In the world of social practice, artists don’t always know what their colleagues are doing. That’s my first take on Open Engagement (O.E.), an annual conference; this year it ran at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. The conference itself surely helps remedy that, since it gathers together all types of S.E.A. (an acronym for socially engaged art used by the conference).
Cinemagraphs (aka Hair GIFs): The lowest form of GIF. I’ve explained why I don’t like them in the past, so I won’t go in to it again today. Mostly, I’m posting this as a reminder to myself that some GIFs really are terrible.
Monday night about two dozen protesters took the streets of the Meatpacking district to protest the Whitney Museum’s decision to build a new mega-museum on top of a Spectra Energy natural gas pipeline. The pipeline brings gas that has been fracked (a practice known to use carcinogens and toxins) from Pennsylvania to New York. So, that’s bad. Pipelines are also dangerous—is it really a good idea to build a museum over something that could explode?