Wednesday, March 19, 2008


Connect-the-Dots (Dead Pigeon)

Traditional education, implied largely to the operating or instrumental conditioning theory, distinguishes an instruction that bears in mind a stimuli that tries to receive specific response from the subjects, in this case, from the children.

Through experimental exercises, for example the connection of dots to create an image, a specific reference is given in order to have reinforced consequences; it is important to be kept in the line. This vague activity has as a main but hidden goal, for every child to develop no creativity and individuality wile teaching them to follow instructions.

Usually, when children are given an activity like this with a specific icon, for example a flower, next time they are asked to draw one, it is highly possible for them to draw a similar flower.


Featuring Printed Broadsides, Ephemera & Performative Happenings

“Event Horizon” is a public art project that seeks to create a site for inquiry into the nature of current events and history through the use of print media, performance, and individual interpretation. Artists within “Event Horizon” interpret and re-present topics, headlines, graphics, and text found in widely circulated newspapers, broadsides, and fliers to produce creative, critical, and poetic interplays in the form of printed posters and broadsides. The reader’s ability to translate and creatively respond to “popular” issues will underscore a story or subject’s meaning, thereby exposing “the style” of interpretation as a determinant element of how events or topics are individually understood and communicated to a larger public. Traditionally hung in public places to announce news and events to the public, broadsides locate information within a locality of interest, while creating a visual tableau, indexing issues within a splayed format. Physically unbound, the broadside references the loose sheets of a newspaper, with large type and simple script, easily read by the passerby, to be papered and hung on poles, store windows, buildings, and folding displays. Using print media as a means to create a backdrop for the projection of ideas and opinions, “Event Horizon” re-contextualizes current events within a staged setting of signage and performative happenings. By situating themselves within a public place, calling and handing out their print media, participating artists will be inadvertently quoting other historical and contemporary performance traditions, including: town-crier, soap-boxer, street performer, mystic, publicist, recruiter and activist. The public is invited to engage notions of the “newsworthy” through absurdist, practical, educational, comic, mundane, and dramatic presentations of topical material.

Erika Adams (Boston, MA), Razan Alazzouni (Boston, MA), Chad Arnholt (Boston, MA), Elaine Bay (Boston, MA), Janine Biunno (Boston, MA), Rob Erickson (Brooklyn, NY), Noah Fischer (Brooklyn, NY), Melinda Go (Boston, MA), Rebecca Bird Grigsby (Boston, MA), Harvey Loves Harvey (Boston, MA, Brooklyn, NY), Lisa Hecht (Milwaukee, WI), Alysia Kaplan (Chicago, IL), Louise Krampien (Boston, MA), Jessica Marx (Boston, MA), Stefano Pasquini (Bologna, Italy), Rhonda Ratray (Boston, MA), Vinicius Sanchez (Boston, MA), Jennifer Schmidt (Brooklyn, NY), Jessica Scott-Dutcher (Boston, MA), Victoria Shen (Boston, MA), Kirk Snow (Boston, MA), Marcelino Stuhmer (Milwaukee, WI), Pedro Velez (Puerto Rico) with Gamaliel Rodríguez-Ayala (Oslo, Norway), Gabe Ventura (Boston, MA), Stefanie Vermillion (Boston, MA), W&N (Puerto Rico), Marine Wallon (Paris, France), Terrance Wong (Boston, MA), Tina Ye (Boston, MA), Jennifer Yorke (Chicago, IL).

Saturday, April 12th & Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
Davis & Union Squares, Somerville, Massachusetts
10am-1pm : Davis Square, Gathering Area { Times on both days }
3pm-6pm : Union Square, Gathering Area { Times on both days }

"Event Horizon" printed ephemera will also be on display within the Project Space Gallery at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Located at: 230 The Fenway, Boston MA 02115. Exhibition Dates: April 11 - April 21, 2008

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This project is supported in part by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Institute for Art & Civic Engagement at Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the Somerville Arts Council.