I am currently part of a group show, featuring artists in The Chicago Project.

The Chicago Project III
July 10 – September 4, 2009
Opening Friday July 10, 5-8 pm

Catherine Edelman Gallery
300 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654

The Chicago Project III, Catherine Edelman Gallery’s bi-annual exhibition selected from participants in the online gallery. Artists include Shannon Benine, Philip Dembinski, Bill Guy, Eric Holubow, Julie Meridian, Jason Robinette, James Rotz, David Schalliol, Daniel Shea, Sarah Stonefoot, Leasha Overturf and Alan Thomas.

View images from the exhibition.

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Given away by strange, crop circle-like formations seen from the air, a huge prehistoric ceremonial complex discovered in southern England has taken archaeologists by surprise.

Etched into crops, the outlines of Bronze Age burial mounds surround a roughly 190-foot (57-meter) circular Stone Age temple site about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from Stonehenge in southern England in an undated aerial photo.

Discovered during a routine aerial survey by English Heritage, the U.K. government’s historic-preservation agency, the “crop circles” are the results of buried archaeological structures interfering with plant growth. True crop circles are vast designs created by flattening crops.

The features are part of a newfound 500-acre (200-hectare) prehistoric ceremonial site which was unknown until the aerial survey, archaeologists announced in June 2009.

– via James Owen in London for National Geographic News

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.

The plume appears to be a combination of brown ash and white steam. The vigorously rising plume gives the steam a bubble-like appearance; the surrounding atmosphere has been shoved up by the shock wave of the eruption.

– via NASA/ISS/Earth Observatory

Click here to see an amazing animation!

This calls for a screening of Jennifer Montgomery‘s Notes on the Death of Kodachrome.kodakextColor

Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it will retire KODACHROME Color Film this year, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

Sales of KODACHROME Film, which became the world’s first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to newer KODAK Films or to the digital imaging technologies that Kodak pioneered. Today, KODACHROME Film represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s total sales of still-picture films.

– via Kodak

The UNStudio Burnham Pavilion

The UNStudio Burnham Pavilion

Interactive Lighting Program developed by Studio Daniel Sauter for the Burnham Centennial Pavilion, designed by UNStudio. Light design implemented in collaboration with Tracey Dear, Dear Productions. Assistance: Alejandro Borsani.

The sculptural UNStudio pavilion is highly accessible and functions as an urban activator. Framed by Lake Michigan on one side and Michigan Avenue on the other, it relates to diverse city-contexts and scales. The edges of the roof are parallel, but toward the center there is more complexity in the form.

At night, UNStudio’s pavilion becomes a responsive architecture with LED lights that change color and pattern. These lights will be in constant flux as the number of visitors to the pavilion changes. Programmatically the pavilion invites people to gather, walk around and through the space—to explore and observe. It’s sculptural form and reactive lights will spark curiosity and wonder in its visitors.

The Burnham Pavilions will be open and free to the public in Millennium Park from June 19 through October 31, 2009.

– via Burnham Plan Centennial

My video Moth, 2006 has made it into the Aurora Picture Show‘s Extremely Shorts 12 Film Festival in Houston Texas. If you happen to be in the area then be sure to check it out and do not forget to vote for your favorite film (hopefully mine).

This work continues my artistic interest in negotiating the transitional stages between life and death and the psychological state of mind these suspended moments create. In 2006, Casey, a close friend and relative, was deployed by the United States Air Force to Ballad, Iraq. He is currently on his second tour of duty. I began a collaborative project with Casey in order to move beyond simplistic representations of the American soldier. Through photography, video, and sound, I create multimedia installations that addressed his departure, deployment and homecoming. The Regular is a long-term project including several multimedia installations; Moth, 2006, is an excerpt of this work. This video pairs the soundtrack of an actual mortar attack on U.S. troops in Iraq with the image of a toy moth in Casey’s daughter’s bedroom. With every drop of a mortar the highlights of the video are blown out, syncing image and sound. Focusing on the effect of the current war on the domestic lives of Americans, I strive to engage the viewer in the discussion and debate that surrounds these important issues.

Extremely Shorts 12: Works 3 Minutes and Under
Saturday, June 27, 7 PM (screening)
Sunday, June 28, 5 PM (screening)
Sunday, June 28, 6 PM (backyard picnic and karaoke)
Location: Molly Gochman’s Studio
2442 Bartlett St. – Map

Screening admission: Free to members, $6 regular admission
Sunday’s Backyward Picnic: $10 for members, $12 regular admission
Purchase tickets here or for more information, visit www.aurorapictureshow.org or call 713-868-2101.

Aurora Picture Show, the Southwest’s premiere microcinema, returns with Aurora’s most popular annual event and the twelfth installment of the juried Extremely Shorts Festival. Culled from an international open call for entries, Extremely Shorts 12 features video and film works of three minutes or less. The annual competition brings to the forefront the latest in artist- made experimental, narrative, and avant-garde film. Each screening of selected works will be 60 minutes, and ballots will be distributed for audience choice with cash awards given to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.

Juror Bill Arning has more than twenty years experience in the arts. Recently named the Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Arning served as Curator of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston, MA and previously as Director and Chief Curator at White Columns Alternative Arts Space in New York for over ten years.

This year’s program features: I am the Blueberry by Al Herrmann, Frog Jesus by Ben Peters, Killin’ It – Economic Crisis by Caroline Peters, The Isthmus of Kansas by Christopher M Cassidy, Galvest-Gone by David Purdie, Landscape Architect by Diana Estrada, A Confession by Erik Levine, GOAT by Gabriela Trzebinski, My Secret Love Affair with Matt Gonzalez by Gordon Winiemko, The Order by H. David Waddell, Window by Jeremy Newman, The Vase by Jeremy Newman, This is a type of freak show parthenogenesis! by Krista Hoelfe, “Gone” in 60 Seconds by Kristen Galvin, Spin by L Ashwyn Collins, The Catch by L Ashwyn Collins, This Is Not The Sun by Lili Chin, Just The Way You Are by Liz Rodda, Unknown Movie by Liz Rodda, Introducing: Cloud of Funk by Mark Walley & Angela Guerra, Hands by Michael Brims, Mouth by Michael Brims, Oscillating Fan by Rob Tyler, Pandemic Control by Robert Ziebell, 12 Flowers by Rosebud Petter & K. Markle, Moth by Shannon Benine, Ground Control by Sigfried Fruhauf, and Faces by Teresa A Bayer.

Thank you e-flux for reminding me of Rirkrit Tiravanija‘s puzzels.

Rirkrit Tiravanija, "Foster, You're Dead," 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija, "Untitled, (Foster, You're Dead)," 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija, "Foster, You're Dead," 2008

Rirkrit Tiravanija, "Foster, You're Dead," 2008

Foster, You’re Dead is a collaborative project by the artist Rirkrit Tiravanija and designer Neil Logan. It is based on the science-fiction novel Foster, You’re Dead by Philip K. Dick. Relating to the description in the short story of a family that is ridiculed because they cannot afford a bomb shelter, Tiravanija and Logan construct a site-specific installation in which the main topics of Tiravanija’s work are explored and mixed with the 1950’s American Cold War atmosphere and futuristic imagery of atomic aftermath.

– via Galleria Emi Fontana