Monday, 31 August 2009

Show your anger!

People, who are prepared to risk, sacrifice their freedom and their physical safety because of an idea, are always dangerous to a society.

The artist, musician and poet, Genesis P-Orridge, describes William S. Burroughs position in the society in the independent documentary film “William S. Burroughs: A Man Within”.


Write those words on a gallery wall, facade of an abandon building, or wooden boards mounted on threes in a forest or city park. Prepare a bunch of small stones or soft bolls soaked in red color or charcoal or crayon or gun. Invite people to come and exercise. They should focus on the word(s) that makes them feel angry, uncomfortable, or anxious and hit it as hard as they can until exhaustion. The created visual statistic should be documented at the end of the exercise.


score for turntables, cd players and mixer - do a live sound dripping in a Pollock style using records and cds of the mentionned musicians.


score for piano - chose significant short melodic parts from Barry White and White Stripes songs - play them randomly in a Robert Barry spirit.

one / two ideas

Whenever in the next few days you're watching a movie,
and someone you see a personage reminds you strongly of someone you 
watch carefully, study a part of the role that the personage plays.
Contact the person you know, and ask him or her to re-interpret
the personage. (It should not look silly though)

You can record the event, and repeat the process with other movies,
different scenes, different personages. Put them together to make
a new imaginary story. project.

So you can either stage the scenes with your acquaintances,
or project your video.

The important element of this project is that the power comes from
the emotional resemblance between original and re-interpreter,
and thus could be purely visual, or only audio…

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Call for contribution -The Invisible Generation

The Invisible Generation (TIG) is the title for a series of contemporary art interventions organized by Vision Forum and inspired by texts by American writer William S. Burroughs. The project will primarily be made up of unannounced performance-based interventions in the public space in Beijing, Melbourne, Shenzhen and Kiev.
A large number of interventions will be introduced at TIG Anti-Hospital hosted at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne in September 2009. The actions take their starting point in an experimental and evolutive exhibition made up of various constituent elements including two installations: a new site specific work by Per Hüttner and Polka Dot by Mark Geffriaud.

To contribute to TIG Archive
We are looking for instructions that can be part of TIG Archive presented at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery in Melbourne. TIG archive is a collection of artistic documents providing instructions on performances, workshops and actions to be realized primarily in the public space and in an everyday context. The instructions should be formulated as possible actions, performances, temporary artworks, objects and social situations, scores and sonic interventions proposed by absent artists and realized by local artists, non-artists and the visitors the gallery. Instructions also include Burroughs's own suggestions that can re-interpreted and re-enacted by visitors to the gallery.

The instructions can take many forms: texts, drawings, mp3s, videos or other images or sounds. 

They can be an instruction for a performance, a workshop or a temporary artwork. They can equally take the any form of score (music, theatre or re-enactment), description of an infiltration in media or public space or simply ideas for social situations. All submitted instructions will be displayed in the gallery and we will try to realize as many as possible. We encourage instructions that are inspiring and collaborative, i.e. instructions that leave room for the person realizing it to use their own creativity. What we explore with this project is a shared and even undefined authorship between you and the person carrying out the instructions.

Please send your instructions via FAX, PDF email attachment, audio file, or snail mail. 
Deadline: August 31.

TIG Anti-Hospital Archive will be presented in different forms throughout the other cities of the project, and will also be the source for future configurations and new collaborations.


The Invisible Generation: a project by William S. Burroughs filtered through time and Daniele Balit and Per Hüttner.
September - November 2009

Projects by: Yan Jun / Mark Geffriaud / Juan Pedro Fabra, Michele Masucci and Loulou Cherinet / Natasha Rosling / Per Hüttner / Michael Yuen / Jon Phillips and Matt Hope / Hu Xiangqian / Nadège Maïon / Jean-François Robardet / Yang ZhiFei.

Organized by: Vision Forum in collaboration with VCA Margaret Lawrence Gallery and Satellite in Melbourne, Les Kourbas Centre in Kiev,

CPU 798 in Beijing and OCAT in Shenzhen (confirmed), the Arrow factory and Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (confirmation pending).

contact :

