Monthly Archives: August 2007

Braille Graffiti – A Public Art Project for the Blind

A Public Art Project for the Blind – Portland, Oregon 2007

Statement from the website:

Most braille found in public exists as pragmatic directions. This project is an attempt to create a unique moment for a blind person who might happen across one of these bits of braille graffiti. 5 different phrases were peppered around Portland, Oregon in late August, 2007. The visible title is included in an attempt to draw attention to all who pass making it more likely for a blind person to come in contact with the words via suggestion from friends or passersby. This was a strategy that arose in an interview with a blind person who wished to remain anonymous.

One sentence reads: You don’t have to be blind to see that the writing is on the wall.
Another: Tiny bubbles that randomly rose from the paper in this arrangement.

This idea has been explored somewhat, but I wanted to give it my own flavor in Portland, Oregon, complete with documentation that might spark an interest to reproduce the project in other cities.

Scott Wayne Indiana

I’m also a big fan of the American Testimonial project launched in May 07:

American Testimonial is a satirical reflection on the current state of culture and media in the United States.  The project consists of 40 wooden tablets, each engraved with different qualitative juxtapositions of contemporary pop stars– models, singers, and hot young artists basking in the disposable hype and whimsy of public attention– with influential, canonized artists from the last century.

The tablets are terrific.  Here are a few:


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Places to Get Grown and Seen

Sexy social energies in the language influence ancestors who influence who we might be who shape the place with possibility and experience. Enormous systems spring forth anonymous faces with maps and avatars engaging sources and memes like johnny’s apple seed. This is now another landscape because of ideas The process disciplines the complex work.
Chris Weige / Austin / TX

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A Diamond Headed Library

Smoke smoke involving smoke

on flat white rock by waterfall moss and vine.

This is here Pedernales where the creeks get lazy and cross, where the good-time leaves loll and float by the white upturned boat and an ever present collection of golden-sinned girls cooking skin.

In essential terms I am a world word creature in the river valley naming fluids and circumstances, recording and unfolding systems and games giving in to delirious cravings while at a constant toyed with by powerful elements of nature n’ various powers of the organized, ancestral vagina – so tender and all, so great and cunning around my mind running, and better loving in the long hawk winds…

Chris Weige / Krause Springs / TX Pedernales RV

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Ron Mueck’s Photo-Realistic Sculpture

Ron Mueck is an Australian born London-based photo-realist artist. His parents were toy makers. He worked on children’s television shows for 15 years before creating special effects for the 1986 film as Labyrinth.

He then started his own company in London, making models to be photographed for advertisements. Now he’s creating on his own and showcasing his work in places such as the Royal Academy, the Millennium Dome in London and the Venice Biennale.


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Lisa Rienermann’s Type

“It began with the Q,” Lisa Rienermann tells Slanted. “I was in a kind of courtyard in Barcelona. I looked upward and saw houses, the blue sky and clouds. The more I looked, I saw that the houses formed a letter Q.”


Translated from Slanted’s original German: “She then set out to find more letter forms, spending weeks only looking upward.”

Rienermann, a student at the University of Duisburg-Essen, created the Type the Sky alphabet after sky-gazing from the narrow streets between the buildings of Barcelona.  The collection is packaged as a type face and book.


via Dezeen
via Fabrica


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The Imaginary Soul Superstar

Mingering Mike is the soul superstar whose name you’ve never heard.

Between 1968 and 1977 Mike recorded over fifty albums, managed thirty-five of his own record labels, and produced, directed and starred in nine of his own motion pictures. In 1972 alone he produced fifteen LPs and over twenty singles, and his traveling revue played for sold out crowds the world over.

How is it that such a prolific musician has gone under the radar for the past 30+ years?

The answer is that all took place in Mike’s imagination, and in the vast collection of fake cardboard records and acapella home recordings that he made for himself as a teenager in  Washington, D.C. in the late 1960s.

In 2003 two record diggers (Dori Hadar and Frank Beylotte) stumbled into the world of Mingering Mike at a flea market. There they discovered a collection of albums that were made solely of cardboard, and each package was intricately crafted, complete with gatefold interiors, extensive liner notes, and grooves drawn onto the “vinyl.” Some albums were even  covered in shrinkwrap, as if purchased at actual record stores.



The crates contained albums not only by Mingering Mike, but also other unheard of artists such as Joseph War, the Big “D,” and Rambling Ralph, on labels such as Fake Records, Inc., Decision, Sex, and Mother Goose. There were soundtracks to imaginary films, a benefit album for sickle cell anemia, and a tribute to Bruce Lee.




via Mingering Mike on MySpace (includes audio)

Mingering Mike HQ
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