join this concept: The "_ This Concept" Project
I'm an idea man Chuck, I get ideas, sometimes I get so many ideas that I can't even fight them off!... Wait a minute! Why don't they just mix the mayonnaise with the tuna in the can... HOLD THE PHONE! Why don't they just FEED the tuna fish mayonnaise! Call Starkist!
- Bill Blazejowski (Night Shift)
Those who can't do teach. And those who can't teach, teach gym. And, of course, those who couldn't do anything, I think, were assigned to our school.
- Alvy Singer (Annie Hall)
The Fluxus Performance Workbook
Why waste your precious energies "making" conceptual art when you can simply explain your conceptual art projects in the form of instructions posted to an art mailing list? Crank out twice the concepts in half the time!
In their heyday, performance artists flooded the commodified market of the art object with implemented concepts, thus critiquing and "devaluing" the art object. We aim to flood the commodified market of the implemented concept with unimplemented concepts, thus critiquing and "devaluing" the implemented concept. (At least, that's our concept.)
Stop making conceptual art. Instead, explain your conceptual art projects in the form of instructions posted to an art mailing list. Post lots! Make a series.
Always cite some prior art precedence, that way you are more likely to be taken seriously by people who take ciiting prior art precedences seriously. Always explain your concept, that way you are more likely to be taken seriously by people who take explaining concepts seriously. Finally, list your instructions, just in case anybody ever wants to "do" it.
chicken in the breadpan pickin' out dough,
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host this concept: I Rock America and America Rocks Me
Turn in your hymnals to hymn 256 and join me in a rousing rendition of "Suzy is a Headbanger."
bake this concept: Pschocyberographic Memoirs -- Let Your Fingers Do the Drifting
When you cut into the grid, your own story leaks out.
plot this concept: 1to1 -- Keyhole Memory / Mediated Psychocartography
This is out back of the Circle K in Detroit where I kissed Jane Harlowe for the first time. We were both 13.
loop this concept: The Breakaway Mobius Strip Palindrome
Pom poms, cheerleading sweaters, a blaring audio loop of "Oh Mickey You're So Fine" over it all.
detourn this concept: The Godzilla News Network
Remix in footage of King Kong vs. Godzilla, because Godzilla rhymes with guerilla and gorilla, and King Kong is an ape.
stream this cocept: LOWSRC -- Progressive Interlacing
The more smarmy and irreverent, the darker the import when the final hi-res image is revealed!
rewrite this concept: Banal Hollywood
CLOWN: No, no, no! Enough chit chat. Hand over the damn zebra!