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Olympic Design

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With the games starting today in Athens, it's interesting to note the use of design to portray the games in a manner that is universal to all cultures.

"At the world’s greatest sports event, Olympic design carries the burden of connecting visually the values of the Olympic ideal within the context of the values of the host city.

The combination of colours that compose the so-called “Look of the Games”, create an electric atmosphere which generates spectator enthusiasm and can positively impact the athletes’ performance."

The olympic poster is on the left, but there is many more Olympic design elements - from the medals to the mascot.



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  • the sports pictograms are my favorite (designed by <A href="http://www.b...more
    - [ben]
  • Maybe the phrase "Music is the universal language" should be supplante...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Right on Peter. Graphic design (as well as 3d design) have never received the p...more
    - [nick]
  • Food is, too.
    - [stargrazer]
  • yes, it is. mmm... sandwich art.
    - [ben]
  • Travis and I were talking about how much of our sense of design is derived from...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Compound (x)

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  • This flier was made by Nick Fisher (who is currently recovering from surgery). G...more
    - [nick]

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Compound (x) details

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Here's details for OCC's second annual fall gathering, Compound (x).  Last year's was hugely successful and creatively rich, and this year's promises to be even better.  The past year has seen us realize our first publication, JOWAI Journal of Words and Images, and our first art exhibit, Collaboration .1.  We have exciting things to discuss for the upcoming year, so bring yourself, some artwork, writing, film, music, dance, or other talents!

what is compound (x) ?

Compound (X)


Where?   6356 Ginafred  Shores Dr. S.W.
              Fife Lake  MI  49633 (directions available through MAPQUEST)

When?    Starting  Friday, August 27th noonish until Sunday, August 29th when it's
              really time for you all to go

Who?       Anyone interested in becoming or currently a member of the OCC
               collective

How?       .....creatively......

Why?       Though the Outside Circle Collective is primarily a "_web based_
               community centered around the creation and apportion of the
               arts";  it's underlying purpose is to promote the creative collaboration
               between members and others for the betterment of both the group and
               and the individual...and, let's face it, there's nothing like meeting in
               the flesh.

What?     Though a formal itinerary  is not yet fully formalized (which is to say that
               it is still being added to daily) some highlight activities will involve:

              Ballistics study and application in the form of a Tournament Badminton
              Course (with glow in the dark shuttlecocks for night time usage)

              11 acre croquet/mini-golf course....Costumes for this event are highly
              encouraged though not mandatory.

              Experimental instrument research/application...these instruments
              nearly perform themselves; believe it or not:  you're already a rock star.

                 .... but wait, that's not all....

              Saturday night bonfire storytelling and oratory application (bring a poem,
              story, verbal game, etc. )

              Earth Castle building....kind of like Sand Castles but in the woods....

              Green vs. Black- A mono-a-mono activity played on the adjacent 40
              acres of state land involving masks, costumes, and paintball guns.... for
              whomever, whenever....

              And let's not forget: continual hanging out, collaborating, and just having
              a good time with friends new and familiar....Hope to see you there!

P.S.  Camping is available and encouraged.  If sleeping in a tent is not for you, there is limited indoor floor/couch space available (f.c.f.s.) as well as a local inn with exceptional facilities and reasonable rates overlooking Fife Lake. Call the Fife Lakeside Resort (231) 879-3341 for reservations...consolidating of groups on these rooms is a greatly economizing way to go; though again, camping is heartily encouraged



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  • Anyone interested in carpooling from the Michigan/Detroit area should contact me...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sweeeeeet!
    - [Ande]
  • A little Mapquest tip: enter the destination as the intersection of Blue and Sh...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • See you all in northern Michigan! Ben could use a ride if anyone is leaving fro...more
    - [stargrazer]

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DepicT - Can you do it in 90 Seconds?

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Filmakers:

Make a sub 90 second micro-movie and you could win a cash prize of 3000 pounds (that's $5400), have your film promoted online, published on a DVD and see it screened at Brief Encounters 10th Bristol International Short Film Festival (Wed 17 - Sun 21 Nov 2004).

