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January 31, 2008


Here are a collection of locations I've been interested in or have used in the past ...

They are all interactive, so have a look around.

Barker Center for Dance

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Love Power Church

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The Library

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Dinkytown Grain

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Gold Medal Flower

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UMN Smoke Stacks

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Saint Anthony Main Area

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MIA Front

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MIA Back

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Hiawatha Area

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I Love LED

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.. watch it move as the camera rolls by

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January 30, 2008

Pedal Green

I found a website that explains how to convert our human energy into electrical energy:


deep cycle marine batteries

lots of good info for how deep cycle marine batteries work


we need a 100+amp hour one and a 55 amp hour
also it recommends an AGM (absorbed glass mat) battery as opposed to a gel battery

More Mills


Shadow Monsters


Need to Make a Decision?

This site is great for creating visual surveys/polls to make clear virtual group decisions!!!! (Click on the image to visit the site)

for your enjoyment: subversive art

alright friends.

so these are two things i have been a part of at one point or another. they are hilarious. and could could could play into some bike projection fun.


maybe if you ask ill do something in class :)

January 29, 2008

Opportunity for exposure/documentation of what we are doing!

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest

check the website:


bold-ed is the part I think that we could participate in...

This coming issue’s submission call is very direct. It is broken down into three sections:

We are at the end of some cycles of resistance while others continue; the globalization movement has peaked for now, we also realize the serious limitations of counterculture.

Thus with no illusions, we are given a new opportunity to clearly address the enormous crisis that we face. With a fresh-face for experience we can frame questions and histories that will help inform the new cycle of resistance we have yet to imagine. We also know that by assuming that the crisis is already upon us, we are a step ahead it the game by acting now instead of worrying about when it will arrive.

Submission proposals are due by February 20th.
If you would like to participate in the Anti-war overview tell us right away.

Please mail us at editors@joaap.org.

Submission proposals need be no longer then a paragraph or so of description.

Section One: I LOVE TO WE

The Journal is looking for articles theorizing or describing art and cultural projects with a radically transformative intent. We are looking for projects that privilege maintenance over spectacle, regeneration over intervention, regionalism over trans-nationalism and altruism over strategic thinking. We are interested in finding projects that involve one or several constituencies or can be classified under the aesthetics of doing and caring and loving. Descriptions of long-term committed projects are welcome, as are articles that talk about self-organized economic models and articles that normalize our dreams. Bring it on!


We are seeking a range of respondents for a survey of the West Coast (CA, OR, WA) that examines individuals and collective's active responses to the "Global War on Terror". By providing space for people to present and reflect upon what they have done, we hope to help envision tomorrow’s resistance today. If you have initiated or participated in an activity generated in response to this, our current predicament, please write to the JOAAP for the survey form. What are you up to in Weed? How are you smashing the war machine in Seattle? What kind of blockading is happening in Bend? Sitting-in in Santa Barbara? Arguing for anti-war art in Aptos? Dropping out in Drain? If you wish to participate (and please do) in this open-survey please contact us immediately and we’ll send you a list of questions. We are also seeking short pieces that provide an analysis of current forms of anti-war activism


We are seeking essays that productively theorize, criticize and analyze contemporary radical cultural production.

In this section, we hope to directly support culture produced to confront or circumvent the issues facing us today (global warming, environmental racism, war, economic injustice etc…) buy publishing essays that either broadly or specifically analyze or give language to contemporary resistance and invention.

To that end, we seek projects that squarely identify key concepts involved in these issues: the spirit of these essays should be as in a gift to others to better understand or to create tools which we can live by.

Essay topics include but are NOT limited to:

0. Countering the propaganda of fear (as articulated by government and media, e.g. in relationship to issues of immigration, the war on terror). Responding to depression or paralysis as a tool for or political/cultural movements.
1. Envisioning tomorrow’s world today through what today is already here (This is an idealistic question seizing the moment. Global warming is real. How do we create from it in the here and now.)
2. Discussing/critiquing/analyzing web 2.0 as political tool. Flash animations, social networking, etc.
3. On the individual and collective responsibilities (ethics) of political artists.
4. The aesthetics of solidarity- what does mutual aid look like and how is it built?
5. Normalizing counter-hegemonic assumptions- how to shame bad things and support good things.
6. When to employ inflated or dramatic or scurrilous rhetoric.
7. Something on the nature of most “political culture? as created by movements organizations not having the pizzazz worthy of a museum exhibition… and how that’s great.
8. Academia and the Fine Art World- when are these institutions collectively useful and not just personally rewarding?
9. Something critical of the space between the anarchist moment and the nature of mass media.
10. An essay exploring the distance between state-side activism and wars overseas.
11. Forgetting your personal stake or voice in a global movement and just joining the fight, anyway you can
12. We are looking for essays that explore the relationship between fine-art practices and anti-war action.

