Fools Gold

NERDA's Spring Video Art Show

ThursdayApril 29th, 7:00pm

Starz Film Center in the Tivoli at Auraria Campus


SPRING VIDEO ART SHOW Submission Guidelines


Submission Deadline April 19th

Jurors Announced!:
Christopher Coleman
Katie Watson

The Spring Video Art show is designed for art students to showcase their work in a professional setting.

When & Where:
The show will be held April 29th at Stars Film Center in the Tivoli at Auraria Campus - Starz
(More info to come)

Any Undergrad Student attending a college in Colorado can submit to the show.
Auraria Campus Alumni can also submit to the show

Submission files must be video, in a .mov or .avi format.
Use the dv ntsc or animation codec
1920x1080 or 720x480
Stereo or Surround Sound

Submissions should be able to be viewed in a theater setting.

Submissions can involve live performance as long as no props are involved.

With your submission, please give the following information in an accompanying text file:
Title, Artist, School, Phone Number, Media, and Year the piece was created

Try not to submit videos that exceed 10 minutes, as the show runs for only 2 hours.

How to Submit:
Submission Deadline is April 19th.

MSCD students can put their submission files in the APPS Drive at any MSCD Computer lab under Public>Art Server Space>Dolan>NERDA>Video Art Show

Other students please send a DVD or flash drive to:

c/o Salina Gomez
1550 Pennsylvania St. #35

Denver, CO 80203

Accepted submissions will be announced the week of the show.

Awards will be given out at the night of the show.

If you have questions please email us at mscd.nerda@gmail.com or call Ryan Pattie at 303-907-2531


'Art As Event' CAA session notes... discovered among other things lost

So I was going through all the pamphlets and invites that I gathered at all the tables and displays like some kind of frenzied squirrel at the CAA conference back in February, and I found a hidden treasure among all the institutional art propaganda... some notes scribbled on the back of a Vermont Studio Center pamphlet that I took at a panel session called "Art As Event", chaired by Nadja Rottner of the University of Michigan, Dearborn.

Rather than take up too much time trying to piece this all together and write an elegantly flowing waterfall of regurgitated ideas and concepts, I'm transcribing my notes as I had written them. Scattered. Have fun making sense of it...


"Situational Aesthetics and the Art of Participation"
(Kirsi Peltomaki, Oregon State University)

- Victor Burgin: phenomenology, minimalism were his main influences
- material and even linguistic "framing"
- psychological processes taking place in the mind of the viewer (such as memory) is highlighted; not the object that's highlighted
- the work titled "0 Any moment previous to the present moment" : directs subject to consider past, present, future, object (to a relational experience and a process of perception that places demands upon the viewer... a difficult act of directing your attention/ performative acts that take place in the mind of the viewer)
- Burgin invited a sort of mental gymnastics for the viewer
- perception of viewer is the ultimate focus of his work, while other art is focused on perceptions of artist, not spectator... situationists break down barriers/rules/assumptions about the relationship between the viewer and the artist
- conditional situations limit the agency of the spectator
- new vulnerability in spectator about the environment and other spectators themselves

"Anti-art, Non-event: The Situationist Inverse of Relational Aesthetics"
(Jennifer Stob, Yale University)

- Nicolas Bourriard's Relational Aesthetics
- service is his prime theoretical center... relational art produces human relations (but what type of relations and why?)
- stop analyzing 'situationism'; use it... the rhetoric of updating and reconciling... Bourriard de-politicizes the situationists
- situationsists must prioritize activism instead of art-making... situations that organize resistance
- spectacle should be countered... Bourriard agreed with Debord on this, but Bourriard fought spectacle with spectacle
- 1980 revision on Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord (Bourriard probably should have read this before updating situationism)
- detournement went completely undiscussed by Bourriard
- relational art is always an allegory of it's particular situation, but situationist art is activism (not formalism) and is what it is

notes on next speaker that i neither titled nor wrote down the speaker's name...

- gallery can be a source of collectivity and community... through the feedback loop of the viewers
- Tino Sehgal: artist, relational?
- Ron Sier's Emancipated Spectator ... critique of Bourriard


Charles Sandison at DAM

The Denver Art museum's Embrace! show is going on until April 4th, and I highly recommend visiting if you are interested in Installation.

Embrace! looks at the unique architecture of the newish Hamilton Building through the lens of 17 Installation artists.

Tobias Rehberger's Bungee cord maze is really spectacular. I love that in the towering wide open space of the Denver Art Museum I can feel cramped and uncomfortable, weaving my way through tight spaces with no real goal other than the experience.

As a digital art enthusiast (and as a human being), I couldn't help but love Charles Sandison's Chamber, an immense video Installation.

A large room in the DAM is turned in to what looks like a milky way of words and patterns sprawled across the walls and ceiling, interrupted from time to time by your towering shadow. The words and colors change, like a living stream.

Just go check it out for your self to get the real experience, but Sandison compared it to getting lost watching fire. The most primitive form of entertainment, created with technology, and modern language.

If you're a Projectorphile like me, you will especially enjoy it.