I know some of you already have 60 second films (hint, hint Ben and Julia) that may be able to be submited.

They've got past winners up as streaming video online, if you'd like to watch.

Deadline for entries: Mon 13 Sept 2004



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Detroit: Day of Music at The Max (Orchestra Hall)

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Day of Music is a full 24 hours of free "hi-fidelity fun." Held at The Max (also know as Orchestra Hall) in Detroit, the event will feature performances ranging from the Detroit Symphony OrchestraDerrick May, Liz Larin and many others.

For those who enjoy electronic music, stay up late with live performances by Perspects and Strand; DJ sets by DJ Minx, Ryan Elliot, Clark Warner and Liz Copeland.

Marshall Field's Day of MusicSaturday August 7th (at noon) through Sunday, August 8th (at noon)

Directions

[via Liz Copeland @ Audio Interference]



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Logoizing Abu Ghraib

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stop bush

here is an interesting article by Paul Schmelzer.

Image credit: www.pleasevote.com



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  • Very thought provoking. Thanks Ande.
    - [nick]
  • "...young people expressing their individuality and nonconformity through a tren...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Poets at the Detroit Opera House

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Be sure to check out this series of poetry readings and discussions from a variety of writers orgainized by the Michigan Opera Theatre.  The events will be held at the Detroit Opera House. Mondays through Aug. 9.

Event Dates

  • August 2 7:00 PM
  • August 9 7:00 PM

(313) 577-7713 for more details.



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I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto

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i profess: the graphic design manifesto is an exhibit at the [Scene] Metrospace in East Lansing, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 15.  if you thought for a second that posters aren't art, think again!



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  • I attended the opening reception on Friday and I want to say that while this sho...more
    - [jgi]
  • congratulations to occ member chris van wyck; check out his work at the show!
    - [ben]

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Tastefest 2004

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2004 Comerica TasteFest - Fourth of July Weekend - New Center, DetroitIf you don't already have plans for this US holiday and are around Detroit, stop by the 2004 Tastefest at Detroit's New Center.

Free entertainment: Tons of internationaly known and local musicians.

And as always - good food.



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Georges-Pierre Seurat exhibition opens Saturday at Art Institute of Chicago...

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884

Saturday, June 19 marks the opening of a new Seurat exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte will be showing as well as some of the work he did to prepare for it, including trial-and-error paintings of the neo-impressionist masterpiece. Works by other famous painters such as Rembrandt and Delacroix will also be on display as they were inspirations to Seurat. The exhibition will be open until September 19 and can only be seen in Chicago; it will not travel.

To read/hear NPR's report on this exhibition, follow this link:
http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1963623.html



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  • I took part in a project that focused on this painting, called the Lascaux Proje...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Artist Steve Kurtz under investigation by FBI

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I heard this story on NPR this morning. Steve Kurtz, an associate professor of art at SUNY Buffalo, is under investigation for bioterrorism after police alerted the FBI of chemicals found in his laboratory. Kurtz and other members of the Critical Art Ensemble, as part of their installations, conduct scientific experiments on food to show audiences the breakdown of what they are really putting into their bodies. Click the following link for more information:

http://bellaciao.org/en/article.php3?id_article=1129

This link seems to be a little on the left but I couldn't find a real, credible source for the article. Not that leftist publications aren't "real" or "credible" - they simply, much like publications from the right, have an agenda.

To hear NPR's report on this, check out this link (scroll down a bit):

http://www.npr.org/rundowns/rundown.php?prgDate=14-Jun-2004&prgId=3

To get more information on the Critical Art Ensemble, here is your web portal:

http://www.critical-art.net/

 



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  • because if we don't persecute those who exercise their freedoms of expression, t...more
    - [Ande]
  • This seems like a convenient way for the government, which is heavily invested i...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Duane Hanson: Photographs, 1977-1995

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This exhibit is open June 5 - September 26, 2004:

"Duane Hanson was actually not a great photographer.  He was a great sculptor who created unbelievably realistic life-size sculptures of average Americans.  The photos are his "sketches," used to create the sculptures.  They are on display for the first time ever outside New York.

