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video installation
collaboration with Ted Passon
Instructions: Come inside. Kneel. Light a candle. Say a Prayer. Place your lit candle in the prayer cupboard.
Matinee, St. Cecilia’s Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, February 5-6, 2011

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More video and photo documentation coming soon.


The Fun-a-Day in the Bay show opened on Friday night at Rock Paper Scissors (Oakland) and will be up for the whole month of February. There was a great crowd, music by Jonathan Mann (who has been writing a song-a-day for over two years!) and the Rock Cookie Bottoms, a bunch of Art Murmur fun, and whole lot of art. One of my painting was stolen a little over an hour into the show after an earlier botched attempt.



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For more Fun-a-Day photos, check out my flickr stream.

Some videos from the performance I worked on for the Time-Based Art Festival in Portland have found their way to the internet:

There are a couple more excerpts on youtube.

Ted and I made some art for a show in an old convent in Brooklyn now known as St. Cecilia’s Gallery. It involved lighting prayer candles and watching videos of celebrities, before they were famous, talking about how they wanted to be famous. I’ll post photos soon.


participatory installation and custom software
State of the Arts Conference, UC Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA)
November 19th-21st, 2010

“still building: mapping possibilities of student movements”

The building collective, based in Santa Cruz, CA, aims to transform the physical spaces that we occupy by playing games, engaging in conversations, going on walks, and drinking coffee. Our installation for the UCIRA State of the Arts Conference invites attendees to contribute to a collective map of UC campuses that focuses on the historicity, recent events and future possibilities of respective student movements.

Here are some photos from our installation:





I just exhibited my MFA Thesis project, entitled building. Here’s the wall tag text:


by Kyle McKinley and Nick Lally with Ann Altstatt, Karl Baumann, Pou Dimitrijevich, Theresa Enright, Miki Foster, Nik Hanselmann, Jessy Lancaster, Madeline McDonald Lane, Lucas McGranaham, and Sophia Strosberg.

Building anything is a process. Building something good usually involves a lot of people’s ideas and labor. building is what we have called the people and the process of building something good in this building. Each Friday at 2pm, building gets together to talk, eat snacks, and make building. building builds on itself: last week’s building is this week’s built, but this week’s built is the place to build next week’s building. The interests of building include ghosts, software studies, coffee, walks in the woods, things that turn, critical spatial practice, the politics of representation, edge sites, flea markets, poesis, precarity, female-fronted punk bands of the 70s and 80s, and building. However, building interests are always building.  The process of building results in traces of those interests. It also involves traces of the art/works of Nick and Kyle. All those traces are the building where you now stand. What will be building tomorrow?

The artists wish to thank: Kelly Brown, EG Crichton, Sharon Daniel, Jennifer González, Shelby Graham, Chip Lord, Josh McVeigh-Schultz, Joshua Muir, Soraya Murray, Jennifer Parker, Warren Sack, Elizabeth Travelslight, Lyle Troxell, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Rob Wilson, Richard Wohlfeiler, and everyone who contributed to building. This presentation was made possible with funding from UCSC’s Porter College Graduate Arts Research Committee and the Florence French Award.

And here are some photos from building (project descriptions to follow):







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I’m currently working on a collaborative installation entitled building for my MFA thesis exhibition.


Each week we create participatory events and situations which explore critical spatial practices, participatory software, and social practices. Last week we went to the flea market and sold stuff in exchange for ideas for our exhibition space.


Then we built an installation which includes photos of people with the stuff they bought and the ideas they sold, audio recordings from that day, written documentation, and the receipt printer which invites people to add their idea by calling or texting 706.4048 (Santa Cruz area code–not printed here to prevent spam).

Would you like to be part of building? Contact me to participate!



Fort Breakfast tees!



Nik and I have a piece in the Sesnon Gallery’s Full Disclosure show, opening tomorrow. The Sesnon is in Porter College on UCSC’s campus. The opening is Wednesday, October 7th from 4:30-6:30pm and the show will be up until November 21st.

Failbase is a system for the collection and output of participant testimonies of failure. By leaving voicemail or sending SMS (text) messages to (831) xxx-4046, participants can submit their failures. As they speak or type, the failures are printed in the gallery as paper receipts. Visitors to the gallery space are encouraged to submit their own failures, as well as to read, cut, notate and file incoming failures according to how they see fit.

Failbase was conceived and created by Digital Arts and New Media graduate students Nik Hanselmann and Nick Lally under the auspices of E.G. Crichton who invited them to be part of Archive of What’s Left Behind.