Monday, March 29, 2010

Not Just Playing Around: 6X6 Play Underway

Thanks to all who submitted for 6X6 Play. Didi Dunphy, the high priestess of fun, is now reviewing the entries. No kidding, people submitted from all over -- England, Canada, Germany, Oregon, North Dakota, Florida, New York City, and best of all, Athens. Get your skateboards out and slalom down to 6X6 Play next week,Wednesday April 7, 7-8 pm at Ciné Lab.

And the call for the next event, 6X6 Nature, curated by Kim Kirby, is fast upon us. Submit your daring, thoughtful, meditative, disruptive creations by April 21st. Go on -- you're a natural!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Get Playful: Submit to 6X6

Coming up next with 6X6 is "Play," to be curated by DiDi Dunphy; submit by March 21st. Not sure what this is all about? Make pretend you do and make something; use your camera, your video, your voice, your thoughts, the things you hear and find. Get with your friends, have a good time, make art out of it. Submit!

More About Curator Didi Dunphy
Didi Dunphy received an MFA from SFAI in performance and video art. Selected exhibits and installations include, Playscape, COCA, St. Louis, Playscape, Atlanta Contemporary, Let’s Fall in Love, Ivy Brown Gallery, NY, Push Play, Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, A/D 2004, The Lab, San Francisco, AIM, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, Georgia Triennial, Telfair Museum, GA. Ms. Dunphy also exhibits design objects at the ICFF, NY and CaBoom West Coast Indy Design Show, Santa Monica. A number of features have been written about Ms. Dunphy including Craft, CMYK, Southern Living, as well as reviews in the LA Times, SF Chronicle, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and more. Ms. Dunphy is a visiting Artist and Assistant Professor at the Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia in Athens where she teachings in the time-based arts, contemporary arts and professional practices. She lives in Athens GA with her husband, artist Jim Barsness and 15 year old daughter, Lucy.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fashion X 3600 Seconds

1/1800's of Ghost Ray, a 60 Second work by Dominic DeJoseph

Fashion kicked off the 6X6 series last night. An adventurous group of Athenian students, townspeople, faculty, artists, and friends gathered in the Ciné Lab and bore witness as Michael Lachowski revealed his six selections for his theme "Fashion," discussing his intentions as a curator and his reaction to each selection. He approached the topic from the standpoint that fashion is not only about "glamour" and our cultural preoccupation with style, but also refers to making things, and things that reflect making. The works ranged from the low-res compulsively repetitive video and music of "Cotton Crotch" by Sabrina Cuadra to the low-key humor of "Kai Reidl is Without Socks," directed by Matthew Buzzell, with music by the late Athens band Macha.

Selections for Fashion:
Seven Days of Seven Curators in My Closet: Jacqueline Davis
Ghost Ray: Dominic DeJoseph, Director; Sean Eden, Music
Cotton Crotch: Sabrina Cuadra, Video and Music
Transformation: Ash Sechler, Video
Frau Fiber in Conversation With Pasteur Achille: Carole Frances Lung, Interview and Photos; Rob Peterson, Sound
Kai Reidl is Without Socks: Matthew Buzzell, Director, Macha, Music

6X6 is a fledgling effort that with the help of Michael Lachowski, the artists, and sponsors just took a big step out into the air. The supportive crowd helped get the wings flapping, and while nobody liked everything, most found something to talk about. Diversity of opinion is a sign things are working: for many, "Cotton Crotch" was a favorite, but it also inspired some discussion about the potential and limitations of cell phone video. The event clocked in at exactly an hour, and one person reported that "I also like the short time frame." That's what we're looking for: Fast, Fun, and Free.

What is this thing called 6X6? Show up at the next event (April 7, 7pm, Ciné Lab) and find out for yourself. But think: anything that can happen in real time. Video, film, slideshow, performance, sound, projectable, disectable, thoughtful, obsessive, simple, or combination. With your help, 6X6 will inspire conversation and challenge all of us to make stuff and explore new ideas. The power of new media is it is accessible to everyone with our camera phones and video key rings and spy pen tape recorders and web-based editing and publishing tools. Coming up next is "Play," to be curated by DiDi Dunphy; submit by March 21st.

This is your chance to be playful, experiment, take a step out of the nest and into the air, fly to the playground, take some video of what happens, have your friends sing a song about it, and edit it on YouTube. Or find a picture of every toy you ever wished you had but never did and then record yourself asking total strangers if they ever had one and how they felt about it. Ask them to come to the event with their toys. The only limits are in your mind. Be a part of it. Submit.