The International World Wide Web Conference 2010 has a new logo! The Oak Leaf isn’t covering anything up that I know of; it’s representing the City of Oaks, Raleigh, where the conference will be held next April. See the latest WWW2010 news here.
Our plans for doing a completely revised and revisioned presentation/participation of 18 Happenings in 6 Parts or 18Hn6Pz , an homage to Allan Kaprow (and to the folks of Black Mountain College in the 1950s), has moved up another level. We’ve been invited to apply for a support grant by the end of this month. We’ll also moving from research and ideation stages into taking care of some serious advance work including a tentative budget. The event will take place in February 2010 as part of the Carolina Humanities, Art and Technology Festival (CHAT).
On a personal note, I was delighted to have been able to track down Whitney Jones, who when he was in Laurinburg at St Andrews College in the 1970s put on a Black Mountain College festival. I was able to meet artists and writers and see performances and talks by Buckminster Fuller, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Jonathan Williams, Fielding Dawson, Robert Rauschenberg and see works by the Albers – Annie and Joseph. Whitney great work has been a big influence on my views of art and on participatory culture and the avant garde.
Research links for Kaprow and 16 Happenings are on my Delicious account here.
Carl Malamud continues his campaign for Public Printer of the United States by adding impressive people to his Committee to Reboot .Gov . Like the work of the Happenings and from Black Mountain, Carl can seem disarmingly casual and funny, but he has a very serious cause — freeing the information that we need to better understand our government and to keep it accountable.