions that came up

  1. How do you register for the thesis class?
  2. What is the budget for the thesis show?
  3. What’s happening with the NY show

All these have been relayed, but if you have answers, add them to the comments.


  1. Spend time together outside of class. This can be after or before class. It can be both. Make sure you talk to everyone about their work, and research in ways that are meandering, exploratory, honest, and a little challenging.
  2. Read the first 3 chapters of “On Writing Well” (You have 2 weeks for this because you’ll need to get a hold of the book also.) They are very short chapters and it’s easy reading.
  3. Meet with 2 other students and review eachothers research and writing.

Next week

Be ready to show your work. We may not have time for everyone, but be ready regardless.

We’ll talk about styles of critique.

We’ll talk about this site and how you can use it.

I will also take a short time to talk about communications models and assign some readings around that.