This exhibit offers a rare window on Hanson's working methods and his sculptural journey into hyper-realism.  More than 100 images represent the sum of his work and help structure an investigation on the relationship between photography, sculpture, art and life.

"Bodybuilder" (pictured here) was created in 1989, and is part of the Cranbrook Art Museum Collection.  Also on display during the photography exhibit is "Businessman Reading" (1983), on loan from the Collection of Gilbert and Lila Silverman."

[via Great Stuff]



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jowai: the journal of words and images

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jowai: the journal of words and images is now available for your consumption. jowai is the outside circle collective's publication documenting the creative work of it's international membership. poetry, short story, essay, photography, painting, mixed media, and graphic art created by OCC members from 3 continents is showcased within on 24 full-color pages. It is available at several fine bookstores (more info to follow) or from OCC members Nick Gaydos (US), Antonio Zirion (UK/EU, Mexico), Ben Gaydos (US, UK/EU, Asia) Julia Yezbick (UK/EU, Asia) and Nick Lyon (UK/EU). For more information or to place an order please email info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com



jowai specifics:
  • 24 pages of your full color art, photos, poems & stories (pages 2-3,4-5 shown)[3]
  • Slip cover with transfer & origami [1]   
  • It transforms into two 2' x 3.5' murals
  • Rubber band binding (removable pages) [2]
  • Featured artists: Jennifer Brigham, Noah Ullman, Julia Yezbick, Benjamin Gaydos, Antonio Zirión, Nick Lyon, Scott McGlaughlin, Peter Richards, John Lindenmayer, Nick Gaydos, Kristen Kaszeta, Rebecca Gaydos, Louis Rawlins, Jan Fox, Joe Scott, Chris Vanwyck, Tim Lane, Sam Coffman, Andrea Eckert, and Jeremy Couilard


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  • jowai is available at magma books, manchester, a hearty visual arts and design s...more
    - [ben]
  • jowai is available in michigan at Shaman Drum bookstor in Ann Arbor, and Gallery...more
    - [ben]
  • contact info[at]outsidecircle[dot]com for more information.
    - [ben]

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Fort Unit-Sun Location Announced

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OCC's second annual weekend retreat, Fort Unit-Sun, will be on fifteen wooded acres outside the small village of Fife Lake, Michigan, late August or early September.  We hope to time things so that we are there in the midst of northern Michigan's dramatic autumn color change.  Stay tuned for more details.

Our host will be the lovely and talented mixed-media artist Nick Fisher, who we know for his wise and twisted take on the surreal and the fantastic.  Recently, Nick has also been producing some great poster designs:




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  • i'm hoping i can figure out the meaning behind the fort unit-sun title faster th...more
    - [Ande]
  • It ain't me, it ain't me...
    - [stargrazer]
  • Correction: 11 acres...
    - [stargrazer]
  • how about september 18th, which is a saturday and also happens to be my birthday...more
    - [Ande]
  • Check with Nick, but that date sounds good to me.I think we should brainstor...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Looks like August 28-29 is the weekend for the retreat, renamed "Compound (x)."...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Celebrating 25 Years of Ars Electronica

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As part of Ars Electronica’s 25th anniversary festivities, a series of events entitled “Digital Avant-Garde: Celebrating 25 Years of Ars Electronica” will be held from May 21 to July 18 in New York.

The American Museum of the Moving Image is hosting a series of installations selected from around 300 works that have been featured since 1987.

For those of you in New York (especially those who enjoy interactive digital art) you'll not want to miss these.

For a sampling, visit the Installations section on the AMMI website.

An example:

"RE:MARK presents the fiction that spoken language casts visible shadows. Using phoneme recognition technology and real-time computer animation, "RE:MARK" converts its user's vocalizations into whimsically animated letters and shapes that appear to float upwards from the shadow of the speaker's head. Visitors can also manipulate these forms directly, using the shadow of their own body. When a phoneme is recognized with sufficient confidence, it is spelled out on the installation's display. If the user's sound is not recognized by the system's classifier, then an abstract shape is generated instead, based directly on the timbral characteristics of the user's utterance. The result is a playful illusion, in which visitors become actors in a shadow world of reactive cartoon language."