Additionally we are interested in printing something regarding Los Angeles’ historic Mayday 2005 LA march and general strike. We are also interested in printing something that analyzes art production under the NEA versus in a way to highlight distinctions between that period and the even more neo-liberal model of art today.

January 28, 2008


Create a List:
Old Mill Stacks
Nomad Wall

Grant proposal and equipment list

Two crucial documents:

Download The Grant Proposal

Download The budget, from which we got all but the RA support and indirect costs.

Mechanical Brain-storm

To Do:

1. Get dimensions and specs. on equipment that is ordered so we can build supports to be ready when the bikes arrive. Sketch out prototypes. --- (David)

2. Investigate wireless possibilities for the speakers. (the less wire and cables the better) Wireless communication to the projectors. Allow for multiple laptops to interface with the bikes.

3. Make everything travel safe/ road proof so we can project in motion. And storage case.

4. Assign maintenance duties to people to assure bikes and generators are good to go when we need them.

5. Secure bike-specific tools. A "first aid kit" for a bike. --- (Ryan)

6. Investigate uses of GPS trackers: returning stolen bikes & tracking on mapping our bike rides --- (Dave)

- David D., Dave S., Ryan

List of Potential Contacts

Please add your own people and orgs! as potential ideas or actual contacts you will persue.

walker arts
HECUA- City Arts (ilana)

Juxtaposition (tyler)
Central Touring Theatre (ilana)

Intermedia arts
Northland Poster Collective (ilana)
The Belfry Collective
Art of This
Soap Factory

SDS (march demo against Iraq war) (amelia)
Voices Merging
Womens Student Activist Org
Excotc.org (ilana)

Other student groups

Bedlam Theatre (ilana)
Zamnia (ilana)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed grassroots group (ilana)
Balls- South Theatre

MN Immigrant Freedom Network (ilana)

Software for ephemeral graffiti

Two groups/people have written opensource software for drawing...

-graffiti research vienna
-Theodore Watson and his original GRL Laser Tag Software

Public Image To Do List

***1) create mission/values statement (Peter)
2) name (Nic)
3) logo (pending on name)
4) website (Heba)
-change domain URL according to name (Ali)
5) network: myspace, flikr, facebook, etc (Kara)
6) promotional material : buttons, stickers, patches, headbands, flags, posters, etc etc (all)
-checking on embroidery machine: Heba
7) ongoing documentation of our project, photo documentation (Peter, Heba)

Name brainstorming

Throw out some ideas on what you want our name to be

Mission Statement

List 3 words/concepts you want included in the mission statement

Activism/outreach committee

things we need to do:

-meet with public image group about Missions statement (add comments)

-list of activist groups we want to work with or reach out to (collaborative)

-Some sort of system of choosing what and who we work with (ilana)

- start talking with outreach orgs (see list)

its about making art

diffuse beauty
aware of the activist possibilities and welcome the action



Research our rights
- obscenity laws
- event permits
- noise laws
- trespassing
Make list of buildings... then (Ben)
- create post
- contacting parks
- Riverview theatre
Insurance Issues (Uni Poli) (TJ)
- Who is contact person?
- People? Injuries?
- Equipment
Generator Issues (GOOGLE)
- can we carry around a huge tank of gas on a bike?
How do we approach a police officer?
- cards (listing the law)?
How will they approach us?
(Perhaps bring one along?)
What are our limits?
-we are a university group
- what does that mean for our laws?
Process of approaching buildings for approval
- Law School (Ben)
- Legal Services (TJ)
- Sonja/Karen (TJ)
Bike Laws? (Hadija)
- organize a pamphlet for class to review
- links
- more links
- even more links
- perhaps having a copy of laws with each bike
Potential Lawsuits?
- Distracting a driver...CRASH...lawsuit!
- Blinding folks with the laser

Art on Wheels Committees

From the list of pro's and con's, I see the need for the following committees.

