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An Evil Plot?



It's been quiet here lately… too quiet. Those of you who know me, then, might be expecting that I'm hatching some evil plot. And yes, you'd be quite correct. As you know, I'm far more into world domination than domination on a personal scale, and this has been a good week for that.

I have something new in the works that has been absorbing a lot of my time and energy this week, but it's getting close to launch (god, I hope so anyway) and so hopefully I'll be back in full swing here soon.

In the mean time, the following links have nothing to do with sex or spanking but are still making me hard.

Hugh MacLeod, of "cartoons on the back of business cards" fame recently posted a link to my studio blog, calling me out as an example of his Global Micro Brand theory. He was inspired to do so, apparently, by Chris Carfi's post to the same effect over at the Social Customer Manifesto blog. If you're trying to make money with a blog, go read Hugh's rant on the global micro brand. I can't say that I learned everything that made my business a success from Hugh, but I learned probably most of it there. It's very worthwhile to do some digging back into his archives if your motive for blogging is anything bigger than connecting with a few friends or family members.

In a completely unrelated coup, it appears that I sort of have a piece of art in this year's Whitney Biennial! The "sort of" part requires a bit of explanation, I think. A while back, I posted a call for action: an attempt to get people to post Picasso's mural Guernica on billboards across the country as a war protest. It was part of a larger concept of large scale public art using open source techniques of collaboration. Well:



Last weekend, members of Visual Resistance installed a mural at the Whitney Museum.  Our friends at Deep Dish TV had been invited to show their Shocking and Awful series at the Whitney Biennial. They were assigned a 20-inch TV mounted on a 20-foot wall, which they wanted to spice up a little bit. They called us about 10 days ago and asked us to come up with a mural based on Picasso’s Guernica.

So the Biennial catalog of the exhibit only lists Deep Dish Television, not even Visual Resistance, but I think that since the Guernica project was designed as open source, in a way I can claim that the installation was an example of my American Guernica Project. And VR was kind enough to mention me in their account of the installation, so I know they were thinking about it:



Several months back, John Unger proposed an open-source art project called American Guernica. The idea was to put Picasso’s painting on billboards throught the US as a protest against the current wars being waged by the US. While billboard space is probably out of our range, working on this Whitney installation has gotten VR folks talking about using Guernica images on the street in New York.

The Biennial is widely regarded as the most prestigious art show in the world, so, hey, I'd love to be able to claim some partial credit on this if it's applicable. I'm going to see if I can do some further projects with VR as the anniversary of the war comes up this week.

So, do I have too much on my plate right now? Uh, yeah. Am I loving it? Fuck yeah.

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