Everything is going to be alight

Martin Creed
Detroit, Michigan, 2006.

photo: Corrine Vermeulen-Smith


City of Detroit

"We Shall Rise Again from the Ashes
We Hope for Better Things"


Jef Geys at MoCAD

I was at home this weekend and made it to MoCAD in Detroit to see this exhibit. Also work by Design 99, and LaToya Ruby Frazier was up at the museum. 

Jef Geys
Woodward Avenue
May 27 - July 25, 2010 

Highly esteemed and critically acclaimed Belgian artist Jef Geys (b. 1934) will present a new body of work specifically based on Detroit entitled Woodward Avenue. Geys rarely exhibits in the United States, making this project a remarkable and unique opportunity for visitors to engage with the artist’s extraordinary work, which encompasses conceptual approaches, educational activities, experiments and cooperative formats. Woodward Avenueis both an expansion and a departure from his Quadra Medicinale project, an interdisciplinary exhibition presented at the Belgian Pavillion at the 53rd Venice Biennale.  For the Detroit project, Geys asked Dr. Ina Vandebroek, an ethnomedical research specialist, to collect weeds at twelve intersections along Woodward Avenue beginning at Cadillac Square, in the heart of the city of Detroit, and ending at Saginaw Street, nearly 30 miles north in the neighboring city of Pontiac.  Woodward Avenue’s installation includes the collected and dried plant specimens with their corresponding scientific descriptions, photographs and specific maps. The exhibition also features two new films that record an ethnobotany workshop with traditional health practitioners run by Dr. Vandebroek in Bolivia. A special edition of the “Kempens Informatieblad” (Kempens Information Journal) will accompany the exhibition, as well as public programs and workshops that are an integral part of this art project.
Woodward Avenue is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and curated by Luis Croquer, Director and Chief Curator.  

some phone shots I took. 


now fiona tells me...

The sudden change of ambiance in a street within the space of a few meters; the evident division of a city into zones of distinct psychic atmospheres; the path of least resistance that is automatically followed in aimless strolls (and which has no relation to the physical contour of the terrain); the appealing or repelling character of certain places — these phenomena all seem to be neglected. In any case they are never envisaged as depending on causes that can be uncovered by careful analysis and turned to account.
— Guy Debord (Situationist Intl.)



Net Art Diagram

Figure 7.1: “Simple Net Art Diagram” (Courtesy of M.River and T.Whid Art Associates; 1997.)


the sound of cars
the smell of fertilizer
the winds they throw



Two books I made today in my book binding class.


Metropolis by Rob Carter

Metropolis by Rob Carter - Last 3 minutes from Rob Carter on Vimeo.

Metropolis (2008)
Total running time: 9 mins 30 secs

Metropolis is a quirky and very abridged narrative history of the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. It uses stop motion video animation to physically manipulate aerial still images of the city (both real and fictional), creating a landscape in constant motion. Starting around 1755 on a Native American trading path, the viewer is presented with the building of the first house in Charlotte. From there we see the town develop through the historic dismissal of the English, to the prosperity made by the discovery of gold and the subsequent roots of the building of the multitude of churches that the city is famous for. Now the landscape turns white with cotton, and the modern city is ‘born’, with a more detailed re-creation of the economic boom and surprising architectural transformation that has occurred in the past 20 years.

Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, primarily due to the continuing influx of the banking community, resulting in an unusually fast architectural and population expansion that shows no sign of faltering despite the current economic climate. However, this new downtown Metropolis is therefore subject to the whim of the market and the interest of the giant corporations that choose to do business there. Made entirely from images printed on paper, the animation literally represents this sped up urban planners dream, but suggests the frailty of that dream, however concrete it may feel on the ground today. Ultimately the video continues the city development into an imagined hubristic future, of more and more skyscrapers and sports arenas and into a bleak environmental future. It is an extreme representation of the already serious water shortages that face many expanding American cities today; but this is less a warning, as much as a statement of our paper thin significance no matter how many monuments of steel, glass and concrete we build.


Winter Walkthrough

Documentation from walkthrough for the end of this quarter.
I showed a video, a book, and print.  The book was my main project this quarter.


Very good; first-rate; excellent. Of an extreme or excessive degree. An outlying part. A state of feeling or being. Delight or elation arising from some act, possession. Ostentatious display. Free from disturbance; disturbed.

Superbia from Matt Chung on Vimeo.


objects not data.

My computer is freaking out, really there is never a good time to have computer issues but right now is a really bad time. I went to the library and got lost in the stacks. I found this little portfolio that had topographical maps of the region.

Books don't randomly break, they exist as an object not data.


Independent Photo Book

Really enjoying this blog: http://theindependentphotobook.blogspot.com/

Silver dome.



do you ever judge your neighbors by their wifi name?


from ffffound. originally posted on plan59