Fun-a-Day is right around the corner! Pick a project, do it every day, then show it in a big group show. We have 20 shows lined up for this year, possibly more to come (maybe you want to organize a show?).
In Oakland, we will be doing a short project so we can put the show together for first Friday on February 1st at Rock Paper Scissors. The schedule looks like this:
January 1-25: Make something every day
January 28-29: Drop off your 25 pieces
February 1: Show opens for Art Murmur
Submission details for most shows will be posted on artclash.com sometime in January.
Above is our installation at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History for the Work in Progress show. I’ve never put so little in such a big space, but it’s nice to make an installation that only hints at what’s to come. By the time the show ends in March, those walls will be covered with maps and secret histories we’ve collected. Our first workshop is tomorrow, December 21st from 2-6pm. We have guest speakers presenting from 5-6pm who have some good stories to tell. Come hang out with us every other week and help us fill the space.
Downstairs, Thomas Campbell is working on a giant mural that will also unfold over the three month show, which should be exciting.
Kyle and I are bringing the building collective to the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History from December 14, 2012 to March 17th, 2013. Come join us, hear about secret histories of Santa Cruz, share your own, and check out our giant concept map as it grows over the course of the show.
Meetings are Friday afternoons, every other week
2-5pm: the building collective will be working on mapping secret histories. Come share yours!
5-6pm: impromptu guest speakers will share their stories. Come eat snacks and hear about secret histories of Santa Cruz.
December 21st: Downtown
Jan 11st: Westside
Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt
Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees
Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte
Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk
Museum of Art and History (MAH), 3rd Floor 705 Front Street
Made possible with generous support from SPARC at UC Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
I am excited to announce that I just received an Alternative Exposure Grant
for a future iteration of Hacking for Artists! Hacking sessions will begin next spring and consist of weekly workshops for Bay Area artists who want to incorporate computer programming and electronics into their practices. Details will be announced soon.
I recently hacked together a program that produces slit-scans of users’ desktops. Custom software slowly scans across the screen, taking about four minutes to complete, creating still images which illustrate both the spatial arrangement of software windows and the temporal flows of users’ activities. I have been distributing it without telling people what it does and asking them to send me the results. They produce fascinating maps of how people use their computers as their private activity is laid bare. Here are a few low resolution examples (all reproduced here with consent from users):
Katie, artist, Minneapolis
Matt; curator, writer, artist; Oakland
Rachel, artist, New York
Mark, programmer, Oakland
And head over to the photo blog for some snapshots from October.
I got back some photos from a spatial history of computing
, which went swimmingly. Liv Ames sent me these great shots:
And Aaron Caley posted a nice set on Flickr, which includes “The best picture of bikes. ever,” and a lot of other great shots including these two:
People keep expressing their dismay at missing the ride, so I’m planning on doing a few more. Get a group together and let’s go! Or let me know you’re interested and I’ll email you when someone else puts a group together.
Last week I put the finishing touches on Molly McIntyre’s brand new portfolio page. Check out those crazy paper cuts and sweet animations!
It’s built on Stacey, which I’ve grown quite fond of.
Photos from September have been posted to the photo blog. It was a slow month, but I snapped a few.
Come on my bike tour of Silicon Valley
this weekend. Here’s everything you need to know:
WHERE TO MEET
Friday: noon @ Menlo Park Caltrain Station, ride ends at the San Antonio Caltrain Station (5 or 6pm). We will take the train into San Jose and ride into the opening of the Biennial
Saturday: 11am @ South 1st and Williams street in San Jose. We will leave at 11:30am, get on the noon Caltrain from Diridon and arrive at Menlo Park Station at 12:34pm, so you could also meet us there. Ride ends at the San Antonio Caltrain Station. We will take the train into San Jose and ride into the Biennial
Buy a day pass for the Caltrain if you’re going to take it more than once that day. If you’re traveling between SF and San Jose you need a 4 zone pass ($18 for the day), just between San Jose and Menlo Park you need a 2 zone pass ($10 for the day).
My bike tour through Silicon Valley is less than two weeks away. After going on a trial run this weekend I have decided that, in addition to it being a super fun ride, we’re going to leave a little earlier than originally planned because no one likes to rush. So check out the new details on the facebook invite or on the earlier post on this blog.
Photos from August have been posted to my photo blog. They include bike trips, river swimming, stars, and a super fun trip to the amazing ACRE Residency in Wisconsin.
Kyle and I are currently working on a project for the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History opening in mid-December. It will unfold over the course of three months as we hold numerous workshops about secret histories of the area. I am also working with The Plaines Project in Chicago on an upcoming show. Details about both of these projects to come.
I have an edition of 40 screen printed zines that I made this summer that I will be distributing in the coming month. They contain patterns, some drawn by hand, some by software I wrote to mimic my hand, and stars. They are 16 pages long including the cover, and look like this:
Let me know if one should make it into your hands.
Come join me as I lead a bike ride through Silicon Valley. We will look at the birth of computing and the internet, the history of LSD and hackers, traces of what used to be and what replaced it, metaphors of computing and the social spaces they emerged from, office parks and nature preserves, and the material infrastructures in the birthplace of personal computing.
The ride will be around 20-25 mostly flat miles at a slow pace with a lot of stops to look at things. There will be one beer/snack stop and a stop at the Computer History Museum. I will be printing up maps for riders and there will be some surprises! Then we’ll roll into the opening of the ZERO1 Street Festival around 6 or 7pm.
It’s certainly not required, but it would be helpful if you could RSVP via email or on the facebook invite so I have an idea about numbers.
Friday, September 14th
Menlo Park Caltrain Station
1120 Merrill St., Menlo Park 94025
invite your friends!
please be on time
if you can’t make this one, there will be another ride on saturday:
The Saturday ride (9/15) will leave from my installation at the ZERO1 Street Festival at 11:30am sharp so we can get on the noon train from Diridon Station. I will be near South 1st Street and Williams Street: http://goo.gl/maps/V0KUG.
I take a lot of photos, but I’m not always so good about sharing them. So I started a new photo section on my website: nicklally.com/photos/. I’ve uploaded photos from January through June of 2012 and I will continue updating the page about once a month. I will also begin digging through the archives and posting some older ones.
Above photo by Aaron Caley
I recently helped my friend Ann in Santa Cruz set up her new website. We used Stacey, a lightweight php CMS that doesn’t use a database, just text files, which is sweet. Ann is a super talented printmaker, illustrator, fabric artist, bike mechanic, and finder of stuff. Check out her new website of full of rad things:
This summer I’m teaching an intensive five week course on computer hacking at UC Santa Cruz. Sign up while there’s still room because it’s going to be a blast:
Firefox recently added a tool that visualizes the code of a webpage in 3-D
, allowing you to spin it around, zoom in, and click on individual elements. Using jQuery, I began creating a cityscape of sorts which can only be viewed in the 3-D mode:
You can play with it online if you have the latest version of Firefox: nicklally.com/ff3d/city/. Right-click, select “Inspect Element”, then click on the 3D button. More hidden 3-D objects to come…
ink on record sleeves