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  • "...in a shadow world of reactive cartoon language." Yes, that's it...I've just...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Wired News has another article on Ars Electronica's Digital Art showcasing 25 ye...more
    - [nick]

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Recent Outside Circle Art Collective Press

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We've been making the news lately:

It is a minor blurb, but that is about all that is up online yet.  I've got some more articles that need to be scanned.  If anyone else has come across any, please let me know...



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Sacred and Profane: A Collection of Sonic Art

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Curated by Liz Copeland and Clark Warner
On display from May 7 - May 31, 2004
Opening reception on Friday, May 7th, 7:30pm until 11pm
Detroit Artists Market

"Liz and Clark have put together the sound exhibition which will be at Detroit Artists Market throughout May. Artists involved include Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto), Warn Defever (His Name Is Alive), Richie Hawtin (Plastikman), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Tadd Mullinix (Dabrye/James Cotton), DJ Olive (WE/Liminal), Roedelius (Cluster/Kluster) and Mark Van Hoen (Locust). Go to the ai website for a link to Detroit Artists Market and more details."



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  • Nick, do you know if this will be open on Saturday, May 15? I am organizing an...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • looks (and sounds) amazing...
    - [ben]
  • this link wouldn't work for me...
    - [stargrazer]
  • I attended this show and found it to be remarkable and exhilarating. See it if...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Don't miss ...more
    - [nick]

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Group Show Press Release

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> > Feel free to download and distribute this press release.

> > OCC23.pdf



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  • Download & Post!
    - [nick]

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OCC Meeting

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We're having an OCC related meeting this Saturday (04.03.04) @ 4:15 pm in East Lansing Michigan's most beloved gathering place, the Peanut Barrel. Come and join us as we discuss Outside Circle's approaching group show (May 2nd), promotions (posters and flyers) / OCCswatteam and finalization and distribution of JOWAI, OCC's journal of word's and images. Your presence and input will be greatly appreciated.
 


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  • So far it looks like Louis, Peter, Ben and I will be there.
    - [nick]
  • It was good to reconvene at the PB, one of the birthplaces of OCC. It was nice...more
    - [stargrazer]

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MECK: The Pulse

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Thursday, April 1, 2004 @ 7pm

3rd Floor International Center on the MSU campus

Come see Jean Lee (fellow OCC member) and her drum band perform both traditional and non-traditional percussion music on Korean drums.  Join in the gathering of song and dance driven by the powerful sound of these drums.  No one leaves with out dancing and/or drumming!

 



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  • wow, everyone must be super busy........no postings in the last 5 days
    - [Jeanne]
  • But it's the good kind of busy. I'm furiously working on some all-text drawings...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey Jean, I really enjoyed the performance. I think it will be dramatic and enl...more
    - [stargrazer]

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CALLING ALL EXHIBITIONISTS AND SHUTTERBUGS

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Have your photos published in a book by Phaidon!

Massive Change, an international discursive project on the future of global design, are researching, gathering and assembling information for use within this ambitious effort, to be realized now through 2007, which will take the form of a book, an international exhibition, a line of product, public events, a website, and a documentary film project.

We are seeking images that document the extraordinary and ever-increasing human capacity to understand the world and universe through the image.  Specifically, we are looking for quantities of images that fall into any of the categories below:

. ID photos & passport portraits . photo booth strips . travel & tourism -- posing in front of landmarks . posing with famous people . posed group photos . major news events . massive crowds . rock concerts . underwater photos . birthdays -- blowing out candles . weddings -- bride and groom portraits . silly pet photos . lomography . UFO sightings . security camera stills . helmet cams -- extreme sports . infrared & night-vision . x-rays -- teeth, broken bones, airport security . ultrasound -- prenatal photos

* To be included in the book published by Phaidon Press, images must be recieved by Monday, March 22, 2004. To be included in the exhibition, images must be recieved by Monday April 12, 2004. Submissions for the film are ongoing.


