Montalvo workshop

8 January 2010 | by | In process

Last night we held a workshop at our residency at the Montalvo Art Center with the resident artists, staff and culinary experts. We started by asking people to create a diagram of the space they navigate when in their neighborhood at home. We then split everyone up into groups of 4 and asked each group to identify common ways to understand these personal diagrams. Finally, we met together, 12 of us, and tried to limit these common understandings, or ‘elements’, into 7 groupings.

The text for the workshop: MontalvoWorkshop1


Here are the individual diagrams:

The center box is the location space, between Houston & 14th Street, NYC. The boxes contained are the apartment, communal (bars?) and a view from outside. Across the river is Brooklyn, made up of a number of locii, each merely strung to each other, with no real reference points to connect them. Top left are two people connected by a phone. A plan/elevation of the bedroom. On the bed is a laptop, some pillows, around the room are various boxes, all with equal value, each containing the resident's effects.At the bottom is a bowl that represents warmth, from which originates a tree that connects to the world. The home is inline with the bowl, and the tree appears to have waves coming out of it above the home.Life revolves around walking, talking and typing, with a triangle set up between the blowing tree and the spot with tea and coffee...An apartment in NYC bound by 6th Avenue above it. On the other side of the avenue are a library, supermarket and landmark. In the apartment the artist's studio is shown empty.4 quadrants divide the page from local to other, from subjective to objective. Top left pane shows the desk and the bed (feet), the window separates the right pane with a view of Manhattan. Bottom left is a view of the East Village, with numerous local spots, on the bottom right is the 'yearly' journey to Sweden, and the unknown space in-betweenA person newly arrived in Brooklyn. There is their house, perhaps a place for coffee, but all the main arteries are as yet disconnected.Here the day is divided between home and the tree-lined journey to work. One of the few images showing the person, in this case drawn twice with her dog.The home is placed in the center, with a clock of locations to go to. The house is crying, with tears draining into the ocean, as there is no studio to go to.This is an energy/mood map, full of electrical discharge and resistence.The home, shown cocooned in the lower left, with a more established representation on the right. The workspace has a center, but is more abstract, with some landscape elements around it.


We then split into groups of four and asked each group to come up with 7 ‘elements’ that their drawings shared. Then all 12 people met, we put up all the elements, and tried to find a way to distill them. Here are the seven final ‘elements’ condensed from the individual maps:

ELEMENT 1: obstacles, distance, roads, framing and boundariesELEMENT 1: creativity, production, distractions & dream researchELEMENT 3: natureELEMENT 4: historyELEMENT 5: base & home treeELEMENT 6: communication, person there/not there and communityELEMENT 7: zoom, scale, vista, birds-eye & perspective view

We will use the seven elements created at the workshop to generate the forms for the studio installation at Montalvo on January 12th.


5 November 2009 | by | In Uncategorized

We have been thinking of different ways to show [here][now]. The project begins through a series of workshops in or near the final installation. Using individual experiences, of a sense of place, of city or town, we distill a set of ‘elements’. These are a distillation of how the workshop participants understand the physical and virtual influences around them.

The installation then, is an expression of the workshops, where we try to create a set of dynamic codes that correspond to an experience of place. These installations can be formal – in a museum of gallery setting as at Incheon, or can be informal, spontaneous events that take place on an outside wall or other non-standard place.

see workshops

see installation at the Incheon Digital Art Festival

Workshop 2 : Nabi

1 August 2009 | by | In process

In the 2nd workshop at Nabi we explored how individuals navigate the city and structure their thoughts and actions within it.

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Workshop 1 : Nabi

28 July 2009 | by | In process


The first workshop at Nabi produced a series of elements to be used as organizing principles for the project. The workshop instructions.

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Workshop at Nabi

26 July 2009 | by | In process

[here][now] is being workshoped at Nabi in Korea prior to our installation at the Incheon Digital Art Festival.

[here][now] investigates concepts of space and society through a virtual environment. The virtual and the real are counterpoints that serve as a dialectical springboard to a discussion about the ways that we, as modern citizens of the Information Age, function within the structures around us – in both virtual spaces, and in the physical spaces of our communities. The workshops are essential components to our work, as the exhibit is a reflection of its Korean location – to synthesize how people conceive of the city around them and find ways to characterize the relationships that they have to each other.

Workshop 1 : report

12 May 2009 | by | In process

Our first workshop consisted of three parts. In the first we asked people to write ‘elements of the city’ on sheets of paper. The second we split up into 3 groups and tried to find structures for these ‘elements’. The third part consisted of a discussion. Below are three diagrams that try to relate the different elements of the city.


The large triangle represents ‘concrete’ concepts. The top circle represents ‘abstract’ ideas. Different elements are dispersed throughout the structure – garbage bags at the bottom; Charity, Liberalism in the middle of the circle; sneakers strung on cables across the middle of the triangle.

The city is divided into 7 ‘cogs’. The sun and the moon represent time. A sort of perpetual clockwork. Charlie Chaplin is running on the outside. Roundly criticized for not expressing change in the city.

Time is running up and down, engineering from right to left. The ‘moral umbrella’ is in the middle, a compass turning in every way. The future “Red Light, Ice Cream Van” is desire. The past is narratives ‘Filthy Stories”. Organization is perceived as ‘Hustle and Bustle” on the left and a school with plumbing on the right. Loneliness, the candle, was supposed to exist in every quadrant.

Workshop 1

11 May 2009 | by | In process

The first workshop on Sunday May 10th is to establish elements of a city. These elements will become the specification for the generated objects in the project [here][now].

part 1:
List all the elements of a city, each on a separate piece of paper. If there is not enough paper, cut up

part 2:
Create about 4 groups, divide the pieces of paper between the 4 groups.
Create a single diagram that structures all the elements in a relationship to each other.
You can only use 12 words in the diagram. You can’t use the pieces of paper. You can draw anything
you want.

part 3:
As a large group, look at the 4 structures and create visual criteria, forms and behaviors, that characterize the pieces. For example, politics has an abstract quality, whereas an assembly hall is a concrete part of the city. Criteria could be complexity, color, scattered/orderly, tall, skinny, dense/sparse, etc.

These spatial and temporal attributes become the specification for the generated objects. So a fast
red thing could be a fire-engine and a tall, fat, etherial structure could be a bureaucracy.

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