-Public Image: Web-site, mission statement, colors, flags, patches...
(Heba, Nic, Peter, Kara)
-Legal: Johnny law, trouble, theft, insurance, arrest, confiscation, indecent exposure...
(Ali, Tj, Hadija, Ben)
-Green: Energy concerns, re-usability...
-Mechanics: Shelving for the equipment on the bike, temperature...
(Peter, Dave, Ryan, David D.,TJ)
-Outreach: Local institutions, the youth, public art, calls to artists...
(Dave, Kara, Peter, Hadija, Amelia, Ilana)
-Software: Platforms for generating sound/image...
(Ali, Ben, Nic, Tyler)
-Activism and Outreach: All matters of activation and political engagement
(Amelia, Ilana, Kara, Tyler)

-Ali's tasks: Scheduling, ordering equipment,

one more thing

it would be really cool if we could make a podcast/ documentary of what we are doing and sending it to current tv. (current tv is all viewer-created content in the form of podcasts/ short documentaries)


pros cons

everyone has some really good ideas and mine overlap with most so i'll try to be short so it's not overdone


turning not used space or ugly space into something beautiful - wasted space into a space for everyone to enjoy

promoting the local art scene.. local artists, students, musicians if possible, maybe even trying to get local graffiti artists to create something for us- to show that graffiti is more than spray paint and tags but can truly be beautiful art. collaborating on projects with local artists and or students. maybe even working with local musicians/hip hop groups/ bands for the music we can play

community interaction - make the community aware and become involved in the project by creating a website and then promoting the website using a variety of mediums. through the website we could track exactly how many people notice what we are broadcasting and from where, and maybe even ask for ideas, or have the public create their own message/art/whatever that we could then project... an ongoing project with the community. i really want to be as interactive as possible. also, i think it would be really neat to work with kids, maybe even going to the schools and having the kids create their own art that we could display on the outsides of their schools, or going to high schools and using their projects. just an idea

reggae dance party. enough said.

getting the biking community of the twin cities to back us up. they could be a street team for us and we could all spread the message of saving our resources by biking instead of driving.

i think we are all on agreement here that we need to be as respectful as possible

breaking the equipment

hurting ourselves/others. getting into an accident with a bike of steel speakers projectors and laser pointers = ouch.

i also think it's a great idea to practice on a variety of mediums so we can get a feel for what looks best ie brick, stone, trees, earth, streets, etc. getting used to riding the bikes and using the equipment. practice setting up and safely putting away the bikes/equipment.

location idea: i think a good practice spot close to the U is along 14th ave on route to como ave just after 8th st. there is a train bridge and along both sides of the street are blank cement walls. this way we can practice somewhere close while also getting some really good exposure by tons of u of m students, walkers, bikers, buses etc. also, the RAD tower could be a close practice spot before going to further away mills etc


I think that the Gold Medal Flour Mill presents us with an projection screen in an area that is very busy and visible --
this should be a picture

Ben's Pros and Cons

Scenarios – what I imagine could happen when one has a bike with loud speakers and a projector

☺ ? signifies positive
☹? signifies negative

I could image:
☺Creating an interactive game that is projected on a space that promotes community play – perhaps creating a “big game? within a space and use the projector as a communication system (i.e. score keeper, clue giver, time keeper)
☺Projecting on the grain stacks at the old mill on the river
☺Creating custom software that allows us to create responsive environments (Myron Krueger, Interactive Architecture, etc.)
☺ Creating an alternative (non site specific) mode of activation
☹Having people use the machine to marginalize, suppress, or hurt others.
☹Blinding a window washer
☹taking away the interactive (in a broad sense) nature of the project – it is important for me that this device is used to empower not to advertise/promote

how high? (coffman)

how high can we project something? I feel like this is a silly question-

but i would be interested in projecting something on coffman at some point. you know how it is supposed to be a gopher face? between the eyes part would be nice.

Urban Exploration

I've always been completely fascinated by deteriorating architecture and infrastructure and was stunned to discover that there are groups around the world who explore such structures. There is a local group called "Action Squad" (which I believe started at the UofM) and they've discovered some pretty interesting spaces. I figured their site could provide some ideas for our class, and lo and behold there are some fascinating structures! (Check them out on this site: http://www.actionsquad.org/ruins.html)

I thought that the Gopher's Munitions Plant was particularly interesting and could provide an interesting backdrop for an art project. http://www.actionsquad.org/ulands.htm



1. We're in a residential neighborhood, and lots of people come out and feel really engaged in what we're doing.

2. We work with students to create content. They bring their friends and family out - and every has a really great time.

3. We work with the city to create a large scale project. We have a huge event, and it brings people together.


1. We don't involve the community in what we're doing - and they felt left-out.

2. We accidently distract drivers/bikers/etc. - we cause pain and suffering. Frownie faces all around...

3. We're not friends of the eco-system, and make a bunch of trees and fresh air cry.


I was thinking of a place off of University Ave. - near 280.

