I’ll be in NYC from September 16th through the 23rd for the awesome http://confluxfestival.org/ . Please come out and participate, at least for my stuff. I’ll be doing two projects and a lecture for the festival at NYU’s art department @ 34 Stuyvesant Street 10003.
2) September 19th (right after the lecture) 2:30 – 3:45 – Google Maps Road Trip NYC – Peter Baldes and Marc Horowitz will perform a live virtual trip of NYC, in the vain of their recent cross-county Google Maps Road Trip project. They will take suggestions from the audience on what to visit and do on this journey. They will utilize google maps to navigate around, ustream.tv to broadcast the event live on the internet, youtube to see various NYC videos, and flickr to explore still images of the city.
2) September 18th 12:00pm – 6:00pm (at noon gather at Rosenberg gallery and we’ll leave from there) – NYCommercial – Marc Horowitz will lead a workshop that focuses on making a commercial for New York City. Marc and the group (you) will begin in the morning by brainstorming various ideas for the best commercial for NYC. The group will then shoot the commercial; later that day, edit it, and finally post it to several video sites and the conflux website.
You can go to the facebook invites at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122607937337 & http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129456455799
Pete and I finished the first-ever virtual live-streaming broadcast cross-country road trip on August 18th. It took us 9 days and 40+ hours of driving on Google Maps to complete the trek. I got food poisoning from Burger King and Pete almost lost his mind, but we persevered and made it to Richmond, VA from LA.
Fancy us; we were interviewed by NPR Weekend edition for our “vacation.” For the NPR audio interview go to http://bit.ly/GMRTNPRA. And for the NPR article see http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111921898.
We’ll be back up this Friday, August 21st at 2pm PST to take a tour of Richmond, and we’re slated to take a trip up to Maine soon. Stay tuned.
Like so many of you, my friend Pete Baldes and I wanted to take a road trip together this summer, but he lives in Richmond, VA and I live in LA. We tried and tried to make our dreams of the classic American cross-country journey come true, but because of finances, schedule conflicts, and time constraints, we just couldn’t make it work. You know how it is. But then we had an idea: What about a virtual road trip that exploits the wonderful technologies of Google Maps and ustream. We could definitely make that happen.
So on August 10th, 2009, at 3pm PST, we’ll leave my house in LA and drive together to Pete’s place in Richmond. We’ll “virtual drive” across the country by continuously pressing the Google Maps arrow keys eastward, and we’ll broadcast the entire experience live on http://www.googlemapsroadtrip.com . This means you’ll be able to not only see and hear us as we travel, but also join us in a real-time chat room. Just think of it as an invitation to hop in the backseat and ride along with us for any part of our adventure that you like. We’ll take your suggestions on what to see and where to go as we trek this great nation, and ideally we’ll all get to know each other a little better.
We’ll stop for a shake at McDonalds in Flagstaff, get dinner at Olive Garden in Roanoke, play mix tapes, get in the inevitable argument, visit historical sites and old friends, stop at crummy motels for the night, etc… Just remember: This is real-time, so when we stop to eat, we’ll actually eat, and when we stop to sleep, we’ll actually go to bed, and if you’d like us to visit you, we’ll actually call you as we near your house, and you can virtually take us around your hood.
This is everything that we’d do on a real road trip, except we don’t have to leave the house, pay for gas, or worry about getting speeding tickets.
If you have suggestions on what we should see along the way — or if you would like us to stop and visit you — please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking forward to spending some quality time with YOU on our road trip! Can’t wait!
Marc & Pete
p.s. The chronicles of this epic road trip will also be available at http://www.thefastertimes.com/travel
You can see the photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/marchorowitz/sets/72157621030659709/
Christmas came a little early/late this year with this new exciting scavenger hunt game I unveiled at tenoversix for their LA fashion week show. It’s called Hidden Paintchip Fancy Gift.
To prepare the game, I matched the color of select items around tenoversix’s courtyard to paint chips, like the ones you get at home depot. I then precisely cut the paint chips to match parts of the items I selected, thereby camouflaging the paint chip pieces. When people arrived at the opening, they were instructed to go out into the courtyard and find the little paint chip bits. When someone found one, they were instructed to bring it to me. Then, I would redeem it for one of the gifts my mom gave me this past Christmas. The gifts have never been open, so it was a big surprise to use both.