MCA Chicago - Must Haves! - learn and be inspired folks (by Liberty)

Oh lordy, the MCA Chicago was where it's at! Four floors of mind blowing, inspiring, amazing art! I'm posting links to artists and images from the MCA's Arte Povera and Beyond show on the top floor.

Arte Povera (poor art) is a term coined by art critic Germano Celant. The style is usually highly conceptual work with a minimalist feel. But! the thing that set it apart was use of non precious materials like sticks or string and not the norm for the time oil, canvas, bronze, marble etc.

Explore these beauties for yourself and be inspired!

Carol Rama - Presagi di Birnam, 1970 (Bicycle inner tubes on iron stand
180 x 120 x 60 cm)
Here's a link to the artists website http://www.carolrama.com/eng/hp-eng.htm

Diego Perrone - La fusione della campana, 2008
(Epoxy resin, iron, polystyrene)

Getulio Alviani - Interrelazione cromospeculare, 1969
Environment, various materials

This is absolutely amazing folks... there is a little entry way built into one of the gallery walls where you walk into the piece. Once you enter you are completely immersed in another world, one filled with light, shape and dizzying fields of space.

Gianni Colombo - Spazio elastico, 1967-1968
(Fluorescent elastic, electric motors, wood’s lamp)
UNBELIEVABLE! Loved this! A turn and a twist from the main gallery hall bring you into this tiny dark room filled with elastic string, strung up in cubes, after a moments time you start to wonder... is this moving?? (it is! and it's wonderful)

and for NERDA's video lovers... delicious stuff to track down...

Ugo Nespolo - Un supermaschio

Francesco Vezzoli - An embroidered Trilogy

Bruna Esposito - Senza titolo, DVD per la proiezione di un ombra

Domenico Mangano - La storia di Mimmo

***this one is great****
Monica Bonvicini - Hausfrau Swinging

This little gem was playing in the elevator - on a small screen in the top left corner
Paul Dickinson, sleep talk, 1998
watch the video here - http://goshyes.com/pdvideo.html



(nerda attends the CAA conference in 2010)
I shot this photo for my sister, she's real into owls. The whole time our plane was in the air all I could see was this owl looking at me, and i couldn't help but think about that movie wehre people get abducted by aliens and see owls all the time.
Heres ryan looking less than pleased that he had to pay to watch TV, way to go Frontier!
As we descended into Chicago Midway I noticed this "M" shaped building. I think all buildings should be the shape of a letter, and spell out little antecdotes for the travel weary.
The woman on the plane next to me told me that this view is of Chicago from about thirty miles away, she also told me that Uno's pizzeria was the best pizza in downtown Chicago. I think I saw her wandering around aimlessly down by the baggage claim searching for her lost cat a few minutes later...
Getting closer, this city is prety big by the way.
Uhm, which way do we go?
Out of place.
"See that building, that's the Sears Tower, I know cause I go to school here."
-Random dude on street downtown
This place was way awesome, super modern and overall aesthetically pleasing, which made up for the fact that it was blocking our view of the city from our hotel (the little black building behind it).
Downtown Chicago's architecture was so awesome you almost forgot it had the same crappy restaurants and retail stores as every other major city.
I like to tell people that this is the view from my hotel room. It's actually the view from the elevator lobby.

Heres a shot of me taking a picture of Liberty taking a picture of Bobby and Jen in front of a giant statue of American Gothic but not really in front of NBC studios in downtown Chicago, where Oprah films her shows.
Metal Moose.
Oh America how I love you so.

"See that building, that's the Sears Tower, I know cause its the tallest building in Chicago."
-Random dude on street downtown
This guy was buying ice cream.

We went to the MCA one day and I was able to take some photos of some really cool artwork. However I was also forced to rush cause the security guards wanted to catch their trains or whatever. Here's what i was able to snap.

Heres some pretty awesome shots of the city at dusk.

For some reason this thing was parked outside the conference all week, probably in case some rowdy art history professor got too drunk off wine coolers and started a heated debate about the feminist movement.
Meanwhile, an extraterrestrial spacecraft had crashed landed into Millenium Park. NASA workers found the craft seamless and impenetrable.

We also went to see the art institute of Chicago's impressive collection of everything you've ever seen in an art history book . It was free February and there were way too many kids there. Heres an assortment of art that you've seen before.

Ryan looks happy to be leaving the european modernism wing.

You are beautiful.

We found time in between sessions to find our way over to the West Loop which can be compared to the Five Points neighborhood in Denver.

Jen and I made some peanut people...

Heres where we ate lunch everyday, the Chipotle on Michigan and Wacker.

RED LINE. Chicago.

This was a way cool place on Milwaukee avenue that charged way too much for stuff you could buy in an Oriental Trading Catalogue. There were some cool art installations there though.

The winter and local anti-graffiti laws made it hard for me to enjoy any street art in Chicago, but I did find some nice little gems.

This picture was really awesome, i shot it just as the Subway was coming down the track, when those trains approach it feels like an earthquake. It reminded me that the earth might be pissed off, hence all the earthquakes, i'd be pissed off too if I had billions of parasites eating me alive and tapping deep under my skin. And then I got hit up for Change.....