We can discuss a lot about the quality of art, but we don’t have to. When surfing around I came across this rather funny kiosk which checks the quality of your artwork. This is how it works. Just pay a small fee and insert an artwork. The machine will automatically determine the artistic value of it. Very handy for insecure art students or tired critics. I suppose the installation reflects on the question whether any formal institution can decide about the quality of art. An interesting issue in the context of current Dutch culture and art policy discussions. I have no idea when this kiosk is installed and if it is still there. I also don’t know who made it and where it comes from. But it’s a nice idea. I hope it works. At least it would save a lot of work.
Over the past years, infinite numbers of artists have tweaked billboards to discuss the appropriateness of advertising in public space. At the same time brands have done much to spice up billboards in order to make their message extra attractive. Mexican paper company Scribe created a combination of both — it recently launched Scribe Billboard, a temporary residency for artists inside a billboard.Read more →
Public art installations involving lights are always illuminating and celebratory. Whether it’s an interactive installation over English Bay as part of the Cultural Olympiad in Vancouver or a lit heart in the middle of Times Square, light has the power to change how we perceive space in a moving way. Artist Leo Villareal is taking the moving part pretty seriously with his proposed installation for San Francisco. The project, dubbed ‘The Bay Lights’, proposes to install 25,000 LED lights on the west span of the city’s Bay Bridge in time for its 75th anniversary.Read more →
The idea behind the Anteroom series is so brilliant and simple. Vancouver-based artist James Nizam projects a big size pinhole experience into rooms of abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished houses. He then made photos of the nostalgic sceneries. (By the way, check this nice pinhole photo series on Flickr.)Read more →
Each person encounters between 3,000 and 6,000 commercial messages each day. Compared to art, that is a lot. I takes a real exhibition junk to even come close. That is perhaps why so many artists try to change this negative art/ad balance in public spaces. We have seen great examples. Dutch designer Justus Bruns tries…Read more →