Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Over the past several years, EbM has spent a lot of time discussing this issue, how our project could be be harmful to the sites' communities. We hope this is never the case, but every install carries the risk of gentrification in it.
We have looked at Detroit properties since the start of EbM.
We have opted against purchasing a property in Detroit in large part because we are not a mature enough organization to address the complex issues and responsibilities of building there. It is a site where, I suspect, we would need to live, to engage day to day, in order to feel certain that our installation wasn't more harmful than beneficial to the community.
Speaking of which, last week we were offered three properties in Chicago. The properties consist of six city lots total. They are not fully contiguous. I am going down to look at them this coming weekend. I will post photos here for everybody.
The issue these lots raise is similar to the issue lots in Detroit would raise, they are in community where a sited artwork will need far more support and engagement than any previous installations. For any project by EbM to succeed on these lots, we will have to change as an organization.
I think this is probably not a bad thing. We have talked a lot over the years about incorporating and trying to become a more traditional arts/culture business. We have not done so, I think, because our simple, amateurish approach is fairly fulfilling while remaining free of too many obligations and responsibilities. It has been fairly risk-free. If we move forward with these properties, that will have to change completely.
RIME is already pushing us in the direction of this change. If we accept these Chicago properties, we will experience a much greater, much higher pressure change.
We are truly blessed to have such difficult choices to make! :-)
Monday, November 24, 2014
I was just out walking to a train. Leaving the house a heavy, cold rain pelted me. As I walked I could feel the air grow colder, the rain grew heavier, thicker. I looked at my jacket, put out my hands to catch the rain, to see if it was the slush it felt like I was being hit with. It was not. It was fat rain drops, each feeling and looking a touch asymmetrical, but none anything more than water in that moment.
A few moments later, despite the fact that I was looking to the best of my fallible ability to see the phase transition, I was walking in a snow storm. There was no moment when rain and snow seemed to share the sky, but there was no moment of noticeable transition, either. There was that sense, a visceral sense beyond the conscious, that sense that makes up magic, the miraculous, the sublime, that sense that something unnatural, something beyond the physical realm we inhabit, has occurred and you were a part of it, but your senses weren't fast enough, sharp enough, to catch it.
It was a perfect moment.
I do not ever want to capture that moment, I do want to someday share it.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Once upon a time I drove a tractor. I was not creating a new mind-shattering installation for EbM. I was, however, dreaming of creating one.
And now, I have said installation in the calendar for 02017.
Yes, this weekend I spoke with the mighty Adam Blue
and, as well as bringing his organization, AVA, onboard with RIME for our inaugural, experiment in 02015, he has agreed to host an EbM installation on his family's property outside Lebanon, NH.
A good weekend was had by all.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
One of EbM's greatest supporter's and best friends!
Phil's got his own library!
From the initial proposal, which is moving along splendidly:
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Friday, September 12, 2014
I spend a lot of time thinking about the future of the city, and about the rural/urban divide. Barring catastrophe, humans are likely to continue amassing in larger and larger conurbations - megacities. The commonly dystopian view of these future communities need not come true. How to imagine a megacity, however, that isn't dystopic, is a challenge. Imagining one that isn't even more philosophically divided from the smaller communities that remain outside their pull than ours are today, is perhaps even harder.
This year's Wolfson Prize revisits a response to this issue that arose last century, the garden city.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
A topic often discussed at EbM is the future of transportation.
Our works are geographically separated in a way most institutions are not. We do this in part because we are building an arts organization for the future, one where these distances are not a limitation.
To that, this article from the Economist (admittedly, there are any number of articles from The Economist and just about every other magazine that I could have cited here) points out the most obvious way that our disparate sites may be temporally closer for human travelers within the next two decades.
"With increased connectivity between cars, driver aids will become much more sophisticated. A connected car would, for instance, receive not just information about a hazard detected by its own sensors, but also alerts from a vehicle farther along the road or around a blind corner.
Connectivity can also help provide more real-time information about traffic hold-ups, beyond that already provided by satellite-navigation devices. The addition of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication (V2I) takes things further still. Whereas the connected cars in Ann Arbor can change the timing of traffic lights, a combination of V2V, V2I and automated driving could do away with traffic lights completely."
These vehicles when moving on interstates may be able to travel safely at much, much higher speeds than we currently can. A weekend visit to Welcome, Rainbow Warriors, Horizon, and William Leavitt's as-yet-unnamed 02015 install in Moffat, CO might be a relaxing vacation with the family, instead of the grueling 18 hour trip it might be today. Pods of connected/automated cars, or an automated Land Art van, may make the trip realizable comfortably in a single day.
I daresay, that in the lifetime of most readers of this entry, EbM will host a day-long bus tour of those four sites, replete with artists/performers on the bus to participate in discussion, lead tours of the sites, and host local art engagements onsite.
A weekend-long trip may include the many local museums participating in RIME by then.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014
The Texas Tech University School of Art Serial Experiments in Artist-Curated Micro-Exhibitions presents Art Without Limits : Farther Regions Curated by Carson Murdach in collaboration with Earthbound Moon.Artists can get discouraged and their art-making interrupted by practicalities like deadlines, proper studio space, available resources, technology and the biggest heartbreak of all; not enough money. What if an artist was presented with the possibility to create a work of art without these limitations? What if that artist had financial backing, equipment, materials, manpower and experienced technicians ready to take direction and create their vision? What if that artist’s work wasn’t limited by the fact that they live on the planet, Earth, in the year 2014 and are subjected to physical laws?
Art Without Limits: Farther Regions explores what is possible for artists when they are released from practical, economical and physical constraints. What can be accomplished without limitations of natural laws, moral codes or current technologies? Art Without Limits will give artists resources to execute their dream-projects. Artists often create work that is determined by the walls around them. Art making is often a problem that needs to be solved. We would like to solve that problem. You can create art anywhere in the Universe! Show us your gallery inside of a volcano, your sculpture on top of the Great Pyramids,float your work on top of the largest storm in the solar system or Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. Unbound by the physical realities of the here and now, the sky is not your limit!
Earthbound Moon seeks proposals from around the world for fantastically imaginative and absurdly inventive site oriented artworks. You have artistic immunity; you have every resource you need. Indulge us!
Proposals will be exhibited in April 2014 at Texas Tech University.
The requirements of the Artist proposal are outlined simply as:
- Rendering of the theoretical artwork.
- Return envelope with return postage
- Description of the artwork that can be as long or as short as the artist wishes.
Deadline March 24, 2014
Please send Proposals to:
Art Without Limits ℅ Carson Murdach
1627 Marion St. NW #2
Washington, DC 20001
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org