Thursday, July 5, 2012

New AiOP blog!

AiOP has a new blog!  We update it frequently, with topics ranging from the silly (Charlie Todd: Full Time Prankster) to the serious (Trayvon Martin Mural Causes Controversy).  So check it out for more news, more interviews, and more fun!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

BroLab Reveals New Project

Unveiling this Thursday - Humps and Bumps, a new project by BroLab!

            BroLab, which consists of five metropolitan area artists, says the project encourages people to "slow down and take in the significance of their urban surroundings."  So it's fitting that the piece resembles a giant speed bump.  And it's no coincidence that it was commissioned by the Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, along with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL).

            You can join the unveiling ceremony this Thursday from 4-6 pm in Jamaica, Queens.  The ceremony takes place on Archer Avenue at Union Hall Street.  A reception will also be held at the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning after the ceremony.

            Humps and Bumps was recently featured in The Daily News: Congratulations to BroLab for their recognition!

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

May Day: Call for Models

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." ~ Howard Thurman

On May 1st, 2012, everyone in New York who leaves their house or looks out their window will see public art as part of an historic MayDay celebration. Here are just some of the projects underway, with details about where you can see them and how you can participate in their creation. 

email inquiries / submit a project / volunteer to participate / offer materials (art supplies, workspace, etc) / facebook / planners mailing list /

What is it?

For Occupy Wall Street May Day, Art in Odd Places will create a MODEL runway on the periphery of Union Square, NYC, Tuesday, May 1, 2-6pm. We are all citizens of the MODEL runway. We encourage moving models, fashion, maquettes; walking theories, practices, contraptions, examples, and projects that will walk, sashay, promenade, swagger, roll, prance, play, aspire, run, jump, drop, tap, crawl, strut, parade, promenade down a 30 foot runway while modeling hope.

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

Where can I see it?  Around Union Square, 2-6pm

How can I help?

We need:

1) Citizens, designers, performers, dancers, models, actors, theorists, workers, lovers, dreamers, and more to wish and walk the runway.
2) A crew of accomplished drummers who will create the tempo for the runway for the duration of the action.

3) Volunteers to assist with organization before and during the action.

4) Photographers and videographers to document the action.

5) Savvy new media volunteers to assist with live u-stream broadcast during the action.

Please email: write ‘CALL FOR MODELS’ in subject line.

Photo credit: Artist, Edith Raw. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa

Monday, March 26, 2012

AiOP artist L. Mylott Manning to perform in 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together)

chashama presents 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together) by
L. Mylott Manning happening in the garment district of NYC, April 3 - 8, 2012, supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Check out the announcement for AiOP artist L. Mylott Manning's next performance piece:

"chashama is pleased to present 700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together) a performance piece by L. Mylott Manning, taking place at 266 West 37th  Street, New York City. There will be an Artist Reception on Thursday, April 5th from 6 to 8 pm, with a live performance.

Over the course of six days, Manning will transform the window front gallery space into a jungle of thread and fabric. The work is a continual performance, centering on a woman entwined in hundreds of spools of thread. These spools are constantly being fed into multiple sewing machines, operated by women stitching seemingly endless lengths of fabric.

700 Spools of Thread (Keep it Together) connects with its immediate surroundings within the garment district offering a street view glimpse into the often forgotten and anonymous world of seamstresses. Additionally, it highlights the multiple sometimes conflicting roles women are expected to play in today’s society.

L. Mylott Manning received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally from Portland to Manhattan and British Columbia to New Zealand. Her performances have been reviewed by the Associated Press, Boston Globe, and Time Out New York.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Don't forget to add L. Mylott Manning on Facebook.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dance Anywhere: Inspiring Creativity, Challenging Perspectives and Transcending the Stage

“It’s not just what’s put in a gallery or what’s put on stage,”  Beth Fein says. “ But the practice of creating the art and making it valid within itself. It’s really intriguing. If you look at dance and other performance, often what happens in rehearsals can be just amazing and may not be what you get to see on stage.”
On March 30th 2012, at exactly noon in San Francisco, 3 p.m. in New York City and 9 p.m. in Paris and Rome, people around the world will spontaneously begin to dance. Not because of some widespread, modern re-occurrence of choreomania, but because of a concerted effort by dance anywhere®, which organizes a worldwide public art performance encouraging people to dance on street corners,  in elevators, in parks ... anywhere.

