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not so anonymous

I’m having a social media event tonight at the Indianapolis Museum of Art… hope to see you there. No mask required.



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camera phone journalism

I just blogged for the IMA… read the full post here.

I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to tell the difference between my “personal” and “professional” social media identity anymore. The lines have blurred in so many ways just in the past couple of years. Yes, part of it has to do with passion for what I do, but even so- everything has become so intertwined, so to speak, when it comes to the ‘interwebs’. And I’m not the only one.

This photo was snapped just this morning down in 100 Acres by Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Lisa Freiman and promptly tweeted by CEO Max Anderson:

Steel workers gather for a photo opp. on top of Free Basket by Los Carpinteros

Take for instance how social media has reshaped the world of journalism. “Citizen journalism is the concept of members of the public “playing an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, analyzing and disseminating news and information.” Examples of this can be seen through blogs, twitter, and camera phone images.

As a museum, we can employ this same idea. Staff, artists and visitors can capture events as they happen with their iPhone or a Flip Video. The following images were captured on artist duo Type A’s cell phones and then uploaded to Facebook:

The top ring of "Team Building (Align)" casts a shadow

Astronomer Brian Murphy of Butler U. and Andrew of Type A work out some calculations to place the second ring for "Team Building (Align)"

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she works hard for the money

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So lately I’ve had the opportunity to sharpen my video editing skills at work. I loved it in college (using FinalCut) and I used to shoot and edit short web videos for NUVO, so it’s nice to be back in the saddle so to speak.  A big thank you to some amazing (and patient) co-workers who helped me through the speed bumps (and learn to use Premiere). Here are the ones I’ve done. Whatchya think?


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I’d TAP that

Wanna know what I’ve been doing at work? Here’s blog post I wrote today for the IMA about the multi-media tour (available via iPod Touch) we did for Tara Donovan: Untitled. If you can’t tell, I’m pretty friggin’ proud of it.

We’ve also been racing around the museum creating a channel of short day-to-day happenings we like to call IMA TV. Check it out thus far here and look for a spiffy ArtBabble-like landing page for them in the future.

Here’s one of my favorites:

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I don’t know about you…

but this makes me smile:

now blooming at the IMA

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Enough with the snow!

Well, it snowed again… so much that the museum closed today. What better way to spend my 1 yr. anniversary at my job than with a day off, ha. It also happens to be my dad’s birthday today. It’s currently snowing… when will it stop?

At least the sun is shining.

These little guys just opened up!


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it’s always sunny in indianapolis

Since the weather here in Indiana is kinda nasty right now, instead of complaining, I thought it might be a positive exercise to conjure up some images of far away places I’ve traveled.

The truth is, I really haven’t traveled that much in my life. Part of that has to do with the fact that I’m afraid of flying (like really really afraid.) But, for the sake of ArtBabble, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Los Angeles last May. Fellow Nugget Danny and I documented the whole experience with photos and video. On our trip we met a lot of interesting people and dogs and enjoyed the sunshine, the warm weather, and (Danny especially) fresh tacos.

The reason we traveled was to film on location the construction of Andrea Zittel’s project, a large floating island to be installed in the lake of 100 Acres back in Indy. The island was fabricated by Barnacle Bros studio in East L.A. where upon arrival, we were greeted by a cast of characters led by a heavily tattooed man known as Smilee Barnacle. They brought us up to speed on the project and led us around the work shop, which looked more like a carnival parade storage room than any kind of studio! The interview we did with Smilee turned out to be pretty hilarious.

And here are some pictures I snapped throughout the day. You can find more here (They look a lot better when they’re bigger)

Legends of the Hidden Temple?

That's Danny filming Smilee and crew

Hey doggie

Shop dog

Barnacle Bros

From the desk of Mr. Barnacle...

Barnacle Bros

The colorful alley behind Barnacle Bros

Danny taping Smilee

Danny filming Smilee as he explains what materials were used for the island

There in the middle of the shop sat a snow-white igloo, which on closer inspection was not made of snow, but foam. And even better, it really looked like it would float! Smilee and his team used homemade tools to claw, shave, and mold the foam into a smooth, round shape. I can only imagine the spraying bits of foam as they hacked away at the towering mound of white.

It's snowing in LA

It's snowing in L.A.! (standing in a pile of foam bits)

Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when the Barnacle crew brought the island to Indianapolis… only to be greeted by chilly temps and mud in the Art and Nature Park… Indiana at its finest! There was a lot of activity in 100 acres lake that week. Both the island and Eden II are now floating in the lake for all to see.

I felt kind of sorry for Andrea and the Barnacle Bros, wading around in the frigid lake, because their visit to Indy was a cold and damp one. Then again, they get to experience the beautiful California weather all year ‘round. (Special thanks to Smilee, Theresia and the whole Barnacle Bros. crew, Andrea, and the cool cats at The Getty for their kind hospitality.)

It sure was sunny in California but I think I’ll stick with Indiana. I’m kind of partial to the sunsets.

autumn sky

I snapped this photo outside my house a couple months ago

see my original post on the IMA Blog here.

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