my favorite art still starts fights

I visited my favorite piece of public art in San José today and it still makes me so very happy. It is funny that I so recently got in a fight about this, apparently there are some people with some lingering hurt feelings about this work, even in my circle but I have to say that as an iconic work, it always makes me smile. The artist Robert Graham was treated somewhat poorly in the commissioning of the work so he let his feelings influence the final work as it was presented to San José.

The irony is that this work has had a hugely positive effect on the way that artists are treated in the public art system, and the way the community is engaged.

I have to say too that it is a joy to see kids playing on the turd, and my favorite intervention was a number of years ago when an artist attached some sculpted flies and renamed it “Poo Platter.”

It must be difficult as a person bringing art to the city to see it become a joke, but I am sincere when I look at this and say that I admire the work and the story of how it came to “rest” here. There is no sense looking for a big dog either, but the impact of the work can be seen in tons of public art around San José.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2017/08/23/san-joses-quetzalcoatl-the-story-behind-the-statue-we-love-to-mock/

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More Processing Portraits (Spring 18)

I really love this project, Art 74 Spring 18, Processing Self Portraits:

Local Tech, Queer Tech, Community

Hey friends,

I am looking to put together a prototyping / conversation series with local San Jose people from all stages of their careers, emerging, middle, established to talk about projects that they are working on. These evenings are going to be short, like 90 minutes with three presenters.

I need your help finding people who would be interested in talking about their work and demonstrating something they are working on. The plan is to have a small group of people who can actually talk to each other.

Who do you know that is working on the bleeding edge of technology, someone working with the community, with queertech or even something on the fringe.

Right now this has a hyper-local focus, people who live, work or play in San Jose. If all goes well, you’ll be hearing from me again for our next round, this is meant to be a series.

Feel free to email me sjp at factorynoir dot com

This brightened my day

I try to remain reserved about things that happen in my life, I hope it isn’t to much to say that I am just delighted to have made a small contribution to this award winning paper:

and if you are interested feel free to read the paper here: http://iises.net/past-conferences/academic/29th-international-academic-conference-rome/page-best-paper-award-29iac

I am honored and pleased to have worked with Dr John Murray and Prof Rikke Nørdgård.

Museum Game Jam

Zachary and I are hosting an open game jam at the Sonoma Museum of art on June 4. The jam is to honor Joseph Delappe’s retrospective and to think closely about the issues and the art. Open to all, free with museum admission.

Sunday, JUNE 4, 1-5pm
Games are fun to play and even more fun to make! 
 
 SVMA is hosting a Game Jam around the exhibition Memory and  Resistance: The Work of Joseph DeLappe. A game jam is like
 a musical jam where people come together to get inspired and  collaborate on creating new ways to experience the museum!
 At this jam, open to people of all ages and abilities, 
 we’ll be designing and making boardgame prototypes.    
 Game Jam Leaders
 James Morgan is a new media artist and director of Ars Virtua. He  teaches at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media at San Jose State  University.
 Zachary Daulton is an instructional program specialist at Gavilan  College. His work has been shown and driven by the maker  community at various Bay Area festivals and conventions.

Genuine Windows Experience

So the licensing on the arcade cabinets needed to make contact with their licensing server. So how does the OS notify me? By disrupting the function of the cabs and accusing me of piracy.

Holy crap, it knows it had a legit license last week but not anymore so it starts throwing these errors.

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It is important to use genuine Microsoft software, sure I was doing so, but this time the genuine experience is one of hauling the machines around to connect them with their license server. Don’t use these licenses offline…

img_20161103_134828 I’m astonished, my students are telling me to just use a pirated version of the OS, well, then the experience would be better, wouldn’t it? Well, I’m honest and I want to do it right so here I am hauling my machines back to my office be berated as a pirate, to connect with the license server, and guess what else waits for me?

An ad, yep, this is the genuine Windows experience.