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Omsk Social Club
Berlin-based collective that creates games/interactive performances
larp  game  collective  relationalaesthetics  improvisation 
17 days ago by droitcour
Caffenol 101
The spirit of caffenol is to provide a method of developing film in the absence
of access to commercially-produced developers. This is especially useful for
photographers traveling abroad, or ones that find themselves out of reach of a
traditional darkroom. Additionally, film developed in caffenol takes on distinct
physical properties, such as heavier grain, lower contrast, and, occasionally, a
distinct brown color.
photography  chemistry  travel  improvisation 
22 days ago by antifuchs
Inside a Strange Three-Day, Hand-Crafted Mission to Europa | WIRED
Tom Sachs’ workshop in lower Manhattan is a warren of rooms jammed with cabinets, shelves, work tables, and sorting systems—all of them customized. Even the lowly drill press is heavily remade, two machine lamps spidering off its top, a brush on a retracting cord to clean away debris, a chuck key and center punch stuck to magnets on the machine’s face. I do the same kind of customizing in my workshop. These kinds of rituals, taken together, represent a shop’s philosophy of work.

Sachs is a sculptor, but he calls himself a bricoleur. “It’s someone who cobbles together functional contraptions out of received or collected materials,” he says. A decade ago, galleries and curators started noticing his provocative works—a cardboard hand grenade in a mock Hermès box, a Glock pistol decorated and branded as Tiffany. Today he and his 12-person team mount exhibits in museums around the world, and art lovers collect his work faithfully. The day I visit, the team is prepping for a large-scale installation at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in September that’ll send two “astronauts” (played by assistants) in a plywood mock-spaceship on a simulated mission to the Jovian moon Europa, which scientists think might harbor life. It’s the third in his series of Space Program pieces. As we tour the studio, Sachs’ assistant Sam Ratanarat is trying to stabilize a cart the astronauts will wheel out onto the “surface”—which means she has to weld the titanium rods holding it together....

We had a lot in common. We’re both obsessive organizers. We both make replicas. And when we’re in the shop and can’t think of what to work on, we build infrastructure—stands, shelves, benches. Sachs told me he’d cribbed construction ideas from MythBusters Now he uses my workshop when he’s on the West Coast, and I use his when I’m back east. Our wives describe our relationship status as “dating.”

When I look at Sachs’ workshop, what’s more familiar to me than the tools are the rituals, the signs of how Sachs turns prosaic objects and materials into art....



When Sachs replicates something to display or sell in a gallery, I think he’s talking to his 10-year-old self too. But he’s having a different conversation. He’s gifting that kid with all the art supplies anyone could ever ask for and letting him play.

I tell stories with objects. I layer on narrative by adding a patina of age, by thinking about use and wear patterns. I don’t know if that’s art. Sachs builds narratives into the construction. You can see the edges of his plywood, the screws, the marks made by greasy hands, or a tool that went astray. You always know that the object is made Sachs’ pieces are art because his rituals of manufacture tell stories about the artist....

If it all sounds difficult to set up, that’s the point. Sachs’ materials are not ideal. The space suits are hard to keep cool. The switches, hatches, and so on can break. It’ll take most of August to move all the pieces across the country and assemble them, just for three days of performances. That’s all part of Sachs’ process. He cares about the Big Questions, he says, the philosophy behind traveling to the stars, but mostly it just feeds his desire to make stuff. “I love getting my hands dirty. I only feel good if I have a cut somewhere,” he says. “If I have a little burn, it means that I’m probably doing something right.”
art  tools  making  improvisation 
22 days ago by shannon_mattern
Marc Rebillet Is Making It All Up As He Goes. | Central Track
No One's Immune To The Charms Of The Laugh-Out-Loud Funny, In-Your-Face And Improvisational Music Made By Dallas' Newest Must-See Performer.
marc.rebillet  music  improvisation 
9 weeks ago by po
How to Live Like a Hell-Raising Israeli Bread Baker - Saveur - Pocket
He opened up another and another, until there were more than 30 of them selling bread that had beetroot and Roquefort and fennel and artichoke, all depending on the season and all depending on something even less quantifiable than that: his whim.

There is a coop that holds his two chickens. There had been more, but a few days before I visited, 11 of them were killed ruthlessly in the middle of the night by a wolf. When he found the feathers of their remains, he was distraught. He put both his hands to his bald head and he cried. How he had loved waking up to the sounds of the chickens. He is building a newer, stronger coop.

There is a coop that holds his two chickens. There had been more, but a few days before I visited, 11 of them were killed ruthlessly in the middle of the night by a wolf. When he found the feathers of their remains, he was distraught. He put both his hands to his bald head and he cried. How he had loved waking up to the sounds of the chickens. He is building a newer, stronger coop.

Here is how to live your life, according to Erez Komarovsky: Don’t take people’s advice. Ask yourself why you’re doing the same thing you were doing last year; ask if there is a very good reason for it, and then ask again. Become a “rhinoceros,” someone with such thick skin that when people come to you with their questions—how could you leave and how could you write that and how could you throw your own people under the bus like that—you could recognize that those questions are about their limitations, and not yours. Stop following recipes. Recipes don’t teach you anything. You can read them to understand what they’re trying to get at, but then forget what you read and go do it yourself.

Here is how to live your life, according to Erez Komarovsky: Don’t take people’s advice. Ask yourself why you’re doing the same thing you were doing last year; ask if there is a very good reason for it, and then ask again. Become a “rhinoceros,” someone with such thick skin that when people come to you with their questions—how could you leave and how could you write that and how could you throw your own people under the bus like that—you could recognize that those questions are about their limitations, and not yours. Stop following recipes. Recipes don’t teach you anything. You can read them to understand what they’re trying to get at, but then forget what you read and go do it yourself.
teaching  improvisation 
june 2019 by craniac

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