Artful Green Dot

Tan Lin’s Landscape of Poetry, Text, and Pictures: A Piece from PERFORMA ’09

Posted in Actions by Audrey Tran on November 18, 2009

Tan Lin’s Chalk Playground (LitTwit Chalk) set about a dozen+  artists and writers to chalk their thoughts on the streets of NY last Saturday. Pieces chalked included a Futurist Manifesto, a Chinese Manifesto, and many other impromptu pieces of poetry. The following pictures catch the “poetry line” working away in a parking lot in Chinatown.

Here’s a favorite:

I only caught up with the poetry line downtown, but the entire performance actually traveled across Manhattan.

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Connected Dots

Posted in META by Audrey Tran on November 15, 2009

The author of my favorite blog, Dot Earth, recently added a new feature  to the site that highlights “constructive commentary” from frequent readers who “prefer to stand publicly behind what they say.”  Endearingly, Andy Revkin has named this feature Your Dot.

The gesture recalls a “commandment” from another favorite writer of mine, media critic Jay Rosen. According to Rosen’s commandment no. 4,those pinpointed by Your Dot would be “the people formerly known as the audience,” a.k.a. those who now live in the era of Web 2.0 and create media and disseminate knowledge instead of only consuming it.

My Full Disclosure: Revkin’s Dot Earth inspired the title of this blog.  Actually to be more specific, it was something Revkin said during a talk at NYU that inspired the title. He had been speaking to journalism students on covering science in the new media landscape, and someone asked a question about the origin of his blog’s title.  Revkin then pointed to the astronomer, Carl Sagan, and the wonderful, delicate, famous  phrase Sagan used to describe Earth as a “pale blue dot.” Although I didn’t remember Sagan’s name after the lecture, the words he used stayed with me for a long time.

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BETA Spaces 2009

Posted in Exhibits by Audrey Tran on November 12, 2009

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I’m not much of a Bushwick expert, but  I felt pleasantly welcomed by the neighborhood’s energy as I trampled through BETA Spaces ’09 on Sunday.

After last year’s festival, we saw some fine writing that delivered an overview of the event, but for BETA Spaces ’09, I’d like to work on posts devoted to a few of the individual shows that made up this now annual event. Until then, here are some photos from the weekend.

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A Note that Sticks Around

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on November 4, 2009

post-it[1]What you see before you is a 5-business day old Post-it note, which out lives 99% of the sticky slips I consume during my day job.  Recently, I decided to try using this one over and over until it becomes completely filled and dysfunctional.  Although I already have an idea of what that must look like, I am curious to see just how long this task can be kept up. Along the way, I’ll document and update you with the progress.

It must be noted, though, that I still constantly use several post-it notes during work to effectively communicate with co-workers and label documents.  Still, there’s always some small task I’m finding each day that doesn’t require the use of an entire sticky note.

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Speakers from the Hay QUA! Festival

Posted in Uncategorized by Audrey Tran on November 3, 2009

audrey_tran_smallWell, this post certainly isn’t timely (The Hay Qua! Fest happened in June) but I can’t resist posting these neat illustrations, newly discovered in the archives of my gmail inbox.  Donny Tran, one of the Hay QUA!  directors made these after the show.

I enjoyed coming across these drawings and recalling  all the talks and amazing things people are doing in creative fields. That’s what the festival was really about–bringing together people from the Vietnamese community who work in creative fields in the hopes of inspiring future collaborations…only, I know that I’ve got to make more of an effort to connect with those wonderful folks.  Outside of the festival, I think I’ve only run into one other speaker briefly by coincidence last summer.

Well, if future Hay Qua! Festivals happen, I will definitely be a supporter.

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