TIA 2005: Art from Ephemera (Mail Art and the Internet)
Text and Image Arts
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Fall 2007 - Spring 2009

Friday, February 15, 2008

some items and events of interest to AFE

Junk Jet: a DIY 'zine in the age of electronic reproduction (not that copiers aren't electronic, but that's another blog post). Check out their website for more info.

Since so many of your projects aim to be interactive or participatory in some way (and acknowledging that that can be a tricky goal to achieve), I thought this event might be perfect timing, right after our first critique but before we dive in to the final portion of the semester. The Failure Support Group will take place on Friday evening, February 29th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Democracy Center in Cambridge.

From their e-mail announcement:

Art projects fail a lot, particularly those that are participatory, public and/or social. They fail for different reasons and cause myriad revelations. Nevertheless, the structures that we use to talk about these works and contexts where they are presented often don't leave room for discussing the failures plainly and objectively.

We're interested in failure – in its relationship to creative production, artistic rhetoric and public presentation. So interested, in fact, that we want to share ours and hear about yours.

We invite you to join us for a Failure Support Group, an evening survey of failed processes and failed projects (yours and ours). Is there, actually, a recipe for failure? Are certain methodologies more prone to failure than others? How? What is at stake in acknowledging failure – in one's process, one's community, or one's career?

Bad coffee, 'nilla wafers, and accordion accompaniment provided.

I was tempted to RSVP with a presentation about one of my own, mostly unsuccessful projects but I think I'll just attend and share instead. Hope to see some of you there!

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