June 13, 2011
The drawn networks of Torgeir Husevaag

A selection of some drawn networks of various types by Norwegian artist Torgeir Husevaag.

Network of People (image above) is a rendering of people encountered by the artists during a week.

During a week in November 1996, I took notes about all forms of contact I had with other people (name, time, place, duration etc). This was an attempt to investigate and visualise to what extent a persons private history is a part of his present life and personal network. The people I met in the research-week became the “1st generation informers”. They are represented with a name in an red oval in the drawing. Most of these 104 encounters of the “present” could refer to other associates of mine. These relations (named by the 1st gen. Informers), were added to the drawing (orange oval) according to a cronology. I stopped the investigation there, although The 2nd generation informers could have refered to a third one, etc…

Poker-drawings I and II (image above and below).

These pen and ink drawings were transcriptions of poker-tournaments played online, with myself as a participant. Each players actions is shown as a series of specific symbols, while the players involved in each hand is connected with lines. The two series employ the same set of symbols, but arrange them differently.

Antimatter (image above).

The map is a network of two hundred Norwegian companies/ organizations core values. I have replaced all the words representing the values with antonyms (the opposite of synonyms).

Originally seen on Serial Consign.

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June 12, 2011
Your Word is my Landscape

Your Word is my Landscape by Sergio Albiac are compositions produced by text in emails.

Words are pseudo randomly placed with varied sizes and then rendered as moody misty lands and waters. Reflections on connections between words and images, as well as the secrecy of private live.

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June 11, 2011
Your Name in Lights

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Your Name in Lights by John Baldessari is currently showing at the Museumplein in Amsterdam and via Livestream on the web. The work, presented by the Holland Festival and the Stedelijk Museum, which runs from the 1st to the 26th of June 2011:

gives people the opportunity to experience a glittering 15 seconds of fame by having their names on a giant illuminated sign. Inspired by traditional markers of celebrity, such as the neon lights on Broadway and the marquees of Hollywood cinemas, John Baldessari’s work offers spectators from Amsterdam and all over the world the opportunity for what he has called “entry-level celebrity.” Each registered name will be illuminated for 15 seconds on the 30-meter long L.E.D. sign that will be on view twenty-four hours a day during the exhibition period…Your Name in Lights playfully and provocatively reflects the fixation with celebrity in contemporary culture and recalls Andy Warhol’s oft-quoted statement from 1968, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. “Warhol is so yesterday,” says John Baldessari. “Be a celebrity for 15 seconds! Be a celebrity, a living legend and an idol. Experience the thrill of seeing your name in lights!”

Plagued by problems since it’s debut (weather and now mal-functioning led panels, see images below) the work is as you would expect interesting in concept but for me seems a little gimmicky.

To see Your Name in Lights, register on the website.

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