Public smog is an ongoing conceptual project, that subtitles itself: Public Smog is Kyoto Gold Standard. It is a park in the atmosphere that fluctuates in location and scale.
|Public Smog … consists of a gesture in which the artist buys and withholds carbon gas emission credits from international trading markets in order to create a temporary clean-air park. Aiming to highlight the complexities and contradictions of current environmental protocols, Balkin will attempt to submit an application to qualify the entire atmosphere as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. .. (read on)|
Public Smog is a project by Amy Balkin, who is one of the participating artists of the just recently opened exhibition “Radical Software: Art, Technology, and the Bay Area Underground” in San Francisco Bay Area. The aim of the show is to chart previously unexplored connections between art, technology, radical politics, and the psychedelic avant-garde by bringing together radical and experimental work by internationally known and emerging artists, plus commissioned projects, public works, historical artifacts, and new research.
|At the first Hackers’ Conference in 1984, Stewart Brand—former Merry Prankster, founder of the “Whole Earth Catalog,” Global Business Network, and Long Now Foundation—made his often-quoted claim that “information wants to be free.”|
|This exhibition will combine artworks, experimental film and video, documentary material and artifacts that trace the countercultural discourse that made Brand’s assertion possible: from its early manifestations in the postwar bohemian underground to its adoption as a basic principle by a new generation of artists, hackers, and activists.|