Saturday, March 7, 2009

Response: March 6, 2009

Below is the text of the second official response sent to the dance program list-serve, again from the director of the dance program Dr. Ananya Chatterjea. It was sent the morning after we put up Part 8.

Sub: [Dance] exhibit
Date: 3/6/2009 9:15 AM

Dear students,

Some time ago I had written to you congratulating you on the exhibit that has been springing up on us. Truly, this faculty has been very supportive of such guerilla art and the thoughts it has provoked. I also hope that these fantastic images and quotes have sparked really vibrant conversations and dialogues amongst you all.

However, some housekeeping concerns have been brought up to me.

1. The duct tape and packing tape as well as regular tape that have been used for the exhibit are really bad for our walls. I am requesting whoever is responsible to _gently_ remove tape and replace them with two-sided stickies. we have some of them in our office and I am not sure how you will access them given the nature of this secretly mushrooming exhibit, but i am open to suggestion. Please will you make sure that these replacements are done within a week? I am aware that this is an expensive solution, but you will all agree that we want to preserve our space.

2. I am told that Facilities Management was not happy to see tape on the freshly painted walls of the lobby. I will see what can be negotiated around that. More on that forthcoming.

3. We are _all_ becoming very concerned about your safety. Clearly people are in this building late, late at night. Obviously, there are risks being taken, many of the pictures and posters are placed in hard to reach positions. Unfortunately, there are issues around insurance that are becoming bigger and bigger. Please, please, students and artists who are responsible, can we talk--through your anonymous blog if need be--so we are assured of your safety. We are deeply deeply worried. I hope to hear something from someone through some channel by monday.


Click here to read full text and see images.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

part 8: March 5, 2009

Today we spilled out onto the main floor. We lined the steps of the main staircase with the word "PRIVILEGE" on the underside and on the walking side, two sentences about privilege. On the window-wall between studio 100 and the main offices we quoted popelizbet in 250 font size lettering. We expanded into the Men's and Women's bathrooms and covered the door that opens to the back stairwell (which is never used) . And we put messages on the doors leading in and out of the building.

The only addition to the second floor today was adding a message inside the faculty bathroom.


To view full album, go to:

A few below:

main entrance into the building
From part 8

privilege staircase
From part 8

From part 8

Men's and Women's main floor bathrooms
From part 8

first floor - door to back stairwell that is infrequently taken
From part 8

staircase - top (walking) side
From part 8

staircase - top (walking) side
From part 8

faculty bathroom
From part 8

main floor door exiting the building
From part 8

for complete photo album, click on the image below:

From part 8

Combined person hours: 18
This figure does not include all research, organizing, printing, hashing and rehashing ideas, documentation, and recovery.

Financial costs: final costs to be calculated. For Part 8 printing, we relied mainly on a friend's generosity in giving us access to a laser printer.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

part 7: March 3

Today we burst onto the second floor.

We devoted the 2nd floor glass window-walls to invisible bodies. It was a deliberate decision not to identify the bodies photographed. Surrounding the photographs we posted words - labels and categories. We also posted more written material on the door of Studio 200, the elevator foyer, the hallways leading to faculty offices (with bell hooks and Paulo Freire), and the outside of the doors of both the faculty and student bathrooms.

The authors we included (in random order): Wheelchair Dancer, Paulo Freire, nightengalesknd, Cripchick, bell hooks, Robert M. Pirsig, Gillespie and Woods, Little Light, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous,

Combined person hours: 24
This figure does not include all research, organizing, printing, hashing and rehashing ideas, documentation, and recovery.

Financial costs: final costs to be calculated. Today we spent another $75 on color and black ink.


Click below to view photos "before". A small tour of the second floor, for anyone unfamiliar:
part 7 - Before, a small tour of the 2nd floor


invisible bodies window-wall
From Part 7: March 3

From Part 7: March 3

elevator foyer
From Part 7: March 3

on faculty bathroom door
From Part 7: March 3

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Part 7: March 3