Blowing Up The Brand: The book

Melissa Aronczyk writes:

Please join us to celebrate the launch of a new edited collection:

Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture (Popular Culture and Everyday Life), eds Melissa Aronczyk and Devon Powers
With contributions from Celia Lury and Liz Moor, John Corner, Jefferson Pooley, Arlene Davila, Miriam Greenberg, Hongmei Li, Graham Knight, Waddick Doyle and Gabriele Cosentino, Alison Hearn, Mary Ebeling, Sarah Banet-Weiser and Marita Sturken, Devon Powers, Melissa Aronczyk, and Jonathan Gray.

WHEN: Tuesday 21 September, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
WHERE: NYU Institute for Public Knowledge (5th floor, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY)

This book draws from a conference that I spoke at and mentioned here last year (and where I had the pleasure to meet several readers).

However, my song and dance is not included in this book. :(

(Also: I won’t be able to come to this event, but I would if I lived in NYC. The book looks great. Big congrats to Melissa and Devon!)

Pictures of stuff, cont’d: Flea Market-inspired Art Show

I have to mention this, and only partly because there is a real live Significant Object in the show:

Poketo & Kitsune Noir present: “Los Angeles, I’m Yours
April 24th until May 15th
Space 15Twenty Gallery, 1520 N. Cahuenga Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

From April 24th to May 15th, “Los Angeles I’m Yours” transforms Space 15Twenty Gallery into a living art market. Filled with an eclectic mix of found objects, these vintage pieces are given new life as over 30 artists reinterpret and reincarnate these objects into art.

“Los Angeles, I’m Yours” will create the same joy of the hunt and sensory overload experienced every month at Los Angeles’ famed Rose Bowl outdoor market. Found objects are given new life as an impressive roster of artists will reinterpret and exhibit pieces ranging from vintage glass ware, old vinyl records, antique lamps, and odd knick knacks. Imagine these vintage finds, drawn on, painted on, and manipulated by the artists into a new form.

To Do In Savannah: “Soldier Portraits” At The Telfair Museum

Please pardon this brief aside. I’m really excited about E‘s latest show, at the Telfair Museum of Art here in Savannah. The opening reception is tomorrow night. I don’t know how many Murketing readers are actually in Savannah, but for those who are, here’s the info:

Ellen Susan / Soldier Portraits
Opening Reception: Thursday April 15, 6 pm.
Telfair’s Jepson Center
Savannah, GA

If you can’t make the opening, check out the actual show before closes July 25. Many of the images on view are ambrotypes (and tintypes) made with the wet-plate collodion process. This is a rather complicated and intense antique process that, while difficult, produces one-of-a-kind images that look particularly amazing in person.

For various reasons I’ve been thinking a lot lately about recognition and the art process, and I think it’s an important dimension of this project. The combination of this process and these subjects strikes me as a useful antidote to the way we’ve gotten used to seeing soldiers in the press: Whatever your stance might be about the war, “the troops” are often just fleeting, interchangeable images, more of an idea than actual people.

The Soldier Portraits project started when we first moved to Savannah a couple of years ago; locally based soldiers, who were all around at the grocery store or the mall, were at the time preparing to deploy to Iraq, some for the third time. Suddenly it was impossible not to recognize them as more than simply “the troops,” but rather as individuals. I think these images — made with long exposures, captured through a difficult process onto what are in effect unique objects — force the viewer to undergo a similar process.

Yes, I’m biased. But in this instance, I’m also right.

Not in Savannah? Well at least visit the project’s web site.

To Do: Candela Structures Show


Learn all about these “cool little fiberglass structures out in Queens,” at The Candela Structures: A New York City History Mystery, opening at the City Reliquary this Saturday (opening reception: 7pm); on view at least until June 28th. More about this in The NYT today.

Just looking


Steve Lambert has images & even a video added to his site in connection with his current show in Los Angeles. Cool stuff, check it out here.

Me in NYC: Reminder + new development (won’t mention it again, sorry)

As mentioned repeatedly: Talk + book signing at NYU’s Blowing Up The Brand, Friday night. Details & RSVP here.

Also: At the end of the 8:20 pm Saturday screening of Objectified at IFC Center, I’ll join director Gary Hustwit for a brief audience Q&A.

To do in NYC tonight

Handmade Nation onslaught now underway. Summary of NY events on The Storque:

There will also be a panel discussion at the Powerhouse Arena Bookstore in Brooklyn on Wednesday, February 11, 7-9pm EST. Powerhouse is located at 37 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl, co-authors of “Handmade Nation,” join American Craft Editor-in-Chief Andrew Wagner and KnitKnit‘s Sabrina Gschwandtner for a panel on art, craft and design.

Another panel discussion tomorrow night, with Faythe Levine, Mandy Greer, Kate Bingaman-Burt and Callie Janoff, is sold out, but will be videostreamed in Etsy; details here.

To Do in Savannah: Stitch Spectacular

From Connect:

Stitch Spectacular will feature 41 pieces by artists from as far away as Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Participants were selected by an impressive jury comprising Grace Bonney, founder of design*sponge website; Kate Bingaman-Burt, founder of the Obsessive Consumption website and assistant professor at Portland State University; and Torrey Stifel, studio coordinator at the Jepson Center for the Arts. Learn more about the judges and entries at

Dimensions Gallery
412 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Savannah, GA

January 9 through February 3. Opening reception January 9, 7-10 p.m. Closing reception January 30, 5-8 p.m.

