An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men

The Yes Men are activists and self-professed anti-corporate hoaxers who expose the world’s biggest criminals. They create fake websites that are similar to the corporations or peoples they wish to spoof and then they are accidentally invited to make public appearances as their personas. When they make appearances, they tend to make satirical and shocking comments that they believe expose the true intent of the organization they are targeting. Many times, people don’t even realize that they have been involved in the hoax and fake news stories are run about possible disaster scenarios.

One of The Yes Men’s most famous hoaxes involve creating a fake website entitled http://www.gwbush.com during the 2000 elections, which caused the future president to say that the site had gone too far in its criticisms of him and “there ought to be limits on freedom”. They also notoriously posed as members of the World Trade Organization by creating a fake website. When they were contacted to appear for a group of distinguished individuals, they did so. During that presentation they encouraged corporations to buy votes directly from citizens and unveiled a gold spandex bodysuit that they claimed would increase productivity by tracking employees through sensors in the suit. They’ve posed as members of Dow Chemical, ExxonMobil, the United States Department of Housing and Development after Hurricane Katrina, and many other groups.

Their antics have lead to a film called The Yes Men, a documentary called Info Wars, and a book entitled The Yes Men: The True Story of the End of the World Trade Organization. The two frontmen for the group, under the aliases Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, premiered The Yes Men Fix the World at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and launched their own online video channel, Babelgum.

The Yes Men will be speaking at Club Downunder about their antics and successes as activists and hoaxers while using a multimedia presentation featuring props and clips from their new and classic antics. This event is co-sponsored between Center for Participant Education and Union Productions and provided by Evil Twin Booking.

Tues. April 6: An Evening with Activist Group The Yes Men
Club Downunder // doors 8:30PM, show 9:30PM
Free for FSU students
GP $5
18+

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“Funk Lessons” by Adrian Piper

White People Can Dance!!! a brief segment of the brilliant “Funk Lessons” by Adrian Piper, as shown at Nuit Blanche 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

More information here
http://www.artforum.com/film/id=24753

Wendy Babcox artist lecture

The FSU Visiting Artist Lecture Series invites you to attend:

FSU Visiting Artists Series featuring Wendy Babcox
Thursday, February 4, 2010
7:00 – 8:00pm
Room 249, Fine Arts Building: 530 E Call Street St.,Tallahassee, FL

Wendy Babcox is a British interdisciplinary artist who received her BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and her MFA from the University of Florida where she received a Presidential Fellowship. She now teaches at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Her work exists in a wide variety of media including photography, video, installation and performance and has received two public art commissions. She draws upon interrelatedness of site, place and contemporary in her recent works, calling upon the imagery of animals, tourist attractions and acts of female transgression.

Projects bave been exhibited and performed nationally and internationally in places such as the Bronx Museum the Kitchen and Exit Art in New York, The Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College in Chicago, the Transmodern Age Festival in Baltimore, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Miami the International Center of Bethlehem, Al Hoash Gallery, Jerusalem and in Russia, New Zealand, Mexico, Columbia and Peru.

www.wendybabcox.com

Random bits: Anonymous Twitter Machine, The Yes Men, Calma, Scott Thomas, Conrad Shawcross, and Mike Rugnetta and Patrick Davison

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00pd.com by Patrick Davison with Twitter API

TEMPORAL : The Art of Stephan Doitschinoff (aka Calma) from Jonathan LeVine Gallery on Vimeo.

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Scott Thomas, who authored the book Designing for Obama, was the Design Director for President Barack Obama’s historic political campaign, in which branding, design, and the web worked together to build a base of like-minded constituents. In this excerpt from last spring’s 99% conference in New York, Thomas likens the campaign to “building an airplane in flight” and discusses the creative’s need for triage and the importance of keeping things simple.
http://flavorwire.com/42153/daily-dose-pick-the-99#media


Conrad Shawcross

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Loan Words by Mike Rugnetta and Patrick Davison

ART:21 – ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Hey guys, you can attend this on Friday and respond (to this post) for the visiting artist requirement. ;-)

FSU hosts SEASON 5 of ART:21 – ART IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY

Florida State University in partnership with Art21, Inc. as part of its Art21 Access ’09 initiative, presents a sneak preview of the fifth season of Art:21—Art in the Twenty-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art, on October 9, 2009 at 6:30pm at Fine Arts Building in room 249. The event features a micro lecture by Linda Hall and a screening of PBS Art 21’s Transformation. This event is free and open to the public.

The following episode(s) will be screened during the October 9, 2009 event: Episode 3: Transformation
Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, the artists featured in Transformation capture the sensibilities of our age while at times inhabiting the characters they have created. Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman and Paul McCarthy are featured.

Linda Hall will be giving a micro lecture on the relationship between her art and the idea of transformation. Linda Hall is a Tallahassee treasure as well as an adjunct at FSU.

Art:21 Seasons 2 & 4

Post your responses to three artists from Art:21 Seasons 2 & 4 here.

Season 2
Walton Ford
Tim Hawkinson
Paul Pfeiffer
Kara Walker

Season 4
Allora & Calzadilla
Mark Bradford
Mark Dion
Jenny Holzer