There are these really tall industrial smoke stacks. I think there are four. I thought it would be really cool to cover these towers with different content. You can see these stacks from University and even as far away as highway 280. Maybe we have a show, and project each performer on a different stack.

+ and -

Lots of amazing ideas so far! I'll try not to repeat any.

~ + ~

1. really amazing giant shadow puppet show! could be satirical, but should be funny and have characters...not simply "oh look,this big dog is eating this smaller thing..."

2. collaboration with the community! this is an amazing resource/tool that we will have....we could possibly take submissions of ideas from community groups each year (or from kids!) and then jury them

3. How far can we take these bikes? Doing a mini- tour (eventually) would be amazing!

~ - ~

1. The reaction from the community/ university is bad (seen as disruptive,etc)...The university decides to not have this class anymore...:(

2. We have such problems deciding on the content, that not everyone is still excited when it comes around to actually using the bikes.

3. We manage to create a bad relationship with the police...they bother us at most of our "events" despite our attempts to assure them that everything is legal, etc.


All of the mills on 55/Hiawatha, between 42nd St. and 31st St. would be great. They are huge, open and blank. The only problem might be the highway and distracting drivers. Thoughts?

Hadija's + & -

1. Keep the childlike aspect in this endevor. Having something that is so new and so different makes it very exciting and keeping that youthfulness in it will not only make it more fun, but keep it from getting to political.
2. Bring awareness to the Twin Cities history. Many of the larger buildings in the TC have great history, but that history isn't known about or it is being lost with new construction.
3. I can't remember my third +, when I do I will put it here.

1. My brother finds out.
2. What do we do exactly if approached by the police? Have a plan, know our rights, etc.
3. Someone or something gets hurt.

Dot Matrix Bike

if you have never seen this, check it out.
watch the video


I was lucky enough to see this piece of spray paint fine art in london this summer. I'm pretty sure it is one of Banksy's. As Ilana said, check him out... he has some interesting works that can change people's perspective of what graffiti can mean


January 27, 2008


I think the “Love Power? mural looking over the 35W exit ramp on Washington is a location rich with possibilities. During rush hours huge amounts of cars spend time waiting at the streetlight craving something interesting to gaze at.

Also the Country Radio Station billboard on the 10th Ave bridge is just asking for us to project speech-bubble graffiti to comment on the 35W bridge.

I realize 35W could be a touchy subject for some people, but we should keep this topic in mind because it was such a significant event and is a continuing discussion relevant to the community.

three pro cons

1) art in nonart spaces for all!
2) enthusiasm !
3) beauty.
1) wreckless use of our power.
2) wrecks!
3) not holding on to the excitement we all feel now.

Pos / Neg

Our work will allow people to see public spaces as opportunities for new and unconventional art in the community

Our locations provide artistic and creative statements outside of the traditional museum environment, and into the daily routine of all who see

Graffiti messages to a specific audience or group can create a more personal and direct experience for them

Grudges/rivalries/etc. in our group could arise over what content to project and what our goals are

Older generations could miss our artistic goals and view us a rebel group just out to make trouble

Misuse of our Laser Guided Art could result in our equipment to be confiscated indefinitely....... preventing it being used at the RNC

+ and - (ilana)

1) PUBLIC EYE: we can use the real time camera feature to witness an event and hold people accountable. Embarrass. Expose.

1A) and then, we can use different projectors to respond to the event. Ie, laser pointer messages. (we see you!) or have art happening ajacent. It could be a powerful example of turning reality and fear and injustice into art. or something for people to look at with new eyes.

2) we flyer a few days before, talk to community centers in the area, connect with people we know that live in a certain neighborhood that we are coming and will have an open forum. they can write, project, bring art stories dance moves ANYTHING that they want to show their community. fun.

3) we create a photo montage of sweatshops, the workers, their conditions, their pay, their lives... and the products they are making that belong to the company whose building provides a canvas for our projectors.

1) the cops come and we dont know our rights
so +: we hand them a card with the exact law. and we all go home happy.

2) our project is amazing. it's a video and it just so happens that the lead female role is not dressed modestly. maybe there are some swear words. we are projecting it on the 400 Bar in the west bank and a group of somali men are standing nearby and feel uncomfortable that thier religious beliefs are interupted by 'haram' or taboo situations that they have no control over. they get frustrated with the university and its privileges and inconsiderate behavior.

3) our privileges (as university students, many of us white...) follow us wherever we go in the city. and we need to be fully conscious of that before we do anything, anywhere. (even just playing music. what music? where?)

