Hello, How Are You? is a limited edition letterpress print produced in partnership with Invisible Venue and Kala Art Institute, and distributed anonymously throughout public spaces in the Bay Area during the period between the worldwide Occupy Movement and the 2012 Presidential Election. These prints encourage the accidental viewer to join an invisible community of dissenters. In the text, this community makes itself known through an appropriation of everyday gestures, re-coding them as clandestine symbols of solidarity.
This project is produced in collaboration with Invisible Venue with support from Kala Art Institute, with special thanks to Jesse Houlding, Carrie Hott, and Archana Horsting. An extension of “Hello, How Are You?” included Print + Intervene, a public lecture by Christian L. Frock hosted by Kala Art Institute on September 12, 2012.
Photos by Elizabeth Sims and Christian L. Frock
The Magnificent Sunbeam
The Magnificent Sunbeam is a daily, online documentation of a workplace sunbeam. This exploration of the sunbeam's vibrant, ephemeral qualities posit it as a foil to the forms of identification that obstruct radical practices and reproduce oppression. In attending to its evasive, diffusive qualities, the journal explores a way of being that expresses subversive potential.
The daily practice of visiting, photographing, and writing about the sunbeam perpetuates the sunbeam's disruptive effect on workday production, an ecstatic exercise in negation that returns daily to the same oppressive conditions, and attempts, ritualistically, their momentary annihilation.
As I walk towards the sunbeam, it retreats. As I retreat, it follows. If I lean towards one wall, it glances up the other. There is no sunbeam. Each fractional shift alters it completely. There is no sunbeam. It is a set of relations. I am a part of the set, and so there isn’t any me. … The sunbeam has an erotic character. It escapes itself and penetrates me. The erotic is a theatrical disassociation of identity through role-playing. The erotic is play. The erotic is permeability, erosion, and the loss of all but ambiguity. The erotic is losing your self. The sunbeam and I have a negative relation. We annihilate each other. We find commonality where we resist identity.
Originally designed for educators, The Authority Workshop (2009) provides a framework within which participants can analyze and evaluate the function of authority in their lives. The Workshop introduces different theories of authority, and then prompts participants to identify how these types are present in their everyday interactions. Participants are then guided in developing concrete steps towards encouraging trust and productivity in their relationships. Participants work in hand-bound Workbooks that they can take away to support their practice outside of the Workshop. The Authority Workshop has been held in schools, educational conferences, and galleries.
The Authority Workshop is designed to be freely reproduced and distributed. A copy of the Workbook is available for download upon request.