If you would me to set up Hidden Paintchip Fancy Gift at one of your parties, please feel free to contact me at marc (at) ineedtostopsoon (dot) com, and we can work something out.
This is one of the first social projects I documented. I’ve never dragged it out until now.
For this project, “How Bout a Burrito at My Favorite Place?,” I posted an ad on craigslist.org asking people to join me for a burrito at my favorite taco truck in Oakland, CA. We met up at a specified time and ordered together. After ordering, I took a picture of my meal date with their food. We then ate together, discussing whatever. When we finished, I took a photo of their “burrito sculpture,” (a.k.a their trash).
It’s nice to see a person, take into account what they do and who they are, and then see how they fidget with thier leftover food and trash eventually completing a sculpture.
Peter Leonard – Collage Artist and Graphic Designer
Bruce Bortin – Activist
Joe Guzman- Photographer
Rene & Chris – Students
I had to put this project to an end because I received over 900 requests and I ate burritos 2-3 times a day which made me really fat.
This is sort of something I stumbled upon by accident while waiting for a phone call. It is very easy to execute and brings one much pleasure. All you need is a ceiling fan and a roll of toilet paper. I would suggest that you have hardwood or concrete floors, but I think short carpet would work too.
Here is the easy-to-follow 10-step process for creating a TP Tornado for yourself:
1) Grab a roll of 2-ply toilet paper, open it up (if wrapped).
2) Unravel about three or four feet of the TP.
3) Give it a throw up in the air so it goes over TWO of the fan blades (if it goes over just one blade, gently pull it off and try again). This the most crucial step.
4) Once you have the TP roll over the TWO fan blades, then unroll the rest of it. You can throw it around a bit more if it brings you pleasure. Whatever you do, don’t break the stream – REMEMBER ONE SOLID STRIP OF TP!
5) Once all of the TP is unrolled on the floor, remove the cardboard roll, and make sure the toilet paper isn’t too tangled up.
6) Start the ceiling fan on medium to medium high speed and watch the fun began!
7) As the toilet paper twists up like a tornado, help it ravel up a bit by feeding it some of the toilet paper on the floor.
8) Once the TP tornado has sucked up almost all of the TP, turn off the fan.
9) Run back to the tornado. As the fan slows down, gently lift up the main TP twist (as pictured) to alleviate some of the stress at the top. Do this until the fan stops completely.
10) Slowly release your grip and step back to enjoy your personal TP Tornado!!
Show your friends and loved ones. Take a picture and send it to me. I’d love to post a collection of TP tornados from around the world.
Yeah yeah, the tornado is technically up side down but who really cares?
Studying errands is no small task. Everyday people are faced with the necessary errands – grocery lists need to be checked, tires need more pressure, credit cards need to be paid, new phones need to be acquired, broken things need to be fixed, dogs need their vitamins, sailboats need a specific polish, gifts need to be purchased, and everyone needs new underwear.
Common problems that can occur while fulfilling errands include: loneliness and alienation, boredom, impatience, anxiety, frustration, lethargy, hunger, flatulence, humming a Neil Diamond song, encountering stinky children, head bumps, and thoughtlessness.
In an effort to solve some of the aforementioned problems and create new and exciting ways of running errands, I have designed a two-part feasibility study:
Phase I: Running errands with others
Phase II: Running errands on a pack mule
Phase I: I run errands with strangers. I offer advice on which brand of cereal to buy, help folks fold laundry, determine the best quote on auto body repair.
Phase II: I do the same thing as Phase I, but now I’m on a donkey.
My studies determine that, if one desires to be spiritually fullfilled, errands need to be more than just a menial task. This can be achieved in many ways: go on your errands with another person, or in a group, wear some silly shades and a wig while doing your errands, walk backwards through the store, carry a really big boom box playing your favorite music, dress-up in a tux to go to Walgreens, if you don’t take the bus, take the bus to do your errands.
Go out and start an errand support group in your neighborhood or initiate group bill-paying sessions. The possibilities to make errands more communal and more appealing are endless.
This is a project I did a bit back, but it’s such a classic, I had to “re-release it”
Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle Story
Since this blog is so extensive and could be daunting to navigate, I thought I’d put together a little presentation of some of the stuff I’ve done over the past couple years. I put it up on flickr – http://flickr.com/photos/marchorowitz/sets/72157607131251326/
Here’s a sample page:
Enjoy! Let me know what you think!