Just Looking

“Moss Hill Modern”, originally uploaded by leahgiberson.

Via Poppytalk:

If you’re in the Boston area this Friday evening, Leah Giberson has six new paintings in the group show, Cloth Paper, Scissors at pinkcoma gallery.

When: Friday, December 12, 5 – 11 PM
Where: pinkcomma, 81B Wareham Street

UPDATE: I indicated that I thought this was a one-night only event but (see comments) Giberson reports that the work will remain on display & for sale until Dec. 20 “or thereabouts.” So if you’re in Boston, check it out.

Giberson Flickr set of the six paintings is here.

side view – Moss Hill Modern, originally uploaded by leahgiberson.

To Do December 10 in NYC: “Infiltrating The Underground”

That’s the title of a 30-minute documentary from  Paper Tiger Television and Anne Elizabeth Moore. Sorry marketing pros: It’s not a how-to.

This video collaboration will look at how big business is chipping away at democracy through underground cultures — and how underground cultures willingly participate.

The program will examine how and why anticorporate culture and independent media have been co-opted by corporate advertising and the profit-making agenda, examining instances where the government and big business collude to silence independent voices — and concerns for social justice.

A follow-up to Moore’s 2007 New Press book, Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity, the video Infiltrating the Underground investigates what happens when the underground becomes just another market, and what independent artists
and media makers can do about it.

Infiltrating the Underground: The Corporatization of Underground Culture airs Wednesday, December 10th at 3 and 11 p.m. on Brooklyn Community Access Television, and at 8 p.m. on Manhattan Neighborhood Network. I gather previews will be posted on the Paper Tiger blog. Copies of the video can be purchased  “for classroom use or to air on local community access stations,” from Paper Tiger.

Earlier: Murketing Q&A with Anne Elizabeth Moore about Unmarketable.

To Do in NYC: Contrabrand lecture

Friend of Murketing Sonia Katyal will be speaking at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts next week:

In her talk, based on her forthcoming book from Yale Press, Contrabrand, Katyal will focus on the intersection of art, advertising, and intellectual property within the First Amendment, and to show how the law has shifted in response to accord with the constitutional challenges the branding movement has created….

Katyal will explore how brands occupy our everyday existence, as well as explain the massive cultural shift that is being played out in countless courtrooms across America, where ordinary consumers and artists have been sued by corporations for their anti-branding activities….

More here.

Monday, November 24, 2008: 6-8pm ( reception at 5:30)
VLA, 1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022 (auditorium)
Artist/Student: $10 for VLA members, $15 non-members
Legal Professional: $100 for VLA members, $125 non-members

Hey Space City: Give this guy your Styrofoam

I can’t believe I’d never heard of this guy until today, but Michael Salter is an artist who makes huge “Styrobots” (like 20-feet-plus tall), out of the hunks of styrofoam (I guess it’s different than Styrofoam?) that pack computers and the like.

Right now he’s taking donations in Houston (my home town!). I don’t know if Murketing actually has any readers in Houston or not, but maybe you know people there. If so, you should tell them about this. (Details about where to bring your packing foam, or arrange a pickup, here.) (At least, I’m pretty sure they’re still taking donations.)

If nothing else, they can check out whatever he ends up creating at the Rice Gallery, November 6. His show is called Too Much, and he’s also giving a talk on November 7; here’s the gallery’s calendar.

Find pix of Salter’s past creations on his site.

[Big thanks: Paola!]

To Do in NYC: Shearer show

Speaking of stuff happening in New York: I was interested in this from Deborah Solomon’s Q&A with Harry Shearer in the NYT Magazine:

This Friday, you have a show opening at the Susan Inglett Gallery in New York. Are you a visual artist of some kind? I collect video footage of political and media types who are always yakking at us on television — the footage I collect is of them not talking. The project is called “Non-Talking Heads.”

The gallery’s site says:

Well-known personalities from politics and the media are caught here in the moments before “going live”. Each portrait hangs silent, still, cheek to jowl in Shearer’s living, breathing portrait gallery.

I’m not sure what the presentation will be from either of these bits, but I’m picturing a bunch of TV screens with silent video loops, and I think it sounds fantastic. I believe I have mentioned before Shearer’s “Silent Debates” series on My Damn Channel. That’s here, link goes straight to video.

The gallery is at 522 West 24 Street, New York. It opens Friday night, per above, but normal hours are Tue-Sat 10 to 6, and personally I’d rather look at these in silence, not at a party.

To Do in NYC [??]

Actually I have no idea what this is, really. But I gather it’s tonight. I guess. Or something.

If I were in the area I’d have made an effort to find out. But I’m not, so I didn’t. If you go, or whatever, let me know.

To Do in Washington D.C.: Buying In event; poster giveaway

Reminder that on Wednesday night I’ll be at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. Go, or tell your friends to: It’s a City Paper pick!

Plus — we’ll be giving away about 25 of these awesome screenprint posters from Little Friends of Printmaking.

Wednesday, August 6, 7 p.m.
Politics & Prose Bookstore
5015 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC