Institutional Garbage: Jill Magi

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Jill Magi, “Curious, Fugitive, and Inedited (The Art Labor Archive of Teaching Days),” 2016

Curious, Fugitive, and Inedited takes its name from an odd section of Robert Chambers’ 19th century The Book of Days, “a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar.” As an “archive of teaching days,” this project’s content is comprised of the detritus of in-class writing exercises—trace elements of the moments of teaching when the institutional creative writing instructor invites the class to write, provides a prompt, and then writes alongside her students. The texts that result are anxious and scattered—they are “curious, fugitive, and inedited”—and in this artist’s view, they appear to be garbage. The handwritten scribbles that pepper her writing notebooks are re-presented here in a kind of retrograde visual fashion: typed on an old typewriter that has no ribbon, typed through a sheet of carbon paper so as to make an imprint that is susceptible to smudging and eventually fading. The presence of a time stamp and archive cataloguing stamp suggest that writing is a recursive act—a repeated happening in shared classroom space—and at the same time the pages suggest solidarity and even equality among teacher and students. Yet as pages typed out, scanned, and digitized, these text shards excavate labor whose value is unclear and that goes nowhere except into The Art Labor Archive: an unfunded institution located in the artist’s imagination and with occasional manifestations as art projects for installation and digital space. (Note: the writer/writing teacher acknowledges that the phrase “veiled spill,” imprinted on her subconscious and reproduced on page -45479, is most certainly from her writing/teaching colleague Jan Clausen’s 2014 book Veiled Spill: A Sequence. The writer/writing teacher apologizes for any other undetected, unacknowledged influence transfers.)


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Institutional Garbage: Zippora Elders

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Zippora Elders, Webcamcurator, 2015, Photo Booth videos

Zippora Elders,  Movie on 2015-08-31 at 14.42 CURATORIALDUTIES MONDAYMORNING, 2015, Photo Booth video, 19 secs.

Zippora Elders,  Movie on 2015-09-01 at 13.16 BACKUP HOW ARE YOU ASKS INTERN (nevermind your aura destroying our computers, let’s have sushi for lunch)

Zippora Elders, Movie on 2015-09-03 at 12.42 BACKUP WEBCAMCURATOR, 2015, Photo Booth video, 25 secs.


Zippora Elders,  Movie on 2015-09-04 at 19.54 #2 CURATORIALDUTIES FRIDAYNIGHT, 2015, Photo Booth video, 20 secs.


Zippora Elders, Movie on 2015-09-07 at 12.48 CURATORIALDUTIESCURATORMUSTBEBEAUTIFUL, 2015, Photo Booth video, 14 secs.


Zippora Elders, Movie on 2015-10-06 at 17.31 CURATORIALDUTIESWITBALANS (white male in the back should be more visible), 2015, Photo Booth video, 32 secs.


Zippora Elders, Movie on 2015-11-08 at 00.25 BACKUPCURATORIALFEEDBACK (artists call these “performances”, but you think I’m just playing stupid), 2015, Photo Booth video, 41 secs.


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Institutional Garbage: Tricia Van Eck

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Tricia Van Eck, Alchemy and Curation, 2016

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Institutional Garbage: Kevin Blake (manuscript)

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Kevin Blake,  A Prosthetic Tongue With A Natural Curl, 2015


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Institutional Garbage: Brit Barton

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Brit Barton, The Consolation Prize (in parts), 2016, Digital Installation


Brit Barton, The Introduction (The Proposal), 2016


Brit Barton, Untitled (Vantage Points), 2016



Brit Barton, The Questions (The Answers), 2016



Brit Barton, Permission Email_001, 2016



Brit Barton, Permission Email_002, 2016



Brit Barton, Permission Email_003, 2016


Brit Barton, Permission Email_004, 2016



Brit Barton, Permission Email_005, 2016



Brit Barton, Untitled (Receipt), 2016



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