For complete information, check the "Juried Shows for Visual Artists" discussions column below, or visit http://www.massivechange.com



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  • To all,Make a post if you enter things of this nature. We'd all like to kno...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Hackers: The Art of Abstraction

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Hacking and Art in Wired News:

"Almost everyone can and should be a hacker, according to the curators of a new exhibition on the fine art of hacking at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.

"I believe that hackers are the great intellectual adventurers of our time, but in mainstream culture hacking often has negative connotations," Sichel added. "With this show we hope to refute the negatives and make people aware that in an age of increased surveillance, hacking can be a vital countermeasure and a commendable act of self-defense."

The centerpiece of the exhibition, which opens Friday, are documentary films and videos made by independent filmmakers and hackers from all over the world, including Freedom Downtime by Emmanuel Goldstein, Free Radio by Kevin Kayser, The Hacktivist by Ian Walker, Unauthorized Access by Annaliza Savage, New York City Hackers by Stig-Lennart Serensen and Hippies From Hell by Inne Pope."



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  • Are there examples of non-computer based hacking? I'm wondering if when the pro...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hacking, phreaking...all sorts of things that typically involve hardware of some...more
    - [name not provided]
  • In order to follow the path of least resistance, first you have to find it...
    - [stargrazer]

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those who use glass outhouse...

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glass outhouse
'Playing with the idea of the most private bodily function and having to sit
on a street corner is just bizarre.'

thanks to my friend teresa for pointing this one out!


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  • I've always been entranced by stories of the "very public" toliet. There is a me...more
    - [nick]
  • who needs walls? when the pubs close no one uses toilets anyway... gotta love em...more
    - [ben]
  • Wow. That's kind of creepy. I like the way it removes itself from the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Maybe they could take this idea one step further and have transparent plumbing a...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Is documentation part of your art?

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Full-size image

The soundtrack of the city is not just one piece of music in time:

"On National Public Radio, reporter Gideon D'Arcangelo produces an occasional radio column for The Next Big Thing show called "Walkman Busting."

In it, D'Arcangelo approaches people in public spaces who are listening to personal stereos. With their permission, he plugs in his minidisc recorder to record whatever music they are listening to, as well as their conversation about it."

[via WIRED]



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  • Can someone act as documentarian for the May OCC show? I'll do the record-keepi...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Possibly. I could see if I could do the video-taping portion. (I would need to...more
    - [name not provided]

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advice for young persons wanting to make a start in the world of stencils

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:: stencil your hearts out :: www.banksy.co.uk 

  • First off, stencil anything. If you wait for the perfect idea you will be waiting for ever. Besides, cleverness is never as entertaining as blatant stupidity, failure and public humiliation
  • Obtain a sharp knife. Blunt knives result in fluffy pictures and make the whole process long and boring. Snap off blades of British steel are best.
  • Draw your artwork on paper, glue onto some card then cut straight through the both. Acetate is apparently quite good but any sort of free cardboard is okay. Stiff 1mm to 1.5mm board is ideal.
  • Get a small roll of gaffa tape, pre-tear small strips and stick them on your shirt inside your coat.
  • Find a suitable piece of card to act as a folder. For instance when using red paint cut the stencil into the bottom of a pizza box so when you get paint all over your fingers its not so suspicious.
  • Leave the house before you find something worth staying in for.

more advice for stencil punks



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  • Like it. We talk about the need for more art in our schools and in our lives......more
    - [stargrazer]
  • There are some intersting stencils that attacked buildings in Rochester - of a r...more
    - [nick]
  • help be a rat: http://www.vandalsquad.com/
    - [ben]
  • Banksy's latest in the west bank: http://feed.proteinos.com/item/3216 Even ar...more
    - [nick]
  • Also, for all you diy'ers, lots of cool stencils at: http://www.freewebs.com/ste...more
    - [nick]

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