Saturday, 29 August 2009

William S Burroughs / Art Auction Action Guidelines

William S Burroughs/ Art Auction Action Guidelines
nat thomas

Ever been to an art auction?
Conjure the vibe of William S Burroughs, and attend one.
Aim to upset the accepted order of proceedings.
Choose a branded Auction firm, and preferably a night when large yield product is going under the hammer. Disregard Provenance and create your own.
Utilize one or a variety of strategies to achieve your goal.
Your goal is to create an atmosphere of mayhem and eventual contemplation.
Preparation- maybe your thing, but impromptu has its place.
Enlist the help of a gaggle of mottled family or friends (safety in numbers plus folk to share the experience with).
Create a persona to inhabit for the Auction, - scan the breadth of Burroughs’ own life for inspiration.
Brainstorm with your crew- be specific (Ginsberg, Kerouac, Joan Burroughs: all ripe for character interpretation), or more general- ‘Doctors and Nurses’, or the ‘Exterminator and the Housewife’; ‘CIA spy and Informant’ are the more obvious choices and could have their place.
Attempting to inhabit a skin other than your own, may help with the courage needed to actualize your plan.
Also, use drugs (recreational or prescription, alcohol). Be moderate before Auction, then top up in the toilets. Smoke.
Register for a ‘paddle’ before you get to the Auction. Or not. But the Action will have more impact if economic implications ensue.

Easy ways to upset a commercial Art Auction:
Talk loudly, but timing is all.
Stay seated and orderly until a particularly ‘important’ (expensive) artwork or object is under the hammer. Patiently, patiently, catch the monkey. Tension is rising in the room.
RECITE sections of Burroughs ‘Junkie’ to assembled crowd. When the security guards cart you out of the venue, don’t resist the ejection. Stay calm and keep reading.
OR stand on your chair. Stand tall and proud, in an old man hat and overcoat. Think of William. His life, the writing and readings, THE VOICE, the extremes.
Think of withering William Burroughs.
And your audience will note you

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Buddhist Swastika


Friday, 21 August 2009

For Monitoring Purposes

Please follow these instructions, complete the form and return it to the gallery staff.

We will not pass your details to any third party although by signing below you agree to your comments’ public display and use and thereby sign away copyright for your responses, and also the associated intellectual property to The Invisible Generation Anti-Hospital Archive.

1. Choose an instruction or set of instructions from the range available in the exhibition

Artist / author if known: __________________________________________
Title: ________________________________________________________

2. Think of a way of carrying out your chosen instructions wrongly. Or think of several ways. You may use the back of the sheet for notes.

3. Choose one wrong way of carrying out the instructions, and perform it. Please describe what you did and / or any observations:____________________________________________________

4. What made it wrong?: _______________________________________________________

5. Did anyone see you? Yes / No

6. Do you feel: (please delete as applicable): Guilty / elated / annoyed / furtive / inspired / indifferent / other (please describe) ________________________________________________________

7. Sign here: __________________________________ Date: __________________________

8. Personal details (optional):

If you complete this section we will e-mail you a link to a summary of the wrongly completed instructions.

Name: __________________ E-mail address: _______________________

9. Sit quietly and think about what you have done.

Thank you and have a nice day. Please visit again soon.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Moon of Victoria*

1. Print out the word VICTORIA in the middle of a piece of paper. Lay the print flat and trace the lower half of the letter O in form of a crescent with a knife.

Turn over the print and flip the cut-out over.

*Victoria, not the Queen whose name has been ubiquitous in Hong Kong, a. k. a. Nana who married William Moon who died in Normandy during the Second World War not long after their wedding, is a fictional character in the BBC TV soap opera EastEnders but deceased in 2005, remaining unknown to most Hongkongers.

Performance for global networks

1. Produce time by standing doing nothing on a sunny day.

2. Take pictures of the shadows you are casting with your mobile phone camera at some interval.

3. Browse swiftly to animate the images.

4. Create a soundtrack in your mobile phone music dj, or record the ambience of the place you are at,
or simply whistle while browsing.

5.Exchange messages with your global networkers in different time zones (both images and tunes) ,
save them in your mobile phone on the memory stick. Browse anew.

6. For final production put all material into your computer, convert the files (get a trial version of some converter),
edit and export. Project on the walls of some corporation (producing polluting kinds of energy).

Find someone you trust and practice telepathy with them...

Veronica Kent and Sean Peoples: The Telepathy Project

Find someone you trust and practice telepathy with them.

  1. Trusted person
  2. Quiet place
  3. 5 minutes
  4.  Drawing implement and paper
  1. Find your trusted person.
  2. Find a quiet space and some spare time.
  3. Designate one of you as the 'sender' and one of you as the
  4. Sender attempts to send an image to the receiver
    telepathically for five minutes.
  5. Receiver attempts to receive this telepathic image and draw
    it on the paper.
  6. Swap roles and repeat as many times as desired.

(This could be customized for the gallery space by providing a
table with two chairs, paper, pencil and clock. The telepathic
drawings created by the receiver, and a brief note from the sender
describing what was sent, could then be stuck on wall or in a book
to be viewed by gallery visitors)