We take up space, and are usually allowed to without a problem because of white supremacy and class privileges.

Check out Banksy

I know we are all a bit critical of graffiti and its role in the public art world-

as a pegged political friend, i would like to invite you to check out some really incredible graffitti art.

Heba pros and cons

align with other art organizations for community related work (being that there are so many art organizations that have such mission statements)

create projects that are site specific to interact with the architecture/space of a chosen location

address the potential power of interactivity and create projects that go beyond the 2-dimensional projected surface that will allow audience participation and interaction in real-time

we lose sight of the potential in "art" and the projects become too gimmicky

we focus too much on outsider input and don't address our own ideas as a class

we only reach audiences from a particular group, as opposed to a range of people

January 26, 2008

Some more Pros and Cons


Use the Mobile Art Trike... M.A.T!!! to enhance, minipulate and distort billboards, adds and signs around the city. I think this has a few things working for it. First off, these signs are flat, usually have neutral backgrounds, plus they get lots of attention from people.

Use the projectors to mimic one of those scrolling led displays, the kind that show weather, breaking news and time. This could be anything like a video, pictures of a running tally of somthing

Finally the last pro i have is because these are bikes we can take them places where most cars are not allowed. Im thinking the nicollet mall and the greenway. Both have a high volume of people on them.


These trikes will be heavy, combersom and fragile. We need to "street" prof as much as we can before we take them out. The idea for the road case is a very good idea. ALso we WILL need spare parts for these things. Chains break, you get flats all the time and we should be prepared.

another problem i see, that others have brought up is trying to distance our selves from groups that have a strong agenda. These should be used as a tool for art making, not propaganda, though some humor or sarcasm always is good to me:P

lastly, i think from a pure technical standpoint, these bikes may take longer to assemble then we all think. Im not sure what state thier going to be ariviing in but these kinds of projects ALWAYS take longer then you think, and we should really plan ahead to overcome this.

thats all ive got!

January 25, 2008

Another GRL video on mediamill

Pht pros and cons

Create mission statement. one or two sentences that describe what we are up to and want to create. Create visual identity, including team patches/buttons/flags.

use the Mobile Art Unit to give a voice to the communities where it projects. use submissions from neighbors to create the material projected. like TJ's idea of trans-oceanic communication.

make the project as green as possible, ideas for on bike power generation use batteries and a charger on the bike. perhaps a charger station at school for batteries.

work to not be associated with groups that have strong political agenda, make the thing about ART.
dont want to be seen as a 'young thing' want to be relevant to as many ages as possible.

hmm, I am so psyched I cant seem to remember any of the other cons.
one more pro
think about it as a problem solver, what problems need to be solved and how can the bikes do it? even problems that are not recognized as problems yet. maybe a better way to say it is address needs before they are known.

January 24, 2008

random graffiti law websites

just doing some random browsing on graffiti laws in minneapolis.. here are some websites i found:


and this one is more interesting


Positives and Negatives

I think that before we start doing projects with community involvement and some of the more ambitious plans that came up yesterday, we should do something simple, to get the feel of the equipment and just some basic experience. Some of the positive and negative ideas I brought up yesterday were using the projector to highlight certain architecture features on some of the more interesting buildings. Taking the existing structure and adding even more life to it. I was also concerned about reflective surfaces and what happens when the projector hits them. I think a good starting point to work on both of these things would be to project onto the Weismann museum. It is one of the more interesting buildings in the city and it is just one big reflective surface, and I couldn't think of any building that would be more reflective than it. This way we could just get some practice with using the equipment on something more than just a flat wall (this allows to see how much the projected image will distort on convex and concave surfaces which there are many) and also to judge how much the projection will be reflected. I think if it doesn't reflect at all from the museum, we'd be pretty safe to project it anywhere without worrying about reflections. Plus, the building is just across the river, so it would be an easy and convenient test that could be done once the first bike is built.

Map of Art On Wheels sites

A map of places to consider as sites for performance, projection or action.

This is a "collaborative" map, all participants in the class have been invited and given rights to view and add to the map.

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January 23, 2008

Worksman Three Wheeler Colors

We must choose the colors for the other two bikes.
The first is Orange.

the other......?

Color options:


MediaMill will save the world

Here is MediaMill.

An example of streaming video thru media mill:

A video of Graffiti Research Lab people makin trouble

Download file

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Course Schedule

1/3 :: Build three mobile broadcast units
2/3 :: Prepare visual and sonic content for projection and broadcast
3/3 :: Make outings, spread beauty, collaborate with The Unconvention