The underlying idea: to free ideas of performance and dance from the constraints of the stage, recontextualizing public space as a potential venue for art and interaction within a community.

Artist and dancer Beth Fein first created dance anywhere® in 2005 in an effort to blur the line that precludes us from incorporating dance in our everyday lives. The first dance anywhere® event in the Oakland and Berkeley area featured a street performance by dancers positioned on every corner for about ten blocks. As she observed the unwitting audience members lighting up and joining in on the unexpected performance, Fein recognized the potential for dance in street performances around the world.

Art in Odd Places interviewed founder Beth Fein to learn more about this novel take on dance and the upcoming performance on the 30th.

AiOP: What can people expect on the 30th?

Beth Fein: I would like to think that everyone, everywhere will all simultaneously stop and dance - even if just for a moment – no matter where they are: in a car, seated in a meeting, out on the street, in a class, a bank, at work…what would happen if we all had this moment of movement whether small and quiet or large and energetic together? You can also choose to be the audience and go to see one of these performances or join in with the more informal dances.

If you check the website you will see where to find performances, including where professionals and aspiring dancers will be dancing. If you can’t find one to attend, then you have the option of creating your own.

AiOP: Why do you ask people to send in videos and photos?

Beth Fein: dance anywhere® is a conceptual, participatory public art project – it is just an idea. Sharing photos and videos is a way to share the experience with their unknown fellow dancers. It creates community and inspires other dance, art and community experiences. I really look forward to seeing the photos and video – to see who danced and all the different dances that people create.
“ I think there is often a line between where “art” occurs, ” Fein says. “This is a more direct public art, where you’re reclaiming public space.”

AiOP: How can people connect with dance anywhere® if they live overseas (leading up to the 30th and beyond)?

Beth Fein: No matter where you live, you can be a part of dance anywhere®. The first step is to create a profile of yourself on the dance anywhere® website. You can say as much or as little about yourself as you are comfortable with. After dance anywhere®, we have instructions how to upload your media so that it appears on your profile. From these entries (they can also include, animation, drawings, paintings, poems or observations) we curate an online gallery.

dance anywhere® has also started a blog and we are interviewing participants about their dance anywhere® experience, how that informs their artwork, creativity and what they are doing the rest of the year.

You can also find dance anywhere®’s page on Facebook as well as an event and a group. These are places for everyone to talk about dance anywhere®, post photos, videos, ideas, and art that they are doing through out the year.

AiOP: With dance, although it's fun to do, people often feel very shy about it because it is such a social thing. How does dance anywhere® encourage dance in a public space while rejecting judgment?

Beth Fein: dance anywhere® is public art that reclaims public space by having dance occur in spaces that belong to everyone, but it is also public art because the concept is that dance anywhere®, as a performance belongs to all who take part in it. That means that you can dance on the subway or in your kitchen or living room. You can get up and move your whole body, or dance in your chair. You could even quietly have your fingers dance on your desk or the arms of your chair. The definition of dance is wide open.

AiOP: How does dance anywhere® seek to challenge preconceived ideas about dance?

Beth Fein: dance anywhere® challenges the idea of dance as an art that necessitates a stage in a theater. Dance practice, as well as art practice is a continuum that encompasses daily work in the studio and class (dancers are always training) and rehearsal. There is so much intriguing and beautiful dance that happens away from the stage that dance anywhere® is an acknowledgement of this art practice as art. It is not so much whether dance is a fine art but rather that the process of creating dance (seen or not) is an integral part of the art of dance. This is also true for art in other media.  
In the past, dance anywhere performances have encompassed six continents, over 30 countries, more than 315 cities and thousands of dancers.

AiOP: What’s in the future for dance anywhere® ?

Beth Fein: The future of dance anywhere® hopefully includes greater diversity of people, location and styles of dance.

We hope that dance anywhere® goes to school can partner with more schools and artists in the schools to promote learning through movement, and inspire both writing and artwork through the dance anywhere® experience.

dance anywhere®  looks to a future of being a spark of creativity for all artists not just dancers, so that we can continue to reconsider the definition of art, public space, and community.